Governor Patrick has issued a Proclamation declaring November 2014 as Massachusetts Family Literacy Month. This marks the 18th year that our state is acknowledging and celebrating the important role that families play in their children’s literacy development. Across the state, many schools, libraries, adult learning centers, parent support programs, social service agencies, and local businesses provide organized activities for families during Family Literacy Month. Many of these events involve hands-on literacy activities for parents and children that demonstrate how parents can engage with their children at home. Storytelling, family math nights, readings by authors and community leaders, interactive sing-a-longs, and creating books and bookmarks are examples of family learning activities. Please share this information with your staff and community partners and take advantage of the following resources to celebrate Family Literacy Month.
On the ESE website there is a link to different resources for districts and schools to use to promote Family Literacy. Click on the hyperlink below to take you to these resources.
Finally, Commissioner Chester, of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, has issued a message encouraging school districts, libraries, adult learning centers, parent support programs, social service agencies, and local businesses to collaborate and provide activities for families during this month.
Please visit http://www.doe.mass.edu/familylit/month/announcement.html for ESE Commissioner Chester’s announcement, Governor Patrick’s 2014 Proclamation and resources.