Literacy Activities On The Go
How about some literacy on the go. This literacy post is in celebration of Family Literacy Day® which is a national awareness initiative held annually in Canada on January 27th to raise awareness about the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. You can read more about this national initiative here ABC Life Literacy.
In honour of Family Literacy Day in Canada here is how we will encouraging literacy on the go. So many families spend a lot of time in their vehicles going here to there, and there to here. Why not use that time as an opportunity to engage your littler learners and keep them busy instead of them asking you ‘are we there yet?’ or the dreaded ‘I’m bored’ phrase. Here are few quick tips to promote literacy on the go in our vehicle.
1. Listen to songs or nursery rhymes which will encourage your little ones to recognize patterns in language.
2. Read Signs, license plates, and billboards. The recognition of symbols is an important step as well for early literacy. I guess I have gone through the drive thru of Starbucks too many times as it was one of the first business signs my kids recognized with no problem. Did your kids recognize a store symbol or word quickly? I would love to hear which one.
I created a few printables to bring along in the vehicle to make reading a game while we pass the time traveling from point A to point B. If you like them there is a pdf link where you can print them out for our own personal use.
Letter Scavenger Hunt
Click here to view free pdf version of : Alphabet Scavenger Hunt
Sight Word Scavenger Hunt
Click here to view free pdf version of : Sight Word Scavenger Hunt
Sign Scavenger Hunt
For my oldest son, grade 3, he also could use the sight word printable but then he and his brother also wanted to hunt for the many signs they see around on the streets while driving. I went to this site
The Bird Feed NYC where you can find a lot of scavenger hunt printables for all different kinds of topics. Some are New York specific but many are not. They are related to the seasons, or things you would find in a park, or your neighbour hood. It is worth a check.