Susan Ramsay | Jan 20, 2016

It’s January 2016. Time to put down those Sudoku puzzles Santa left in your stocking and test your skills with this family literacy quiz:

1) Why will January 27th be a day to watch for?

a) Jupiter and the moon will be close in the sky, and appear to rise together to light up the night sky

b) Family Literacy Day® will be celebrated across Canada

2) Family literacy includes:

a) Reading with children at home

b) Drawing pictures to tell a story

c) Sending a note in your child’s lunch box

d) Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister, Grandma, Grandpa, Great Aunt Matilda…

e) All of the above

f) Reading by yourself

3) ‘Reading slump’ refers to:

a) Your physical position when you’ve read too late at night

b) High school student with head on desk during first period

c) Times when children are at risk of losing interest in reading (i.e. at kindergarten entry, grade 4, and entry into high school)

4) Reading to children more than once a day:

a) Impacts children’s future academic skills

b) Helps children learn to read

c) Helps children develop a love of reading

d) All of the above

5) ABC Life Literacy Canada’s Honorary Chair of Family Literacy Day® is:

a) Robert Munsch

b) Barbara Reid

c) Dr. Seuss

d) Humpty Dumpty

6) ABC Life Literacy Canada encourages families to have “15 Minutes of Fun” learning together every day because this helps:

a) Children improve their language, literacy, and math skills.

b) Adults keep their skills sharp.

c) Families recognize the importance of playing together.

d) All of the above.

7) Family Literacy Week celebrations include:

a) The Elusive Moose Story Walk at The Child Centre on Wednesday January 27 between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.


1. b) Family Literacy Day makes January 27 a day to watch for. (The positions of Jupiter and the moon, though, will make January 27 a great night to watch)

2. e) Family literacy refers to more than reading with children at home. Family Literacy is about the ways families use literacy and language in their daily lives to do everyday tasks.

3. c) Reading slumps are times when children need more encouragement to read. Encourage them by reading together and by talking about things of interest that one of you has discovered through reading.

4. d) Reading many books with children every day helps them become good readers and capable students.

5. b) Barbara Reid is the new honorary chair of Family Literacy Day. Check out what author and illustrator Barbara Reid has to say about Family Literacy Day® at

6. d) Even just 15 minutes a day can improve a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well. Learning happens through play.

7. a) Sometimes you simply can’t go wrong! Please join us for this free outdoor and interactive story walk of The Elusive Moose. Warm up afterwards with hot chocolate inside The Child Centre’s playroom.

Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington Children’s Literacy Committee has created a schedule of free family literacy events in both counties. If you haven’t seen the schedule, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll send you the details.

However, there’s no need to wait for a Family Literacy event to celebrate your impressive quiz results. Share a book, tell a story, or play a game with your child today.

Susan Ramsay is the Early Literacy Specialist for Hastings, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington. You can contact her at 613-354-6318 (ext 32) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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