Literacy goes beyond reading

Family Literacy Day falls on Jan. 27. It is a day that we can all find some time to sit down and read, whether it is to ourselves, our children, or our grandchildren.
We all learn by reading and when families read together, they also learn together. On Jan. 27, schedule that time with your family.
I still enjoy the weight and heft of a large hardcover book. There is no better evening than being curled up on the couch with a hot fire in the fireplace reading a book. It’s relaxing and fun.
The books can take me a thousand miles away, let me dream about building something, or understand the thoughts of great leaders and world events.
Men constantly are chided by their spouses that they begin assembling things before they read the instructions or fail to read a map before beginning a trip. It may be our nature.
Getting out a road map, or going to “Google Maps” with your family, to plan your route can be a fun activity. You may discover things about the communities you will pass through in your research.
I’m currently building a pair of Morris chairs in my wood shop. Now that I am well into the project, I realized it probably would have been in my best interests to have read all the instructions through to the end.
The plans call for a step by step assembly of sections of the chair and then final assembly before beginning the finishing. It is well-organized. Several sections would have been much easier to sand before the final assembly.
I have followed those instructions, but have found big gaps in the assembling process. A little research on my part through the Internet, or from a couple of woodworking magazines I have collected over time, would have saved me a lot of time and grief.
Most were techniques that would have made the assembly easier.
Reading and learning can take several forms. Today being able to use the tools at our disposal can really assist us. The ability to use the web browsers (Explorer, Firefox, Safari) effectively can provide us with information from recipes to health issues.
Through the “web,” we can find help on hobbies or personal assistance. Being unable to use the ’net and accessing information almost makes us illiterate.
Family Literacy Day might include helping someone learn how to navigate through the “web,” and exchange e-mails with family and friends across the county and around the world. It might be taking the time to play a game of Monopoly with our children.
It might even be that time when you finally sit down and begin writing about your family’s history. Gramma’s and Grampa’s memories of their families and growing up will never be fresher—and the history can be passed on to future generations.
You just might start something that no one wants to end.

Publisher’s Pen logo

Posted in Uncategorized