December 2007

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"I believe with all my heart that every person in the world is entitled to the gift of literacy. We must provide that gift to the best of our ability, for doing so ensures our humanity and makes possible the realization of a more nearly perfect world."

Scott Momaday,
UNESCO Artist for Peace,
writer, painter, and
Pulitzer Prize Winner for Fiction

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Happy Holidays!

Fathers, Fun and Family Literacy!

KARA Family Resource Centre and Claireview Headstart have started a group for kids and their “male role models” (fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers and uncles) to have some quality time together on Saturday mornings.

They approached the Centre for Family Literacy to provide a literacy component in the way of our Lending Box program. Enthusiastically, we entered the partnership and started providing a male facilitator to come in once a month to do literacy activities and bring a box of books for participants to borrow from.

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Measuring Success

Family Literacy is a beautiful strategy, illustrated by pictures of parents and grandparents and other caring adults reading, talking, singing, writing, playing, rhyming and laughing together with children. And research confirms the importance of these regular, positive shared activities to overall child development and family relationships.

But what, exactly, are we accomplishing? Fair question, and one the Centre continually asks when planning and implementing its programs.

Ask our staff and they will tell you that our family literacy programs have positive results because of the relationships we enjoy with the Edmonton adults and children who attend our programs, and with our generous volunteers and partners.

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Building Essential Skills

Joe came to the Centre in September of last year. He wanted to get his class four ticket in Power Engineering. Joe told the staff at the Centre that math was his problem – not reading. Brett, a young engineering student, became Joe’s tutor and they worked together for several months. Brett soon realized it wasn’t so much the math as the reading comprehension that was the problem for Joe.

Joe and his tutor Brett changed their focus and began working on reading skills. “Brett is a wonderful tutor, he helped Joe so much – gave him confidence” commented Joe’s wife. The other day Joe took a course through work and got 25/28 on the exam. According to his wife, “he never would have taken a course at work before because he was so afraid of the test at the end.”

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January 27 is Family Literacy Day

Family literacy activities are important every day! To promote the importance of reading and learning together, January 27 is recognized as Family Literacy Day across Canada.

Parents, as their children’s first teachers, provide the foundations for literacy and learning. For a child, first comes experience, then comes understanding and finally comes language. We encourage you to celebrate Family Literacy Day and here are a few literacy activities you might share as a family.

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Tips for Year-End Giving

Here are some tips to help you make the most of your donations for 2007.

1.Calculate your income and try to get a handle on your tax liability for the year. Did you sell any appreciated assets? Will you owe more taxes? Take the time to do some planning while you still have the opportunity to make a year-end gift.

2.Review your stocks. In particular look at the stocks you have held for more than a year. Which ones have appreciated the most? It may be prudent for you to make your year-end gift using one or more of these stocks. If you give the stock as a donation, you will not incur any capital gains tax and you get a charitable donation receipt for the full amount of the stock.

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Staff Picks for the Holidays

Babies to preschoolers
HUG – Jez Alborough, board book
Baby Says Peekaboo – DK Publishing, board book
Touch the Bunny – Jacqueline McQuade, board book

Ages 3-8
I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! – Karen Beaumont
Clancy the Courageous Cow – Lachie Hume
My Little Sister Ate One Hare – Bill Grossman
The Three Snow Bears – Jan Brett

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