Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Alan McIsaac recently joined with the P.E.I. Literacy Alliance in proclaiming Monday, January 27 Family Literacy Day. In doing so, he not only encouraged families to read that day but every day of the year.
“Reading together for just 15 minutes every day will help foster a love of learning and a thirst for knowledge,” the minister said. “Family literacy has a powerful influence on a child’s ability to learn. When families encourage literacy in the home, they are preparing their children for success in the classroom. By making learning to read fun and entertaining, children will develop the confidence needed to succeed.”
The theme of the national celebration of family literacy this year is, ‘15 minutes of fun.’
“Learning as a family is rewarding in so many ways,” said Amanda Beazley, program coordinator with the PEI Literacy Alliance. “It’s quality and memorable time spent together. Family literacy isn’t just about reading. It can be singing, dancing, creating art, playing games or having a good chat at mealtimes.”
The Literacy Alliance even offered up some tips to incorporating family literacy into the daily routine: make up riddles to share with friends, write a joke book with the family, make up a new recipe and post it online, organize a book swap at school, write messages to family members on sticky notes and post them around the house or create a family book