Most people think of literacy as reading and writing.
But it’s much more than that.
Literacy skills are used in everything we do, from communicating with one another to understanding the world in which we live.
Did you know that just 15 minutes a day can improve a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well?
Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development.
ABC Life Literacy Canada created a national awareness initiative called Family Literacy Day on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.
I participated in some family literacy activities and materials with my family over the holidays, thanks to ABC Life Literacy:
- My kids and I followed a recipe together. They learned about measuring and the different food groups.
- We counted coins and they practiced counting money for different amounts.
- We played Scrabble together.
- We went grocery shopping together and they named all the fruits and vegetables we saw.
- We read books together, including “Give me Back my Dad” by Robert Munsch.
You can also participate in literacy activities by downloading the Journey to Learning Passport and complete as many activities as you can leading up to Family Literacy Day.
Get involved with your kids with literacy-related activities by visiting www.FamilyLiteracyDay.ca!
Take a learning journey with us for Family Literacy Day 2012 and enter to win 1 of 2 Family Literacy Day packs!