June 2011

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We're Moving!

As of July 1, 2011, our new address will be:
11642 142 Street NW Edmonton AB T5M 1V4

Located in Nexus Business Park, our main entrance is on the north side. We have free parking and bus routes 3, 121, 122, and 126 will take you there.

The office will be closed from June 27th to July 6th and we will reopen in our new location on July 7th.

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Aboriginal Rhymes that Bind

Ho ho watanay
Ho ho watanay…
Ki yo ke na

Sleep, sleep little one
Sleep, sleep little one…
Now go to sleep

Many people remember lullabies sung to them by grandparents and parents that were passed down through the generations. These familiar words and tunes are one of the first connections that children have to their family histories and cultures.

Literacy and language learning are situated in a broader cultural context. The Centre for Family Literacy began an Aboriginal Rhymes that Bind program in 2009 through the understanding that supporting early literacy is connected to honouring the home languages and cultures of participants. Creating a program that focused on Aboriginal learning enabled both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal participants to sing, talk, rhyme and play in ways that incorporated indigenous knowledge.

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What Counts as Literacy?

Reclaiming Indigenous Knowledge in Aboriginal Family Literacy Programs

In any system of learning, cultures and societies tend to privilege certain types of literacy. For example, in the Western tradition of literacy, books are often accorded status and authority over storytelling or oral histories.

Dr. Jan Hare, Associate Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia, delivered a keynote address at the Centre for Family Literacy’s Food for Thought Conference in Edmonton in May. Professor Hare spoke about the ways in which family literacy models can support the learning of Aboriginal families and how family literacy programs can recognize and affirm an indigenous world view.

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Pediatric Health Care Providers Promote School Readiness

The nonprofit organization Reach Out and Read® has been promoting early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms across the United States since 1989. The program builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early literacy skills, beginning at the 6-month checkup.

Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals incorporate the Reach Out and Read model into regular checkups. They advise parents about the importance of reading aloud to their young children everyday.

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Links Fore Literacy Golf Tournament

Join us for our First Annual Links Fore Literacy Golf Tournament in support of the Centre’s family literacy programs. You can look forward to a great round of Best Ball golf, longest drive, longest putt and closest to the pin competitions.

When: Wednesday, August 31
Where: Colonial Golf Club (Golf Digest 4 star rating)
10 Country Club Drive
Beaumont, Alberta

6:30 a.m. – registration and breakfast
8:00 a.m. – shotgun start
1:00 p.m. – gourmet lunch

Registration: $250/person or $1,000/team of 4 players
Early Bird Registration: $225/person or $900/team of 4 players
Early Bird Deadline: Thursday, June 30

Register online at http://linksforeliteracygolf.eventbrite.com

Your registration fee includes 18 holes of golf, power cart, tee gift, practice facility, driving range access, door prizes, breakfast, lunch and awards.

Hope to see you on the links!

AGM Guest Speaker Gives the Low Down on Literacy

The Centre’s Tenth Anniversary celebrations continued at the Annual General Meeting June 2 with Scott Murray as the special guest speaker.

Mr. Murray has worked for 32 years at Statistics Canada mainly in the areas of educational assessment, literacy and social surveys. He is known internationally as an expert in youth and adult literacy and was the driving force behind the development of the International Adult Literacy and Life-skills Survey.

Mr. Murray’s skill as a speaker made his presentation “The Low Down on Literacy” informative, interesting and very accessible for all who attended the meeting.

The AGM also saw the retirement of two Board Members Esmond Sanders, and Judy Tetreau, and the election of three new members: Jonathan Chia, Alexandra Hildebrandt, and Andrea Jarman.