Literacy Week launches in B.C.

The province has proclaimed Family Literacy Week (Jan. 20 – 27) in British Columbia.

The province has proclaimed Family Literacy Week (Jan. 20 – 27) in British Columbia.

To celebrate Decoda Literacy Solutions with its partner organization will encourage families to get out and have fun together.

Family Literacy Week is an annual campaign that honours family literacy in BC. The week includes ABC Life Literacy Canada’s Family Literacy Day, recognized nationally each year on Jan. 27.

“When we teach our children to read and write we help unlock a world of endless opportunities for them to learn, grow and succeed,” said Education Minister Rob Fleming. “I encourage all British Columbians to join together with family and friends this Family Literacy Week and visit their local libraries to sign out a new book, or participate in one of the many exciting activities being offered in communities throughout the province.”

This year’s Family Literacy Week theme “Let’s Make It!” recognizes that when children have the time, tools and materials to make things, they learn to solve problems, be creative, communicate and much more.

“Making things can help build a range of skills, including literacy. And, when children make things with their parents and caregivers, families can have fun and learn together,” says Margaret Sutherland, Executive Director of Decoda Literacy Solutions, BC’s provincial literacy organization.

In addition, Decoda Literacy Solutions is celebrating family literacy with a province-wide online Photo Contest (#FamilyLiteracyWeek) to encourage people to share their family literacy week activities. Decoda has also developed free activity sheets for families and programs that work with parents and caregivers with young children.

To learn more about family literacy, get information on the Family Literacy Week Photo Contest, or to download activity sheets, go to decoda.ca.

Just Posted

Sparks fly off Steinway Grand during Vernon Valentine’s show

CONCERT REVIEW: NOCCA piano duo impresses

Vernon Christian School “Unplugs”

The event takes place Thursday, Feb. 28.

Okanagan College achieves second LEED Platinum award

“You don’t have to look hard to find advances in sustainability across all the trades”

What’s happening Family Day at SilverStar

SilverStar is offering a 50 per cent discount for all-inclusive day tickets on Family Day.

Vernon rolls out the red carpet for Oscars live stream

Okanagan Screen Arts Society hosts red carpet event in support of hospice

Vernon art gallery turns out the lights and throws a party

DJ, drinks and food at Art After Dark Feb. 23

Ammonia leak shuts down curling club in Nelson

It’s not yet clear when the leak was detected

Pavelski’s 31st goal helps Sharks top Canucks 3-2

Vancouver one point out of second NHL wild-card spot

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

B.C. couple attacked with acid, slashed with knife in Vietnam

Warning, graphic images: Man has burns on 80 per cent of his body, slashed with knife

Northern B.C. First Nation clan says ancient tools found at pipeline work site

Archeologists from the Smithsonian Institute estimate one of the stones found dates back up to 3500 years

Drive BC warning slippery conditions for Okanagan main highways

The region is forecasted to see flurries and snow for the first half of the weekend

Most Read