Thursday, Jan. 17, is Family Literacy Day. This year’s theme is Play for Literacy, and includes all types of play that promote reading, spelling and numeracy. There are many activities your family can do together to encourage new learning opportunities, or sharpen existing skills. Some of these activities are playing a board game or a card game, following a recipe, reading a map, or a physical game that promotes brain development such as a scavenger hunt or “Simon Says.” Playing as a family not only increases literacy skills but will also encourage a stronger family bond. On Thursday, Jan. 27 spend time playing with your family!
This week there are many activities in the Clearwater area in which families can participate that promote literacy and learning – so plan to get out and do one with your family! As well, on Thursday, Jan. 27, Raft River Elementary School students will be participating in a variety of fun literacy activities.
FREE Community Program or Literacy Events:
• Monday, Jan. 24. 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Parent-Child Mother Goose. 612 Park Drive, Yellowhead Community Services. Call 250-674-2600 for details.
• Monday, Jan. 24 to Friday, Jan. 28. 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Raccoons Strong Start. Mrs. Amy will have some special activities for you and your child to celebrate Family Literacy Day. Raft River Elementary School. Call 250-674-2218 for details.
• Sunday, Jan. 23, Tuesday, Jan. 25, Thursday, Jan. 27, Saturday, Jan. 29. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Every day at the North Thompson Aboriginal Sharing Centre there are children’s craft activities, storytelling and friendship. On Thursday, Jan. 27 there will be some special activities for you and your child to celebrate Family Literacy Day. The North Thompson Aboriginal Sharing Centre is in Brookfield Mall. Call 250-674-3703 for details.
• Wednesday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Blue River Playgroup. Blue River Elementary School. Call 250-674-2600 for details.
• Wednesday, Jan. 26. 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. A six-week session of Craft Time at the Library for preschoolers begins. 422 Murtle Crescent, Clearwater Public Library. Call 250-674-2543 for details.
Wednesday, Jan. 26. 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. A special free Literacy Day “Just Dads” event (ages zero – six years old) • Tobogganing at Clearwater Ski Hill. Bring your own toboggan. Helmets are required. Snacks provided. Sponsored by the Clearwater and Area Literacy Program in partnership with Success by 6. Call 250-674-2600 extension 227 for details.
• Wednesday, Jan. 26. 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Parent-Child Mother Goose. Vavenby Elementary School. Call 250-674-2600 for details.
Throughout the year there are many other literacy programs running in the community in which you can participate.
• One to One Reading Program. Local community volunteers provide reading assistance to students through the One to One Reading Program at Raft River Elementary School. The One to One Reading Program is held Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Volunteers are always needed on any of these days. Please contact Tracey Gray at 250-674-0171 if you are interested in volunteering.
• Bright Red Bookshelf Program. The Bright Red Bookshelf Program provides free books to children in the community. Children are welcome to visit any Bright Red Bookshelf, and take a book to keep or borrow. Bright Red Bookshelves are located at Clearwater Employment Services, the Community Resource Centre for the North Thompson, the Medical Centre, and the North Thompson Aboriginal Sharing Centre.
• Partner Assisted Learning Program. The Partner Assisted Learning Program is a free, confidential tutoring program. Trained volunteers can assist learners with anything from reading, course work, math skills, or personal budgeting.
For more information about Family Literacy Day or any of these programs, please contact Kerry Milner Cairns, literacy outreach coordinator for Clearwater and area at 250-674-2600 extension 227.