Spending 15 minutes a day enjoying a literacy activity is a great way to reinforce a positive attitude around reading. The more frequently you read as a family, the more your children will gravitate naturally to reading!
Why not kick off a year-long reading habit beginning on Family Literacy Day on January 27th?
Family Literacy Day is an annual literacy event that’s taken place across Canada since 1999. Every year, thousands of schools and other literacy providers host family literacy events to bring parents and children together to encourage 15 minutes of literacy learning fun.
Our team of tutors is often asked by parents how they can help their kids love reading, so in preparation for this year’s Family Literacy Day, we’re sharing five engaging ways to show your children that learning to read is fun.
- Sign up for a library card and then get out the family calendar to plan regular visits to stock up on books that reflect your child’s current interests. Once your child signs up for a library card, they can even borrow books digitally!
- Reread your child’s favourite books. While you may get tired of reading the same books the repetitive reading helps children’s vocabulary grow and deepens their comprehension.
- Don’t stop reading together even when your child can read for themselves. They still benefit from the dedicated time together. Instead, choose a novel and take turns reading aloud a chapter.
- Storytelling is a fantastic way to build your child’s oral literacy. They rely on playing with tone and volume to help evoke the power of emotions. As children learn to tell stories, they’ll naturally bring what they learn to their reading and writing. Get cozy and sit around making up silly stories or retell old favourites!
- Over dinner or before bedtime, dedicate 15 minutes of family time to engage in conversation about everyone’s day. Use our list of 20 questions to ask your child about school as a starting point.
Now grab a book and get reading!
Family Literacy Day is almost here. It’s a fun annual reminder on January 27th that reading is an important part of a child’s development. One of the most important keys to success is to engage your child with fun and memorable activities each and every day.
Here are 10 literacy activities to grow your child’s literacy learning while keeping the whole family entertained:
Aim to read with your child 20 minutes a day if possible. Engage them by reading different kinds of texts that you both enjoy. We suggest trying comics, joke books, magazines or ebooks.
Create your own flash cards to help your child learn sight words. To help them gain automaticity use the cards to make simple sentences or play games like ‘Go Fish’ or ‘Memory’.
Label items around the house and practice reading them with your child
Reading apps can help engage your child and leverage technology.
Cook together! Recipes are a fun and practical way to experience the power of reading in real life.
Begin to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday by reading books by Canadian authors. Ask your local librarian to help you and your child find books.
Mix up your family bookshelf with a visit to the bookstore to encourage everyone to always be reading. We’ve been enjoying these books about wellness and these books to battle bullying.
Gather family and friends together for a book swap. It’s a budget friendly way to grow your home library while enjoying great conversation about books with adults and children alike.
Play games! A family game night with board or card games help reinforce skills such as drawing, counting and reading.
Storytelling is a wonderful way to build your child’s oral literacy. Get cozy and sit around making up silly stories or retell old favourites!
Our latest Village Living Magazine article celebrates Family Literacy Day on January 27th. Partnering with Melissa Bourdon-King from Mabel’s Fabels Bookstore, here are some great book ideas:
“The Snatchabook” by Helen Docherty, illustrated by Thomas Docherty (ages 3-6)
“Poems to Learn by Heart” by Caroline Kennedy, illustrated by Jon J. Muth (ages 5-9)
“Legends, Icons & Rebels” by Robbie Roberston, Sebastian Robertson, Jared Levine and Jim Guerinot (ages 9+)
In celebration of Family Literacy Day, Mabel’s Fables Children’s Bookstore, along with co-sponsor HarperCollins, is also hosting a unique event and story reading on Saturday January 25th from 10:30-11:30m (ages 3+).
To learn more about these amazing books or the upcoming Mabel’s Fabels event click here