Did you know that one of the best ways to develop children’s literacy skills is to participate in literacy-related fun together as a family? As it turns out, something as simple as spending quality time together can have a lasting impact on a child’s learning. According to Every Child Ready to Read, playing, reading, writing, singing and talking are all important ways to develop language and literacy skills.
ABC Life Literacy Canada talks about the benefits of developing literacy skills as a family and notes that children are more motivated to be lifelong learners and build skills in multiple subject areas when they have the support of parents, grandparents and other family members. The time spent together will not only aid your child in literacy development, but it will also create a bonding experience as a family.
Once a year on January 27, we celebrate Family Literacy Day to highlight the impact that supportive family members can have in young learners’ lives. Activities like singing to your baby, playing I Spy with your preschooler, making cookies with your second-grader by following a favourite recipe, or playing a board game with your teens all help to develop the skills needed for success in school and beyond.
This year on Family Literacy Day, we encourage you to set some time aside to spend time together as a family playing, reading, writing, singing, talking or doing a combination of these practices so you can not only help develop your child’s literacy skills, but you’ll also be creating memories that you can look back on for many years to come.