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May 2011, Volume 1, Issue 5

In honour of Adult Learner Week 2011 the Hand In Hand Literacy Partnership hosted the I Have A Story...Adult Learner Conference with Saskatchewan’s very own Carey Rigby-Wilcox. Carey is an award winning adult learner, artist and published author and illustrator who facilitated a very successful daylong workshop on April 9th in Regina, helping learners to discover and document their story! Learners created a “Feel Good” Journal that contained some personal reflection, their progress with learning, positive inspiring quotes, documentation of new words, inspiring pictures & messages from tutors, friends, and family. Xin Zhou shows her journal!

Group picture of Carey and the participants of the conference.

Inside this issue Adult Learner Conference

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Sudoku Puzzle ABC Story Time (Balcarres)

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Celebrating Adult Learners Word Search Sudoku Puzzle Solution

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The External Developmental Assets

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Regional Adult Learner Support Group

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Special Edition Rapid Reads Book Reviews Intro to Family Literacy Story & Rhyme Time (Fort Qu’Appelle)

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Weiru Hou and Donna Woloshyn, Program Manager, Adult and Family Literacy Provincial Library and Literacy Office, Ministry of Education. ...


Sudoku Puzzle How to Play Sudoku? Sudoku requires no calculation or arithmetic skills. It is essentially a game of placing numbers in squares, using very simple rules of logic and deduction. It can be played by children and adults and the rules are simple to learn.

She-goat, Wolf and Cabbage A farmer returns from the market, where he bought a she-goat, a cabbage and a wolf (what a crazy market :-). On the way home he must cross a river. His boat is small and won’t fit more than one of his purchases. He cannot leave the she-goat alone with the cabbage (because the she-goat would eat it), nor he can leave the she-goat alone with the wolf (because the she-goat would be eaten). How can the farmer get everything on the other side? Source: www.brainden.com She-goat, Wolf and Cabbage - solution Take the she-goat to the other side. Go back, take cabbage, unload it on the other side where you load the she-goat, go back and unload it. Take the wolf to the other side where you unload it. Go back for the she-goat.

Sudoku Objective The objective of the game is to fill all the blank squares in a game with the correct numbers. There are three very simple constraints to follow. In a 9 by 9 square Sudoku game:  Every row of 9 numbers must include all digits 1 through 9 in any order  Every column of 9 numbers must include all digits 1 through 9 in any order  Every 3 by 3 subsection of the 9 by 9 square must include all digits 1 through 9

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Celebrating adult Learners Word Search

Eye Illusions (Ambiguity Pictures)

Sudoku Solution

Left Picture: Do you see the face of a soldier and a man that is bending over? Right Picture: What do you see first? The woman or the saxophone player? Source: www.brainden.com

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The External Developmental Assets We’re all in this together As young people grow and learn, they depend a great deal on the adults in their world to guide them. A strong community of caring adults—providing support, empowerment, boundaries and expectations, and opportunities for enriching activities—helps young people develop the internal qualities of commitment to learning, positive values, social skills, and positive identity. In short, young people depend on caring adults to provide the external assets that lead to a positive environment. External Assets include the first four asset categories that make up Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets, the qualities, experiences, and relationships that help young people grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.

Here are the facts Research shows that young people need certain external structures, relationships, and activities in place in their lives to grow up healthy. Search Institute has identified the following ingredients, known as the external assets, as keys to creating a positive environment for young people: Support, Empowerment, Boundaries and Expectations, and Constructive Use of Time.

Tips for building these assets Creating a strong foundation in a young person’s life doesn’t have to be difficult or overwhelming. Taking time, remaining patient, and giving a whole lot of love and caring will take you far. For most young people, their family is the center of their lives. Show your children you love them, and also value each one of them as individuals. Clearly communicate to one another your family’s values, boundaries, and expectations (as well as those of the community). Give young people the appropriate amount of freedom to make their own decisions depending on

their ages, but also offer options along the way.

Also try this: In your home and family: Ask your children to name a few people who support them. If they don’t name at least three adults, invite some of the adults you know and trust to get involved in your children’s lives. In your neighborhood and community: Advocate that your community develop meaningful opportunities for young people, such as creative youth programs or service projects. In your school or youth program: Make a point to know every young person’s name (no matter how many kids are involved). Smile when you see them and let them know you expect them to always do their best. Acknowledge their achievements and help them when they’re struggling. Want to know more about the 40 Developmental Assets and ideas for helping young people build them? Visit www.search-institute.org/assets. ------------------------Developmental Assets® are positive factors within young people, families, communities, schools, and other settings that research has found to be important in promoting the healthy development of young people. From Instant Assets: 52 Short and Simple E-Mails for Sharing the Asset Message. Copyright © 2007 by Search Institute ®, 877-2407251; www.search-institute.org. This message may be reproduced for educational, noncommercial uses only (with this copyright line). All rights reserved.

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A community partnership between the Regina Literacy Network and Balcarres Communities Literacy Network to provide literacy projects and services within our regions.

Assets Alive! Summer camps are being scheduled in Regina, Balcarres and Fort Qu’Appelle in the months of July and August! Log in to find out more!!!

Log in regularly to find out about our community events and programs on the Web at www.literacyhub.ca and then click on the “Calendar” tab!

