Friday, November 19, 2010

Montessori Multicultural Holiday Lesson Planning

For the past few years, I have had many interesting conversations about American traditions with college age foreign exchange students from Asia, Africa, South America, and Europe. Back in 2007, in particular, I had the pleasure to chat with some foreign exchange students from El Salvador and Indonesia about our Thanksgiving holiday.

Although the students appeared to appreciate the significance of the holiday, they couldn't help but also giggle about our annual turkey celebration. Many of these students live in dorms or apartments and found out the prior year that they just couldn't think of enough creative ways to eat and use all of the left over turkey. So, we had some fun discussing various ways to prepare the leftovers, plus talked a bit about their favorite dish and holiday traditions.

You, too, can plan a day to have a multicultural turkey celebration. Plan a unit study for your children focusing on maybe three countries at a time.

To help you get started, visit the following links:
All About Fall Cooking - Worldwide
Find some excellent information for planning your Thanksgiving feast by visiting
AMC Fall Holiday Lesson Planning
Multicultral Lesson Planning Part I
Multicultural Lesson Planning Part II
AMC Montessori Hands On Fall Lesson Planning
AMC Montessori Hands On Winter Lesson Planning
Christmas Around the World Part I
Christmas Around the World Part II

Scroll down on each page for the lesson planning information. :-)