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Literacy is traditionally defined as being able to read and write.
Today, the definition of literacy includes many other skills, known as the “essential skills”
Family Literacy programs focus on the importance of parents and caregivers as their child’s first teacher. These programs provide parents with skills and strategies to create a literacy-rich environment in the home and use daily activities to strengthen the emergent literacy skills of their children.
Family Literacy programs are free and directed to the parents and caregivers of children up to six years of age.
DID YOU KNOW . . . . . ?
Over 700,000 adult Albertans lack the basic literacy and essential skills to function effectively in our society.
It is estimated that there is a return of $7.16 for every dollar invested in early literacy intervention programs.
Children aged 2 to 3 who are read to several times a day do substantially better in kindergarten than youngsters who are read to only a few times a week or less.
It is estimated that low literacy levels cost Canadian business about $4.1 billion annually — $1.6 billion in lost time due to workplace accidents and $2.5 billion in lost productivity.
“It is hard to identify any other single issue that can have such a large payoff to individuals, the economy and society than literacy.” Literacy Matters: A Call to Action TD Financial Group.
- Reading text means reading material that is in sentences or paragraphs. It usually means notes, letters, memos, manuals, specifications, regulations, books, reports, or journals. Did you use this skill at all today?
- Refers to getting information from displays or documents, which use words, numbers, icons, lines, colour, and shape to give meaning. For example, graphs, lists, tables, blueprints, schematics, drawings, signs, and labels are documents. If a documents includes a paragraph of text, then the essential skill you would use is reading text. Have you used the skill of document use today? You probably have! Documents are all around us. Try to find three.
- Numeracy refers to numbers and thinking in quantitative terms. This includes things like telling time, estimating, scheduling, rounding up, and rounding down, measuring, counting, using money, and calculating. When have you used your numeracy skills today?
- Writing means writing sentences and paragraphs. This refers to the thinking behind the writing not the handwriting. So you can write on paper or on a computer. If you fill in a document with one or two words that is Document Use. Have you written any sentences or paragraphs today?
- Oral Communication means speaking to exchange thoughts and ideas with other people. How often do you use this skill in a day? Think about the complexity level changes when speaking with different people or groups.
Working with Others
- Working with others is the skill to carry out tasks and get things done. This takes skill.
- Continuous Learning is important in our life and our work. Things are always changing and we need to learn to keep up. Part of continuous learning is knowing how to learn, understanding your style of learning and knowing how to find materials, resources and learning opportunities.
- Thinking skills refer to problem solving, decision making, critical thinking, planning and organizing, using your memory, and knowing how to find information. Give an example of each of these skills.
- Computer use means knowing how to use a computer effectively in your life and your work. It is the ability to use computer applications and other related tools that include but are not limited to cell phones, ATM, cash registers, and calculators.