January 27th is Family Literacy Day in Canada. It’s a day meant to encourage families to learn together. ABC Life Literacy Canada is the organization responsible for promoting the event and their mission statement is this:
We envision a Canada where everyone has the literacy skills they need to live a fully engaged life.
Sounds like a worthy goal to me!
The theme for this year is “Fifteen Minutes of Fun.” Families are encouraged to spend at least fifteen minutes a day on reading skills, whether it’s through books, games, songs, poetry, riddles, or anything else that puts an emphasis on learning language. Our family is already very committed to learning together, and our life pretty much revolves around books, books, and more books, so for us this is a cinch.
In the spirit of the day, we read another chapter of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. My son is currently doing a novel study on it and we’ve had some great discussions on the subject matter. In my family, milestones are marked by books, and I’ve been waiting for this one for a long while now.
And what would a celebration of literacy be without some Shel Silverstein to liven things up a bit? We’ve long been fans of Shel’s zany poetry, and this is the fourth of his books we’ve read. His poems range from incredibly clever to just plain goofy, and when we start to read a few, we can never stop. We always say, “Okay, just one more,” until the book is accidentally finished.
We also played Boggle and a Scrabble card game. I love word games, so this was a fun way to cap off our literacy activities. Oh, and there were pizza Pringles and licorice. Those have nothing to do with language, but there must be snacks for any celebration, no matter how small.
I'd actually forgotten until this afternoon that it was Family Literacy Day, so there wasn't time to get overly creative. Next year I’d like to put more prep into this special day and come up with some better ideas for how to spend it. Something a little more along the lines of one of our Harry Potter or Narnia movie nights, complete with themed snacks, costumes, music, and other bookish stuff.
Have you ever participated in any literary holidays or events to promote reading?