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Laughter in the library on Family Literacy Day

Fort Macleod Project Read co-ordinator Karen Yoos is inviting everyone to a Family Literacy Day event Friday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the library

Fort Macleod residents will shake off those winter blues Friday, Jan. 27 with a few laughs at the library.
Laughter is the focus of a Family Literacy Day celebration being hosted by Project Read from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
If laughter is indeed the best medicine, then Lynne Hunter-Johnston has the prescription.
“Laughter is contagious,” said Hunter-Johnston, who is consulting director of the Healing Arts Program at Chinook Regional Hospital.
Hunter-Johnston will lead her audience in laughter exercises and games designed to lift one’s spirits.
“She involves everyone who is there, children and adults,” Project Read co-ordinator Karen Yoos explained.
Project Read has traditionally hosted a pajama party for Family Literacy Day but Yoos decided to add a twist this year.
“I felt like it was time to have a little spice in the pajama party,” Yoos said.
The celebration is aimed at children and adults, who are encouraged to wear their pajamas, but do not have to wear their PJs.
“I am hoping for a good turnout,” Yoos said.
Through the Healing Arts Program Hunter-Johnson brings the arts and artists into the regional hospital.
A certified Laughter Club leader, Hunter-Johnston was trained by originator Dr. Madan Kararia.
The Family Literacy Day event will help children develop a love of reading and explore their sense of humour.
According to research done by Decoda Literacy Solutions, children have a better chance of becoming fully literate adults if reading is encouraged in the home.
ABC Life Literacy Canada offers the following tips for helping children develop literacy skills:

  • Find words that rhyme with every product you add to the grocery cart such as “milk” and “silk,” “juice” and “moose” and “cheese” and “trees.”
  • Sing along to favourite songs on the radio. Singing allows you to learn patterns of words, rhymes and rhythms, and is strongly connected to language skills.
  • Go for a walk as a family and read the street signs. You can even think of a city or country that begins with the same first letter as the sign.
  • Count how many cars you and your children see from your house window and what colour they are.
  • Play a card or board game as a family.
  • Pick a recipe from a cookbook and follow it together.
  • Read a short newspaper article to your kids and then ask them to tell you what it was about.
  • Write a short story with your family and submit it at FamilyLiteracyDay.ca.

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