Make Learning A Fun Part Of Everyday Life

    McGuinty Government Celebrates Family Literacy Day

    TORONTO, Jan. 27 /CNW/ -


    Grocery shopping, taking transit or walking in your neighbourhood are all
 regular family activities that can also be learning experiences.
    These and other tips and tools( can
be found on abc123(, a site dedicated to
making it easier for parents to help their children with reading, writing,
math and homework. The website also suggests other ways that parents can
support their child's education every day and make learning fun.
    As their child's first teachers, parents influence how a child approaches
learning. When parents make learning a fun part of everyday life, they provide
their child with a stronger foundation for success in school and beyond.
    Organized by ABC Canada and celebrated annually, Family Literacy Day
promotes the importance of reading and learning together as a family all year


    "Reading as a family is a fun and easy way to be involved with your
child's education. When parents are involved in what their children learn,
everyone benefits," said Education Minister Kathleen Wynne.


    -   Video podcasts( are
        aimed at parents of students in Kindergarten through Grade 6 and are
        available in English and French.

    - also has tip sheets and
        guides( in 14 different
        languages to help parents support their child's learning.

    -   Two- and three-year-olds who are read to several times a day do
        substantially better in kindergarten compared to young children who
        are read to only a few times a week or less.

    -   Parenting and Family Literacy
        Centres( encourage
        parents and children to learn together and help prepare children for
        starting school. There are
        123 centres(
        located in schools across the province.


    Visit the ABC Canada website(
to learn why dogs have wet noses, why clouds are fluffy and what the memory
span of a goldfish is. We told you learning can be fun!

                                                      Disponible en français

For further information:

For further information: Michelle Despault, Minister's Office, (416)
212-3747; Patricia MacNeil, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2676; Public
Inquiries, (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514; TTY 1-800-263-2892

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