Every Child! Every Parent! Every Day! Read Aloud 15 Minutes!

Why Read Aloud?

The information below was copied from the Read Aloud website.

There is an easy way to improve your child’s chances at school. It will entertain and delight him. It will strengthen the bonds between him and you. And it is virtually free.

Sound too good to be true? Actually, it isn’t. The magical method: taking time to read aloud to your child.

In an era of high-stakes testing and education reforms and revolutions, research has repeatedly proved that one simple parenting technique is among the most effective. Children who are read aloud to by parents get a head start in language and literacy skills and go to school better prepared.

“Reading aloud to young children, particularly in an engaging manner, promotes emerging literacy and language development and supports the relationship between child and parent,” concludes a review in this month’s Archives of Disease in Childhood.

In other words, reading that bedtime story may not only entertain and soothe Johnny, it may also develop his vocabulary, improve his ability to learn to read, and – perhaps most important – foster a lifelong love of books and reading.

Developing that passion for reading is crucial, according to Jim Trelease, author of the best-seller, “The Read-Aloud Handbook.” “Every time we read to a child, we’re sending a ‘pleasure’ message to the child’s brain,” he writes in the “Handbook.” “You could even call it a commercial, conditioning the child to associate books and print with pleasure.”

This reading “commercial” is critical when competition for a child’s attention is so fierce. Between television, movies, the Internet, video games and myriad after-school activities, the pleasures of sitting down with a book are often overlooked. In addition, negative experiences with reading – whether frustrations in learning to read or tedious “skill and drill” school assignments – can further turn children off from reading.

That can have long-term consequences. As Mr. Trelease succinctly puts it in his handbook, “Students who read the most, read the best, achieve the most, and stay in school the longest. Conversely, those who don’t read much, cannot get better at it.”

Reading aloud is, according to the landmark 1985 report “Becoming a Nation of Readers,” “the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading.”

Despite this advice, however, some educators and many parents don’t read aloud to children from a young age and thus fail to nurture avid and skilled readers. Indeed, this is especially true for children in low-income families. According to the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, only 48 percent of families below the poverty level read to their preschoolers each day, compared with 64 percent of families whose incomes were at or above the poverty level. Children from low-income families are also less likely to have exposure to print materials.

The good news for families is that this sage piece of parenting wisdom is easy to follow. Reading aloud to your child requires only a book – free, with a library card – and your willingness to spend a little quality time with your child. And while the sacrifices to read aloud are few, the benefits are many: Your child may learn to read better, think better, imagine more richly, and become a passionate and lifelong reader. More than these long-term benefits, however, are some more immediate: The pleasures of spending time with your child and sharing the enjoyment of a good book.

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What’s Happening at Literacy for Life Foundation!

Check out volunteer activities below for the Bee!

Family Literacy Day – January 27th to February 27th.  – Play our Family Literacy Bingo Card

Starts January 27th.  1 card per family. Cards can be picked up at Literacy for Life Foundation Office, Okotoks Library, High River Library and Sheep River Library. They also will be handed out to all Grade 3 children in the schools.   For every completed bingo line you will be entered into a a draw for a Telus Spark Gift Certificate, Boston Pizza Gift Certificate and 3 Board Games.  Each library will draw for a prize. (3 separate prizes)  Please note the dates for the draw at each location as they vary.

Click on link for Family Literacy Activities to try!! Play and have fun!

Program Registration

March 6th 2017.  Call the office at 403.652.5090 or register online at www.litforlife.com

Volunteers:

We are looking for individuals to help with the Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee 2017. See info below.  Volunteers are important to the success of the event and we are looking for people to help organize, sell raffle tickets, be the BEE and much more. Check out this link for more information about the 2016 Bee.

A few specific jobs are:

Communications Promotion Lead

Team Support Lead

Be our Bee mascot

Call 403.652.5090 or email info@litforlife.com

Wonderful Cards for sale:

We still have our cards for sale at #3 1204 – 10th St. SE, High River, Alberta.  Available during work days from Monday to Thursday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Do you need Greeting Cards?  NorthplusSouth, an Okotoks business, donated some wonderful good quality cards for our use.  Only $1.00 a card.  Choose from Christmas, Valentines, Easter, Thank you, Birthdays, Anniversary and much, much more.

