Words Winter 2002

The Peel Literacy Guild is a community-based, non-profit organization providing English-speaking adults with tutoring in reading, writing and math.

This newsletter is to published by the Guild to acknowledge learner achievements, tutor and staff efforts, and to say thank you to our donors.

151 City Centre Dr. Suite 302
Mississauga, Ontario
L5B 1M7
Phone:   (905) 273-5196
Fax:        (905) 273-3078

150 Central Park Dr. Suite 316
Brampton, Ontario
L6T 2T9
Phone:   (905) 793-5400
Fax:        (905) 793-5425

Please send atricles, letters or comments to Robin in Brampton

The Literacy and Basic Skills Programme is funded by the Government of Ontario.

A message from Heather

Letís Make Every day Family Literacy Day
During the month you may have noticed ads in magazines, TV and radio about Family Literacy Day that was held on January 27th. The purpose of Family Literacy Day is to give a message to parents that learning can happen anywhere. Family Literacy Day also honours the important role that parents play in helping their children to become good readers.
Many learners at the Peel Literacy Guild come to our program because they are wonderful parents who want to help their children to read and do well in school. Just by coming back to school they send their children a powerful message that learning is important.
Parents who donít read well might be worried that they do not have the skills to help their children. I would like to give them a few ideas on how they can help themselves and their children become good readers. Telling stories out loud, saying nursery rhymes and singing songs together help children learn language skills. Play board games. You donít have to read well to play checkers or dominos. Remember that young children love picture books that donít have any words in them and it can be fun to make up stories together.
Here are some other ideas to try at home:

  • Turn off the TV, pick up a good book and share it with your children;
  • Ask your child questions about a story you read or tell to them to make sure they understand;
  • Ask your children to read words on TV, street signs, boxes and t-shirts;
  • Ask your children to read you a story;
  • Keep teens reading by giving them magazines about things they like;
  • Measure things at home so they can see the importance of math;
  • Put labels on things around the house so children see words everywhere;
  • Ask children to count their change when they buy something;
  • Have your children make a shopping list and use a calendar to record their activities;
  • Write notes to your children if you are able and have them write notes to you;
  • Take your children to the library and get them a library card.
  • Give your children free time to read by themselves;
  • Make sure your children see you reading so you can set a good example;
  • Ask your tutor to help you learn how to do some of these things.

By doing these things you are helping to build a literate community, one person at a time.

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Winter 2002

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