Angela Malcolm, a Regional KidsFirst Community Developer for the SHA in Kindersley has assembled 600 interactive calendar kits for every three-year-old in her coverage area with the goal of promoting family literacy. The kits will also help these young children build motor skills, cognitive skills, and language/literacy skills. Literacy is comprehension and building of learning skills, which affects success in school, the workforce, and income – all aspects that increase our ability to live our healthiest lives.
Angela Malcolm with the assembled kits
Each kit has a book, box of crayons, sidewalk chalk, glue, scissors, cookie cutter, and some cards. A variety of activities and tasks are designated for each month. Every month also has a color and a theme.
Contents of the kit
For example, the month of June has blue as the color and flowers as the theme, and suggested activities include finding 10 blue things, a craft project to create their own flower garden, a picnic at the park, and singing songs about plants, along with worksheets.
The kits were delivered to families with three year olds using schools in the Sun West School Division as pick-up locations.
“This program demonstrates that literacy is much more than reading. It is talking, singing, doing crafts, reading and working together as a family in order to complete the tasks for each month in the kit. Family engagement with literacy is one of the strongest indicators of school success,” says Angela.
Funding for this project was provided to the SHA Regional KidsFirst program.