Sunday, December 25th
EXPLORE: Verb Tenses
ENRICH: Expressive Grammar
ENGAGE: Using verbs in the future tense to make predictions
As you explore the festival, ask your child questions that prompt him/her to make guesses about what will happen. For example, "What kind of crafts do you think there are to make?" or "What kinds of performances do you think we will see?"
Give your child the sentence starter "I think we will _____" and have him/her answer the predictive questions in complete sentences.
EXPLORE: Oral Understanding
ENRICH: Comprehension of Questions
ENGAGE: Answer questions about orally-presented information
AT THE Event - See if you can learn more information about songs being sung, or special food being served. Have your child answer comprehension questions, such as "WHAT is the tallest candle called on the Menorah? "HOW many nights does Hanukah last? "WHO is singing the prayers tonight?"
EXPLORE: Rhyming Words
ENRICH: Phonemic Awareness
ENGAGE: Practice rhyming words
When you pick up your driedle and menorah kits, you can play a rhyming association game::
First, you say a word related to the holiday and then ask him/her to come up with words that rhymes. For example, spin-win, light-might, eight-plate.
Turn the rhyming pairs into short /songs about the Holiday
SOCIAL LANGUAGE SKILLS
EXPLORE: Holiday Greetings
ENRICH: Polite Social Interactions
ENGAGE: Practice giving friends and participants greeting at the event.
Review with your child that a during the holidays there are special greetings you can use when meeting people.
Have your child think of three different types of Greetings that they can use say during Chanukah, and the holiday season ("Happy Chanukah", "Chanukah Sameach" "Happy Holidays" etc).
PRactice these greetings (using strong eye contact) first with your children to give them confidence before they greet others.