Literacy + Life – Scribble Me This

Welcome to the third issue of Literacy + Life, our blog series that shares family literacy activities as a way to promote literacy. So often when we hear the word “literacy” we think of the ability to read. Reading is part of the literacy galaxy – but a galaxy has many important parts. It may help to look at literacy as a way of communicating. Through reading we promote literacy in “listening” mode; When we write we promote literacy in “transmit” mode. The cool thing about writing is that it takes many forms. Drawing counts, which means anyone, at any age, can practice their writing. One of the overlooked benefits is that when kids use a marker or crayon or … Read more

Literacy + Life – Books about Snow

 Welcome to 2015! One of our goals at the Reading Tub is to bring literacy home for families. Yes, it is about sharing books and getting children excited about reading. But it is also about engaging readers with their world. We’re kicking off 2015 by launching a new literacy series! Literacy + Life is a new series that combines books and related activities on a specific topic. It isn’t a new idea, there are some great blogs that share ideas to bring books to life. Our goal is to illustrate that literacy is part of our daily life. Some parents are overwhelmed by having to “add” literacy activities to their very busy days. Not all of us like arts and crafts. … Read more

Thanksgiving with a Literacy Side

Yeah! The kids are home. The schedule is “between seasons,” so the kids need something to do. Why not let them help you get ready for Thanksgiving? You may not be ready to hand over an apron, but there are other ways they can help. Here are some ideas that will keep them busy and use materials that you already have around the house. Who knows, they might even become new Thanksgiving traditions. Thanksgiving Place Cards We started using place cards when my daughter was learning to read. One year we wrote out the names for her on a piece of paper, and she wrote them on her foam-cutout leaves. Another year we lined them all up and would read … Read more