Developing literacy skills early is pivotal to life-long learning. Every January 27, Family Literacy Day – an initiative created by ABC Life Literacy in 1999 – raises awareness for the importance of parents and children reading, writing, using numeracy and oral communication skills together. Spending as little as 15 minutes engaged in literacy-related activities can dramatically improve a child’s (and a parent’s) skills. Here are some simple ideas of things you can do with the little ones in your life:
- Make a new recipe together and post it online
- Track your trip to school, the park, and the grocery store on a map
- Tell knock-knock jokes together while doing chores
Wondering how your child’s literacy is developing? Talk 2 Me, a local preschool speech and language program for Windsor-Essex County has put together this handy Early Literacy Milestones Checklist: Birth-5 Years.
Here at WPL, we’re all about literacy! Check out our Family Literacy Day Reading Mystery Program on Tuesday, Jan. 27 – participants will aim to solve the “Mystery of the Strange Books” at Central Library – the kids will even get their own magnifying glasses! And throughout the year, we offer story times, crafts, board games and other programs that help young minds develop their literacy skills.
We also offer literacy upgrading for adults through classes and one-on-one tutoring. Contact the Adult Literacy Program for more information.