This manual is designed to help community groups organize a “1-2-3 Rhyme with Me” program, a weekly interactive session for parents and their young children. The goals of the program are to help parents gain confidence as they improve their parenting skills. That, in turn, helps them support their children’s learning and literacy.
The authors include instructions for finding a location, setting a budget and overcoming barriers to participation.
The authors have also included a wide selection of rhymes and songs, organized by theme.
Authors: NWT Literacy Council
This booklet is aimed at parents and caregivers who want to use talking, rhyming and singing to help children build strong language skills. The authors have included dozens of rhymes and songs, many with suggestions for actions to accompany them.
For a copy of a CD containing the songs, please contact the Council.
Authors: Sarah Elaine Eaton
This document uses Essential Skills as the basis for activities to celebrate Family Literacy Day, observed in Canada annually on January 27.
For each of the nine Essential Skills, the author has provided three activities that adults and children can do together. For example, to promote document use, the author suggests using transportation schedules to plan an outing. To encourage continuous learning, the author suggests having one family member teach the others a new skill, like how to iron a shirt or post a photo to Facebook.
Authors: NWT Literacy Council
This video shows how to make a small book that unfolds like an accordion. The project calls for materials that are readily available, including regular paper, index cards, transparent tape, glue and ribbon.
The pages of the book can feature a specific learning theme, like colours or numbers. The format can also be adapted to make a keepsake book of photographs or other memorabilia.
Series: Adult Learning Video Series
This video, about three and a half minutes in length, focuses on a program that combines writing with reading to help both parents and young children advance their literacy skills.
The “Picture It, Publish It, Read It” program was developed by professors at Mount Saint Vincent University in Nova Scotia and was piloted with a parents’ group in Yarmouth, in the southwest region of that province.
The program builds on the parents’ existing knowledge of the importance of reading to their children by showing how writing fits into overall literacy. Children in the program were given cameras to take photos in their neighbourhood, then used the pictures they had taken to make books about their interests.
The program helps parents gain confidence in their ability to support their children’s learning as they begin school.
The video was prepared by the Adult Learning Knowledge Centre (AdLKC).
This guide is the result of the shared experiences over a two year period of four community based literacy programs which implemented and reviewed a variety of assessment procedures for family literacy evaluation.
This practical and informative resource guide for literacy practitioners was prepared for the National Literacy Secretariat and the Ontario Training and Adjustment Board.
Prepared by Jean Rasmussen of Literacy BC, this Framework is intended as a guide to promote good practice and provide support and information to the many individuals and groups involved in family literacy
This document was prepared in 1999 by a team of family literacy stakeholders led by Literacy BC and the Provincial Family Literacy Working Group – Training and Standards Sub-Committee. The framework is intended to promote good practice and provide support and information to the wide range of individuals and groups involved with family literacy throughout British Columbia. The document includes a definition of family literacy and statements of the goals and values of family literacy in B.C. The Statements of Best Practice section presents a list of 16 factors that contribute to best practice in family literacy, from philosophy and planning to resources and language diversity. The Standards of Best Practice section reworks those 16 factors into a checklist to provide an evaluation tool for program planning and development.