Everyday is Family Literacy Day on this website. Literacy development is a partnership between school, home and
community. This resource will help give you some additional ideas to
promote fun family literacy activities at your home. Make literacy a part of
everyday activities at your household and create an enhanced literacy environment. Try some of the ideas below to
inject some fun into family literacy ideas and activities.
It is back to school time. Get a good start by ensuring that your child
goes to bed early, has breakfast at home or goes to the school breakfast program
and establish an early interest in what is happening at school. Ask your
child each day to specifically recall learning from the day and establish a
time, place and expectation for homework and engaging in literacy practices at
home. Some of the ideas on the calendar below will be helpful to you as
you engage in literacy activities with your family. Families are partners
with schools and the community in literacy learning and promotion.
Try the word of
the day site and try to get each family member to use the word of the
day as many ways and times as they can. Have a family use contest to
see how many times your family can use the word of the day today.
your own word search. Use your vocabulary lists from any subject,
create fun word searches for family and friends to solve.
||Find out about the world- look at
Google Maps. You can get
directions, find restaurants, look at satellite and road maps of your
destination and all points in between.
brain boost today? Try one of the many boosters on this educational
site. There are so many to choose from that that will be your first brain
||The stars have always been a fascination. Find out
more about the constellations
and try to pick them out. .
||Cut out one thought provoking article from the newspaper and
put it on the breakfast table for your child to read. Then discuss the
contents of the article and share your thoughts with each other on it. To
shake it up have your child find an article for you to read and discuss with
conversation is certain to be different on Saturday mornings!
||Go to the Quotes
of the Day site and print off a copy of today's quote. Discuss
what this quote means with your family. Keep track of 'quotable' things
that your family members say and make your own family quote book.
Go for a walk together after your child finishes his or
Facts on Children's Fitness and the link to health and academic
|Have your child write a thank you note to someone who gave
him/her a Gift.
Many word processing programs have templates for letters. There is
also a section on this in the Student Writers in Action Handbook.
|Let your child help you make dinner tonight. This includes:
planning the menu, reading the recipes, setting the table, helping to serve
and cleaning up.
For some great recipes go to the Internet and conduct a search in one of
your favourite food websites.
|Start a journal of family activities. Include pictures
in the journal that have been drawn or taken with a camera.
|Have your child keep track of everything he/she eats today.
healthy eating habits and what changes (if any) could be made.
Canada's Food Guide
and links to student activities.
|Turn off the Electronics and have a family game night.
Try these books on-line.The
International Children's Digital Library has over 500 free books
on-line for you too read.
Can't find something you like on
the site above- try this one for materials for all ages- The
Internet Public Library
|Go outside and build a snow sculpture or a sand castle.
Get inspired with these photos from the
Canadian Snow Sculpture
Team or check out Google
Images for sandcastles.
tips on creating
a sand castle.
|Use the weather section of the newspaper to check
temperatures in other Canadian cities or in different countries. Where is it
coldest? Where is it warmest? Are there any that are the same?
For online newspapers from around the world try
For local information
try South Shore Now or the
Chronicle Herald on-line
|Supply your child with things like paper, crayons, glue,
markers, magazines and scissors. Ask him to create a collage that reflects
all the things he'd
like to do on a snow day, school break or on a weekend.. Discuss his ideas
and make plans to follow through
on some of the activities.
-Other Arts and
| Go through the house with your child and find as many
possible - shiny, smooth, embossed, corrugated, rough, soft, fuzzy and
Go a step further and become an archeologist. What kind of textured
items have been found in the digs described in the
Nova Scotia Museum website?
|Look at a
map of Canada with your child. Ask him to point out the different
provinces and territories. Who is Canada's
||Visit a library or book mobile and choose books to read.
Make sure that your child is able to read the text independently. Have
your child show you the 'five finger rule.'
||Do some research at the library, book mobile or on the
internet about an upcoming holiday and why it is significant.
|Go outside and look for
evidence of wildlife. Keep track of what you find and discuss when
you come back indoors.
||Find an interesting story in the newspaper to share with
your child. Read it to him or her and discuss it.
|| Make a list of emergency numbers to hang on the
refrigerator. Discuss this information with your child and
other family members.
