Today is Family Literacy Day in Canada. http://abclifeliteracy.ca/fld/family-literacy-day
It is a day that recognizes the importance of families building literacy skills together. Looking back, what did family literacy look like in your household? In what capacity did literacy development occur? In my home I (Yiola) taught my parents the language of English and my parents taught me the value of English.
I find Family Literacy Day to be a very well intentioned initiative. The ideas presented in the link on family literacy are interesting. As a Teacher Educator who teaches from a critical perspective I cannot help but ask, how can the concept of family literacy be made accessible for all families? How do we make the concept more inclusive? When thinking about ‘Daily Literacy Activities’ I wonder, what can we add to the list found on the website?
I plan to share this list with my student teachers and ask them for additional activities to include that may draw in a variety of families. I’m thinking of multilingual processes, digital opportunities, oral traditions.
Happy Family Literacy Day!