Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Promoting Literacy with Easter Fun

Easter will be here soon! To get ready, here are several ideas for promoting literacy at home. Next week I'll have a bunch of craft ideas.

Word Searches
You can find Easter word searches online but creating your own is a better literacy idea.
  • Brainstorm a list of Easter words. Stuck? Click here.
  • Give each family member a piece of graph paper to create his own puzzle.
  • On the graph paper, write the letters of each word in the squares.
  • Fill in the unused squares with random letters.
  • Exchange searches.

Crossword Puzzles (a little trickier)
  • Brainstorm a list of Easter words and their definitions (clues). Or let everyone come up with her own clues. The simplest clues are fill-in-the-blank sentences: We like to ___ for Easter eggs.
  • Give each family member a piece of graph paper to create his own puzzle.
  • Lightly plot each word on the graph paper, in pencil, criss-crossing the words.
  • Once all the words have been plotted, heavily outline only the graph squares you used.
  • Write out your clues to correspond with the across and down words.
  • Carefully erase the words.
  • Exchange searches.

E-A-S-T-E-R Words
Using the letters in Easter, create other words. Examples: sat, tear, rest… If you want, you can make it a contest to see who gets the most words. You can also give extra credit for longer words.

This site has more Easter ideas.

Easter cards can be fun to make. These sites will give you some ideas.

Easter lends itself nicely to science experiments. Check out these sites for some ideas.

I hope these ideas give you some fun things for your family to do. Check back next week for lots of ideas for Easter crafts.

What are some ways you celebrate Easter at your house? Write them in the Comments box!

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