Family Literacy Day: Encouraging Literacy Activities Every Day!
posted on January 25, 2018
About Family Literacy Day
Family Literacy Day is a day to encourage families to read and engage in other literacy-related activities as a family. It was created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and is held annually on January 27. Even though literacy should be practised every day, it is a great day to remind ourselves and spread the word to others about the importance of doing at least 15 minutes of reading and other literacy related activities.
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What is Family Literacy?
“Family literacy refers to the many ways families develop and use literacy skills to accomplish day-to-day tasks and activities. Examples of family literacy might include writing a note to a child’s teacher, sharing a bedtime story, making shopping lists, and using a recipe.”
Interesting Statistics about Family Literacy
According to an early 2017 study done by Scholastic and YouGov:
- “The majority of children ages 6–17 (86%) are currently reading or have just finished reading a book for fun. Half of kids (50%) read books for fun 1–4 days per week, while 34% are frequent readers, reading 5–7 days per week. Girls (38%) are more likely than boys (30%) to be frequent readers.”
- “Both parents and teachers play a key role in encouraging children to read books for fun.”
- “Ninety-four percent of children agree that their favourite books are the ones they picked out themselves, and almost all children (92%) agree that they are more likely to finish a book they picked out.”
- “Nine in 10 kids and parents say they enjoy/enjoyed read-aloud time.”
- “While more than half (61%) of children ages 0–5 are read aloud to 5–7 days per week, the frequency of reading aloud drops significantly after age 5 (41%) and again after age 8 (16%). Fifty-eight percent of kids ages 6–8 say they wanted reading aloud to continue.”
Benefits of Family Literacy
According to the American Association of School Librarians, the benefits of reading aloud with children are:
- “Children’s self esteem grows as they experience the security of having a parent or other caring person read aloud with them.
- Children experience increased communication with parents and other family members.
- Children are introduced to new concepts such as colors, shapes, numbers, and alphabet, in a fun, age appropriate way.
- Children build listening skills, vocabulary, memory, and language skills.
- Children develop imagination and creativity.
- Children learn information about the world around them.
- Children develop individual interests in special subjects like dinosaurs, cats, or cars.
- Children learn positive behavior patterns and social values.
- Children learn positive attitudes towards themselves and others.
- CHILDREN LEARN THE JOY OF READING!”
Family Literacy Activities
Reading is an important literacy activity, but there are plenty of other activities that encourage learning and fun.
PEI Literacy Alliance put together a large list of different types of activities, including inside, outside, everyday and special activities. You can view/download/print it here.
Tips on Family Literacy
An interview from 2012 where ABC Life Literacy President Margaret Eaton gives tips on family literacy:
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