TORONTO, ON –/COMMUNITYWIRE/– Families, libraries and literacy groups across the country are getting ready to once again celebrate the annual Family Literacy Day, which takes place on January 27th.
This year’s theme is “Learning in the Great Outdoors”, which encourages families to make outdoor time fun family learning time all while enjoying the wonders of Canada’s Great Outdoors. Spending time in nature provides many benefits, not just for bodies, but for minds too.
Scientists suggest that exposure to nature improves a child’s ability to learn and can even improve grades, especially in disadvantaged children. Experiments indicate that teaching in an outside setting using traditional methods improves retention. This retention is effective across a broad student population and can occur in a variety of subject areas, such as biology and math.
After two difficult years spending much time indoors physically distancing, this year’s Family Literacy Day theme encourages Canadians to get outside and exercise both their minds and bodies together as a family.
“Literacy and learning as a family should always be made a priority, since spending time together daily as a family can help increase the literacy skills of both children and adults,” says Elizabeth Robinson, Director of Programs at ABC Life Literacy Canada. “There are many opportunities for teachable moments when spending time outdoors. Whether it’s learning about a tree on your street, calculating the distance on a walk, or using snow to conduct a fun science experiment, learning is all around us.”
Created in 1999 by ABC Life Literacy Canada, Family Literacy Day aims to encourage reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. Each year, groups across the country take part by hosting events that include fun-filled learning activities.
Award-winning Canadian author and modeling clay illustrator Barbara Reid is once again acting as Honourary Chair of Family Literacy Day. Reid will be hosting a virtual event for families across the country that will include a demonstration on how to use clay to create a picture. Families can register for the event here.
“I am very excited to partner once again with ABC Life Literacy to spread the word about the importance of family literacy,” says Reid. “Taking time to read together each day helps to improve your skills. However, don’t forget the endless learning opportunities right on the other side of your front door. This year’s theme is a great way for families to learn something new together while exploring Canada’s Great Outdoors.”
For those who want to take part in Family Literacy Day, simply visit FamilyLiteracyDay.ca to access free learning activities and materials, or to find a local event. Here are a few of the events taking place across the country:
For more information about Family Literacy Day, to access free resources or to find an event in your community, visit FamilyLiteracyDay.ca.
About ABC Life Literacy Canada
ABC Life Literacy Canada® is a non-profit organization that aims to strengthen organizations that promote adult learning by developing and supporting the use of high-quality introductory learning materials and resources written in clear language. We envision a Canada where everyone has the tools and opportunities they need to improve their literacy and essential skills. For more information on family literacy and ABC Life Literacy Canada’s programs, visit www.abclifeliteracy.ca.
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ABC Life Literacy Canada