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.



Build Community and Creativity – Foothills Cardboard Challenge and #KindStones Project

Literacy for Life is challenging families in the Foothills to have fun and get creative by participating in the Cardboard Challenge and the #KindStone Project. These two activities can be done year round in your home.

Check out this link for information on the #KindStone Project.  Go to the Facebook page to participate. This Grate designs were creations from the 2017 Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee.













Watch for information on the Cardboard Challenge in September 2018 at the Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee.  Have fun and participate in some creative play.  Aren’t these Awesome!
















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

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What is our Story?

Thank you to all the individuals and families that took the time  to share “How Literacy for Life made a difference in their lives?”  Check out the first video in the series.

Thank you also to the Mount Royal Students.  You did a great job!

 There’s a native American saying that goes like this: “It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story.” Similarly, it takes all the voices in an organization to tell its story. The most powerful voices are the families and individuals served by Literacy for Life.

We will be asking for people to use their voice to share the work of the organization in a number of different ways and create an ongoing story that will get to the heart of what we do.    we all have a story to tell

Once Upon a Time……..

WE stared a video story a couple years ago through the great work of a volunteer.  This video shares a part of our story.

Literacy for Life Foundation provides programs that focus on the early years.  Our family literacy programs support parents helping them help their children.  That is part of our story.



Literacy at its Greatest! Telling Stories and Making a Difference!

Literacy for Life had the opportunity to participate in creating a lasting legacy for the Town of High River and an opportunity to be part of the healing process from the Flood of 2013.    The organization contributed to the committee and acted as fiscal agent for grants and donations that were accessed for publication of the book.  Calgary Foundation, Provincial Government and Town of High River Disaster funds offset the cost of publication  allowing all profits to be returned to the community for flood recovery.

Stories of the High River Flood Book will provide a lasting legacy and a learning tool for generations as it is a detailed historical account of one of Alberta’s most devastating natural disasters.

The collection of 237 stories and over 400 photos submitted by flood victims themselves provided the community with an important opportunity — an opportunity to heal a torn community.

CTV News Clip – Stories of the High River Flood Book

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Click link  Stories of the High River Flood Website

Employers Wanted! Breakfast and Learning Seminar

Mark Wafer is coming to High River on October 9th to the Heritage Inn from 8:15 am to 11:30 am.  Register by calling Trish at the Foothills SNAPS office 403-603-3232 to attend a buffet breakfast and seminar.  We have limited space in the afternoon for employers to meet with Mark in a one on one half hour session.  Find out about how to support all employees creating benefits for your business.

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Building an inclusive work place community!

Check out Mark’s interview with Steve Paikin, Enabling the Disabled – Video as he makes the case for hiring the best person for the job whether they have a disability or not.

Mark Wafer is the owner of 6 Tim Horton locations in Toronto. In the past twenty years Mark and his wife Valarie have hired 102 people with disabilities and currently employ 44 people with disabilities from a workforce of 250 in all aspects of the business including management and in competitively paid positions.

Mark believes there is a profound and compelling business case for inclusion in the private sector.

Mark is a member of the federal governments panel on labour market opportunities and the co – author of the panels report ” Rethinking Disability in the private sector”, a member of Ontario’s Lieutenant Governors accessibility team, a founding member of Canada’s national strategy, Canadian business SenseAbility , a founding member of Ontario’s champions League and a member of the partnership council on Economic Development.

In his spare time Mark is a motorsports enthusiast, race car driver and former historic sports car champion. He lives in Ashburn, Ontario.”

This project is a team effort comprised of  Literacy for Life Foundation, Foothills Special Needs Association for Parents and Siblings,  Wildrose Community Connection, Foothills Fetal Alcohol Society.  Partially funded by the MD of Foothills FCSS and Red Cross

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#15MinutesofFun Family Literacy Day January 27th 2014

Learning can happen at any time. Check out this video for great ways to share 15 Minutes of Fun with your family:

15 Minutes of Fun – Family Literacy Day

Family literacy refers to the many ways families develop and use literacy skills, from enjoying a storybook together at bedtime and during the day, to playing with word games, singing, writing to a relative or friend, sharing day-to-day tasks such as making a shopping list or using a recipe, and surfing the Internet for fun and interesting sites (Family Literacy in Canada: Profiles of Effective Practices, Adele Thomas, Soleil Publishing Inc., 1998).

Literacy for Life Foundation is gearing up in partnership with libraries, schools and the community in the MD of Foothills to celebrate Family Literacy Day and get the message out that literacy and learning happens everyday.

Spending time doing learning activities at home as a family is crucial.  Practicing these activities will help develop a love of learning for both parents and children, and help to develop important literacy skills.  Studies show beyond dispute that children’s achievements in school improves with increased parent involvement in education.  It’s not hard to practice literacy skills – turn everyday activities into learning experiences!

  • Driving is the perfect opportunity to practice literacy. Read signs billboards and license plates together, and show your children the proper way to read a map.
  • Team up to sort laundry, write a grocery list, or discover a new route to school, you are learning together.
  • Look and tell stories about people in family photos
  • Play a board game together as a family.
  • Cook and bake together.  Share, read and create recipes and then eat together.

Check out the tip sheets for more ideas and activities to use everyday!



If you would like more ideas or support for you and your family connect with Literacy for Life at 403.652.5090, check out our programs at  www.litforlife.com or email info@litforlife.com.  We have programs for parents and preschoolers, school aged children and adults.