Are you ready for another month of celebrating diversity?! Whether you’re at home or school with kids, teaching your children about people around the world, or opening up conversations about people’s differences, celebrating all those differences is a necessary step towards curing the plague of racism we see. Remember, it is not racist to talk about racism. It is not cultural appropriation to become culturally intelligent.
If you’re new to the Multicultural Holidays Subscription here, I began creating these activities when a teacher friend reached out asking how in the world to choose multicultural holidays to display in her classroom regularly. I quickly came up with a list of holidays around the world and got to work. My greatest hope with this subscription is that teachers especially will use it to analyze how many of their students are left out when Christian holidays are generally the only ones acknowledged by schools. Whether you play the games in class, hang up the posters, or send home coloring pages and crafts just for fun, this subscription will help your students feel more included and connected with their class in simple ways.
But it’s not only for public school teachers. The activities and games are meant to be fun and engaging no matter your place of antibias learning! Homeschoolers have repeatedly shared how much they love these simple games and stories that allow their children to talk about people and cultures around the world.
Which holidays are included this January?
I repeatedly mentioned in December that winter holidays are so fun because there is so much focus on lighting up the dark world at this time, and January is no different! This month we are kicking right off with races, singing, and new years wishes in the Scottish Hogmanay style. Then we’ll head all the way to India for the Pongal festival and Makar Sankranti to feast and fly kites together! We’ll come to the USA to learn about MLK Day and kickstart Black History Month a couple weeks early with inspirational quotes, stories, posters, and more!
What grade levels is this appropriate for?
These games and activities are fun and simple enough to be scaffolded especially from preschool to third grade! While it’s not designed specifically for older kids, I also include a few things that an entire family could enjoy for those who use it at home whether its a printable board game, an active/moving game, or cards and posters. (And often, all of the above.)
Here is just some of what you can expect in this month’s subscription!
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January Multicultural Holidays
This month we are kicking right off with races, singing, and new years wishes in the Scottish Hogmanay style. Then we’ll head all the way to India for the Pongal festival and Makar Sankranti to feast and fly kites together! We’ll come to the USA to learn about MLK Day and kickstart Black History Month a couple weeks early with inspirational quotes, stories, posters, and more!
What’s included in these 50 pages:
Hogmanay = 4 videos and 2 read alouds, first footing active race game, Auld Lang Syne song lyrics coloring page, Baby New Year wishes tradition
Thai Pongal= 2 read alouds of books by Indian authors, “out with the old” craft creating a paper fire with all things we want to get rid of in the new year, Pongal Pongalo cards, printable mango leaf / team balancing challenge, pongal crossword, reverenced cow coloring page
Makar Sankranti = kite puzzles
MLK Day and (early) Black History Month = 8 read alouds, Black history question wheel, “all men are created equal” coloring page, preamble to the constitution poster, trace “the time is always right to do what is right” quote, “Be a KING” tracing/coloring poster, Who’s Quote is it Anyway?, 9 posters of people from Black history and mini card matching games