Be a Lifelong Learner. The demands of our society are changing every day. Continue to explore and develop your interests. Take a pottery class, carpentry apprenticeship, philosophy course, public speaking workshop, science seminar – any continuing education that allows you to expand your skills and knowledge.
Support Lifelong Learning of Others. Encourage your friends, family, and neighbours in continuing their education, whether it be learning the “3 R’s” – Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic, and in today’s world the “3 C’s – Computers, Cellphones, and Cameras. Help people find material that interests them.
Read with your child. Studies show that parents are the most important teachers of their children. Early reading experiences provide positive brain development to start a child’s life of learning. Set aside a quiet place for reading – and start early.
Make Literacy Part of the Everyday. Encourage children to read words on computer screens, store signs, mugs and T-shirts. Let them count out the change at the grocery store. Play “I Spy”, ask them to make a shopping list, read recipes together, or work together to make a weekly activity calendar.
Volunteer with a literacy program. Literacy programs can often provide support and training for volunteer tutors. There is always a need for people who can work with learners. Teach seniors to use the internet or an iPad, read aloud with children, or help out with administrative tasks.
Remember the Contagiousness of Passion. Children like to see people reading with passion, and they learn by example. Your excitement about literacy will encourage others to be excited about it to.
And of course…visit your local library! The Hornby Island Community School Library carries books on literacy in the Parents Section.
Recommended Reading at the School Library:
Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever by
All Kinds of Minds: A Young Student’s Book about Learning Abilities and Learning Disorders by
Deschooling Our Lives
Creative Storytelling: Choosing, Inventing, & Sharing Tales for Children by
How to Make Your Child a Reader for Life by