In 1999, ABC Life Literacy Canada, a non-profit organization, introduced Family Literacy Day to “raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.”
This year, ABC Life Literacy is encouraging families to take 15 minutes out of their day to prioritize learning.
Here are ten suggestions on how to achieve this goal:
1. Start reading aloud to your newborn. Children become attuned to the sound of your voice and the tones of the language you speak as their hearing develops.
2. Ask older children questions about the story to ensure comprehension.
3. Encourage oral storytelling by providing prompts: “What did your doll or teddy bear do today?” “Tell us a story about the Christmas/Halloween/Valentine’s Day party at school?”
4. Record or write down your children’s stories. Use an app to convert them into a book, animation, or slide show. While read or watching the end product, point out new words, story structure, and grammar.
5. Turn off the television and use that time to read together.
6. Organize a children’s book club in your neighborhood.
7. Make regular visits to the local library. Check the events calendar for more information about activities and crafts offered.
8. Keep teenagers reading by providing magazines and newspaper articles that appeal to their interests.
9. Invite children to participate in activities such as making shopping lists, sending e-cards, or checking directions on Google Maps.
10. Volunteer your time in local literacy groups. You could read to children, tutor adults, or help with administrative tasks.
Find out more information about ABC Life Literacy Canada here.