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My Two Holidays

Title:  My Two Holidays: A Hanukkah and Christmas Story

Author: Danielle Novack

Description: A little boy celebrates both Hanukkah and Christmas and is confused and a bit anxious about this situation at school. He feels like all the other kids only celebrate one holiday. After some discussion with his parents, he realizes that both holidays are about celebrating time with family, and he realizes how lucky he is to get to experience both holiday traditions.

Goals:

  • Social Skills/perspective taking
  • Holiday (Xmas and Hanukkah) vocabulary and Awareness
  • Story Retell

Why I like this book: It’s a great story for discussion around different holidays and traditions for kids. Lots of children are confused by their friends’ traditions, so it’s a great story to get kids talking to each other, and explaining what they do for the holidays.

Ideas for this book:

  • Have children share their traditions with one another. Make a list of Similarities and Differences. Great for using compare and contrast outlines/graphic organizers, Venn diagrams, etc. Would be great to pair with the app/software Popplet to make the learning visual
  • A great story to discuss inside/outside thoughts around holidays. For our social groups discussing words that should stay in our brains (i.e. That’s weird!) vs. words we can say to others (i.e. “That sounds cool!”). If this is a challenging situation have kids role play what to say when friends are sharing a difference.
  • The book is filled with holiday vocabulary for both Christmas and Hanukkah. Would be great to pair objects/pictures (google images) of the vocabulary to help with understanding
  • A great story to retell and link with “Braidy” from Mindwingconcepts. There is a clear “kickoff” as the character struggles with his two holidays.

Submitted by; Meghan G. Graham M.S. CCC-SLP

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