(August 12, 2013 — Toronto, ON) — On January 27, 2014, Family Literacy Day will celebrate 16 years of learning as a family. This year, ABC is encouraging families to take time each day to have “15 Minutes of Fun”.
On January 27, 2014, Family Literacy Day will celebrate 16 years of learning as a family. The initiative, created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999, has been embraced by literacy organizations, schools and libraries all across Canada. This year, ABC is encouraging families to take time each day to have “15 Minutes of Fun”.
“Making time each day to learn together with children helps to develop a shared culture of lifelong learning,” says Gillian Mason, President of ABC Life Literacy Canada. “Learning opportunities happen every day at home, in the park, with friends and family. It is vitally important that all of us, parents and caregivers, understand the benefits of learning outside the classroom and seize these oppourtunities to learn and grow together.”
Time spent following a new recipe, playing a game, or reading a story together can focus on learning in a fun way. These teachable moments at home help children learn listening skills and language skills, and develop their imaginations and creativity — and are also opportunities for adults to practise their skills to keep them sharp.
For more great ways to have 15 minutes of fun together, visit the HSBC Learning Activity Centre, at www.FamilyLiteracyDay.ca.