The day is intended to encourage families to participate in learning activities together to improve literacy skills for both adults and children. This year, to celebrate Family Literacy Day, we are encouraging families to have “15 Minutes of Fun” learning together. Learning can happen at any time throughout the day.
How do you practice your literacy skills? For many of us, the word literacy simply means reading, but it’s so much more. Your literacy skills help you write your grocery list, play a card or board game, or even count the cars ahead of you. They are part of the things you do every day.
Literacy involves lifelong learning that begins at home. Children gain useful literacy skills doing everyday activities. Families are able to connect with other families through programs that focus on singing songs, and sharing language experiences. From travelling from one place to another, to waiting for one’s turn at the doctor, to making up a silly rhyme or recalling favourite stories - all of these things set a strong foundation for learning. These experiences are woven into families’ lives and become a significant part of families’ collective memories.
Early literacy skills develop in relationships with caregivers, and through so much more than books. Talking, singing and playing all build skills for ongoing literacy development. Practicing literacy together everyday has tremendous benefits for both children and parents, and all it really takes is 15 minutes of fun!
For more ideas for 15 minutes of fun, visit the Decoda Literacy Solutions website. They have put together some “15 minutes of Family Fun” sheets on storytelling, kitchen time, outdoor play, rhythm & rhymes, and daily routines - fun ways to gain literacy skills by doing everyday activities at home: http://decoda.ca/children-families/family-literacy-day/
Visit your community’s page to find out more information on the Family Literacy Day activities taking place near you on January 27th. Let’s celebrate Family Literacy Day on January 27th and everyday!
By Sonia Tavares