Canadians Encouraged To Share in the Joy of Reading and Learning on Family Day, Every Day

    10 exciting family learning tips and activities benefitting adults and

    TORONTO, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - In celebration of Family Day being observed
across parts of Canada this month, ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation encourages
families to integrate reading and learning into the family fun, and every day.
    "Family Day is all about families spending time together and we are
asking Canadians to use some of that family time to read and learn together to
help reinforce the importance of literacy in everyday life," said Margaret
Eaton, President, ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation. "Spending just 15 minutes of
family time learning together every day can help sharpen the literacy skills
of each member of the family, and there are several ways to weave family
learning into fun activities you already enjoy."

    ABC CANADA offers the following ideas to assist adults in making family
learning a priority in your home:

    -  Get Culture: If visiting an art gallery or museum, be sure to read the
       descriptions on displays and exhibits to enhance the learning

    -  Follow a Recipe Together: Following recipes is a great (and tasty) way
       to practise reading, comprehension and math skills.

    -  Dear Grandma: Write a letter or email to a loved one. Each family
       member can contribute one paragraph describing something about

    -  Sing for your supper: Singing songs together will help your child
       develop greater awareness of rhythm, rhyme, words and sounds. Karaoke
       also incorporates reading into the fun.

    -  Game On!: Hold a family game tournament where each member of the
       family chooses their favourite board game for the group to play. Each
       player should take a turn reading cards and keeping score.

    -  The Count: If out shopping, ask your children to help you count out
       the change when you make a purchase to reinforce math in everyday

    -  Watch a Book: Many great stories have been adapted for the big screen.
       Read a story together first, then watch the movie equivalent; The
       Harry Potter series is a great example.

    -  Travel the World: Visit the library and borrow books about different
       places around the world. You could even chart your "travels" on a map.

    -  Go Surfing: Navigate the Internet with your child to find fun,
       educational and interactive websites.

    -  Let them catch you reading: Act as a reading role model by reading in
       your spare time. Remember that children learn by example.

    For more information on literacy in Canada and family literacy tips,
please visit


    About ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation

    ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation is Canada's private-sector voice
championing adult literacy. The national charity envisions a Canada where
individuals, regardless of their circumstances, are provided the opportunities
to increase the skills that prepare people for realizing their full potential
at work, at home and in the community. To learn more, visit

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