We’ve all heard of the summer slide, where skills learned can get rusty when not used. A version of this happens during the winter school break as well. With Christmas right around the corner, we want to show how easy it is to include family literacy activities throughout the holiday season.
The following are some everyday learning activities to do together this season. Talking, singing, laughing together as a family also helps to develop strong bonds. Make the activities fun, and you’ll also be making memories!
Sharing a children’s book. Some of our favourites are:
- Pete the Cat Saves Christmas – Eric Litwin
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Dr. Seuss
- Santa’s Noisy Night – Julie Sykes and Tim Warnes
- A Porcupine in a Pine Tree: A Canadian 12 Days of Christmas – Helaine Becker and Werner Zimmerman
- The Penguin who Wanted to be Different: A Christmas Wish – Maria O’Neill
Singing together as a family. Some of our favourites are: (Words can be found online.)
- Jingle Bells
- Frosty the Snowman
- Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer
- Deck the Halls
- Up on the Housetop
Cooking and baking together for family and friends. Some easy holiday recipes are: (Recipes can be found online.)
- Sugar Cookies
- Egg Nog
- Spicy cheese ball
Spending time with family. Some favourite holiday activities are:
- Writing letters to Santa
- Decorating the house
- Building a snowman
As you can see from our list, there are many opportunities for you and your children to foster literacy during the holidays when activities are done together as a family. Have fun creating holiday memories this season!