Filled with hands-on literacy-based activities for children and their parents, the Alberta Prairie Classroom on Wheels (COW Bus) made stops in Sylvan Lake and Eckville on Tuesday.
A workshop at each stop was held in conjunction with the bus’s visit, to bring parents up to speed on fun new ways to teach their children at home, and how to include literacy in their everyday lives, said Early Learning Centre supervisor Giselle Campbell.
“Wherever you go, you can turn everything into literacy,” she said. “It will help your children in school, it will help them develop a desire to read, they will grow into readers, and as they are readers, they will then teach their children to read and the value and importance of literacy.”
Teaching literacy to children, she added, can easily be made into a fun activity. That, she hopes, will resonate with all who entered the COW Bus on Tuesday.
“It’s not just about reading a book, it’s about reading with different tones and different characters,” she said. “It’s about using puppets and toys with the book that relate to the story or creating a craft around the book. Parents are learning how to engage their children.”