Family Literacy Day

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As you may or may not know, today was Family Literacy Day in Canada. I fully intended to post earlier so you could do something to celebrate but today was a bit crazy so instead I share what we did today.

This year’s theme is Sing for Literacy to increase awareness of how singing helps literacy. Robert Munsch is the honorary chair for Family Literacy Day.

Singing is a great literacy activity for families because it provides a fun way to expand spoken vocabulary and creates a strong bond. Singing allows you to learn patterns of words, rhymes and rhythms, and is strongly connected to language skills.
 – Sing for Literacy

We went to playgroup today (for those not in Canada, it’s like preschool but the parents stay and interact with their kids and other parents.) For Family Literacy Day we brought our teddy bears and did a special teddy bear themed day with teddy crafts, teddy snack and teddy songs and poems and stories at circle time.

This is my children at the sand table

Here they are with their bears at circle time

Here’s a poem that was read to us.
We also listened to Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle, sang Going on a Bear Hunt and watched a short video of the Teddy Bear’s Picnic.
Want to download some literacy activities? (PDF file)
Check out some literacy facts

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