Authors: Centre for Family Literacy
The authors of this document encourage families to become aware of the literacy opportunities surrounding them in everyday life. For instance, they point out that children playing “let’s pretend” are building their vocabulary, developing language skills, and learning how to tell a story.
The authors have included ideas for specific games families can play together, like going on a scavenger hunt for words or using family photographs as the starting point for a story. They have also included suggestions for outdoor activities, like building a snow family.
The authors also provide suggestions for books to interest children from the preschool years to about Grade 6.
Authors: NWT Literacy Council
This resource is aimed at educators who may feel intimidated by the use of technology in the classroom and may fear that it will harm traditional literacy and social relations.
The authors explain how technology has given rise to “new literacies” that coexist with traditional ones. They present a list of ideas for using technology in the classroom; offer tips on Internet safety; and provide definitions for terms like wiki and blog.
The authors also discuss how current technology has updated social customs, not eliminated them. For instance, one generation of students communicated by passing notes in class, while today’s teenagers keep in touch by posting messages on Facebook.
This study kit includes literacy activities that can be used with adult learners during an election period. The focus is on helping learners make informed decisions about the election and, at the same time, develop their vocabulary and their understanding of elections and the democratic process.
The authors provide information about Canada’s Parliament; federal elections and why they are important; who can vote and how to get on the list of voters; and the options available for voting, including advance polls and mail-in ballots.
The authors have included a chart explaining vocabulary related to elections and have provided suggestions for such activities as a scavenger hunt and an analysis of different types of political advertisements.
Authors: Statistics Canada
This workbook is part of an adult education kit prepared by Statistics Canada to help adult literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL) students become familiar with the census process.
The census is taken every five years and asks questions about every person who lives in Canada. The answers are added together to provide information about the people who live in Canada, information that is used to help plan for services like health care, public transportation, police and fire protection, and education.
The workbook contains several activities to help learners understand how and why the census is conducted. Activities include conducting a student census; determining who should be included on the census form; deciding the listing order for household members; identifying family relationships; and matching census terms with their definitions.
Authors: Statistics Canada
This kit, prepared by Statistics Canada, is aimed at teachers and learners in adult literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. The goal is to help participants understand the importance of a census and become familiar with the census process in Canada.
The authors have included five activities: an introduction to the census and Statistics Canada; conducting a student census; how the census is conducted; who is included in the census; and filling out the questionnaire.
This document was prepared by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) to help busy union executives understand why literacy and essential skills are vital issues for them and their membership.
The authors point out that strong literacy skills can protect jobs in changing times and in the face of increased emphasis on certification. They offer suggestions for encouraging workers to take advantage of available training opportunities and for encouraging employers to deal with employees’ literacy issues in positive and progressive ways.
They also discuss how investing in workplace training benefits both employees and employers.
Series: How To Kit
Authors: NWT Literacy Council
The authors of this kit note that while elections can be intimidating for a learner who is not familiar with the process, they also offer a great opportunity to build literacy skills.
The authors have included literacy activities that will inform learners about the political process; help them realize that their voices and votes count; develop election-related vocabulary; and encourage them to play an active role in the upcoming election. Among the activities in the kit are an election information scavenger hunt; a word search; and a survey of whether family and friends plan to vote.
The authors have also included information about different kinds of campaign advertising; links to a variety of other election resources; and a section on ways that learners can lobby candidates about the issue of literacy in their community.
This calendar is part of the Prenatal Caring Circle, a program that helps expectant mothers and the important people in their lives learn about family literacy and about nurturing both mother and child before and after the birth.
The calendar is divided into sections for each of the nine months of pregnancy, with additional sections dealing with labour and delivery and with the first three months after the birth.
The authors have included information on prenatal development during each stage of pregnancy as well as suggestions to help the expectant mother take care of herself and strengthen the bond with her child.
Prenatal Caring Circle is a program for expectant mothers and the important people in their lives. The goals of the program are to help participants learn what family literacy means; how to strengthen the bond with their baby before and after birth; and how to nurture their own and their baby’s well-being before and after birth.
This facilitation guide contains information on topics to be covered in each session and lists of resource materials that will be required. The authors have also included a section on the principles of adult learning and active listening.
While the program is designed to be offered in four to six group sessions, the authors have also included suggestions for using it in a one on one setting.
Authors: ABC Life Literacy Canada
This document offers guidelines for using social media like Facebook and Twitter responsibly and effectively to get a message out.
The authors discuss issues of privacy, confidentiality and transparency when using social media and offer tips for making the message interesting and memorable.
While ABC Life Literacy Canada developed these guidelines specifically for its staff, board members and volunteers, they would be useful for any organization interested in using social media to enhance awareness of its work.