Happy Holidays, Novel Effect Educators!
As you are Fa-La-La-ing your way to…V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N, we thought you might like to ease some of that countdown-to-holiday-break craziness with titles that explore different seasonal cultures and traditions. Good news, there’s a little elfish-luck in your corner, all the titles below are available in the Novel Effect app!
1. In the beautifully illustrated Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns, Mehrdokht Amini and Hena Kahn capture the beauty and traditions of the Islamic world.
Using everyday colors to explore the special meanings of the culture’s clothing, food, and other important elements of Islam helps to make this book relatable for the youngest readers. Here are some related activities to help get your students thinking about what brings us together. Find your own copy on Amazon.
2. If you are looking for the perfect blend of humor, men made of ginger and… fried things (or almost fried things, you’ll see), well then look no further than The Latke who Couldn’t Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story by Lemony Snicket.
If you want to win some classroom hearts, try this latke recipe (made with marshmallows). Let the kids throw them at each other while you enjoy the fruit of their labors – it’s the holidays, you deserve it! With a wonderful soundscape to accompany it, this title is bound to delight everyone no matter what holiday they celebrate. Find your own copy from Amazon.
3. One of my personal favorites; The Peace Book by Todd Parr is a gem the whole year through, but it’s an especially meaningful this time of year. Peace on Earth is at the heart of the season – no matter where you’re from, who you worship, or if you’re naughty or nice (of course, nice is preferred).
Read The Peace Book to your class with Novel Effect and watch their reactions as our soundscape brings the book to life. After you’re done, chat with the children about what peace means to them, and how we can all work on being better at achieving it. Find your own copy from Amazon.
Check out our app for more holiday favorites – download Novel Effect free here. If you want to have first access to our Android app, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until 2019 (where are our jetpacks?!)
Melody Zagami Furze is Chief of Education for Novel Effect and is a certified special educator with an emphasis on early childhood populations with blindness and visual impairments. With over a decade of education experience, Melody does research and development on Novel Effect’s application in educational settings. She lives in Olympia, WA with her husband, toddler, and fluffy white dog.