Saturday, December 19, 2009

Discover Fun Family Activities at the National Center for Family Literacy’s Learning House!

As an author, I’ve always been a big cheerleader for literacy-related causes. I recently learned about a really cool online tool by the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) that shows parents ways to transform routine daily activities, such as meal preparation and bath time, into rich learning experiences for their children.

Best of all, their site is a lot of fun! Just go to and click on the orange button that says, “Click Here to Start.” A picture of a house pops up, and you are instructed to click on the door to enter. Once inside, you can click on one of four rooms: living room, bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom. Within each room are a multitude of orange dots. If you hover your mouse over one, a little screen will pop up with a fun family activity that you can do with your kids in that spot that helps promote learning. If you click on the dot, it reads the suggestion to you. It’s a really nice tool for finding ways that families can be together and learn.

Research shows that parents are vital in boosting children’s reading acquisition.

- Children exposed to more spoken words earlier in life demonstrate richer vocabulary and early acquisition of literacy skills.

- The learning climate of the home positively impacts children’s school readiness and language skills.

- The positive way parents interact with their children in the home helps children’s literacy development.

I encourage you to visit to check out the NCFL’s Learning House and integrate some of the activities into your family’s daily routine. It’s a win-win situation for every member of your family!

DISCLOSURE: I received no compensation for reviewing this site.


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