Eager to Learn has been designed as a resource binder. The course modules can be used independently from the research findings in other sections. The literature review and focus group results provide interesting and unique perspectives on how to plan and deliver family literacy programs of all sorts, not just those meant for a teaching environment.
The Eager to Learn course has been based on the belief that enrollment in ABE gives adult learners the unique ability to co-learn with their children or other young persons in their home environment. This is also true, of course, for parents enrolled in support programs and community outreach services. The course has continuing education applicability to early childhood educators and day care operators
Educators, Trainers & Group Leaders can use this resource binder to:
Deliver an 8-16 week course on family literacy
Raise awareness of parents' skills as teachers
Enrich the curriculum of adult learners
Help train daycare workers & early childhood personnel
Resource Binder includes:
Review of Literature
Focus group comments by parents & instructors
Learning Modules (8)
The program was made possible through financial support from the National Literacy Secretariat. For more information or to order these materials, contact The Community Services Council R.E.A.D.Y. Centre, 365 Water St., 2nd Floor, P.O. Box 1191, St. John's, NF A1C 5M9, Tel. (709) 726-4335, Fax (709) 726-7327, Email Darlene Scott WWW : http://www.csc.nf.net/index.htm (99.12.22)
Authors: Lillis Lawrence
Thie book entitled "Eat Right and Save Money" is a plain language guide to healthy eating and includes the Cree translation. It was first published in 1996 with the Plain Language Nutrition Project and was subsequently reprinted and revised to incorporate the new Canada Food Guide.
The contents include:
- Northern Food Guide (Mech-i-win Kiskinota Musinuhikun);
- Feeding Your Unborn Baby (Kasamut Kichawasimis);
- Snacks for Growth (Mechiwinsa Opikiwin Oche);
- Feeding Baby (Awasis Kasumut);
- Breastfeeding (Nohawasawin);
- Bottle Feeding (Notwakun);
- Solid Foods (Mechiwina);
- Food Shopping (Mechiwin Atawewin);
- Shopping Tips;
- Menu Ideas;
- Grocery List; and
- End of Month Shopping.
In this fact sheet, the authors explain how Essential Skills are used in a variety of situations in the home.
For example, document use is required to use a recipe or to follow directions for assembling a piece of furniture. The skill of working with others is used for such diverse purposes as planning a family vacation, deciding which toppings to order on a pizza, and building strong relationships between parents, children, and siblings.
The fact sheet is part of a series prepared by the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick (LCNB).
Series: Best of The Reader
Authors: Joan Acosta
This e-book is part of a series called Best of the Reader, which consists of stories from The Westcoast Reader, a newspaper for adults trying to improve their English reading skills.
Each story is accompanied by exercises to help learners improve both their reading skills and their grasp of English. The material can be used by a learner on his own or by a teacher in a classroom.
This book focuses on families, with stories about a family farm, popular baby names, and readers’ memories of their grandmothers. There is also a comic strip that offers a humorous look at family life.
The reading level of each story is indicated by an icon showing one, two or three books.
Books in the Best of the Reader series are published on Creative Commons, a non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative works available to share legally. To learn more about Best of The Reader, please click here: http://bestofthereader.ca/.
This fact sheet is one of a series prepared by the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN) to address a variety of literacy-related topics.
The authors note that early literacy skills are the foundation for future learning, with research showing that the skills and capacity to learn that children develop by the age of six stay with them for a lifetime. Adults with strong literacy skills are more likely to be employed and to have higher-income jobs.
They encourage parents to set a positive example for their children; support family literacy programs; and get involved in Family Literacy Day, held every year on January 27.
Authors: Literacy Newfoundland and Labrador
This fact sheet focuses on the role of parents in helping children develop literacy skills.
The authors point out that low literacy is an intergenerational cycle, and improving parents’ skills has a positive effect on the language development of children.
They offer a number of suggestions for ways parents can encourage their children’s learning, including visiting the library together; telling a story and asking a child to retell the story in his own words; and making a special storage space for books in the home.
The fact sheet is part of a series prepared by Literacy Newfoundland and Labrador.
Series: Essential Skills Fact Sheets
Authors: NWT Literacy Council
This document, one in a series of fact sheets published by the NWT Literacy Council, focuses on essential skills as they apply to families. Those skills are defined as reading, document use, writing, numeracy, oral communication, thinking, working with others, computer use and lifelong learning.
In this fact sheet, the authors offer examples of what each of those skills would mean in the context of a hypothetical family made up of a mother, father, three children and a grandmother. For example, a lively discussion at the supper table is used to illustrate oral communication. To illustrate numeracy, the authors describe the father helping the older children with their math homework and the mother managing the family budget.
Northern Parenting and Learning Program
Authors: NWT Literacy Council
Some program files available in PDF.
This program is designed to meet the needs of people who wish to improve their literacy skills by using parenting issues and materials. The intention is to provide a supportive learning environment where both literacy and parenting skills are studied. Parents meet to share their parenting ideas and gain new tools to help them with their parenting skills.
Authors: Family Literacy Day Committee
This document is filled with suggestions for learning activities that parents and children can do together during the winter months.
One activity is a family sing-along, with new winter-themed lyrics for favourite songs. For example, “The Hokey Pokey” becomes “The Winter Pokey” and “Jingle Bells” gets a new set of lyrics about a funny little snowman.
There are suggestions for building numeracy skills by counting mittens or measuring the length of snow angels.
The authors have included a list of picture books that focus on winter.
This manual chronicles the Lockeport and Area Family Learning Program`s experience in creating and implementing their family learning program.
It is designed for use by coordinators who wish to set up a family learning program in a rural area. Community services personnel and health outreach workers will also find this handbook helpful in understanding family literacy issues. The Handbook describes a family literacy program which was recently implemented in the rural Nova Scotia town of Lockeport. It provides a history of the program and a detailed description of the methods used by the program to attract learners and tutors. Additionally, it contains an outline of the methods used in this particular program to enhance family literacy.