The holidays are an exciting time of year for children and there are lots of opportunities to incorporate literacy into the fun! The ideas here include suggestions to make Christmas and Hanukkah more accessible to children with visual impairments or deafblindness. In addition, there are plenty of ways to promote literacy for learners at all levels. We hope that you'll share some of your favorite holiday ideas too!
Positive Eye's Gwyn McCormack shares fun ideas, including a Christmas Basket of Magic, Christmas Spinner, and Christmas Hanger.
Use braille or tactile stickers to label gifts with this idea from Liamsmom.
Create a tactile book with braille labels to tell the Christmas story.
Create a tactile experience book about trimming the Christmas tree.
Practice positional concepts decorating a miniature tactile Christmas tree in this activity from TVI Liz Eagan.
Work on vocabulary, language comprehension, matching and sequencing of events in this Christmas book.
Reading aloud is a great way to enjoy being together as a family during the holidays.
Put together a box of holiday items with different sensory qualities, such as bells, candles, ornaments, pine bough, cinnamon sticks. Explore them with your child to develop vocabulary and language concepts.
If you still have some presents to buy, have a look at these great suggestions from Early Childhood and Deafblind specialist Holly Cooper.
We'd love to hear about your ideas for incorporating literacy into the holidays! Share your ideas and photos here or email us at Pathsto.Literacy@perkins.org