from Brenda Boreham’s article in Canadian Teacher Magazine
The following is a list of specific suggestions that might prove useful to parents in promoting family literacy.
- Provide a quiet place in your home with reading and writing supplies (paper, felt pens, crayons, scissors, glue, etc.).
- Buy used books at second hand stores and garage sales.
- Reading material comes in many different forms: books, magazines, letters, Internet sites, newspapers, etc. Try them all!
- Visit the public library every week.
- Be a reading model. Children learn by example. Let them see you reading in your spare time.
- Read aloud to your children—20 minutes a day adds up over the course of the summer.
- Read in the car. Road signs, billboards and licence plates are all sources of reading material while you are in transit. Why not teach your children to read a road map?
- Daily household routines allow for many reading opportunities—recipes, phone books, the TV guide are all excellent sources of informational text.
- Try a family board game night. Encourage your children to read the instructions and follow the directions.
- When you are watching TV reduce the volume and turn on the closed captioning feature. Encourage your children to read the words on the screen.
- Listen to your child read to you. Ask questions (e.g., What do you think will happen next? What is the problem in the story?).
- Sing with your children. Singing helps them to develop an early awareness of rhyme, rhythm and words.
- Ask for your children’s help with household chores: printing grocery lists, marking events on the calendar, writing postcards and letters to family members and friends, etc.
- Challenge your children with word games such as word searches, crossword puzzles, Scrabble, Upwords, etc.
- On family trips to museums, science centres, parks and galleries make sure that you read the information on the displays.
- Have fun!
Have a wonderful summer with your families!