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I've had a few of Jahovah's witness' in my room over the years. One of my 1st mother's came in and spent a prep period explaining expectations etc. and gave me a booklet written by Jehovah's Witness specifically for teachers. It explained their philosophy regarding education, what to expect and the rationale for each belief. This was helpful. Most of the time the student will know what to do and what not to do. Any worksheets etc. that had a holiday clipart etc. I could not pass out for required work. These were left as optional, extra practice and I had to provide some alternative. For example, at Christmas time when the other students drew christmas trees he drew a pine tree in a winter scene. You just have to be a little creative to make things more secular. Even though it sounds like a lot of work for the teacher, I found it more difficult watching this child seem torn between what his family and religion required and doing what everyone else was having fun doing.
Probably the most important thing is clear communication with the parents. Most of the time they won't complain if they know you are making a sincere effort to honor their wishes. As one other poster said mistakes will be made.
If your parent doesn't have access to the booklet I wrote about e-mail me and I will try to help where I can. (The book is in school now and I'm not).
One horror story.... A parent came to school dressed as Rudolph for Christmas. Each child had their picture taken with Rudolph. I was out that day and the sub didn't know any better, the parent however should have. I still have the picture. The look on Kenny's face was horrible.
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