Thursday, January 27, 2011

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January 27: Family Literacy Day (Canada)

To raise your child to be a reader, start early
Times Colonist: January 27, 2001 by Dave Obee

Once upon a time, it was possible to find success with only rudimentary reading skills. But those days are gone.

Strong reading skills are critical for a successful, full life. Literacy needs to start at an early age and real progress must be supported by parents, grandparents and other responsible adults.

That might seem obvious to you, but you can read.

Too many adults don't have that ability, and that puts their own children at a disadvantage. If children don't see their parents reading, and if parents are not reading to them, they are less likely to develop the essential skills.

The theme this year is "play for literacy," and it's meant to reinforce the idea that literacy can be developed in many different ways. It's not just about reading books to children -- although that certainly helps. The seed of literacy can grow through singing to children, playing games with them and even helping them to colour.

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And don't miss a chance to read to your children, your grandchildren or even the neighbour's kid. They need it. READ MORE !

Family Literacy Day is all about learning in fun and different ways !
Play creates a strong family bond, promotes language comprehension and improves reading skills.
~ scribbling (writing) in pretend play
~ extended conversations – play with words: jokes, riddles
~ tell stories
~ sing songs
~ following a recipe
~ linear board games (Chutes & Ladders) lead to greater learning of counting, numbers and arithmetic

Birth-to-three is the key to a child’s future.
Children who are exposed to lots of words, books and praise will have heard almost 30-million words by the age of 3.

The “Close the 30 Million Word Gap” flier is available in the Literacy Office. Pick 1 Up !

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