Fun! Laughter, Creativity! Cardboard Challenge! Adult Spelling Bee! Support Literacy!

Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee

 

 

There are a number of ways you can participate or support building literacy in the Foothills.  Literacy can not stand alone.  It is a community responsibility. Check out this website for information on the work Literacy for Life does in in the community:

  1. Enter a team of 3 ADULTS to compete for the title of the “Gratest Spelling Team” for 2017 (event will have a max. of 12 teams and 10 are registered to date).
    • $50 registration fee plus (optional)$100 for mulligans.
    • Collect donations. Use this easy online fundraising tool! Grate prizes for the teams that raise the “Gratest Pledges”: 1st place , 2nd place and 3rd place.
    • (optional) Sell a book of raffle tickets to raise extra funds. Only 1,500 tickets being printed at $10 each. Prize is $3,000 in Air Canada travel cards and an awesome travel goody bag.
    • On event day, your team members should arrive in their “Awesome Costumes”.  Invite family and friends to come and cheer you on! *New* this year is a prize to the Audience Member with the Gratest Costume!

Go to this LINK for more information on the bee and to get your entry forms.

If entering a team isn’t your bag but you still want to help:

    • Sell raffle tickets – email info@litforlife.com or call Stephanie @ 403-652-5090.
    • Purchase a raffle ticket(s) for $10 each – contact the Literacy for Life office at 403-652-5090 or watch for volunteers at various community events – e.g. High River Hospital, and High River Farmer’s Markets to name just a few).  The draw date is December 27th – Grate gifts for Christmas – do your charitable giving with the chance of winning a grate prize.
    • Donate – all funds support literacy programs in the MD of Foothills.  Each team will have an onlinne fundraising page.  Support your favorite team by following this link!
    • Like Literacy for Life’s Facebook page and Instagram, or follow them on Twitter and share posts/tweets about the Bee:
  1. Join us in the Foothills Cardboard Challenge from June to September. Literacy for Life is challenging families in the Foothills to have fun and get creative. Post a picture of your creation to our Facebook and/or Instagram. On September 30th 2017, from 12:30 to 3:30 pm  come down to the Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee,  have fun and participate in some creative play. Material will be provided.  We will take pictures and post them to our Instagram and print them to post on our Creativity Board.  You can take your item home and enjoy.  (We are hoping families and schools would get involved over June, the summer and into July) Check out this link to find out more about the Foothills Cardboard Challenge

    Build Community and Creativity – Global Cardboard Challenge

  2. Buy a Bee for Literacy!  June 1st to June 30th you can support literacy in the Foothills by purchasing a bee for only a Toonie at the Okotoks and High River Sobeys and AG Country Mart in Black Diamond. Every little bit helps.

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!

Click on this link for more information on the 2017 Bee!

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:

Help our teams – be the promotion expert and help our teams collect donations.

Be our Bee mascot

Help sell raffle tickets – Get your raffle ticket.  Only $10.00 a ticket. Win $3,000.00 in Air Canada Gift Cards and an awesome travel bag.  Tickets are availabel at Studio D, High River, Museum of Highwood, our office and community events.

Help on the day of the Bee – September 30th

Wonderful Cards for sale:

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

Purchase them at #3 1204 – 10th St. SE, High River, Alberta.  (our office) Available during work days from Monday to Thursday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and select days at the High River Farmer’s Market.  (check out web calander for days we are at the market)

 

Conversation, Chocolate, Cookies and Cards

Book Bungalows

32 Book Bungalows have been adopted and distributed to good homes.   The Bungalows become the property of the individual or group that takes them and it will be their responsibility to maintain the books and the bungalow.

The Town of High River is helping to prepare a map that shows all the locations of the Book Bungalows. The map will be available on our website as well as Our High River, Town of High River and other appropriate locations. Do you already own a little free library?  Would you like to be added to the map? Please contact the office with your address and contact information.

A Book Bungalow and a Board Game Box will be set up on between Evelyn’s Memory Lane and Colossis downtown for public use.  The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee has decorated this Bungalow.  On September 8th, International Literacy Day, we will be launching the Book Bungalows.  Ribbon Cutting at 11:30 am with cake to follow. (2:00 pm)   Come down celebrate the offical launch.  (118 4 Ave SW, High River)

Highwood HighSchool Grade 10 Construction class constructed the Bungalows as a school project and did an awesome job. We are excited to partner with the young people at that school.   High River Home Hardware is a generous donor to this project as well as the High River Rotary, and the High River Vitality Fund. We also have had help from so many volunteers in our community. Delbert Moncrieff donated his time and truck to transport the bungalows to the Culture Centre.  The High River Firemen and Fred Stegmeier came out and helped move them into the Culture Centre.

Thank you Delbert

Awesome Volunteers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Join us in the Foothills Cardboard Challenge from June to September. Literacy for Life is challenging families in the Foothills to have fun and get creative.

Post a picture of your creation to our FaceBook and/or Instagram

On September 30th 2017, from 12:30 to 3:30 pm  come down to the Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee,  have fun and participate in some creative play. Material will be provided.  We will take pictures and post them to our Instagram and print them to post on our Creativity Board.  You can take your item home and enjoy!

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

Watch for upcoming information end of August on our new project #ShareRocks – bring your rocks and paint and brushes will be provided.

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

 

 

Have Fun as a Family! Community Family Literacy Bingo Card!

bingo card

The Community Bingo Card was launched on January 27th 2016 and continued until the Family Day weekend in February.  This was a community partnership to promote literacy in the Foothills. Families picked up their cards from the High River Library, Sheep River Library, Okotoks Public Library, Museum of the Highwood and Literacy for Life Foundation office.  As well, all children in Grade 3 were given a card to take home.

Once families completed the activities on the bingo card they handed it in to one of the libraries and their name was draw for a prize donated by Literacy for Life.

The three winners of the Telus Spark Family Pass, $100.00 gift certificate to Boston Pizza, Family Recreation Passes and a Board Game were:

Oktotoks Public Library: Felicia Phillips and family

High River Library: Marissa and Madden

High River Winner

Sheep River Library:  TBA

The Bingo card is done but that doesn’t mean the activities stop.  Literacy is built day by day in the home.

Go to this link for More ideas on how to build literacy as a family and have fun doing it!