Search through your child’s DVD/ video collection (or visit your local library before hand or the Video Store) to find your child’s favourite shows based on favourite books (Franklin, Arthur, Olivia, Angelina Ballerina, Max and Ruby) or any focusing on reading and writing.
Try these titles for little learners:
· Sesame Street: Bert and Ernie’s Word Play
· Anything in the Leap Frog series like, Leap Frog: Talking Word Factory OR Leap Frog: Learn to Read at the Story Book Factory
· Anything in the Rock N’ Learn series like, Letter Sounds OR Test-Taking Strategies
· Any episode of Between the Lions
For older kids try:
Q: What is the biggest building in your town?
A: The library because it has the most stories.
You can find many free coloring pages online by using your favourite search engine and typing in “Book Colouring Pages” or print out my Literacy Colouring Page.
WRITE TO RELATIVES: Take the time as a family to write to relatives who live far away and then decorate the letters. My boys wrote to their grandparents and then decorated using paints and stamps.
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While I always try to make Theme Days focus on activities that don't cost a lot of money, a stop at your local bookstore might be in order as a treat for Family Literacy Day! Bookstore gift cards are always a great idea and my kids get them often so that makes going to the bookstore even better for the parents.
We always make a trip to the bookstore the first fun field trip of summer (the day after school ends). We call it Kid''s Day! After breakfast in bed they get to buy a book for seomsummer reading!
More Writing Ideas:
FIVE NICE THINGS: Everyone gets a sheet of paper for each member of the family. Now you write five nice things about each family member and then decorate the page.
FUN MESSAGES: Challenge your family to leave fun messages all over the house. I love this messsage created with crayons my son left for me!
Q: Why is a bad joke like a dull pencil?
A: because it has no point!
Q: What loves to read and lives in an apple?
A: A bookworm
I already suggested a trip to your local library as a learning activity, but perhaps when your family is away visiting another city you could add a visit to a different library to your agenda. We LOVE libaries in our family. My sons have always enjoyed walking around different libaries, and exploring the bookshelves and rooms. My eldest always grativates to the foreign shelves and loves to see YA books and kids books in different languages. Here are some pics from a trip to Vancouver and to London!