On January 27, families and communities across Canada participate in ABC CANADA Family Literacy Day® (FLD). This national initiative – created by ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation and supported by founding sponsor Honda Canada – promotes the importance of families playing and learning together to help develop literacy and numeracy skills.

To help you get in on the fun, ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation offers the following tips and activities to encourage family literacy in the home on FLD and throughout the year.

 ·         Sous Chef: Following recipes is a great way to improve both reading and math skills. Ask your children to read the instructions out loud and to help measure the ingredients when making a treat for the family.  

·         Game On!: Set up a family game tournament, where children are encouraged to read instructions and keep score.

 ·         Expand your Vocabulary: Look up the meaning of funny words, like “onomatopoeia” and “Chinook” and test your family’s word power.

 ·         The Count: Have your child count out the change required to make a purchase and help reinforce the importance of math in everyday life.

 ·         Watch a Book: Many children’s stories have been adapted for the big screen. Read these stories with your kids first, then watch the movie.

 ·         Reading Buddies: Encourage your child to practise reading to the family dog, cat or goldfish. Pets are great listeners and don’t make a judgment if a mistake is made.

 ·         Travel the World: Take your children to the library and use your library card as a passport. Check out books on different countries to learn about their geography and traditions.

 ·         Go Surfing: Navigate the Internet with your child to find fun and educational websites.

 ·         Sing-along: Put on a CD and sing along together. Singing helps develop a greater awareness of rhythm, rhyme, words and sounds.

 ·         Use it or lose it! Reading is like a muscle, if you don’t exercise it often, you will not maintain the same level of reading ability as you get older. Keep your mind active by doing crossword puzzles, word jumbles and word searches.

Family Literacy Day Website