Did you know that January 27th, 2013 is the 15th annual Family Literacy Day in Canada? “Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.”
ABC Life Literacy encourages families to take 15 minutes a day to read together or do another type of learning activity. Even this short amount of time every day will make a huge impact on your child’s literacy and development. This year on Family Literacy Day, why not try one of these recommended activities with your kiddies:
- Create your own comic strip about your family.
- Invent two new endings to your favourite book.
- Make up a new recipe together and post it online.
- Tell knock-knock jokes together while doing the dishes.
- Sing five songs really, really loud!
- Invent a new game while playing at the park.
- Read a story to your pet (or favourite toy).
- Make a paper fortune teller with eight fortunes.
- Write a silly poem and tell it to your family at dinner.
- Log on to your favourite word game – can you beat your best score?
- Create your family tree.
- Play rhyming “I Spy” – “I spy something that rhymes with…”
- Play a board game together.
- Text your friend and tell them about your holiday.
- Find 15 things that begin with the letter “S”.
Visit the HSBC Learning Activity Centre for more fun literacy activities you can complete as a family!