Recently, our network celebrated the Jan. 27 Family Literacy Day holiday with playful activities and educational workshops. As Family Literacy Day entered its 20th anniversary this year, we were happy to be supporting another year of raised awareness and family literacy time. According to ABC Life Literacy, “by reading to children and engaging in fun literacy activities, parents are actively keeping their own skills sharp while at the same time strengthening the relationship between the family which, in turn, encourages lifelong learning”. We couldn’t agree more! Here are some of the highlights from our FLD celebrations:
5202 Rue de Verdun, Verdun, Quebec
The Literacy Quebec team tabled at the Montreal Children's Hospital Family Literacy Day event on Jan. 30. LQ distributed literacy resources and fun literacy loot bags to the kids.
4322 Wellington, Verdun, Quebec
RECLAIM was busy tabling at the Montreal Children's Hospital introducing their newest project ‘children’s books read on digital devices’ , something they feel will get more storytelling to more children. They also had the opportunity to showcase their adult education programs to members of the hospital staff, who can share the info with parents of the patients.
Once again this year, Joy, RECLAIM's Executive Director and LQ's President, was up bright and early cooking up hundreds of alphabet pancakes to celebrate Family Literacy Day! This year, after serving over 70 children at Verdun Elementary Breakfast Club, she made her way over to the CCS Little Learners group to serve up yummy letters to the children and their parents.
Literacy in Action
7 Connolly Street, Lennoxville, Quebec
Gaspésie Literacy Council
28 Saint-Patrick Ave, Gaspé, Quebec
GLC marked the day at an event in New Carlisle with the organization Family Ties.
The Learning Exchange
2100 des Laurentides Vimont, Laval, Quebec
.The Learning Exchange held some Family Literacy activities within the community to promote families reading, writing, learning and web surfing together.
TLE will give away Writing Kit information cards and new Children’s Books from Scholastic. In addition, TLE will set up a table at CDC Vimont’s cafeteria to give away books donated to TLE. Check out their full list of FLD activities on their site here. Recently, they also introduced their 1000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative which has the goal of...you guessed it - encouraging your toddler to read 1000 books with you before Kindergarten! Check out more info here.
Western Quebec Literacy Council
106 Front Street, Campbell's Bay, Quebec
WQLC held a fun and entertaining event for the whole family! They invited members of the public to bring a book to exchange for another at their book swap table. Activities at the table also included: Design and make your own personalized bookmark, Create a greeting card for friend, family or upcoming holiday, Playing card games, Help write the lyrics for a song and even a sing along! The day was packed with literacy fun for the whole family.
Quebec City Reading Council
3005 rue William Stuart, Office #202, Québec City, Quebec
For Family Literacy Day, Quebec City Reading Council posted a range of free and simple activities each day to help parents with ideas on how to promote learning at home. As they say on their facebook page, taking time every day to read or do a learning activity is crucial to a child’s development, improves a child’s literacy skills and can help parents improve their skills. Plus, it’s a great way to have fun with the entire family! Check out their full posts + expert FLD tips on their facebook page here
Those are just some of the initiatives our members created for this year's Family Literacy Day. Stay tuned on all of our websites to keep updated on the events we have year-round. We are already looking forward to next January!