Family Literacy Day, a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada, is celebrated annually on January 27. Some PWSD school extend the day into a week of literacy activities, or celebrate on an alternate day – consult your school newsletter for details.
More than reading stories together as a family, Family Literacy Day promotes other activities, such as making a grocery list and encouraging your children to locate the items at the store, playing board games, unscrambling jumbled sentences, and allowing your child to keep score during a game to sharpen their math skills.
Learn more about Family Literacy Day online at http://abclifeliteracy.ca/family-literacy, or ask your child to describe what they did at school during the following events:
- Beaverlodge Elementary School: A week of activities during January 23-27 have been organized by the school's Literacy Week Committee under the theme "Welcome to Camp Read-a-lot" to get students excited about literacy. During the week, students will place reading logs in the school's 'campfire' pit, collect books for a book swap, decorate classroom doors in a cabin theme, and colour bookmarks. On Thursday, January 26, the school will gather in the gym for a campfire story during nutrition break, complete with S'mores snacks, songs and reading aloud.
- Bonanza School: Families and community members are invited to join students for a 'Learn at Play Every Day' afternoon of literacy through play on Tuesday, January 31 at 12:30 p.m. - 2:10 p.m. Participants will experience creative ways to enhance literacy skills at home and in school through hands-on word play, drama, board games, crafts and technology.
- Helen E. Taylor School: The school will host a 'Green Eggs and Ham' breakfast and 'Alphabet Soup' lunch on Friday, January 27. A multitude of activities are planned for the week, including a life-sized Scrabble® game and a read-in.
- LaGlace School: Students are encouraged to dress up as their favorite storybook character on January 27 and share a story as a part of the buddy reading program.
- Teepee Creek School: Grades 1-6 students will participate in six Family Literacy Day activities, led by Grades 7-8 students, during Friday afternoon, January 27: camp-out reading, write a letter to my future self, winter words in the snow, Race to Read game, yoga alphabet, and an alphabet scavenger hunt.