Family Literacy Day

A sunny day in January, but no gardening for me!  I still have twenty books to read…

And speaking of reading, Family Literacy Day is coming up on January 27th. ABC Life Literacy Canada has a whole host of tips for making literacy a priority in your family.  The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is celebrating with a list of great books for you and your family.  Be sure to check it out.

Happy reading!




Happy Family Literacy Day

In honour of Family Literacy Day, ABC Life Literacy Canada offers five suggestions on how you can embrace daily learning opportunities:

  1. Attend a local Family Literacy Day event in your community. Visit for event listings.
  2. When making your grocery list, have your child write out the items you need to buy.
  3. When cooking dinner, involve your children in measuring the ingredients. This helps them understand fractions and measurements.
  4. In the car, sing along to songs on the radio. Singing encourages learning patterns of words, rhymes and rhythms, and is strongly connected to language skills.
  5. When playing a board game, read the instructions aloud to each other or count how many spaces to travel around the board.

September 8 is International Literacy Day

Happy International Literacy Day! Today is a great day to celebrate literacy, but also to reflect on the riches that being literate has brought to each of us, our families and our communities.  Of course it’s a great day for those of us who want to celebrate, but what about the one in five adults who aren’t literate?  And what about the 67.4 million children who don’t have the chance to attend school?  There are so many ways to support literacy in your community with programs like “Raise a Reader”, nationally through organizations like ABC Life Literacy CanadaLiteracy USA and internationally via UNESCO and CODE.   If we all do a small part to give others a chance to celebrate life with literacy, we’ll make our world a better place.