Literacy needs improving in Saskatchewan

Take 20 in 2020, that’s the theme for Family Literacy Week in Saskatchewan which continues through Saturday.

The executive director of the Saskatchewan Literacy Network, Phaedra Hitchings, says it’s a reminder to take 20 minutes a day to learn together as a family.

She explains it’s not just about reading to children.

Many activities promote literacy in different ways including playing games, doing chores together, cooking together and having conversations.

Hitchings says Saskatchewan has some work to do when it comes to literacy.

About 60 per cent of children who enter kindergarten are considered ready, but there is a lot of room to improve the literacy of the 40 per cent.

Hitching says building literacy skills within the family leads to greater involvement and success at school and work and in the community, which benefits the whole province.


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