Conversation, Chocolate, Cookies and Cards
Conversation, Chocolate, Cookies and Cards

Little Libraries:  Community Reads – New Name – Book Bungalows

If you are interested in having a Book Bungalow on your property contact Sue at s.stegmeier@litforlife.com. We have started a list of people who are interested in their own little library. It has been first come first served and we presently have a wait list.

Highwood HighSchool Grade 10 Construction class has agreed to make our Bungalows as a school project. We are excited to partner with the young people at that school.  They will start construction in January/February. High River Home Hardware is a generous donor to this project as well as funds from High River Vitality Fund.

All those that have indicated they wanted a library will be invited to a work bee to paint and decorate their library.  Once they are painted the individuals/families can take them home and set them up on their property.  Help will be provided to install if needed.  It will be the responsibility of the owner of the “Book Bungalow” to maintain the books and the library.

Some boxes will also be set up on public property.  A map will be made showing where all Bungalows are located. The map will be available on our website as well as Our High River, Town of High River and other appropriate locations.

More information to follow.

Preserving Memories – Technology, Seniors and Youth

If anyone is interested in becoming a mentor for seniors to learn more about technology or to get help to preserve memories to digital contact the High River Library at 403.652.2917. Training will be provided for mentors to learn about the new technology and some tips on working with the senior population.

This project is a partnership between Literacy for Life Foundation, High River Library, Bow Valley College and McBride Career Services.

As seniors begin to downsize their homes and have to move into care or a smaller home, there is often limited space for many of their memories and items that give quality of life, such as records, cassette tapes, VHS tapes, photographs, slides and negatives. A portion of the funds would be used to purchase equipment that would be housed at the library to transcribe these memories to a digital format.  The second part of the project is providing volunteer mentors to help support the senior’s learning. (Partially funded by the New Horizon Federal Grant).

Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee – 2017

Watch for information in February 2017.  The 5th Annual Bee will be held on September 30th 2017.

The 4th Annual Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee held on October 1st 2016 at the historic Wales Theatre was a success. Raised: $26,225.00 

Gratest Spellers – Big Rockies, Town of Okotoks

Gratest Pledges Raised – Wild Roses, Wild Rose Community Connections

2nd Gratest Pledges Raised – Tie – The Kaliedoscopes and the Super Bees

3rd Gratest Pledges Raised – The Business Babes

Gratest Costumes – The Kaliedoscopes – High River Rotary

Check out the 2015 video. Thank you Meagan and Christina for volunteering your time to create this GRATE video.  New video in production.

Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee
Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee

Build Community and Creativity – Global Cardboard Challenge

Join us in the Global Cardboard Challenge during the month of September.  Literacy for Life is challenging families in the Foothills to have fun and get creative.

Bring your creation to the Wales Theatre, in High River, on October 1st from 12:30 to 2:30 pm, to the Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee, for display.  Cardboard and art material will be available at the theatre in celebration of Arts and Culture Days providing an opportunity for further creativity from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm.

Fun! Fun! Fun! Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee 2016!

Amazing creativity and an amazing little boy.
Amazing creativity and an amazing little boy.

Why Participate?

The Global Cardboard Challenge gives children an opportunity to collaborate, learn, and build the things they imagine through a simple process called Creative Play. The Challenge lets children explore their interests and passions; teaches critical thinking, resourcefulness, perseverance, teamwork and other 21st century skills; and brings communities together to foster and celebrate child creativity! (taken from Imagination Foundation website)

Value of Creativity

What is the Global Cardboard Challenge? Check it out!  Make sure you watch the video “Caines Arcade”

Global Cardboard Challenge

 

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream!

“You are never too old to set another goal or dream another dream!”

