Celebrate Literacy Month

1 Sep

As an educator, I have become all to aware the of literacy skills that our students lack.  It is the reason I am offering literacy and numeracy programming!  Here are some of the initiatives and tips for Literacy Month!

Peel Region is offering a series of workshop for parents and children under the age of 6.  The workshops are free, and each provide refreshments, story time and strategies for parents!

Register for the workshops at this link.

UNESCO is celebrating International Literacy Day on September 8th and this year the theme is Literacy & Peace.  The website states…

“Literacy contributes to peace as it brings people closer to attaining individual freedoms and better understanding the world, as well as preventing or resolving conflict. The connection between literacy and peace can be seen by the fact that in unstable democracies or in conflict-affected countries it is harder to establish or sustain a literate environment.”

Here are their suggestions how to participate…

  1. Donate books and reading materials to your local school or community centre
  2. Start a reading club
  3. Volunteer to teach literacy classes in your community
  4. Become a mentor of a non-literate person
  5. Send your literacy stories to joinliteracy@unesco.org

Check out their articles, videos and resources on the UNESCO website…

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/international-days/literacy-day/

ABC Life Literacy Canada is encouraging families to participate in everyday activities that support everyday literacy practices.  Here are their suggestions…

  1. When making your grocery list, have your child write out the items you need to buy.
  2. At the store, ask your child to count out the money to make the purchase.
  3. Make it a habit to always read a story together at bedtime.
  4. When cooking dinner, involve your children in measuring the ingredients.  This helps them understand fractions and measurements.
  5. Driving is a perfect opportunity to practice literacy.  Read signs, billboards and license plate together, and show your children the proper way to read a map.
  6. While on the internet, make time to research something new that your family is interested in. Research skills are important and help with reading and comprehension.
  7. 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.
  8. When playing board games, read the instructions aloud to each other or count how many spaces to travel the board.
  9. Involve yours kids when you pay the bills.  This will teach them strong financial skills early on in life.
  10. Children follow by example, so ensure learning and reading are part of your daily life too!

They are celebrating Essential Skills Day on September 21st and have focused their campaign on adult literacy and work place skills.

Check out their resources and website…

http://abclifeliteracy.ca/essential-skills-day

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