Literacy is important at any age…

But one of the best ways to improve your literacy skills is to teach someone else, and to have fun while you’re at it.  Playing and learning with your kids or grandkids, or by volunteering in the community with young people will not only pass on the love of learning and importance of literacy to the next generations, it is also a fantastic way to improve your own literacy skills while you’re at it!

This is the core of Family Literacy.  As Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, puts it: “Strong literacy and essential skills are so important for children’s success at school and adults’ success at work. That is why our government is investing in skills development and proudly joining Canadians in celebrating Family Literacy Day.” By teaching literacy to your children, you can help them to develop essential skills that they’ll need throughout their life, while also improving your own literacy too.

On January 27th, 2017, share the joy learning and celebrate literacy by having fun with your family.  The theme for 2017 is “Learn at Play Everyday.”  Family Literacy Day Honorary Chair & spokesperson, Barbara Reid (award-winning Canadian author and illustrator), has provided some brilliant resources to help your family have fun while learning literacy.  Check out some fun activity suggestions provided by ABC Literacy

This January, try a fun activity, like this one, with your family: