Outdoor learning activities among Lambton Family Literacy Day offerings


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StoryWalks and free small libraries in Lambton are just a few of the ways families can get out and get started reading, says the director of Literacy Lambton.

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But treasure hunts, looking for shapes in clouds, counting things like how many blue cars or pine trees you come across on a walk, and drawing on stones to tell a story are other ways. to learn to read, said Tracy Pound.

“Literacy is so much more important than books,” said the executive director of the nonprofit for the promotion of literacy of the plans underway for National Family Literacy Day this month. year, January 27.

This year’s theme is Learning the Great Outdoors, Pound said.

“They say parents are their child’s first and most important teacher,” she said.

“This is the whole premise of family literacy. So when you give parents the tools to teach their children to read and write, you empower the number one person who can make a difference to a child.

Lambton lists six StoryWalks with picture book pages that people can read along the trails and in the parks. Two are in Sarnia’s Canatara and Tecumseh Parks.

A pop-up StoryWalk at McGibbon Park on January 27 is scheduled featuring Kettle and Stony Point First Nation author Bridget George’s book “It’s a Mitig!” Pound said.

Originally there were also plans through the Lambton County Library for a storytelling event at the Thedford branch, but this was put on hold after the recent COVID-19 restrictions were announced, she said. declared.

Visiting small, free libraries – a list pinned to the top of Literacy Lambton’s Facebook page – is another way to enjoy the day, she said.

“They’re all over Lambton County and it’s a chance for parents to just go out with their kids,” she said of the take-and-drop kiosks.

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Barbara Reid, award-winning author of children’s books, illustrator and honorary chair of Family Literacy Day, will host a virtual demonstration, using clay to create an image and answering questions, Pound said.

Space is available for approximately 1,400 registrants on bit.ly/31LwyrC, ABC Life Literacy Canada officials said via Pound, noting that posters, bookmarks, stories and other resources are also available at familyliteracyday.ca.

Twenty-five Crayola modeling clay kits are also being given out to entrants in a raffle, Pound said. Once people register, they can enter the contest by commenting on a December 27 Lambton Literacy Facebook post with the Lambton community where they live.

A Family Literacy Day schedule with tips to support literacy and suggested activities is also in the works and will be available through the Lambton EarlyOn centers at earlyonlambton.ca, officials said.



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