Friday, January 23, 2015

How are YOU Celebrating on January 27th?

Family Literacy Day 2015

When is it?  
Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

What is it?
"a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999, and held annually to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family."
By reading, talking, drawing and playing with children you are helping them develop skills they will use forever.

How do I participate?

Check your school and public library for ready made activities and programs.  Sign up for one (or more).

Host your own event.  Invite family and friends or enjoy with those already in your household. Activities can range from fundraisers, book drives and children’s reading circles, to literacy-themed games, anything you can think of!

Ideas For School Libraries:
  • Ask families to send  a "selfie" of themselves engaged in a literary activity ~ reading the newspaper, playing Scrabble, etc.

  • Host a dress up day where primary kids dress up as their favorite BOOK character - a sort of Halloween for books.

  • Host a family reading time.  Invite parents in to read with their children.  Try pairing it with juice and muffins before school or during nutrition/lunch breaks.

Ideas For Home:

You don’t have to participate in a formal event to be a part of this initiative. Family Literacy Day can be celebrated by simply setting aside 15 minutes of family time to do an activity together.

  • Read together
  • Listen to a book on CD

  • Write a letter.  Write a round-robin story.

  • Play word games such as crosswords, Boggle, Scrabble or other brainteasers

  • Cook together using a recipe and following the steps as a team; write down step by step preparations for a favorite family meal.

  • Have children read to the cat or dog.  Animals are great reading companions especially for children who may not be strong readers. They don't correct or get impatient with your children reading style.


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