C.S. Lewis

Technology for Seniors – New Horizon Grant

Partnership between Literacy for Life Foundation, High River Library, Bow Valley College and McBride Career Services.

As seniors begin to downsize their homes and have to move into care or a smaller home, there is often limited space for many of their memories and items that give quality of life, such as records, cassette tapes, VHS tapes, photographs, slides and negatives. A portion of the funds would be used to purchase equipment that would be housed at the library to transcribe these memories to a digital format. A core group of computer literate seniors and youth would be available to mentor and teach others how to work the equipment. The library in High River is a hub for seniors in our community, as well, staff of the library would be available to support the senior/youth mentors. Many older adults are not computer literate and would first need individualized basic training. The development of senior and youth mentors would compliment and enhance existing basic computer classes, in particular for the more isolated senior.

If anyone is interested in becoming a mentor for other seniors, needs help or would like training on the new technology contact the High River Library, 403.652.2917.  Training is being offered so check in with the library.  Literacy for Life Foundation also offers basic technology training through courses and Computer Cafe.  Check out  Literacy for Life Program Event Page and Registration for information on upcoming programs and support.

Check out Workplace Resources  on our web site.  It lists resources to help you build those nine essential skills to meet your goals and dreams.

Check out this link to watch some videos that explain the 9 Essential Skills.

I got skills The nine essential skills include reading, writing, oral communication, document use, numeracy, technology, working together, thinking skills and lifelong learning.

Building Skills
Building Skills

 

 

Fun! Fun! Fun! Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee 2016!

The 4th Annual Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee held on October 1st 2016 at the historic Wales Theatre was a success. Raised: $17,725 and $6,000.00 more to come from the Raffle.

Gratest Spellers – Big Rockies, Town of Okotoks

Gratest Pledges Raised – Wild Roses

2nd Gratest Pledges Raised – Tie – The Kaliedoscopes and the Super Bees

3rd Gratest Pledges Raised – The Business Babes

Gratest Costumes – The Kaliedoscopes

2016 Raffle Ticket Sales are still for sale – The winner will take home $5,000.00 in Air Canada Gift Cards.  Only 1500 printed. $10.00 a ticket!  Tickets can be bought by calling 652.5090 or email info@litforlife.com or a at various events in the community.

High River Hospital – October 19th – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Museum of the Highwood – 406 1st St. SW

Our community had fun and celebrated community and fostered creativity in ourselves and our children.Check out some of the wonderful creations.  Thank you Shirley Paradis for all your help,

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Help us Build our Volunteer Program! Teach a Man to Fish….!

There’s an old saying…

…that goes something like “Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you’ve fed him for a lifetime.”  Through teaching individual’s literacy and the nine essential skills we give people the ability to look after themselves for a lifetime.  Literacy is a tool that will allow a person to create his/her own solutions in the future.

Percentages of Canadians with below desired literacy and numeracy rates are staggering: 49% for literacy and 55% for numeracy; this means almost 6 in 10 Canadians do not have the desired level of numeracy skills. People from poor families as well as the long-term unemployed, seniors, native people, prisoners, people with disabilities, and racial and cultural minorities all have higher rates of both illiteracy and poverty. Poverty has a direct link to illiteracy and vice versa (National Adult Literacy Database, Movement for Canadian Literacy, Literacy is for Life, Fact Sheet #9, Literacy and Poverty).

Literacy for Life relies on volunteers to make a difference in our communities. We are a small but mighty organization that wants to desperately change the literacy levels in our communities, however with growth in population and changing needs due to immigration and the economic downturn our cup is full.  We need help to build our volunteer management program so we are able to continue to offer programs that make a difference in people’s ability to work and participate fully in the community and family. Join us and contribute to the cause! Your donation will make a difference in people’s live. Please share our cause so others have the opportunity to join us!

For every increment of $20.00 in donations your name will go into a draw for a limited edition, signed copy by authors, photographers and dignataries of the Stories of the High River Flood Book.  2 Books available for the draw. Check out this website for more information on the book.

Watch our video below, make your donation and please share with others.

Literacy for Life Foundation