Learning how others celebrate holidays is important in our country. The more you know about celebrations the more understanding we can be toward people with differences. The spring time brings us two holidays that many families will be celebrating in their households. These are Easter and Passover. While some students may not participate at home, use the important symbols of theses holidays to work on speech and language skills. Talk about traditions, bake special foods, craft, taste test matzah, make chocolate eggs, jump like Easter bunnies, and more. Spend time sharing customs of those in the group and from other lands.
Books are a great way to begin talking about the spring holidays. Some children may not be familiar with one or both of the celebrations. Select a story or two that will give basic information about the holiday and embrace multicultural learning for all. Along with these, find books that may be available as e-books to share virtually with your telespeech students.
- Sammy Spider’s First Passover by Sylvia A. Rouss
- The Matzah Man by Naomi Howland
- Stone Soup with Matzoh Balls: A Passover Tale in Chelm by Linda Glaser
- Engineer Ari and the Passover Rush by Deborah Bodin Cohen
- The Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah by Leslie Kimmelman
- The Matzo Ball Boy by Lisa Shulman
- A Sweet Passover by Leslea Newman
- The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story by Jan Berenstain
- Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure by Kimberly and James Dean
- Duck & Goose, Here Comes the Easter Bunny by Tad Hills
- Happy Easter Mouse by Laura Numeroff
- What is Easter? by Michelle Medlock Adams
- The Biggest Easter Basket Ever by Steven Knoll
- The Easter Bunny that Overslept by Priscilla & Otto Friedrich
After reading some stories and taking time to chat about them, have an Afikomen and Easter egg hunt. Both are a hide and seek game that can be done in a small room by leaving different clues for the kids. As they move around following clues, encourage them to use their language skills to explain where they are going, how they are moving, and what they need to go next. If the room you use is too small, make an Easter egg word hunt that can be done at the table. Fill eggs with different words, sounds, or vocabulary. Pick an egg and say the word, one that rhymes with it, or anything else that helps a skill you are working on. Make it into a memory game for older children and when a match is made they need to use the word in a sentence and act it out in a funny way.
For your teletherapy students, there are virtual Easter Egg hunt games available in the app store for you and your students to seek and find eggs via your teletherapy session!
Do not forget to check in with families at home to see what they celebrate during the spring. They may have items from home to share with groups that are related to your sessions. Be sensitive to different traditions, and try to incorporate them to celebrate diversity of all children.
Celebrating the spring holidays is fun to do with students, but especially with family. Want to spend more time at home? You can actually work from home as a tele-practicioner. Check out our newest virtual opportunities right here!