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Wednesday, 21 January 2015 13:48

Great Plains College scores one for literacy by supporting Family Literacy Day

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Great Plains College is lining up to score one for literacy. On Jan. 27, in partnership with Southwest Literacy Committee, the college is participating in Family Literacy Day celebrations.

“Keeping with the theme, ‘Score one for Literacy,’ we hope that everybody will take a few minutes to reflect on what they learned while playing or engaging in recreational activities,” said Bula Ghosh, Southwest Literacy Committee member.
“Engaging children in playful activities can help them to learn while having fun and practicing literacy for 15 minutes a day is beneficial for both children and parents,” she added.
This year’s theme was chosen in conjunction with the upcoming International Women’s Soccer Championship in Canada. Family Literacy Day aims to celebrate the occasion and increase awareness of the integral role literacy plays in determining quality of life.
This year’s events include a book reading at the Swift Current Mall and a literacy evening at Great Plains College for English language learners. Partner organizations such as Swift Current Library, Family Resource Centre and Newcomer Welcome Centre will also have celebration activities arranged.
“The family is a child’s first teacher, and the profound influence that the family has on a child’s literacy is widely recognized,” said Ghosh. “Parents not only teach children their first language skills, but a family builds the foundation for a child’s physical, social and cognitive development through activities such as playing, reading listening, talking, singing, storytelling and drawing.”
Books for Babies, is an ongoing Southwest Literacy Committee initiative for the family. In southwest Saskatchewan, parents or caregivers of four-month-old babies are provided book bags, distributed through the Cypress Health Region, that contain two books, nursery rhymes, local library details, information and assessment tools to assist with a child’s development. Literacy is a determinant of health.
In 2014, the Southwest Literacy Committee handed out preschool literacy kits containing activities for a child getting ready for school. Distributed through the Swift Current Library, the activities help the child develop good motor skills.
Family Literacy Day began in 1999 through an initiative of ABC Canada. Studies demonstrate that children who are exposed to books at home early in life are more likely to acquire good reading and writing skills.
“Family literacy is about reading, writing, numeracy and more,” said Ghosh. “As important as the formal education system is, it is important to remember that literacy begins in our homes and within our families. On national Family Literacy Day, we are mindful of the very powerful role family’s play.”

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