'Tis the season to learn

It’s the winter holidays and even though the children are out of school, learning shouldn’t stop! This December spend time as a family learning something new and practicing your literacy skills. ABC Life Literacy Canada offers these literacy tips to make your season “bright!”:

  • Reading circle: Invite friends and family to join you around the fireplace with a favourite holiday book. Then snuggle in and take turns reading aloud to one another while drinking hot chocolate!
  • Carolling! Get together with friends or neighbours and go door-to-door singing carols. Singing encourages learning patterns of words, rhymes and rhythms.
  • Bake-off: Get the whole family involved in baking Christmas cake or gingerbread cookies. Have your children read the recipe and measure out the ingredients – it’s a great way to practice reading, comprehension and math skills.
  • Night out on the town: Take in a holiday musical or visit the museum.Both outings offerfun literacy activities and don’t forget to read the descriptions at each exhibit!
  • Make a list and check it twice! Have your child make the holiday grocery (or wish) list and read it aloud as you make your way through the aisles.   
  • Family movie night: Read a winter or holiday-themed book that has been made into a movie, then watch the film!Ask your children if they noticed any differences between the book and the film, and talk about which one you liked better and why.
  • Looking for a gift idea? Encourage reading by giving books or a magazine subscription – a gift that gives throughout the year!
  • Write on! Keep writing skills sharp by handwriting your Christmas cards. Include a personalized note to let each family member know how special they are.

Try incorporating these fun tips in your holiday routine to stay sharp over holidays and well into the New Year. For more family literacy tips and activities, visit www.FamilyLiteracyDay.ca

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