January 2011 was the start of a year-long celebration of the Centre’s 10th Anniversary. The year saw the Centre build on current partnerships and activities and develop a variety of new initiatives.
The Exploring Family Literacy booklet was developed in partnership with the Alberta Art Gallery, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Fort Edmonton Park, Royal Alberta Museum and Winter Light Festival. The booklet contained ideas and activities focused on literacy for parents to use both at home and during visits to our partners’ venues. The Downtown Business Association distributed to over 3,000 copies of the booklet at their Family Day Festival in February.
A recent analysis by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) examined the long-term affect of parental support on literacy. It found that early involvement pays big dividends.
The OECD analysis, based on teenagers in 14 developed countries, found that active parental involvement at the beginning of school was a significant trigger for developing children’s reading skills.
Collaborating for Change
Literacy Alberta, the Community Learning Network and the Centre for Family Literacy are all organizations that work to improve literacy and learning in the province of Alberta. The organizations have worked together on an ad hoc basis for several years. This spring they decided to explore opportunities to formalize their working relationships.
The Executive Director and two Board members from each organization have been meeting since then as a group with facilitators Pamila Crosby and Sharon Matthias.
The Mitten by Jan Brett is a much-loved adaptation of an old Ukrainian folktale. It is the perfect book to read during the winter months and provides the opportunity to use the story as the base for fun activities that will expand a child’s literacy development.
If the weather permits, take a walk outside and look for different kinds of snow. Does it look like the snow in the book? What words would you use to describe it? What sound do your boots make as you walk across the snow? Try to find things on you walk that begin with the letters of the alphabet.
Celebrating the winners of the Lois Hole Memorial Literacy Awards
Thursday, January 26, 2012
7 - 9 am
The Westin Edmonton
10135 100 Street
Your donation will help ensure that parents can provide their children with positive early learning experiences.
A gift to the Centre will make a lasting difference!
$25 – 2 quality board books for a baby
$75 – a book bag and 4 books for a family
$100 – healthy snacks for families attending one of our programs
$300 – fuel for the local C.O.W. Bus for one month
Now there are three easy ways to donate to the Centre for Family Literacy either with a one-time donation or a monthly donation:
• On-line through CanadaHelps.org
• By phone: 780-423-7323 or 1-866-423-7323
• By mail: Centre for Family Literacy, 11642 142 St, Edmonton, AB T5K 0M1
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