Fam­ily Lit­er­acy events high­light fam­ily’s role in lit­er­acy

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Apair of events will be hosted in Swift Cur­rent on Jan­uary 28 in recog­ni­tion of Fam­ily Lit­er­acy Day.

The South­west Lit­er­acy Com­mit­tee has planned a pair of events around the lo­cal theme of “Jour­ney Through Time” in recog­ni­tion of the City of Swift Cur­rent’s cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tions.

Bula Ghosh from the South­west Lit­er­acy Com­mit­tee as­sisted Swift Cur­rent City Coun­cil in pro­claim­ing the week of Jan. 26 to Feb. 1, as Fam­ily Lit­er­acy Week in Swift Cur­rent.

“As we all know, the fam­ily has a pro­found in­flu­ence on a child’s lit­er­acy, teach­ing a child his or her first lan­guage skills through ac­tiv­i­ties like read­ing, lis­ten­ing, talk­ing, singing, sto­ry­telling and draw­ing, are very valu­able,” said Ghosh, lit­er­acy co­or­di­na­tor at the Great Plains Col­lege and mem­ber of the South­west Lit­er­acy Com­mit­tee. “On na­tional Fam­ily Lit­er­acy Day, that is Jan­uary 27, we need to re­main mind­ful of the very pow­er­ful role fam­i­lies play in our chil­dren’s fu­ture suc­cesses.”

Swift Cur­rent’s first recog­ni­tion of Fam­ily Liter- acy Day will be hosted on Tues­day at the Swift Cur­rent, where four read­ing ses­sions will be held be­tween 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., with a quar­tet of spe­cial read­ers shar­ing with chil­dren. Deputy Mayor Ryan Plewis is read­ing at 9 a.m., fol­lowed by Tekeyla Fri­day at 10 a.m., Anthea Lo­ran at 1 p.m., and Chris Har­row at 2 p.m. (NOTE: Up­dated times are con­firmed from ear­lier post­ings).

Great Plains Col­lege will also host a fam­ily lit­er­acy evening for English lan­guage learn­ers at Swift Cur­rent Cam­pus that evening. English lan­guage learn­ers at the col­lege will be able to par­tic­i­pate with their fam­i­lies in story time and fun­filled ac­tiv­i­ties. V

ar­i­ous other ac­tiv­i­ties will take place at the Swift Cur­rent Li­brary, New­comer Wel­come Cen­tre, Fam­ily Re­source Cen­tre, and other lo­ca­tions.

“Stud­ies have shown that chil­dren who are ex­posed to books at home early in life have a bet­ter chance at build­ing strong read­ing and writ­ing skills. Early ex­po­sure to lit­er­acy ac­tiv­i­ties can help chil­dren de­velop in­ter­est in learn­ing and lay the foun­da­tion for good per­sonal health, eco­nomic pros­per­ity and so­cial well­be­ing,” Ghosh said dur­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion to Swift Cur­rent City Coun­cil.

Another of the South­west Lit­er­acy Com­mit­tee’s ini­tia­tives is a com­mu­nity fam­ily lit­er­acy project called Books for Ba­bies first started in 2004.

Through this decade long project, four-month-old ba­bies in the South­west re­ceive a book bag con­tain­ing two books, nurs­ery rhymes, lo­cal li­brary de­tails and other in­for­ma­tion and as­sess­ment tools to as­sist child de­vel­op­ment.

The com­mit­tee also dis­trib­uted pre-lit­er­acy kits for chil­dren again in 2013.

The pre-school kit con­tained ac­tiv­i­ties to as­sist a young child with de­vel­op­ing mo­tor skills as they pre­pare for go­ing to school.

Fam­ily Lit­er­acy Day be­gan in 1999 as an ini­tia­tive of ABC Canada.

Ghosh en­cour­aged the pub­lic to show their com­mit­ment to fam­ily lit­er­acy by read­ing a book to­gether or take part in a pur­pose­ful learn­ing ac­tiv­ity.

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