Along with the warmer weather, spring brings thoughts of holidays that are more familiar to children. Many families celebrate Easter and Passover during the early spring. For those who may not participate in these holidays, they are likely still familiar with the matzah, chocolate eggs, and bunnies that fill retail stores. These holidays give us the opportunity to explore food, traditions, stories and more that may be incorporated with speech and language goals during sessions.
Easter and Passover Story Time
Books continue to be a great ice breaker when jumping into a new topic. This is no different when talking about Easter and Passover since there are stories for children of all ages. Tales allow kids to get into the spirit, discuss how they celebrate, understand differences, and more. Several titles that are a nice start for Easter and Passover include:
- Sammy Spider’s First Passover by Sylvia A. Rouss – Sammy the Spider and his mother live in a house with a Jewish family. Readers learn the basics of the holidays.
- The Biggest Easter Basket Ever by Steven Knoll – The familiar town and country mice, Clayton and Desmond, learn about the benefits of working together and friendship.
- Rebecca’s Passover by Adele Geras – Eight year old Rebecca explains how her family prepares for their Passover Seder.
- Duck & Goose, Here Comes the Easter Bunny by Tad Hills – From the popular series, Duck and Goose set on a mission to find the Easter Bunny in action.
- The Matzah Man: A Passover Story by Naomi Howland – The familiar gingerbread story has been changed to show the adventure of a little man made of matzah while everyone prepares for Passover.
- Happy Easter, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff – The familiar mouse from the If You Give… series tries to determine who is leaving Easter eggs all over his house.
Hide and Go Seek Eggs and Afikomen
Now try an interactive activity to get kids moving while they are talking. Try an Easter egg game where you find clues, use hot and cold with questions, or something similar. Inside the eggs you could have items that practice key articulation points or vocabulary words for individual students. As questions are asked about the egg placement, kids are practicing their language skills. Searching for the Afikomen is another variation of this activity, and it works well if you have talked about the Passover Seder. When doing this, it would be even more hands on if you have some matzah for taste testing.
During this time, check in with families to see how they celebrate spring holidays. Be sensitive to different traditions and try to incorporate them to celebrate diversity with your multilingual students.
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