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Family Literacy Day Luau at Turner Valley School Tomorrow!

Palm treeFamily Literacy Day was created in 1999 by ABC Life Literacy Canada to celebrate parents and children reading and learning together to become lifelong learners. This day is held annually in January to encourage Canadian families to spend at least 15 minutes a day enjoying a learning activity together. This year, TVS is holding a Family Literacy Day Luau on Tuesday January 27. We have many reasons to celebrate and we would like to invite you to join us.  Every student in the school  is asked to bring their favourite book or board game from home (or read a book they have checked out from the library), dress in appropriate beach wear and read and play with their peers and/or with parents who come and join us for this special event.

Mr. Holladay and Mr. Ellis will be roaming the school with prizes for students that “Get Caught Reading!”

What is Family Literacy?

Family literacy focuses on caring adults as the means to improve the reading and writing skills of all family members. By reading to children and engaging in fun literacy activities, parents are modeling strong literacy skills and a love of reading, while at the same time strengthening the relationships within their families. There are many activities that help strengthen literacy skills and all it takes is 15 minutes of practice every day.

Why is Literacy Important?

Literacy is the foundation of learning and knowledge building necessary for future skills. Supporting literacy helps adults maintain and model their own literacy skills. Literacy can be celebrated in your home by setting aside time each day to read, play a game, write a letter, or even follow a recipe together.

We are excited to have you come and join us on January 27 to celebrate Family Literacy Day at Turner Valley School. Remember to wear your colorful beach attire and bring your favourite book or board game!

15 Minutes of Literacy

Family LiteracyCheck out these activity ideas to enjoy with your family to have 15 minutes of literacy fun!

1) Create your own comic strip about your family.

2) Invent two new endings to your favourite book.

3) Make up a new recipe together and post it online.

4) Tell knock-knock jokes together while doing the dishes.

5) Sing five of your favourite songs really loud!

6) Invent a new game while playing at the park.

7) Read a story to your pet or favourite stuffed animal.

8) Make a paper fortune teller with 8 different fortunes.

9) Write a silly poem and tell it to your family at dinner.

10) Log on to our favourite word game – can you beat your best score?

11) Create your family tree.

12) Play rhyming “I Spy” – “I spy something that rhymes with…”

13) Play a board game together.

14) Text or email your friend and tell them about your holiday.

15) Find 15 things that begin with the letter “?”

16) Re-write a fairy tale with your family members as different characters.

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