Moved over winter break and put blogging on hold for a period. Now settling into a lovely, light filled space and thinking about the objects that make my live/work environment “home”. The majority of the objects are books- no surprise then that promoting literacy in all its aspects has been dear to my heart.
When my children were still toddlers I recall blithely reciting nursery rhymes as we climbed a series of stairs “one, two, buckle my shoe, three, four, shut the door..” as automatically as pointing out neighbourhood symbols (sense of place) and encouraging everyday math in the kitchen “Let’s halve this recipe”. When one day a stranger interrupted with ” Don’t you ever stop teaching?!” I laughed it off, and recalling this today know that if teaching truly involves the constant recognition of encouraging thinking, appreciating effort, and recognizing ways to connect real world experiences to in – school learning then, no, I never stop teaching. In similar fashion I love the spontaneous communications of thoughtfulness my two children offer, and have been known to say, “everyday is Mother’s day”.
I realise though that there is a feeling of belonging that is generated when Days become official. Kudos to abc life literacy .ca, and the establishment of a family literacy day. At their website, posted above, you will find many free downloadable activities to make today, and I hope many future days, one in which “Literacy” and activities that encourage the higher level thinking skills, enter into regular communication. And do remember, to all who are fortunate in having a second and third language, keep practicing. All studies continue to show the benefits of being multilingual.