Family Literacy

The Lieutenant Governor's Aboriginal Summer Reading Camps Managed by Frontier College – 2010 Report (2010)

Every year, the Lieutenant Governor’s Aboriginal Summer Reading Camps are offered in remote First Nation communities in northern Ontario. The camp program is managed by Frontier College, a national literacy organization that forms partnerships to provide learning opportunities for Canadians of all ages.

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2012-04-24

Adult learning in Canada: Characteristics of learners (2008)

Education Matters: Insights on Education, Learning and Training in Canada, April 2008, Vol. 5, No. 1

This article, published by Statistics Canada, provides an analysis of some findings from the 2003 International Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (IALLS).

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2012-04-18

Folding Books [Video – 2:53] (2009)

This video shows how to make a small book by folding a large sheet of paper several times, then making a single cut with a pair of scissors.

The blank pages can then be filled with drawings, text, or clip-art pictures.

The video is part of a series showing various ways to make books.

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2012-04-02

Making a Quick Book [Video – 3:24] (2009)

This video shows a quick method for making a small book out of paper, yarn or string, and a drinking straw.

Once the book is made, an adult can fill the pages with words and drawings on a specific theme, like shapes, colours or numbers. The blank book could also be given to a child so he can write his own story.

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2012-03-26

Homework helps, but not always (2009)

Lessons in Learning – May 4, 2009

This paper offers a review of 18 studies, published between 2003 and 2007, about the effectiveness of homework in strengthening learning outcomes. Fourteen of the studies were conducted in the United States and the remaining four in Germany.

The authors found that while the majority of studies favour homework, some of the evidence was contradictory and required more careful examination.

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2012-03-26

Literacy Impacts: Families - Outreach (2010)

This fact sheet provides the highlights of an evaluation of the Good Book Bins project, in which bins filled with gently used children’s books are placed in locations where parents and children spend time waiting together.

The evaluation showed that the bins were popular with families. At locations where the bins were available, many families also accessed other literacy information, like program brochures and library schedules.

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2012-03-26

Literacy Impacts: Families - Programs (2010)

This fact sheet provides the highlights of an evaluation of READ Saskatoon’s Romp ‘n’ Read program, which helps parents and caregivers engage in fun learning activities with their young children.

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2012-03-19

Making Books Introduction [Video – 2:26] (2009)

This brief video explains why making your own reading material can help small children become enthusiastic about books. It introduces a series of videos that focus on making different kinds of books, including accordion books, foam books, and folding books.

The video shows a mother reading the book she has made for her one-year-old daughter. Each page features a photograph of a member of the family, accompanied by some simple text.

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2012-03-19

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

This guide has been developed to help community facilitators lead a two-hour workshop designed to encourage parents to create their own family literacy scrapbook. It includes the corresponding parent’s guide, with the addition of some information on facilitation at the front of each section. For example, there are tips for facilitating groups and suggestions for planning the workshop schedule.

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2012-03-12

Reading to Your Baby [Video – 2:47] (2009)

In this video, a mother talks about the benefits of reading to children, even to newborn babies.

Reading teaches language skills and helps children learn about things in the world. It also offers parents and babies an opportunity to form strong bonds.

The mother notes that a baby may be overwhelmed by the words in a book but will enjoy the pictures.

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2012-03-12

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