That's right: it's National Family Literacy Day!
National Family Literacy Day®, first held in 1994, showcases the importance of family literacy programs and nurturing literacy within the home.
Wherever you are, whatever you're doing, it's easy to celebrate literacy today, and throughout the year. As Booksource reminds us, "Words are everywhere—not just in books."
The world around us is a very "print-rich environment," so reading practice can be built into essentially any daily activity (Booksource). If you can't seem to find time to read as many books with your child as you would like, and even if you can, Booksource suggests these simple—and entertaining—ways to help children develop literacy skills:
- Point to signs in the grocery store and identify sounds like “a” for apple when shopping for produce with a preschooler
- Pull out a cookbook and show your toddler how you follow the steps to make a batch of cookies
- Sing nursery rhymes and have lots of conversations (on any topic you like!) to help children build a rich vocabulary and strong oral language skills
- Ask younger children to tell a story by drawing pictures and then “reading” their story to you
- Play a board game like Scrabble with older children to practice reading skills, expand vocabulary and more
- Listen to audio books together as a family (on a long car trip perhaps?)