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Spring Break 2021- Family Literacy & Learning Tips – Fun + Pandemic-Safe
The topic of kids and learning has been a hot news topic amid the pandemic. The strain on parents for the last year, Spring Break, and new community restrictions forecast an imperfect storm for parents.
As kids and parents are experiencing an unprecedented Spring Break year, but there remains many fun ways to bundle literacy and learning together. ABC Life Literacy Canada is sharing ideas for families to make sure everyone will keep their literacy skills sharp.
Spring Break – Family Literacy Tips
- Sing it to Me: Play a song and then pause it. Ask your family to sing the next line – do they know it?
- Pop-up Kitchen: Follow a recipe together – a yummy way to practice math and reading.
- #TTYL: Keep in touch with teens and impress them with your amazing texting skills (like using popular hashtags while using full sentences.)
- Outdoor Exercise: Enjoy the great outdoors safely and learn about nature – make it a scavenger hunt among your household!
- Grocery/Essentials Lists: Write a shopping list together of what you need and take turns finding the items on your list.
- Home Hopscotch Count: Make a giant hopscotch calculator, ask math questions and hop to the answers!
- Reverso Story: Tell your favourite story, backwards – start with the ending. Can your family guess the story?
- FGN: Start an FGN (Family Game Night) with your household or play virtually with other family and friends.
- Tell it 2 Me: Write a secret message with numbers and do math to solve it.
- Animal Walk: Research city street names and think of animals that begin with the same first letter of each street.
- Eat Your Words: Play with your food and write words with alphabet cereal and soup (we like cookie letters too!)
- WOW Palindromes: Find words that are spelled the same way forwards and backwards. How many can you find? (Some to get your started: wow, mom, dad, radar.)
- Abracadabra: Find cool card tricks by going online with your family. Practice and show your friends – can they figure out the tricks?
- Watch a Book: Read a book then watch the movie together. Talk about which version you liked the best.
“Students have lost countless hours of in-person education due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so spending extra time this week learning together as a family is extremely important,” says Mack Rogers, Executive Director of ABC Life Literacy Canada. “Through our HSBC Family Literacy First program, parents and caregivers can access more than 80 free family literacy activities in five different languages to keep the whole family learning throughout the break.”
This national literacy charity also launched a new online Skills Hub. Resources and connection at a critical time. Community organizations in the Windsor region have been outstanding partners with ABC in program delivery.
Did You Know?…
- Almost 40% of Canadian youth do not have suitable literacy skills
- Children spend five times as much time outside the classroom as they do in school, so parents and caregivers need the tools to support their learning
- Children whose parents are involved with them in literacy activities score 10 points higher on standardized reading tests
- Parents’ reading habits play a large role in determining how often kids read: 57% of kids who are frequent readers have parents who read books 5–7 days per week, compared to only 15% of kids who are infrequent readers
- Children of low-literate parents are exposed to 30,000,000 fewer words + enter kindergarten with larger skills gap than peers