Chilly weather, holiday decorations, gift lists... the holiday season is officially in full swing! Today I'm joining an amazing group of parents and educators from the Montessori Bloggers Network to offer some inspiration as you enter into the holiday season. Be sure to stop by MBN for all of the posts in the Montessori for the Holidays series!
For so many of us, this is a special time of year - and sharing that holiday spirit with the children in our lives can make it even more special. One of my favorite ways of doing this is through stories. A good children's holiday story has a natural rhythm and beautiful illustrations, offers a little bit of magic, and warms the heart. Even more exciting is when a favorite story can be retold, acted out, or played at by a child. Picture book play fosters story language, vocabulary, and sequencing skills - all very important to developing literacy. It's also incredibly enjoyable for young children and offers them a deeper understanding of and appreciation for literature.
Here are three of my favorite holiday picture books, with a play activity for each.
There's nothing like cozying up to a magical holiday book again and again with your child. By creating ways to extend the story, you are fostering important language and literacy skills while giving your child the gift of holiday nostalgia. What are some of your favorite holiday books? I bet they would lend themselves beautifully to picture book play!
*This post is part of the 15 Days of Montessori for the Holidays blog hop. Be sure to visit all of the posts, listed below, and follow Montessori Bloggers Network on Pinterest for some more holiday and Montessori inspiration!
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