Anyone who knows me knows I love to read. Some of my earliest memories are of my mum telling me stories before I went to bed. One of the stories I loved wasn’t a book, but was a story about a little boy from Africa. I would get her to tell it over and over again.
Another memory I have from childhood is listening to my Gramma read me stories. To this day, I still love listening to her read…there’s something so comforting hearing her voice tell a story. I’m so happy that I have all these awesome memories of people reading to me, telling me stories, sharing jokes!
So what is Family Literacy?
Family literacy refers to the many ways families develop and use literacy skills, from enjoying a storybook together at bedtime and during the day, to playing with word games, singing, writing to a relative or friend, sharing day-to-day tasks such as making a shopping list or using a recipe, and surfing the Internet for fun and interesting sites (Family Literacy in Canada: Profiles of Effective Practices, Adele Thomas, Soleil Publishing Inc., 1998).
Today is the 15th Anniversary Family Literacy Day. The creators of the event are encouraging families to spend 15mins of Fun on literacy activities. So if you have kids or know some kids…take advantage and spend 15mins (or more) with them reading, or telling jokes, or playing a new board game! To look for more ideas check out the website HERE!
For a child, the more time spent with a parent reading aloud increases his or her level of attachment, enhances a sense of security, and imparts the knowledge that their parent feels they are worthwhile people with whom to spend time (How to Raise a Reader, 1987).
Did you know?
Having a parent or other caring person read aloud with their children helps children learn listening skills, vocabulary and language skills, as well as develop imagination and creativity (Family Literacy Foundation, 2001).
Have some fun with Literacy Activities with your family today. Let me know what are some things you and your family did to celebrate this day!