Thursday, January 28, 2010

Get Together: It's Family Literacy Week

We love reading with the kids - whether they read to us or we read to them - and this week there's even more reason to snuggle up with a good story. Family Literacy Day was yesterday, January 27th, which officially makes this Family Literacy Week.

The purpose of Family Literacy Day is to encourage families to read and learn together, but literacy is about more than just books. There are lots of ways to strengthen literacy skills. Reading, writing, playing a game, following a recipe or even singing a song all help prepare children for challenges ahead and sharpen skills for adults.

Encourage writing with animal print pencils made from recycled newspapers or yummy-scented smencil newspaper pencils. Strawberry notebooks made of sugarcane or a pretty pink book made of recycled paper and vegetable-based inks make great Valentine gifts.

Our My First Brain Box memory recall game is a great option children aged 4+ - and with each game taking just 10 minutes, it's great for time-crunched parents too. The eco version of the classic Monopoly, Earthopoly, is an excellent way to encourage both eco awareness and literacy among kids 6+.

With the chilly weather outside - a nice warm throw, a cup of hot chocolate - with marshmallows - and a favourite story are always a great way to spend time together and learn to love to read.

For more eco-friendly ideas to encourage literacy, visit Vancouver-based eco boutique Lavish & Lime. If you have any thoughts or ideas about Family Literacy Day or literacy in general, please leave a comment below. We'd love to hear from you!

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