Chanukah is here! Have your children forgotten the blessings since last year? Do they need to brush up on their Chanukah skills? Do you need some activities for that Chanukah bash you are throwing? Look no further!
Below is a list of resources for everything you will need to make Chanukah accessible and fun, for everyone:
Blessings – Brush up on your Chanukah blessings with this guide, with Hebrew transliteration, simplified English translation and visual representation in picture symbols.
Stories – Learn all about lighting Chanukah candles and waiting patiently and safely until the candles burn out by themselves in this social story.
Songs – This song sheet displays the words to the song "Oh Chanukah, Oh Chanukah" in both written English and picture symbols, so that all children can follow along.
Activities – File folder activities can help children review ideas and familiarize them with Jewish objects. Since they are inexpensive and relatively easy to make, you can accumulate a large stack of file folder activities in no time! The visual nature of file folder activities takes advantage of the visual strengths of children with autism and many other developmental disabilities. Check out this file folder activity, involving matching photographs of Chanukah objects.
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy, accessible Chanukah filled with light!
Rachel Fadlon is the Director, Marketing and Communications for Gateways: Access to Jewish Education.