Get Those Socks Ready ~ World Down Syndrome Day & Lots of Socks Day is March 21st!

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Hello!  Last year I wrote a blog post about World Down Syndrome Day.  This year I am revisiting this holiday and including updated information and activities you can do in your classroom to make your students more aware of Down Syndrome!

Background Information

Almost 70 countries recognize World Down Syndrome Day!  This day can include events like concerts, lectures and other activities. Many people will wear T-shirts, socks,  wristbands or ribbons to acknowledge World Down Syndrome Day. This year's colors are blue and yellow.  Most clothing or accessories mention “Down Syndrome” or “World Down Syndrome Day.”  If you include information about World Down Syndrome Day on social media, check out these possible hashtags:   #downsyndrome; #worlddownsyndromeday; #downsyndromecuties; #SeeTheAbility.

The following information is from the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress:

 The overall theme for World Down Syndrome Day 2018, which is “What I bring to the workplace”. This message is to bring awareness to disability employment and educate employers on the benefits of employing people with Down Syndrome. You will see local individuals with Down Syndrome at their jobs with our message “Employees with Down Syndrome Get The Job Done!”

We are lighting up the night sky with the colors of Down syndrome from the easternmost to the westernmost parts of the state and in between.

Look for these landmarks aglow in blue+yellow: Zakim Bridge in Boston, Burns Bridge in Worcester, and Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.

WDSD fingernailsYou can join too by helping us light something blue+yellow on 3/21. Ask your local churches, stores, venues to light it blue+yellow. Put blue+yellow candles in your windows. Put blue+yellow lights around your house. Paint your nails blue+yellow. Be creative. Have fun! 

Check out this local billboard:

Books to Read about Down Syndrome
Books to Read About Down Syndrome

My Friend, Isabelle by author Eliza Woloson tells the charming tale of the author's daughter, Isabelle (who has Down Syndrome), and her friendship with Charlie.  This book is perfect for younger children.

We'll Paint the Octopus Red is another charming story about a big sister who asks what her Down Syndrome brother can't do.

Down Syndrome by Petra Miller is full of detailed information.

This book ~ The Lucky Few ~ is written by a Mom of two Down Syndrome children:,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch
This book is better suited for adults.
If you'd like to find more books on Down Syndrome, Amazon has a whole page you can check out here.

Activities on Teachers Pay Teachers

Here's a free activity that I created in which students create their own pair of mismatched socks.  Click here or on the picture to check it out:

In addition, you can buy these World Down Syndrome activities made by TPT author Kelsey Mango:

For the K-2 packet, click here.

For the 3 - packet, click here.

If you're looking for more information about Lots of Socks Day, click here.

Are you going to celebrate Lots of Socks Day?  Please let us know if you do!  We'd love to hear from you!

Thank you for visiting our blog today!

by Susan K.

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