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September 2012

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A Learner's Story

A few years before I came to the Centre for Family Literacy, my girlfriend gave me a flyer for the Centre with the phone number on it, but I did nothing about it. Whenever I tried to read I would get frustrated and give up. One day, my 7-year-old daughter and I were reading a book and I had trouble making out the words.

I decided to call the Centre and make an appointment to see someone. I knew that not being able to read was holding me back in life. Going to meet my tutor was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done! The first few sessions with my tutor were nerve wracking! It took a few sessions to learn to relax.

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New Family Literacy Programs Planned

This year the Centre’s goal was to research and develop two new programs to meet various needs that have been expressed from our program participants, partners and funders. Using this feedback as a starting point, we held numerous brainstorming sessions, consulted with our whole CFL team, and examined the continuum of programs we currently offer. We determined the general topics and target audiences for the new programs: a numeracy program for parents with their three to five-year-olds, and a school age program for parents and their children in grades one to three.

In June, using all of the information collected, the program team took two full days away from the office to work on program development. The result was a solid framework for both programs. Over the summer, work continued and great progress was made on content and activities – although the programs’ names seem to be elusive.

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Tutors Needed

During the fall there is an increase in the number of adults looking for a tutor to help them improve their reading, writing or math skills.

“Seeing my learner improve her English and the sparkle in her eyes when she learns something is the most enjoyable part of volunteering” said one tutor. If you would like to learn more about the Adult Tutoring Program, visit our website or call and talk to our Volunteer Coordinator.



Links Fore Literacy

The second annual golf tournament was held at The Links at Spruce Grove on Wednesday, August 29. The tournament raises money for the local Classroom on Wheels program. The C.O.W. Bus was at the tournament and many of the golfers took the opportunity pop in and see the program first-hand.

The Centre would like to thank our sponsors:

Birdie Sponsors:
Eton-West Construction
WorleyParsonsCord

Flag Sponsor:
Dialog

Par Sponsors:
Ernst & Young LLP
WorleyParsons

Caddy Sponsors:
Brinsmead Kennedy Architects
Lexus Edmonton
Nearctic Group

Print Sponsor:
West Canadian

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The Importance of Parent-child Communication

In a recent overview of research, Dr. Cathy Hamer, policy and communications manager at National Literacy Trust, examined the evidence for the importance of early communication between babies and their parents.

The research overview determined that language development is influenced by the child’s communication environment. Parents give their young child an advantage when they talk, read, and listen with them and respond to their babbles, gestures and words. It was found that babies in the womb hear clearly enough in the last few months of pregnancy to distinguish their mother’s voice and become sensitive to the rhythm of their native language.

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Mark Your Calendar

October 1 - 5
READ in Week 2012
Theme: Read the World
www.readin.ca

October 17 - 19
Literacy & Learning Symposium 2012
www.literacylearning.ca

October 17 – 28
LitFest 2012
www.litfestalberta.org



Fall Program Season

For many, September is seen as the beginning of the learning year and at the Centre it is no different.

The local C.O.W. Bus will be back on the road September 11 visiting ten neighbourhoods on a weekly basis in Edmonton. Rhymes that Bind and Books for Babies has a full complement of programs that will be delivered in a number of locations across the city.

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