5 Ways to Celebrate National Family Literacy Month

5 Ways to Celebrate National Family Literacy Month

Literacy is arguably the most important part of a child’s education. Although we heavily rely on formal education systems to teach and develop these skills in our children, they are not the only contributing source. Parents and families have a significant impact on a child’s learning, especially when it comes to literacy. Encourage reading education in your home by checking out these ways to celebrate National Family Literacy Month this November!

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1. Spend Time Reading Together

Reading together as a family not only has emotional and familial advantages, but it also helps reinforce the importance of reading to children at a young age. This is a lesson that children will continue to carry with them throughout their lives. Although many families already include reading as part of their daily routine, others neglect to recognize the educational value of this experience. According to Pew Research Center, parents with young children and teenagers are half as likely as parents with only young children to read to them daily. Despite the age of your children, make family reading time a tradition in your household.

2. Start a Book Club with Other Families

If you’re looking for a creative twist to the traditional bedtime story with your little ones, make reading enjoyable for the whole family by starting a book club! Gather families from the neighborhood and choose books for all age levels. You’ll get the chance to read books of your own while being a positive example for your children.

3. Volunteer at Your Local Library

Libraries serve as invaluable resources to local communities. We often take advantage of library offerings without recognizing the hidden costs. Show your appreciation for your local library and celebrate National Family Literacy Month by volunteering with your family.

4. Donate Unwanted Books

As you encourage education and literacy, it is important to remember those without regular access to books and other educational resources. As your children outgrow old books, look for charities and organizations to donate your books to help those in need. Consider donating to your local library, second hand stores, or orphanages. You may also consider donating to international organizations that provide books to children in impoverished countries.

5. Read to Patients at Local Healthcare Facilities

Challenge your children to publicly practice their reading skills while serving those in need. Take a trip to a hospital or senior care facility and read to the sick and the elderly. As a family, you’ll bring enjoyment to those you visit, show your children the importance of community service, and build their confidence as they get practice reading aloud.

Looking for ways to spice up your reading routine during National Family Literacy Month? Check out our Story Theater compatible books with your Amazon Echo or Amazon Echo Dot. As your child practices reading aloud, their voice will bring the story to life with music and other sound effects.

 

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