Literacy Holiday Tips

Literacy Holiday Tips

As we approach our well-earned holiday break, it is a good time to think about some holiday activities that are not only fun but keep our children’s literate minds active. Many parents and friends ask me, what homework can I do over the holidays? Well no child ever, said they wanted to do homework over the holidays!  However, there are so many ‘Literacy’ activities you can be engaging in with your children. Visit your local library, there are many holiday activities available for children of all ages or borrow some really interesting books and games ! Cook with your child, follow a new recipe together, or write one of your old favourites together. Perhaps your child could illustrate the recipe or take photos and create a slide show. Help your child write a letter to grandparents or a friend telling them about recent events or an invitation. Take it to the local post office or letterbox to post.  Send emails to friends and loved ones.

Read together, research shows that children are more willing to read when they see this modelled by adults at school and home. Let your child discover words everywhere, not just in books, out in the street, at the supermarket, read labels, packaging, emails, signs, words are everywhere. Allow your child to read what they are interested in, what are their special interests? Talk about pictures in books, advertisements, newspapers or magazines. Have a craft box full of fun art tools, fancy paper, colourful pens, encourage your child to write, create and get messy!

Pull out a deck of cards. Remember how you loved playing Go Fish and Crazy Eights as a child? Guess what? Your kids will too! Introduce them to the fun world of card games and they’ll be practising their number and pattern recognition skills, without even knowing it. Play board games and puzzles. Board games like Scrabble, Monopoly, Pictionary or even Snakes and Ladders, are fantastic for exercising little minds. Pull out a boxed game and your kids will be practising their numbers, letters and shape recognition skills, improving their hand-eye coordination, or honing in on their visual perception and colour identification skills. Plus, board games are the perfect, "Mu-um, we're bored" antidote on holiday rainy days. Download the parent and carer modules from the ALEA website, it’s full of fun holiday and home activities. See flyer below. Most of all. have fun. Happy Holidays!

Lorraine Maher Literacy Leader