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Making Reading A Family Affair

McGuinty Government Encourages Families To Learn, Read Together

Ministry of Education

Ontario is marking Family Literacy Day by encouraging parents and children to make reading a part of everyday life.

Family Literacy Day is a great time for families to explore new ways of learning, and reading together. For example:

  • Read and talk about your child's favourite books. Tell family stories about yourself, your child's grandparents and other friends or relatives.
  • Try a new recipe for dinner. Ask your child to read the directions and help measure ingredients.
  • Play a board game as a family. Find one that involves reading instructions on cards and counting.
  • Invite your child to plot a trip on a map or learn about the history of a destination.
  • Pull out your arts and crafts supplies and create a collage of words and images from magazines and newspapers.

Giving children a strong start in school is part of the McGuinty government's plan to support student success while securing a brighter future for all Ontarians.

Quick Facts

  • Family Literacy Day is organized by ABC Life Literacy Canada and celebrated annually. This year's theme is Take the Learning Journey.
  • Across Ontario, there are 155 Parenting and Family Literacy Centres to help children get a great start on their learning and build a stronger foundation for parent involvement.
  • Sixty-nine per cent of Grade 3 and 6 students are achieving at or above the provincial standard in reading, writing and math, an increase of 15 percentage points since 2003.
  • Full-day kindergarten is currently offered in about 800 schools in Ontario and will be available for all children in publicly funded elementary schools by September 2014.

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“I cherish opportunities to read and share my favourite stories with my sons. I encourage parents all across Ontario to take some time every day to make learning and reading a part of family life.”

Laurel Broten

Minister of Education

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