Need Help? Who? Adult Learners and Parents in Regina and surrounding area. What? An opportunity to meet other adult learners to visit, learn and share your experiences! We have planned a variety of “field trips”, presentations and group activities over the next few months as well! Where? Regina Literacy Network Located In Trinity Lutheran Church Parish Hall 1909 Ottawa Street Regina, SK

When? Spring/Summer Regional Adult Learner Support Group Schedule  Saturday, June 11th, 2011 — Canada Customs, 1—3 pm  Saturday, June 18th, 2011— Consumerism (vocabulary), 1—3 pm  Saturday, July 9th, 2011— Consumerism, 10-4pm

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Title: The Barrio Kings Author: William Kowalski Reviewer: Devin Malakoff The Barrio Kings plot focuses on a lead character named Rosario Gomez. Rosario Gomez gave up gang life after his brother was killed in a street fight. He makes a goal to finish night school, be a good father, and work hard enough at his job at a supermarket to get promoted. Rosario is faced with a dilemma when an old friend from his neighborhood shows up back in his life. Rosario is then faced with the decision to go back to his violent past or move on with positive choices in his life. For a Rapid Read book I enjoyed it because I like stories that revolve around street crime, and the characters that come with that type of genre. This is an easy to follow story line, the characters are sympathetic, and the tension builds towards a good finale. I would recommend this book as an enjoyable read.

Title: The Second Wife Author: Brenda Chapman Reviewer: Devin Malakoff The Second Wife is a book that would be ideal for both men and women. Gwen Lake is a forty five year old Duluth, Minnesota police officer with a desk job, an ex-husband, and a future that looks dismal. A year after her divorce, and more out of boredom and curiosity than anything else, she agrees to a meeting with her ex’s new wife. She has no idea that the encounter will lead to murder. She goes from a boring existence to managing a full catastrophe. This was my favorite book in the Rapid Read series. The story is compelling, and you could make the lead character either male or female, and it’s still a good read that is believable. I think with this storyline you’ll come away that it is better to move on with life, and leave well enough alone. I would recommend this book.

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Title: The Spider Bites Author: Medora Sale Reviewer: Devin Malakoff The Spider Bite is a story about a character Rick Montoya. He has been falsely accused, and comes back to the city he left to try and clear his name. Upon his arrival he gets a rude welcome when his apartment goes up in flames. There was a person living in it, and he spends a lot of time figuring out if the fire was meant for him or the person in it. This is a confusing plot for a rapid read book. The story bogs down with too many questions, and characters. In a rapid read it’s better to keep things light, and stick to stereotypes move the plot forward. I finished it, but I didn’t enjoy it. This is the type of story that would be best if it was fleshed out into a full novel.

Title: And Everything Nice Author: Kim Moritsugu Reviewer: Devin Malakoff And Everything Nice, is a good rapid read story. I like the lead character named Stephanie. For whatever reason when a story has a schlep that is minding his or her business, and is thrown into a calamity. I’m drawn to those types of stories. The lead character Stephanie manages a clothing store and lives with her Mom in the same house she grew up in. Looking for a change she joins a local community rock choir and meets a local TV personality Anna Rai. They become good friends, and the plot revolves around Anna’s diary going missing ending up in the hands of a blackmailer. The two then work to trap the person who took it. It’s a good story, but I had to wonder who actually keeps a diary in the written form anymore. I mean I grew up in the early 90’s and even Doogie Howser was typing his thoughts into a computer. I got past that detail, and enjoyed the story. I’m sure most people will too.

Check out these and other great titles from Orca Book Publishers Canada, Rapid Reads Collection at www.orcabook.com !

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National Backyard Games Week, May 23 –May 29.

Contact Us: Hilary Dahnke, Executive Director Regina Literacy Network Phone: (306) 569-1368 Cell: (306) 551-7532 Blackberry Pin: 30E38BE3 April Dahnke, Executive Director Balcarres Communities Literacy Network Phone: (306) 334-3630 Cell: (206) 531-7150 BlackBerry Pin: 30E38C1F

Contact us about our Learner Link at learnerlink@literacyhub.ca Fax: (306) 569-1360 Website:www.literacyhub.ca

Kickball This old-time favourite is a great game for kids of all ages. The rules for kickball are similar to baseball, except instead of hitting the ball, you have to--you guessed it--kick it. Wiffle Ball Wiffle ball is played much the same as baseball, except the bat and ball are made out of lightweight plastic, making it easier and safer for little ones to play. Ideally, you want nine people on each team, one for each position in the field, but this can be altered to suit any size team. Freeze Tag Who hasn't played freeze tag? Not only can an unlimited number of kids play, it's also a great way to expend a little pent-up energy! So round up all the kids you can find, and designate one person to be "it." Whoever is "it" chases the other kids around, trying to tag them. If a child is tagged, he must freeze in place until another child who isn't "it" unfreezes him by tagging him again. Keep playing

until everyone is exhausted, but just remember to switch whoever is "it" from time to time to make it a fair game. Dodge Ball Dodge ball can be a blast, as long as you use soft balls that won't sting when you get hit (and it's best to keep the younger kids out of this one). Split your group of kids into two teams, and then go to town throwing the balls at each other. When someone is hit, he is "out" and sits down. If someone catches an offending ball, the thrower is out. The game continues until all members of one team are eliminated.

For more great backyard games, visit our source: www.familyeducation.com ...8


May 2011 Learner Link