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The Holiday Zone: Free educational holiday and seasonal resources

Holiday Sites

Annie's Holiday Page
Offers a month-by-month listing of holidays and special days, complete with information about the holidays, poems, music, and activities. Pages reflect a Christian perspective on various holidays.

Celebrations Around the World
Provides holiday activities, games, and links.

Celebrate Holidays in the U.S.A.
Provides a brief description of the history and customs associated with holidays in the United States.

Histories of the Holidays
Short articles explain the histories of most American holidays, their symbols and traditions.

Holidays for the Classroom
Features a web guide for teachers, with links to a variety of seasonal resources.

Holidays Around the World for K-12
A web guide with links to resources for many lesser known holidays.

Holiday Themes and Activities for Kids
Hundreds of holiday activities appropriate for use with preschool and school-age children

The History of Holidays
A special features from History.com outlining the backgrounds of various holidays.

Special Days and Holidays@LoveToLearnPlace.com
Provides educational and fun activities related to a variety of holidays. Tasks are geared toward homeschoolers, but many would also be appropriate for use in a classroom environment. Pages reflect a Christian perspective on most holidays.


Holiday Sites Just for Kids
Celebrating Holidays with a Kid's Heart
Includes on-line games and puzzles, activity and coloring pages, free original clipart, screen savers, and downloads.

DLTK's Holiday Crafts for Kids
Printable templates for children's holiday crafts. Suitable for preschool, kindergarten, and gradeschool kids.

Holiday Crafts@EnchantedLearning.com
Features craft ideas, project templates, printable worksheets, and cards.

Holiday Fun from PrimaryGames.com
Holiday games, crafts, coloring pages, stationery, and musical postcards.

KIDPROJ's Multi-Cultural Calendar
A searchable database of world-wide holidays; all information is written by children.


ESL and EFL Related Sites
Clip Art for Foreign Language Instructors
A large collection of royalty-free line drawings especially for language instructors hosted by Purdue University; pictures for basic verbs, adjectives, and a wide variety of nouns.

The EFL Playhouse
A resource site for teachers of English to young learners. Offers games, songs, fingerplays, chants, craft ideas, teaching tips, and phonics activities for the early childhood classroom.

The ELT Two Cents Cafe
Variety of resources for both students and teachers; includes practical tips section for those considering overseas employment.


Games for the Children's EFL/ESL Classroom - Taiwan Teacher
Growing collection of games and activities specifically for the ESL/EFL classroom. Visit and contribute your favorite idea!

IATEFL Young Learners Web site
Home page of the Young Learners special interest group of IATEFL; site provides membership information, articles related to teaching young learners, and links to other valuable sites.

The Internet TESL Journal
This site is not specifically for teachers of young learners; however, much of the information it offers can be applied to any ESL or EFL setting; its TESL/TEFL/TESOL/ESL/EFL/ESOL Links is a must-see!

John's Holiday Home
Site primarily for intermediate and advanced students offers excellent background information on a variety of holidays; also offers links for each holiday to educational sites.

Soon Online Magazine
Online magazine designed especially for English language learners utilizes basic English and features articles of interest to young adult and adult readers.


Early Childhood Education
These sites are not ESL/EFL specific, but they all contain resources that may be adapted to the ESL/EFL setting.

A to Z Teacher Stuff
Web guide offers links lesson plans, thematic units, teacher tips, discussion forums for teachers, downloadable teaching materials and eBooks, printable worksheets and blacklines, emergent reader books, themes, and more.

Games Kids Play
Rules for more than 250 popular kids games from all over the world; almost any of these could be adapted for ESL/EFL!

Idea Box: Early Childhood Education and Activity Resources
Site features teachers' message board (active), songs and fingerplays, craft ideas, coloring pages, seasonal activities, and more.

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
With sites categorized by subject area, this may well be the most organized educational jump station on the Web.

KIDIDDLES
Offers lyrics for hundreds of children's songs, many of them complete with sound files. Browse by title or subject, or search for a particular song.

Little Explorers
A commercial site, features 1,000+ word children's picture dictionary online; entries in English, English-French, English-German, English-Portuguese, and English-Spanish words; graphics intensive, but worth a visit!

Online Children's Stories
Offers links to children's classics, fairy tales, folklore, nursery rhymes, poetry, and more. Use this site to build your own classroom library. (Print out public domain texts, placing a sentence or a paragraph on each page, allow students to read and illustrate, then staple or bind.)

Preschool Education
Includes games, songs, fingerplays, arts and crafts ideas, seasonal material, classroom management resources, alphabet teaching ideas/worksheets, coloring pages, and more.



Especially for Home Educators...
Home Education Magazine
Provides families with updates on news related to homeschooling, homeschooling laws and support groups in the fifty states, and select articles from Home Education Magazine.

Home School Helper
Offers free unit studies, printable worksheets, coloring pages, and character studies. Also accepts user submissions for online publication.

Peggie's Home Room
Jump station for homes-schooling related sites; large collection of links.



Kidz Under Construction
Kidz Under Construction
offers a variety of free resource for children's ministry, including songs, action rhymes, Bible stories, and coloring pages.
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The EFL Playhouse: Resources for Young Language Learners
The EFL Playhouse offers free language and literacy resources for teachers of young learners.


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