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Teaching Early Learners About Thanksgiving

This is the time of year when I walk into early childhood classrooms to find teachers frustrated that their young students are not paying attention to the Thanksgiving book they selected.It is also common to walk into classrooms and see 3 and 4 year olds dutifully gluing feathers on turkeys.Inevitably, when I ask students what they are doing, they say, “Gluing feathers” and when I ask what they are making, most children don’t know.Even if they do know that they have been asked to make a turkey, very few have an answer to the question, “Why are you making a turkey for Thanksgiving?” nor can they answer the question, “What is Thanksgiving?What is it about?”
I know that Thanksgiving crafts are somewhat unavoidable – parents love them and, let’s be honest, they expect them.As a parent, it is nice to have holiday crafts to save.After all, their children won’t be doing handprint turkeys and gluing feathers for much longer.
As early childhood educators, we have to walk a fine line between doin…