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2020 is coming to a close, and what a year it has been! Whether you’re already singing to “All I want for Christmas” in the car, or wait until after Thanksgiving to bring out the festive decor, the holidays are just around the corner. Whenever it is that you decide to start your holiday preparations, here are some ways to promote literacy throughout the way!

#1: Shopping Buddy

Involve your child in the holiday shopping. Ask him or her to help write the shopping list before you go out to get your holiday decorations, food, or gifts. While at the store, your child can practice their reading skills by reading their list (or one you’ve written) and crossing items off as you get them!

#2: Recipe Reader

Take out your cookbook or pull up a favorite holiday recipe online and have your child read the ingredients. He or she can read the labels on the different spices in the pantry to find the ones that are needed. Then, your little chef can help read the directions as the two of you cook together. 

#3: Expert Gift Wrapper 
Kids can practice early writing and spelling skills by helping you write names on gift tags. That could even save you a little much-needed holiday prep time!

#4: Write Christmas Cards
Receiving Christmas cards from friends and family, and displaying them at home is one my favorite parts of December. If you typically send holiday cards, involving your children can give them even more exposure to literacy in a fun way! Talk about how to send a letter, where to write each address and put a stamp.  Kids can help copy addresses from a list you make, or write a short personalized letter to include in some of the cards!

#5: Read, read, read!

Read books that will help get your whole family in the holiday spirit! Join the Story Box makes it easy by hand-selecting some amazing holiday books for all ages, in both our picture book and board book December package: North Pole Ninjas and The Nutcracker. Spread the literacy love by gifting a subscription to a loved one! 

Amy Yacoub, MS, CCC-SLP | Speech Pathologist

Proud Member of The Story Box Family