Picture books make wonderful resources when it comes to creating (and initiating) art lessons. I’ve always enjoyed using illustrations as mini museum pieces, letting students look and learn. Combining and art and literacy through picture books is kind of obvious. These titles feature holiday stories that are easy for young children to understand – the perfect beginning list of resource ideas!
I found the background extremely helpful – especially before detailing the art activities. There are so many imaginative ideas for teaching about Passover in this video workshop. Thinking about the ways that we can take the story of Passover and help children to learn through it is what really captured my attention.
Sometimes I wonder if art activities for children really work with actual students. This video features children explaining the Passover afikomen tradition – along with them actually helping to make the projects themselves. While this project doesn’t focus on letters/literacy exactly, the finished bags can have cut out and collaged words – making it easy to adapt and turn into a letter-learning lesson.
Let’s say you want to add in a few Hebrew letters to your Passover-literacy lesson. That’s not easy for everyone (at least, not for me). I found this piece extremely creative, in the way that the activities are presented (in terms of learning Hebrew letters through sensory activities).
Simple, simple, simple! This Passover craft is all about learning letters (and writing them, of course). When I read this I immediately thought of how easy it would be to turn this into a take-home. The lesson is straight-forward enough to add to a weekly newsletter or write on a notecard for students and parents to do over the weekend.
I love how this activity clearly combines the meaning behind the holiday with writing practice. What’s truly ‘different’ about this art project is the addition of rice. Rice? Yes, rice! Your students can turn their Passover projects into musical shakers, making this a super-sensory experience.
BloomBoard Asks:Why use a holiday to teach literacy concepts?
Janine DillerMiddle School High School Early Childhood EducationMay 19, 2016
I think holidays are typically a very exciting time for children. Therefore, using learning materials and creating activities related to the holiday have a tendency to keep students highly engaged since they find it fun and appealing.