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Celebrate National Family Literacy Day!
|Grades||K – 12|
|Calendar Activity Type||Literacy-Related Event|
National Family Literacy Day, celebrated across the U.S., focuses on special activities and events that showcase the importance of family literacy programs. First held in 1994, the annual event is officially celebrated on November 1st, but many events are held throughout the month of November. Schools, libraries, and other literacy organizations participate through read-a-thons, celebrity appearances, book drives, and more.
Kick off National Family Literacy Day by inviting parents, grandparents, and other family members to your classroom for a family-school reading day.
- Invite students' family members to read a favorite story from their childhood, or their child's favorite bedtime story. (Grandparents can share both their child's and their grandchild's favorites!)
- Provide a collection of books for families to share during a group reading session. Invite families to get comfortable by bringing a cushion, beanbag chair, or pillow.
- Introduce families to some of the games & tools provided by ReadWriteThink. Encourage them to use these engaging tools at home to enhance their reading and writing experiences.
- Provide each family with a certificate of participation or a bookmark at the end of the event. Ask a local bookstore for a donation, or print certificates and bookmarks from your computer.
- At the close of your event, be sure to remind parents about other National Family Literacy Day events in your community.
Remember that family literacy is something that should be encouraged all year round. Invite students and their families to brainstorm ways they can keep their family engaged in reading on a regular basis!
- National Center for Family Literacy
This site provides resources for parents and teachers, including podcasts, interactive games and free courses to foster powerful school-parent-child partnerships and improve literacy outcomes for children and adults.
- Thinkfinity Literacy Network
This site provides information about literacy challenges in the U.S. and free online courses for adult and family literacy educators, as well as resources for families.
- Family Literacy Bags
Reading Rockets offers resources for family literacy bags that students can take home to share with their families.
- Parent Resources
The International Reading Association offers a series of brochures with literacy tips intended for parents. Some of the topics covered include reading with young children, watching television together, surfing the Web, the importance of nutrition, and more. Brochures are available for download in both English and Spanish.
Grades K – 2 | Lesson Plan | Recurring Lesson
Students begin by writing a sentence or two each week and progress to daily reflections and records of their school activity. Families respond to these student reflections, which become the basis for discussion among family, teacher, and students.
Grades K – 2 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
This lesson engages children in using writing to their families as a persuasive tool to get what they want and need.
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Unit
Writing gets personal when students interview family members in order to write a personal narrative about that person.
Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students interview family members, and then create graphic family timelines based on important and memorable family events.