Make literacy your New Year’s resolution

(Toronto, ON - January 3, 2013) - The New Year is here, and with it comes promises of change – eating healthier, going to the gym, getting a new job. Improving your literacy skills can also help you make the ultimate change.

Check out these lifelong learning tips:

  • Become a volunteer reader –  Join a reading club at your local library and volunteer as a reader/mentor to children. Vocabulary, comprehension and oral communication will improve, not to mention sharing the love of reading to children.
  • Get active – Stretch your mind and body with board and video games. Maybe it’s time to learn to play golf or even try out being a jockey thanks to the new Wii or Xbox system Santa left you! Games are a great way to strengthen your reading, writing, math and concentration skills. www.Hasbro.ca offers lots of free online games as well as having some of our favourite classic board games to enjoy.
  • Incorporate writing into your everyday life – The holidays were a perfect time to catch up with loved ones through greeting cards. At this time of year, catch up on your thank you cards. Another great way to practice writing skills is by writing a blog--you could stumble upon a new online community with interests and experiences similar to your own!
  • Money magic – Practice makes perfect when it comes to literacy! Take time every day to improve your skills. When you’re in the check out line at the grocery store, try calculating your bill before the cashier rings up the total. How close were you? Do this a few more times and soon you’ll know the total before the register does. For some great advice in financial matters visit www.SmallChangeAddsUp.ca.
  • Reach out – If you know your literacy skills are not quite where you would like them to be, reach out for some assistance. It's never too late to ask for help. Visit www.LookUnderLearn.ca to find an adult literacy program in your community.
  • Participate in Family Literacy Day on January 27, 2013 – Join the thousands of Canadians taking part in Family Literacy Day events as they read and learn together - at schools, libraries, literacy organizations and homes across the country on Januray 27. Visit www.FamilyLiteracyDay.ca to find out how you can participate.

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