The Strait Regional Centre for Education invites students, staff, families, volunteers, and community partners to celebrate Family Literacy Day on Wednesday, January 27, and throughout the year, by setting aside time to read with children and youth, and inspire them to become lifelong readers.
Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. This year’s theme is “Travel the World Together” and encourages families to use their imagination to go exploring and travel the world together as a family as you never know what you’ll learn!
Literacy skills are essential for lifelong success. Encouraging reading and writing together as a family helps students develop good listening, speaking, vocabulary and language skills, imagination and creativity, and contributes to their future success and well-being.
There are many ways to develop and strengthen literacy skills from reading a book together, playing a word game, writing, making a list, using a recipe, surfing the web or just simply having a conversation.
The SRCE Programs and Student Services Department under the leadership of Tanya Carter, Coordinator of Literacy, launched a Literacy Campaign leading up to Family Literacy Day. The two-part campaign began with a Why is Reading Important to You? initiative where students and staff were invited to provide a personal testimonial to answer this question. The second phase included an invitation to schools to share photos of students and staff caught reading or writing using diverse tools and strategies. All of these excellent examples of the great work happening in SRCE schools to develop and strengthen students’ reading and literacy skills were shared on social media via the twitter accounts, @SRCE_NS and @SRCE_Literacy, using the hashtags, #SRCELiteracyCampaign2021, #catchareader and #catchawriter.
In addition, the following resource was developed by the SRCE Literacy Team for families to promote reading at home:
Some of the school-based activities planned to celebrate Family Literacy Day on January 27, 2021, and throughout the school year, are included below. Please note that as more school plans are finalized, the information below will be updated.
In addition to the school-based activities, Programs and Student Services staff, including but not limited to SchoolsPlus personnel, Speech-Language Pathologists, English as an Additional Language teachers, have an integral role in developing literacy learning of students through in-class programming.
Chedabucto Education Centre/Guysborough Academy
Family Literacy Day celebrations will include a variety of activities including but not limited to:
- Families are invited to send in photos of their literacy activities.
- A video highlighting students and staff literacy activities and community members providing read-alouds celebrating Family Literacy Day will be created and shared with Grades P-8 classes.
- Grades P to 8 students, either individually or as a class, will be invited to submit a poster highlights this year’s Family Literacy Day theme, Travel the World Together.
- Classes will be taking part in dedicated independent reading time and other activities to support literacy learning.
Felix Marchand Education Centre
Felix Marchand Education Centre students will be taking part in a Stop, Drop and Read activity throughout the day. A guest author will be providing an online reading to students and classes will share their reading with other classes virtually.
St. Mary’s Education Centre/Academy
Grades Primary to 6 students will be taking part in literacy themed dress-up days throughout the week of January 25, 2021. All students will be encouraged to participate in home-based literacy activities.
Tamarac Education Centre
The Grade 2/3 French Immersion class that will be taking part in a "Parle-moi de ton livre!" (book talk). The students will be choosing a book from the classroom library and with a peer partner (following public health protocols including physical distance and wearing a mask), they will showcase their favourite book and explain why the love reading it. There will also be some whole class book talks.
Students in some of the Junior High classes will take part in outdoor learning where they will take part in a descriptive writing activity using their five senses.
Literacy instruction is a priority for all students in the SRCE, across subjects and grade levels. Further, the goal of improving student achievement in literacy is one of the main goals included in both the SRCE’s System Improvement Plan and Education Business Plan for 2020-2021. Both plans focus on goals and priorities that will raise the bar and close the gap to address the needs of all learners in the SRCE. For more information, please access the complete plan at SRCE System Improvement Plan for 2020-2021, and access the infographic below or online at SRCE System Improvement Plan 2020-2021 Infographic. Additional information may be accessed in the SRCE Educational Business Plan for 2020-2021.
Let’s make reading and learning together part of our everyday activities in and out of the classroom.