Series: Books in the Home Program
Authors: NWT Literacy Council
The Northwest Territories “Books in the Home” program provides parents with tools to help their children with reading and writing. Each week, parents study a children’s book and take the book home.
This resource manual is one of two developed for the program and focuses on what the authors describe as northern books: ones about the culture and life in the North, many of which reflect First Nations, Métis or Inuit culture.
The authors have developed activities and resources for 10 such books. Each book kit includes an overview; a warm-up activity; a group discussion topic; handouts for families; information on the author; and a snack idea for the week.
The authors have also included suggestions for organizing and running the program.
This manual grew out of a research project undertaken by an Alberta adult learning association, to examine the incorporation of Essential Skills into a family literacy program.
The project focused specifically on the Essential Skills of computer use and numeracy. A curriculum was developed and was piloted in three rural communities in Alberta.
The manual includes separate sections on computer use and numeracy. Each contains activities, lists of required materials, and links to online resources.
The authors have also included information about the nature of Essential Skills and specific tips for working with adult learners
In an ongoing effort to support the education of incarcerated youth and adults, Bringing Family Literacy to Incarcerated Settings: An Instructional Guide is offered as a supplement to the "From Incarceration to Productive Lifestyle" series. This most recent document shares the valuable experiences of numerous individuals and agencies who have successfully incorporated family literacy into incarcerated education programming.
Share Your Language, Share Your Culture
Authors: NWT Literacy Council
The Northwest Territories has eleven official languages -- nine of these are Aboriginal. To maintain and revitalize these languages, it's important for children to learn their language. This booklet will help families support language development within the family. The activities are simple and can be part of everyday living.
The Northwest Territories Literacy Council adapted these activities from materials that Harnum & Associates prepared for the GNWT. The GNWT's Early Childhood Development Framework for Action funded this project.
Authors: Sharon Skage
The objective with this manual has been, first of all, to establish a context for community partnerships, in order to provide an understanding of the benefits, issues, and challenges which are attached to forming partnerships. The second half contains practical, useful information on building community partnerships from the ground up.
Authors: NWT Literacy Council
This resource promoting the celebration of Aboriginal Languages Month is intended to raise awareness about Aboriginal Languages loss and the importance of maintaining these languages. Through this resource, the NWT Literacy council hopes to help readers:
- understand why it is important to encourage the use of Aboriginal language in their communities, homes and literacy programs;
- understand some of the issues around maintaining and revitalizing an Aboriginal language;
- understand how young children learn language;
- integrate culture and language into their community programs;
- promote Aboriginal language and culture in their communities; and
- get ideas for Aboriginal Languages Month.
Birth Through Preschool
A resource for mothers, fathers and grandparents that provides ideas and encouragement for playing, talking, and reading with babies, toddlers and preschoolers that will help them become good readers and writers later in life.
Authors: Meeka Arnakaq
The purpose of this manual is to teach Inuit families about traditional Inuit child-rearing practices and show how these methods can be used today.
The author is an Inuk healer and elder from Pangnirtung, Nunavut, and the text has been directly translated into English from her traditional teaching, handwritten in Inuktitut syllables. The content and sentence structure have been minimally edited in order to maintain the integrity of the author’s work and oral traditional knowledge.
The manual includes sections on how best to engage the interest of young children; the importance of the extended family; and the roles of mothers and fathers in the family.
For more information on these resources, please visit http://www.lulu.com.
This is one of the resources developed through an English as a Second Language (ESL) family literacy project carried out by university researchers with input from newcomer families.
This document is the children’s component of the program. It is divided into 10 modules, dealing with such topics as recreation and leisure; friendship; homework; community safety; and health.
Each module contains activities to help children improve their English skills and, at the same time, learn more about their new home.
The material can be adapted for children of various ages. For instance, several activities offer participants the choice of writing about something or drawing a picture.
The authors have included tips on making new friends, along with several games that emphasize teamwork and other social skills.
To see the final report for the project, go to http://library.nald.ca/item/10985. Other components of the project can be seen by clicking here http://library.nald.ca/item/11012 for the parent's guide, and here http://library.nald.ca/item/11061 for the facilitator's guide.
This document is part of an English as a Second Language (ESL) family literacy program that grew out of a project involving university researchers and newcomer families.
Like the guides for parents and children developed through the project, the facilitator’s guide is divided into 10 modules dealing with a variety of topics, including health; schools; food; identity; community safety; and Canada. Each module is subdivided into separate sections on facilitating the parent’s guide and the children’s guide.
The authors have included explanations of the rationale behind the activities included in the guides, as well as tips for helping newcomers understand their new country.
They also discuss the often conflicting emotions felt by recent immigrants, noting that initial enthusiasm may give way to frustration at the challenges of learning about a new culture and dealing with their first Canadian winter. Children may have had little input into the decision to leave their native country and, for some, this can lead to feelings of anger and powerlessness.
To see the final report for the project, go to http://library.nald.ca/item/10985. Other components of the project can be seen by clicking here http://library.nald.ca/item/11012 for the parent's guide, and here http://library.nald.ca/item/11042 for the child's guide.