Fun Ways to Encourage Literacy as a Family

November is National Family Literacy Month.  This month I will post online and real world resources related to family literacy.

Here are two “real” ways (as in not technology based) you might want to encourage literacy amongst the family in your home:

Label, Label, Label – Labels are known to be a tremendous help to ELL students learning English for the first time, and they are just as helpful to pre-reading toddlers and preschoolers.  I’ve created Household Word Labels to get you started.  Download it, glue the words to index cards and get crazy taping labels on all of the important objects in your home.  I’ve even left a few blank so you can add your own.  Point out the words when you speak to your child about that particular object.  Play games with the labels:  ask your child to find a label that begins with a particular letter or give him a word and ask him to find the label that rhymes with that word.

Supermarket Scavenger Hunt – How many times have you been in the grocery store and your child has a meltdown because he just doesn’t want to be there anymore?  Tame the tantrum by having him help!  Provide your child with his own list and ask him to locate the items needed.  If your child is a pre-reader, provide pictures.  If he is already reading, provide a short written list of items you would like him to find.  For your pre-readers, print out several copies of Supermarket Scavenger Hunt and the picture form.  When you create your list, glue the pictures of several items you need to the Supermarket Scavenger Hunt for your child to find. Or make your own pictures to add to the form.

What ways do you promote literacy as a family? I’d love to hear how other families incorporate literacy into their lives.

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2 Responses to “Fun Ways to Encourage Literacy as a Family”

  1. Jackie Says:

    I guess we promote literacy by doing a lot of real reading and writing in front of our kids. Even though they are little. I want them to see us engaged in books and in writing.
    Also, thanks so much for the printable labels. I just did a review of Raising Confident Readers, a great book by Dr. J. Richard Gentry that addresses how to use labels on object around your house. He really did a great job of describing the process. You can check out my review of the book if you are interested.

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