Read a story, play a game, bake a cake, sing a song…There are many fun ways that families can build literacy skills together!
Children begin developing language skills from the moment they are born and the main source for those early learning experiences is their parents. Research has found that hearing a variety of words consistently helps prepare young children for reading later in life and builds their vocabulary. What’s more, children’s levels of literacy often reflect those of their parents. This means that keeping your own literacy skills sharp by continued ongoing learning in adulthood is an important part of getting your child off to the right start so they too can be lifelong learners.
Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative held annually on January 27 to raise awareness about the importance of engaging in reading and other literacy-related activities as a family. There are FREE bilingual learning activities that families can do together…great activities for the winter days ahead! Recipes, scavenger hunts, puzzles, games and more. Visit: www.familyliteracyday.ca
In communities across Brome-Missisquoi, there many events and activities to celebrate Family Literacy Day;
- Mansonville: January 26th at Mansonville Elementary, book exchange and activities.
- Knowlton: Saturday, January 27th, 10-12@Pettes Library. Click for details FLD at Pettes Library
- Waterloo: Friday Feb 2nd; Activities at Waterloo Elementary, including: visit from an author, bookmaking, media literacy workshop for students.
- Bedford (Jan 22-26); Events at Butler Elementary include: storytelling; dress up as your favourite book character; t-shirt making; “alpha” snack. Also a workshop for parents is announced “Keeping your child safe on the Internet”. Contact Lynn for registration at 450-248-7977.
For more information about Family Literacy Day, and/or to learn about literacy services in Brome-Missisquoi, contact the Yamaska Literacy Council at 866-337-7503 or 450-263-7503 or firstname.lastname@example.org