Family Literacy

Literacy Impacts: Families - Training (2010)

This fact sheet summarizes the short and midterm outcomes of READ Saskatoon’s “Introduction to Family Literacy Training” program.

Immediately after completing their training, participants showed increased confidence and knowledge about facilitating a family literacy program. Surveyed by phone two years after completing their training, most participants were still committed to promoting family literacy.

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2012-03-12

Sharing Our Gifts: Build skills together and create a family scrapbook – Parent's Guide (2012)

This document describes a project designed to help parents create an atmosphere of learning in the home and, at the same time, make a scrapbook the family can enjoy and add to over time.

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2012-03-05

Why boys don't like to read: Gender differences in reading achievement (2009)

Lessons in Learning – February 18, 2009

In Canada, standardized assessments reveal a persistent literacy gap between boys and girls, with girls outperforming boys in reading.

The authors point to many factors that contribute to the gender gap in literacy, including test bias; differences in reading attitudes, behaviours and preferences; and limited availability of reading material that appeals to boys.

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2012-03-05

How to Kit: Reading to your child [Video – 11:30] (2009)

This video offers tips for encouraging a love of reading among children from babyhood through the school years.

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2012-03-05

Post-secondary education in Canada: Who is missing out? (2009)

Lessons in Learning – April 1, 2009

The authors of this document note that Canada’s performance in terms of educational attainment is ahead of most other developed countries. However, post-secondary participation remains low among some demographic groups in Canada, including students from low-income families, students with no history of higher education in their family, and Aboriginal students.

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2012-03-01

StorySacks [Video – 2:41] (2009)

This video explains how to make a storysack consisting of a book with props, games and ideas for activities to engage children in reading.

Eric Carle’s popular book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” is the basis for the storysack being prepared in this video.

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2012-02-28

StorySacks in Action [Video – 2:28] (2009)

A storysack consists of a book with props, games and ideas for activities to engage children in reading. This video shows a little boy discovering Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” through a storysack.

The adult reading the book aloud uses toy food items from the sack to keep the toddler’s attention. As well, she pauses frequently to let the boy respond to the story.

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2012-02-21

Foam Books [Video - 3:12] (2009)

This short video shows an adult and a child making a book by using sheets of craft foam, regular paper, and paper fasteners.

The project is simple enough for a child to do with a little help. Adult participation would be required as one stage of the project calls for the use of a hot-glue gun.

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2012-02-14

Families Learning Together: Tips for Winter (2012)

This document is filled with suggestions for learning activities that parents and children can do together during the winter months.

One activity is a family sing-along, with new winter-themed lyrics for favourite songs. For example, “The Hokey Pokey” becomes “The Winter Pokey” and “Jingle Bells” gets a new set of lyrics about a funny little snowman.

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2012-02-10

Accordion Books [Video - 3:35] (2009)

This video shows how to make a small book that unfolds like an accordion. The project calls for materials that are readily available, including regular paper, index cards, transparent tape, glue and ribbon.

The pages of the book can feature a specific learning theme, like colours or numbers. The format can also be adapted to make a keepsake book of photographs or other memorabilia.

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2012-02-07

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