This year's Family Literacy Day them is “Celebrate Your Heritage."
ABC Life Literacy Canada created this day in 1999, which has been held annually on Jan. 27 to raise awareness of the importance of learning, reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. The goal is to highlight the importance of family literacy to individuals, communities and societies.
The program focuses on parents as one of its necessary means to improve the reading, writing and communication skills of all family members. Children’s book reading is helping parents to actively engage and strengthen their relationships with their children and family members.
It also helps them to keep their skills sharp. This is a lifelong learning experience. Taking time for reading books and other learning activities with children is crucial for a child’s development.
Dramatic Improvement of children’s and parents’ literacy skills is possible even if they are spending fifteen minutes of their time together.
This year the Moose Jaw Literacy network will partner with the Early Years Family Resource Centre (FRC), Early Childhood Coalition, the Moose Jaw Public Library (MJPL), the Palliser Regional Library, Regional Kids First, the School Divisions, and the Ministry of Education.
Throughout the region, there will be events at the Public Library and the early Years Family Resource Centre. There will be Story Trails at the Family Resource Centre, Buffalo Pound Provincial Park, and Downtown Businesses at rural libraries. Many wonderful activities will take place at schools and lots of books will be provided within the communities for these activities as well.
“We are doing a common goal event. We are going to engage parents and children in literacy activities,” said MJPL children’s department co-ordinator Aislinn Lawreniuk.
MJPL is going to host their family literacy day activities on Jan. 26 and from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in its buidling in the children’s department.
The activities are for children up to five years of age. Parents are requested to accompany their children, since all activities are shared interactive activities.
There are going to be short storybook readings, wallpaper cut-outs and cultural dancing. No registration is required and no appointments need to be made for participation in any of the activities. Family should simply drop in with their children to enjoy these activities.
“We are inviting families and children ages zero to five for joining us on Family Literacy Day activities on Friday, Jan. 27 from 9.30 – 11.30 a.m.,” said Wanda Peakman from Moose Jaw Early Years Family Resource Centre.
FRC will be hosting literacy games, book-reading activities, snacks and horse-drawn wagon rides in their venue at 1250 11th Ave NW. Registrations are open, although it is advisable to call or email them ahead to let them know you are planning to come with your family. Their contact number is 306-691-0202 and their email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We are offering a horse-drawn wagon ride with some snacks for that day,” she said.
The Moose Jaw Literacy Network is a partnership between Prairie South School Division, Holy Trinity Catholic School Division, the Early Childhood Coalition, and the Moose Jaw Public Library under the leadership of the Ministry of Education, the Early Years Coalition and the Chamber of Commerce.