March 2011

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The Importance of Play

Parents do not always understand the importance of play, and, in today’s competitive world, the temptation is to have children stop “wasting time” and to put that time to what they believe is more constructive use.

But for a child, there is no more constructive activity than play. Play is so important to optimal child development that it has been recognized by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as a right of every child.

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Breakfast Celebrates Literacy

The Westin Hotel was packed for the Centre’s Leading with Literacy Breakfast. They came to hear the keynote address by Councillor Don Iveson and to congratulate the finalists and winners of the Lois Hole Memorial Literacy Awards.

“It’s easy to take for granted that we have some of the best public education in the world right here in Edmonton, from kindergarten to post-secondary. It’s one of the primary reasons my wife and I chose to raise our family in Edmonton,” said Councillor Iveson.

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Centre Page Survey

We want to hear what you think about our newsletter, Centre Page.

In order to continue to keep you updated on the Centre and the field of family literacy, we are conducting a short survey and would appreciate your input.

All responses are anonymous unless you wish to enter your name in a draw for a $25 gift card to Chapters Book Store. You must complete the survey and submit your name by April 7 to be entered in the draw.

Thank you in advance for your input!

The survey can be found online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QF7RWVL

Grocery Shopping with Children Can Be Fun!

If you had to make a list of your least favorite activities, grocery shopping would probably be in the top ten. Add children into the mix and it might rank number one.

The Centre decided to change this experience with the Great Grocery Scavenger Hunt. The Saturday before Family Literacy Day® (January 27) seemed like a great time to introduce the scavenger hunt.

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Raise-a-Reader Book Drive and Sale

Book Drive
Date: Sat. April 9 2011 – 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Place: J.H. Picard School
7055 99 St., Edmonton

Date: Sat. April 16 2011 – 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Place: Concordia University College
Ralph King Athletic Centre
112 Ave & 73 St, Edmonton

Book Sale
Date: April 29 - May 1 2011 (check our website for tiimes)
Place: Aviation Museum Hangar
11410 Kingsway Ave, Edmonton

Books for Babies

Books for Babies is one of the first family literacy programs the Centre delivered. We asked Wendy Peverett, Program Coordinator for the past nine years, to reflect on the program’s evolution.

When did Books for Babies start as a program at the CFL?

Back in 1997, Prospects Literacy and the Junior League of Edmonton made a joint commitment to a program that gave a book bag with some books to parents of newborns in Edmonton on Family Literacy Day. They would go to the maternity wards and deliver these bags to moms there.

The program was expanded to include our community partners and the new moms involved with their programs. After a couple of years, more information about community resources for families with babies under a year was included in the bags.

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