Let's Prioritize, Shall We? - Early Literacy Alliance of Waterloo Region

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Let’s Prioritize, Shall We?

Exploring a strength
-
based
approach to working with
marginalized families in
Waterloo Region


Lorri Sauve, M.A.

Program Coordinator

Project READ Literacy Network

Kitchener, Ontario


Kim Jensen

The Literacy Group

Kitchener, Ontario




Agenda


Essential Skills BINGO
-

Activity


What are the Essential Skills?


Definitions
-

Activity


Who are marginalized families?


What are the Indicators of low literacy
skills?
-

Activity


Strategies/tips for working with low
literate families
-

Activity


Putting it all together

“If family were a game…”



it would be a game with many
pieces, instruction manual missing,
and it would never end…it would
have infinite possibilities
.”


Laura Dick, Lorri Sauve, July 2010


Now it’s your turn. “
If family were a
game…”


Used with permission,

Deb Nesbitt
-
Munroe, Kingston Literacy and Skills

Essential Skills


Reading Text


Document Use


Numeracy *


Writing


Oral
Communication



Computer Use


Thinking Skills *


Continuous
Learning


Working with
Others


www.hrsdc
-
grhdc.gc.ca/essentialskills


Literacy and the Family


48% of Canadians fall into the lowest two levels
of literacy


-
Report on IALS, Statistics Canada, 2006




The literacy development of families impacts
every other area of their lives including health,
employment, economic status and life chances


Low literacy results in poverty for children and
families


-
Foundations in Family Literacy, 2009



Definitions

In groups, create definitions
on the chart paper provided.

Emotionally
-
centred learning

Literacy

Intergenerational Family Literacy
Programs

Strength
-
based approaches

Marginalized families


What is Family Literacy?


Project READ defines it as:

“parents actively helping themselves
and their children to become
lifelong learners through a wide
variety of activities.”

Examples of

Marginalized Families


low literate
families


single parent


divorced parents


foster parents


aging
grandparents


young parents


siblings as
guardians


immigrant families


homeless families


same
-
sex
partners


absentee
-
parent
families


ethnically
-
mixed
parents


How to Build Positive
Relationships: Communicate


Engage families in conversation


Actively listen


Ask questions


Build relationships



No significant learning occurs without a
significant relationship.”


Connors

PRLN April 2008
PRLN April 2008
Circle of Literacy
Circle of Literacy
Circle of Literacy
Early Literacy

children
babies to 6 yrs
Adult Literacy

adults 19 yrs+
(LBS)
Literacy
Development

school
-
aged
children
Youth Literacy

high school
students & alternative
programs
Family Literacy

parent to child
transfer
Anne Ramsay, 2008

What are Indicators of Low
Literacy?

Literacy Statistics


24% of adults in Waterloo
-
Wellington are at
the lowest level of literacy
(
Level 1 Statistics Canada)


In Canada, 19% of adults are found in Level 1
Prose and 21.3% in Ontario


Level 3 is considered the level required to fully
participate in society


Ontario will see
42% growth in adults in
Levels 1 & 2 over the next 30
years


30% of high school students leave school
without a diploma
(Ontario Government, May 2008)


Low literate adults are 2.5 times more likely to
experience unemployment compared to those
at Level 3 +

Basis for Family Literacy
Programs

“If a parent cannot read, there will be
no success in asking the parent to
read to the child.”



-

Ruby Payne, A Framework for
Understanding Poverty, 2005

Basis for programs involving
parents and children


“Low literacy often appears as a cycle
within families. Since the parents don’t
read and write well, they don’t carry out
the kinds of activities with their young
children that foster reading and writing.
They don’t have a model passed down
by their parents for building literacy
skills.”


-

Marianne Paul, Literacy is a Family Affair,
2002


Poverty Statistic



One in eight children in Canada
lives in poverty



-

Campaign 2000, Report on

Child Poverty
www.campaign2000.ca


Impact of Poverty

What is the process? (Task analysis)

What are the Essential Skills?

Look

at route map or bus schedule to plan your
route (is there more than one bus?).



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Document Use
1

Problem

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Decision

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Plan

what you will do if you don’t know which stop
to get off or if you miss your bus stop.

Problem

Solving 2


Decision

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To Use a City Bus

Top
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Document
Use


Problem

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Summary


Literacy awareness is important


Being aware of marginalized people


Never assume


give information, ask


Ensure that anything printed has a lot of
white space and pictures that support the
text