Family Literacy Day is a national initiative held annually on January 27 to raise awareness about the importance of engaging in reading and other literacy-related activities as a family.
Family literacy focuses on parents, grandparents and other family members to improve the reading and writing skills of the whole family. By reading to children and engaging in fun literacy activities regularly, adults keep their own skills sharp and also help children improve their skills. Creating a learning culture in the family encourages lifelong learning.
This year’s Family Literacy Day theme is “Celebrate your Heritage”. There are FREE bilingual learning activities that families can do together at www.familyliteracyday.ca
Some ideas include:
Research your family’s place of origin. Go online together and research where your parents, grandparents, and other relatives were born. What interesting information can you find out?
Interview a family member. Speak to them about where they grew up and what it was like. Do they have any interesting facts about your family? Write a story about them.
Read a story There are lots of books about different places and cultures. Visit your local library and ask the librarian for books about your heritage.
Explore traditional music and art
Cook a traditional recipe. Learn how to make your family’s signature dish or look up a recipe for a famous meal from your culture.
Literacy matters more than ever. The COVID pandemic interrupted learning for all ages and stages of life. Parents are looking for tips to help them support their children’s learning and address learning gaps. Adults are challenged to adapt to changes in the labour market and workplace. Seniors lack skills to navigate increasing digital demands.
In recognition and celebration of Family Literacy Day, the Yamaska Literacy Council is hosting Storywalks in two communities. We hope you can join us!
WATERLOO (January 27th 1- 5pm, at 5403 rue Foster)
To register: 450-204-2728 [email protected]
STANBRIDGE EAST Community Centre,(January 28th 1- 4pm, 5 rue Academy)
To register 450-272-6785 [email protected]