Hal­loween a fam­ily af­fair!

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Kids love Hal­loween and spooky things. ABC Life Lit­er­acy Canada of­fers th­ese 10 tips, tricks and treats for the whole fam­ily to en­joy in the weeks and days lead­ing up to Hal­loween.

Tell each other spooky or scary sto­ries – make-be­lieve or real-life (“the scari­est thing that ever hap­pened to me”).

Li­braries and book­stores have lots of spooky kids’ books that are es­pe­cially fun to read aloud at this time of year. Read­ing with a child is one of the most valu­able learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.

Play Hal­loween ABC. Pick a let­ter, and take turns think­ing of Hal­loween-themed things. For ex­am­ple, words start­ing with C are cos­tume, candy and clown. Use the al­pha­bet, the first let­ters of your fam­ily’s names, or just pick let­ters at ran­dom.

Count pump­kins, ghosts and witches. Take a walk around the neigh­bour­hood and count the Hal­loween items on porches, lawns and store dis­plays. Keep track of them all on a chart and pre­dict which will have the most.

Make a Hal­loween treat. Teach­ing kids how to fol­low a recipe is great for read­ing and math skills. The in­ter­net is packed with Hal­loween recipes. Get the kids to pick a recipe, read the in­struc­tions and mea­sure the in­gre­di­ents.

Dec­o­rate pizza, sand­wiches, cup­cakes and cook­ies – or even just ar­range dif­fer­ent types of food on plates – to make spooky faces and scary scenes. There are lots of great ideas online.

Make a Hal­loween cos­tume with ma­te­rial from around the house. Use the in­ter­net for ideas. Get the kids to write a list of what is needed for the cos­tume and then gather all the ma­te­ri­als to­gether.

Re­search the his­tory of Hal­loween and share the in­for­ma­tion with the fam­ily.

Map out your trick-or-treat­ing route be­fore you go. High­light your route on a map and show kids where your home is lo­cated.

Or­ga­nize Hal­loween candy in dif­fer­ent ways. Sort and count by candy type, shape or size. This ac­tiv­ity re­in­forces ba­sic math, as­so­ci­a­tion and match­ing (and also slows down the su­gar rush!). Lit­er­acy ben­e­fits the en­tire fam­ily— en­joy­ing read­ing and other learn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to­gether for just 15 min­utes a day has tremen­dous ben­e­fits for both chil­dren and par­ents. Whether you’re read­ing a spooky story or mak­ing ghost cup­cakes, learn­ing can hap­pen at any time. Fam­ily Lit­er­acy Day takes place on Jan­uary 27, 2014. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.Fam­i­lyLit­er­a­cyDay.ca – Born Fe­bru­ary 12th, 1914, passed away peace­fully at Pine Manor Res­i­dence in Beebe, QC, on Oc­to­ber 8th, 2013 at the age of 99 years. She is sur­vived by sons Ian (Doris) and Ross (Ruth), six grand­chil­dren, eleven great-grand­chil­dren, two great great­grand­chil­dren, and many nieces and neph­ews. Ar­range­ments en­trusted to

Cass Fu­neral Home Stanstead There will be no vis­i­ta­tions. Grave­side Ser­vice will be held on Oc­to­ber 25th at 1 p.m. MacPher­son Ceme­tery, Ge­orgeville. In Lov­ing Mem­ory of a dear hus­band, fa­ther, grand­fa­ther and great-grand­fa­ther, who passed away Oc­to­ber 15th, 2007. A spe­cial smile A lov­ing face We can never re­place Loved and re­mem­bered ev­ery­day Missed much more than words can say

Al­ways loved,

Wife Joyce, chil­dren, grand­chil­dren,

great-grand­chil­dren

DON­ALD YOUNG

CRAW­FORD, Ber­nice

(nee MacDon­ald)

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