When we think of November, naturally we think of Thanksgiving. But, it’s also National Family Literacy Month – and your family’s education is probably as high on your priority list as stuffing a turkey. National Family Literacy Day was officially celebrated back in 1994 and over the years, local schools, libraries, and community groups began hosting activities and other events throughout the entire month of November to create awareness of the importance of schools, communities, and families working together to give our children a solid education.
Believe it or not, National Family Literacy Month is not ALL about reading books – however, that is a key component to the movement, for obvious reasons. And, sadly, over the years books have become nearly obsolete in households, thanks to television, video games, and other internet-powered gadgets.
In honor of National Family Literacy Month, we put together a list of fun activities to do with your kids that will help get them interested in reading again.
Head To The Library
It sounds absurd, but when was the last time you took your kids to the library? Have they ever been at all? Pick a rainy afternoon this month, pack a bag, and head to your local library with your little ones. Rather than rushing through – take some time and teach them how to look up books or topics that interest them in the catalogue, enjoy their reading areas rather than taking the books home, and before you leave check out the bulletin board to see what kind of fun clubs or activities are being held at the library that your kids might want to participate in.
Family Book Club
It sounds lame – but if you serve the right snacks, like ice cream Sundays for example, then chances are your kids will show up. Pick a book that is appropriate for all ages, and host a family book club in your livingroom. Rather than arguing over hot topics in the book, which might put your little ones to sleep, play some trivia games or maybe a round of Charades based on the chapter you read. If you want to up the ante, you can even hand out treats or prizes to the person who finishes the book first.
Write Your Own Stories
There are two kinds of kids – the kids that love getting absorbed in other people’s stories, or the kids that like to create their own stories. Encourage your kids to write short stories, and even help them edit their mini books and head to Kinko’s and get them bound like a real book. You might even be able to find a short story contest for their age group online. Who knows, you might have a future author on your hands!