November is National Family Literacy Month and an excellent time to think about how we can actively come together and engage in learning as a family. According to Sharon Darling, President and Founder of the National Center for Families Learning “When parents and children come together to learn, relationships among family members, neighbors and communities are all strengthened.” Hey! That’s the mission of The Joseph Initiative! Read on to find out 5 things you can do to start your adventure in learning as a family.
The thing to remember about learning as a family is that you can make it fun and interesting. Here are some ways you can do that:
- Sharing Stories: By taking a walk down memory lane, you can share stories of your childhood or family history. Your ancestors certainly lived life differently than we do today. By sharing their stories, you are opening your children up to a broader perspective on life. If you haven’t already done it, you can explore your family’s ancestry together. Websites like ancestry.com and findmypast.com can help you in your exploration.
- Exploring the Arts: Asheville is filled with culture. Take your children to an art exhibit, the theater or to see some live music. You never know what may come of it. Maybe you’ll find a new hobby for yourself or your child may become interested in pursuing a new talent. Either way, everyone will be enriched.
- Get Out and Moving: Nature provides a wonderful classroom and there are certainly a lot of places to explore in Western North Carolina. Organizations like the Western North Carolina Nature Center, the NC Arboretum, and Cradle of Forestry provide an excellent way to learn about our area and its conservation.
- Cook Cultural Cuisine: Cooking as a family can be fun, especially when learning is involved. By cooking and sharing a meal, you be able to spend quality time together as a family. While you are cooking a recipe, take the time to learn about the culture or country of its origin. Fun AND tasty!
- Volunteer: When you volunteer as a family, you provide your children with unique growing experiences. Your family creates a stronger bond and you help build a stronger sense of community. Hey, there’s our mission again!
We shared some of our ideas, now how about you? Do you have any of your own? Please share them with us in the comments. And, if you try any of the ones we listed here, we’d love to know how they helped bring your family together.