The following article was copied from the Linklater P.S. newsletter by Principal Kimberly Melvin-Long.  It is excellent advice and I have sent it to my children and grandchildren.  Thanks Kim.  (I have also added it to my "Tips For Parents" navigation button on the right.)



We all know that schools are all about Literacy, whether it is literacy in math, language, science or social studies. We continue to teach children to read every day and it is one of the most exciting things about being an educator. As teachers, we are directly involved in making a real difference in the life and future of a child. Studies tell us however, that when parents partner with us in the teaching of literacy, a child’s success will be even greater.


Family Literacy Week is all about inspiring families to learn together. I have included the link for you to check out some wonderful articles brought to you from

ABC Life Literacy Canada.  

Canadian families are being encouraged to have "15 Minutes of Fun" learning together. Learning can happen at any time. Practicing literacy together for just 15 minutes a day has tremendous benefits for both children and parents. Consider some of these 15 minute activities:

1. Create your own comic strip about your family.

2. Invent two new endings to your favourite book.

3. Make up a new recipe together and post it online.

4. Tell knock-knock jokes together while doing the dishes.

5. Sing five songs really, really loud!

6. Invent a new game while playing at the park.

7. Read a story to your pet (or favourite toy).

8. Make a paper fortune teller with eight fortunes.

9. Write a silly poem and tell it to your family at dinner.

10. Log on to your favourite word game - can you beat your best score?

11. Create your family tree.

12. Play rhyming "I Spy" - "I spy something that rhymes with..."

13. Play a board game together.

14. Text your friend and tell them about your holiday.

15. Find 15 things that begin with the letter "S".






The following tips have been provided by Parents for Education, an excellent organization which advocates on behalf of students and parents.  These tips can be seen on the P4E website at:



Health and Physical Education and Daily Quality Physical Education


High School Courses


Homework Help


Parent-Teacher Interviews


Solving Problems


Special Education


Startting School


Top 6 secrets


Understanding the Safe Schools Act


Who Does What In Education


EQAO Testing