June 2009

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New Classroom on Wheels (C.O.W.) Bus Joins Herd

Some countries launch ships, in Edmonton we launch C.O.W.s. On June 4, the Centre for Family Literacy put the old 1981 C.O.W. bus out to pasture and launched a new C.O.W. onto the streets of Edmonton.

The old bus had been on the road since September 2000 as a C.O.W., delivering family literacy programs to over 6,000 children and adults in Edmonton. It was an initiative of Success by 6®, with the program provided by Centre for Family Literacy.

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A Focus on Fathers

For many of us, our childhood memories of nursery rhymes and books involve our mothers, but fathers also have an important role as their children’s first teachers.

Many fathers feel uncomfortable reading, singing and rhyming with their children. Reading the sports section of the newspaper or singing a song from their favourite rock group is okay, but reading “One Duck Stuck” or singing a nursery rhyme is just not for them.

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The Effect of Early Experiences on Brain Development

The development of children’s brains depends on many factors including the emotional, intellectual, nutritional and medical support that their families provide for them.

Research shows that interactions with other people and objects are vital for children’s brains to grow and develop, especially during the first three years when trillions of connections between brains cells are made. The ability to understand language, solve problems and get along with people is influenced by experiences as infants and young children. Those who are rarely spoken with, who have few books and toys and who have limited opportunities to explore their environment lack stimulation for optimal brain development.

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Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor Perform for Literacy

It was a night to remember as over 200 guests gathered at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald for An Evening of Wine and Words and an incredible performance by Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor.

Mark Scholz was a jack-of-all-trades as the master of ceremonies, auctioneer and sommelier. The live auction was fast paced as guests tried to outbid each other for the opportunity to have Jim and Greg join them for dinner.

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Cultivating Connections

National Family Literacy Conference
July 15 – 17, 2010
Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton

Family Literacy, the foundation of lifelong learning, nourishes individuals and communities to grow and prosper.

Join us for the National Family Literacy Conference in 2010 when national and international experts and family literacy practitioners will come together to share their perspectives and discover opportunities for the growth of family literacy.

Guest speakers will include:

• Elsa Auerbach (University of Massachusetts, Boston)
Author of Making Meaning, Making Change

• Thomas G. Sticht (International Literacy Consultant)
Author of “Toward a Multiple Life Cycles Education Policy”

• Peter Hannon (University of Sheffield, U.K.)
ORIM Framework and REAL (Raising Early Achievement in Literacy)

• Eve Gregory (University of London, U.K.)
Author of Many Pathways to Literacy: Young Children Learning
with Siblings, Grandparents, Peers and Communities

Hosted by the Centre for Family Literacy