Thursday, May 20, 2010

The PBSKids Reading Activity Calendar

I think this is VERY cool! Over at PBSKids, there's a calendar that gives parents ideas for literacy activities they can do with their kids on each day of the year.

There are lots of suggestions for activities and discussions, language enrichment and ideas that will develop literacy skills. It's a calendar format with an online or printable version. Here's an example:

May 29 Pickle Week: It’s Pickle Week! To celebrate, find a pickle recipe either online or in a cookbook to make with your child. Make the grocery list together and have your child pick out as many as the ingredients as possible. At home, be sure to read the instructions together.

I think this would be useful to teachers too, especially preschool or playgroup teachers. I can imagine it would make a nice short tip to add to a newsletter, or something to use as a prompt when developing further activities. And if your library has a screen you use with scrolling pics and ideas, it might be good there too. I plan to check it out often and drive my readers crazy by telling them what day it is! (Coming soon, Cow Appreciation Day!)

The PBSKids site is truly wonderful, and the calendar is only a tiny fraction of its splendour.

( Clipart ©2000 Denise Van Patten )


  1. Charmaine Clancy20 May, 2010

    Wow that's a great idea, it would also be cool for teachers to have their class create their own literacy calendar where the kids could think of something different to do each day for reading :-)

  2. Book Chook20 May, 2010

    I like the way your mind works, Charmaine! After I posted it this morning, I was thinking about making my own Literacy calendar, maybe doing a month at a time so it wasn't too onerous.

  3. michelle21 May, 2010

    I love the PBS site as well and have had my students playing on the new literacy site, PBS Kids Island. This is a wonderful idea to share with parents as we get ready for summer vacation. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Book Chook21 May, 2010

    Kids Island is one of my favourites too, Michelle!

  5. I love this!!! I'm definitely heading over today to check it out!

  6. Book Chook24 May, 2010

    Great, Tif!


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