The Bee fell on Arts and Culture Days and we celebrated with a family, friendly event involving the Cardboard Challenge (building creativity and community) and the #KindStones project – Spread kindness through a simple message on a rock. Paint it! Hide it! Take it! Share it by posting location to @KindstonesFoothills Check out this link for more information.
Raffle Tickets are still available: Win $3,000.00 in Air Canada Gift Cards and an awesome travel goodie bag. Only 1500 tickets printed. $10.00 a ticket. Call the office at 403.652.5090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets can be purchased at Museum of the Highwood and The Shop and Studio D in High River or check out our calendar for dates in the community. Draw date: December 27th 2017
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”
“You are never too old to set another goal or dream another dream!”
Technology for Seniors
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 New Horizon funds in 2016 were used to purchase equipment that is housed at the library to transcribe memories to a digital format. A core group of computer literate individuals are 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 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 Tech 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.
Literacy for Life is proud to annouce the piloting of a new program called “Natured Kids”, which will be offered at the Sheep River Library in Turner Valley, High River Library and Okotoks Library in the fall of 2016. The program will accept families with children aged 3 yrs to 5 years. The focus will be sharing ideas, knowledge and strategies with parents/caregivers on how to create “Natured Kids” and the reasons this is so important for a child’s long term wellness and learning. Long term impact from any program for children happens when their parents and caregivers give them the opportunity, on a daily basis to experience the joy of nature and learning.
In the past decade, the benefits of connecting to nature have been well documented in numerous scientific research studies and publications. Taken all together this research shows that children’s social, psychological, academic and physical health is positively impacted when they have daily contact with nature. All of the following positive impacts affect children’s early development and literacy and learning:
Supports multiple development domains: Nature is important to children’s development in every major way—intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually and physically (Kellert, 2005).
Supports creativity and problem solving: Studies of children in schoolyards found that children engage in more creative forms of play in the green areas. They also played more cooperatively (Bell and Dyment,2006). Play in nature is especially important for developing capacities for creativity, problem-solving, and intellectual development (Kellert, 2005).
Enhances cognitive abilities: Proximity to, views of, and daily exposure to natural settings increases children’s ability to focus and enhances cognitive abilities (Wells, 2000).
Improves academic performance: Studies in the US show that schools that use outdoor classrooms andother forms of nature-based experiential education support significant student gains in social studies, science, language arts, and math. Students in outdoor science programs improved their science testing scores by 27% (American Institutes for Research, 2005).
Reduces Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) symptoms: Contact with the natural world can significantly reduce symptoms of attention deficit disorder in children as young as five years old (Kuo and Taylor, 2004).
Increases physical activity: Children who experience school grounds with diverse natural settings are more physically active, more aware of nutrition, more civil to one another and more creative (Bell and Dyment, 2006).
Improves nutrition: Children who grow their own food are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables (Bell &Dyment, 2008) and to show higher levels of knowledge about nutrition (Waliczek, & Zajicek, 2006). They are also more likely to continue healthy eating habits throughout their lives (Morris & Zidenberg-Cherr, 2002).
Improves eyesight: More time spent outdoors is related to reduced rates of nearsightedness, also known as myopia, in children and adolescents (American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2011).
Improves social relations: Children will be smarter, better able to get along with others, healthier and happier when they have regular opportunities for free and unstructured play in the out-of-doors (Burdette and Whitaker, 2005).
Improves self-discipline: Access to green spaces, and even a view of green settings, enhances peace, self-control and self-discipline within inner city youth, and particularly in girls (Taylor, Kuo and Sullivan, 2001).
Reduces stress: Green plants and vistas reduce stress among highly stressed children. Locations with greater number of plants, greener views, and access to natural play areas show more significant results. (Wells and Evans, 2003).
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.
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.