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Holiday Bilingual Reading Activities and Stories

Holiday bilingual reading may not be on every children’s wish list this year. Perhaps, they wish for fun toys and games that entertain.

However, the school year may pause for a few days or weeks for winter break. So, what do you do to encourage your children or students to continue learning? 

Holiday Bilingual Reading Challenge

Participate in the holiday bilingual reading challenge to motivate students to continue reading and learning. With so much to do during the holiday season, sometimes students need extra motivation. With the Holiday Bilingual Reading Challenge, you can encourage students to participate in reading, activities, or both. 

Do you celebrate Christmas with all the fun activities? Then, these 25 days of Christmas calendars are ideal for motivating children to learn. The best part is that you can start whichever day you want. Then, watch the videos or join the challenge for live readings. 

To participate in the Holiday Bilingual Reading Challenge, you can sign up for the PreK newsletter or the K-2 newsletter. Then use the calendars to keep track or choose the activities that best fit your students or children. 

Although you might not celebrate Christmas, there are other holiday options. For instance, the holiday activities checklist can encourage students to participate in Hanukkah or Kwanzaa.

Perhaps, you prefer to build a gingerbread house or decorate it with light. Either way, add other activities that can motivate students to learn more about holidays. 

Fun At-Home Bilingual Activities

What about fun at-home bilingual activities that you can incorporate during breaks? For example, you can use easy crafts for hands-on activities or trips to the library. You can use the calendars or checklist for ideas too. 

  • Make a list of activities you’d like to do with your children. 
  • Choose a variety of activities for all ages. 
  • Visit the park (if weather permits) or go ice skating. 
  • Create wreaths using hand or finger paints. 
  • Watch your favorite holiday movies with your favorite snack and drink. 
  • Create holiday paper dolls and use them in a bilingual story.
  • Make salt dough ornaments and paint them. 
  • Cut and create paper snowflakes to decorate around the family room. 
  • Donate gently used toys or clothes to a shelter in need. 
  • Write letters to Santa in English and Spanish. 

After you make a list of to-do activities, you can add reading or read-aloud sessions. These bilingual storytimes don’t have to be too long.

On the other hand, make them short and brief. In that way, you can still keep your children engaged during a busy time. Similarly, schedule breaks in between activities.

Although you might use videos or TV shows, you could also add other learning activities. For example, brain breaks like exercise videos or a short walk.

Other ideas can include kids’ yoga, using a hula-hoop, jump rope, or a ball.  

Quick Classroom Holiday Bilingual Reading

Keeping with the learning pace in the classroom during holidays can be a challenge. However, you don’t have to struggle trying to encourage your students to learn.

For instance, you already know the days of instruction and break. So, make your lesson planning easy by trying quick or refresher ideas. 

  • Use the one or two days before the break to refresh concepts. 
  • Make a game of the review of previously learned topics. 
  • Add bingo, matching, or puzzles. 
  • Then, you can incorporate hands-on activities. 
  • Add puppets, read-aloud time, or interactive games. 
  • Make a collage of what they have learned so far. 
  • Create a holiday tree with finger-paint projects. 
  • Hang their artwork around the classroom or bulletin boards. 
  • Make garlands of pictures or snowflakes. 
  • Create a candy cane banner with each child’s picture or first name. 

In summary, holiday bilingual reading activities are more than just reading books. You can easily create activities with hands-on projects or fun outdoor tasks.

Of course, you might want to have a calendar or checklist of events to keep you organized. In that way, in the weeks or days before break, you will not feel overwhelmed when children are bored or lack ideas to play. 

Barbara Mascareno

Barbara is an educational writer, teacher, and instructional designer. She loves to write K-12 education content, teaching strategies, bilingual education approaches, and foreign language.

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