Outdoor learning activities among Lambton Family Literacy Day offerings


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StoryWalks and free small libraries in Lambton are just a few ways for families to get out and start reading, says Literacy Lambton director.

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But treasure hunts, looking for shapes in clouds, counting things like the number of blue cars or pine trees encountered on a ride, and drawing pictures on stones to tell a story are all worth it. other unconventional ways of learning to read, said Tracy Pound. .

“Literacy is so much more important than books,” said the executive director of the nonprofit for the promotion of literacy of the plans underway for National Family Literacy Day this month. year, January 27.

This year’s theme is Learning the Great Outdoors, Pound said.

“They say parents are their child’s first and most important teacher,” she said. “This is the whole premise of family literacy. So when you give parents the tools to teach their children to read and write, you empower the number one person who can make a difference to a child.

Lambton lists six StoryWalks with pages of picture books to read along the trails and in the parks. Two are in Sarnia’s Canatara and Tecumseh Parks.

A pop-up StoryWalk at McGibbon Park on Jan. 27 is scheduled featuring Kettle and Stony Point First Nation author Bridget George’s book It’s a Mitig !, Pound said.

Originally there were also plans through the Lambton County Library for a storytelling event at the Thedford branch, but this was put on hold after the recent COVID-19 restrictions were announced, she said. declared.

Visiting small, free libraries – a list pinned to the top of Literacy Lambton’s Facebook page – is another way to enjoy the day, she added.

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“They’re all over Lambton County, and it’s a chance for parents to just go out with their kids,” she said of the take-out and drop-off kiosks.

Award-winning author of children’s books, illustrator and honorary chair of Family Literacy Day Barbara Reid will host a virtual demonstration, using clay to create an image while answering questions, Pound said .

Space is available for approximately 1,400 registrants at bit.ly/31LwyrC ABC Life Literacy Canada officials said via Pound, noting that posters, bookmarks, stories and other resources are also available at family literacy day.ca .

Twenty-five Crayola modeling clay kits are also being given out to entrants in a raffle, Pound said. Once people register, they can enter the contest by commenting on a December 27 Lambton Literacy Facebook post with the community of Lambton where they live.

A Family Literacy Day schedule with tips to support literacy and suggested activities is also in the works and will be available through the Lambton EarlyOn centers at earlyonlambton.ca , officials said.

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