For a more complete look see this sample
emergency and information guide from Canadian Parents OnLine.
|Create an acrostic poem. Put your family name vertically
down the left hand side of a sheet of paper. Use each letter to
describe your family. e.g T- talented
creating acrostic poems to get you started.
|Put a note in with your child's lunch today inviting him/her
to meet you at a specific time and room in your house after school today.
Plan an activity to do together this weekend.
||Share books. Read part of a book you are reading to your
child and then have her read her book to you. Compare the two books. What
are the similarities and differences?
||Create a family story today. Write the first sentence
and then pass it on to the next family member. This person writes the
next sentence and passes it on. You can start the story at breakfast and
continue to pass it on throughout the day. Share the story with everyone at
|Have your child draw a picture of a favourite outdoor
activity. Then, go outside and do it!
|| Encourage your child to teach you something new today. Let
him brainstorm some ideas and you can choose what you would like to learn
||Today, make a list of some things that you would like to
teach your child. Have her read the list and decide what she would like to
||Have your child clean out his closet and drawers today.
Anything that does not fit any more can be given to charity.
||Watch a T.V. show with your child tonight. Be sure to watch
the commercials and help point out the sales techniques being used.
Media Awareness information.
|Does your child want a special priviledge, have a friend
sleep over or an allowance? Have her write a persuasive letter to you?
Discuss the letter with your child and reach a decision.
||Develop your goals for the week. Use a graphic
organizer to show your plan. Review your plan mid week to help you keep on
track. Revise the plan as needed. Check your plan again at the end of the
week and celebrate your successes.
Thinking about exams and your study skills? Here are some ideas that may help you-
to study - a
page of resources from Bridgewater Jr./Sr. High School
Guidance Department, and
questions and study guides for many grade 12 exams can be found also on
the NS Dept. of Ed. website.
|High School Exams
questions about NS grade 12 examinations.
|Visit this Kid's
Lab website for your P-3 student and get some valuable reading games
This site has been designed to assist students who need additional
support with reading and includes some ideas to do over holidays.
|Students from K-4 will enjoy author Jan
Brett's website. She has flash cards, handwriting cards, games,
puzzles, holiday activities and so much more in the thousands of pages she
||Read a good book. Relate the book to an experience that your family will have
or has had and make your child responsible for sharing the information with
the rest of the family. e.g. book on soccer to help everyone brush up on the
rules before you have a game at your family reunion, travel book on
somewhere you plan to visit, a how to book on something that you will be
making at your home....
||Start a book club. Invite your family, neighbours and
friends to participate.
Here is a site that tells kids how to start
their own bookclub.
|Give your child a journal. The journal can be used
for fiction and non-fiction purposes and may include drawings too. The $
store is a great place to find inexpensive journal type books.
|Set up a consistent location in your house for homework to
be completed. Set-up this area with a good surface to spread books out on, a
sturdy chair, pencils, paper, eraser, dictionary, thesaurus, writers
handbook, and a computer (if one is available). Establish a consistent
homework time. Routines help students to know what to expect and help to
eliminate many homework hassles and avoidance techniques.
Homework help tips.
Although this article is American and there may be a few differences, the
basic content provided here is useful for parents with students of all ages.
Family Literacy Ideas
out about your favourite author or illustrator. Take a look at
their website and learn more about them. Then try creating one of your
own books to pattern from a book or illustrator that you like
||Find out about
Canadian Women and what they accomplished.
||Listen to a story
||Play a word game
||The following reference is from Michigan and contains some
fabulous ideas to help promote literacy over the summer months (but ideas
can also be adapted for other holiday time periods too) and are
organized by grade level. Check out
Fundamentals designed to assist parents in working with their early
elementary aged students in the summer.
|Need some ideas for your teen. Try some of the ideas
can be a fun family activity. Find out what it is and how your family
can get involved.
Hiking trails in Nova Scotia are plentiful. Have your child
research a good place for your family to go hiking.
||Nova Scotia has some beautiful
provincial parks close to you.
Find out more about them and plan to visit one nearby.
||Find out more about
Scotia and plan a family outing.
Creating a literate home environment for younger children.
||Education is not the same all over the world. Find out
UNESCO is trying to help promote educational opportunities in other