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September 2008

Regina Family Literacy Network, Inc.

WHAT’S NEW?

Regina Family Literacy Network Board Members 2007-2008

Stacey Crooks Dan Danforth Diane Diebel Alice Samkoe

“All it takes is a point of light, A ray of hope in the darkest night. If you see what's wrong and you try to make it right, You will be a point of light.” - Point of Light, Randy Travis

On September 1st, the Regina Family Literacy Network moved in to our new facility! We are now located at 1213—15th Avenue, Regina, SK S4P 0Y8! We now have 933 square feet of space to do our own programming and facilitation in!

With the additional space came a need for furniture and equipment. We would also like to thank the individuals and organizations that generously donated all kinds of furniture, equipment and resources to our cause. Please take a moment to check out the wonderful learning opportunities the network has on the horizon and to find more information on the upcoming regional conference that will take place in Regina on October 23rd and 24th. Also Please note the following updated contact info for the RFLN:

We would like to genuinely thank the volunteers that came out to assist us in packing, moving, storage, and unpacking throughout the summer and with the move into our new space.

Phone: 306-352-7323 Fax: 306-522-7323 Email: info@rfln.ca Web: www.rfln.ca

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LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES Introduction to Family Literacy Certificate Course Dates: September 12th and October 25th, 2008 (October 25th will be prioritized for those attending the Rhymes, Songs & Storytelling workshop on October 26th.) Where: RFLN Office – 1213 – 15th Avenue – Pre-registration is required. (Sept. 12) Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites—1800 Prince of Wales Drive (Oct 25) Description of program: The Introduction to Family Literacy Certificate Course was designed to provide participants with the necessary information and background to develop and deliver family literacy programs effectively. Program is currently available through all four of the Planting the Seeds Partner Organizations in the province – Saskatchewan Literacy Network, Regina Family Literacy Network, READ Saskatoon and the Prince Albert Literacy Network. For whom: The Introduction to Family Literacy is open to anyone wanting to facilitate, coordinate and/or develop family literacy programming. Organization staff, facilitators, coordinators, teachers, parents and anyone else interested in learning more about family literacy. The Intro is a pre-requisite for some of the other Family Literacy Programs available in Saskatchewan, such as Come Read With Me and Rhymes, Songs and Storytelling. Time: 9 am – 4 pm (bring a bag lunch) Registration Fee: FREE The Power of Rhyme

TO REGISTER FOR THIS OR ANY OTHER TRAINING Email us at registrations@rfln.ca or visit our website at www.rfln.ca.

Date: September 16th, 2008 Description of Presenter: Jane Cobb, BA, MLS, is currently the Coordinator of Mother Goose Programs for Vancouver Public Library. She has been an instructor at Langara College for twelve years, a Trainer for the national Parent-Children Mother Goose Program for five years, and a Children’s Librarian for twenty-five years. She is also the author of the “storytime bible” I’m a Little Teapot! Presenting Preschool Storytime, and the newly released What’ll I Do with the Baby-o? Nursery Rhymes, Songs, and Stories for Babies.


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Description of training: • Interactive Rhymes, Songs and Stories: how to use them in programs and how to teach them to parents and caregivers. • Introduction to storytelling in family programs. • Research on early language and literacy development, and how to apply this in programs. • Program planning and design for participants wishing to lead a variety of programs for young children and their parents and caregivers. For whom: Any adult wishing to learn interactive rhymes, songs and stories for use in any setting where children and families join together to have fun with language. No previous training is required. Time: 9 am – 4 pm (lunch is provided) Registration Fee: $100

TO REGISTER FOR THIS OR ANY OTHER TRAINING Email us at registrations@rfln.ca or visit our website at www.rfln.ca.

Aboriginal Literacy and Parenting Skills (ALAPS) Dates: September 22nd, 23rd and 24th, 2008 Where: RFLN Office – 1213 – 15th Avenue – Pre-registration is required. Description of facilitator training: The A-LAPS facilitator training prepares individuals to facilitate A-LAPS groups in their communities. It covers: • • • • •

Facilitation Literacy Parenting Community involvement Facilitating groups of Aboriginal participants and/or cross cultural groups

For whom: Individuals interested in facilitating A-LAPS programs in their communities. Time: 9 am – 4 pm, Sept 22, 23 and 10 am – 4:30 pm on Sept 24th. (Lunch is provided) Registration Fee: $300


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Storysacks Date: October 25th, 2008 Where: Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites – 1800 Prince of Wales Drive – Pre-registration is required. Description of Program: The Storysacks program uses a community development approach to supporting literacy in families. Community members work together to create Storysacks which children and adults use to develop their literacy skills. Storysacks give parents a fun way to enjoy books and reading with their children. For Whom: Individuals interested in promoting family literacy in their communities. Time: 9 am – 4 pm (lunch is provided) Registration Fee: $100 Rhymes, Songs & Storytelling

TO REGISTER FOR THIS OR ANY OTHER TRAINING Email us at registrations@rfln.ca or visit our website at www.rfln.ca.

Date: October 26th, 2008 Where: Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites – 1800 Prince of Wales Drive – Pre-registration is required. Description of Program: Young children love to hear rhymes, songs and stories. They love to hear the sound of a parent’s voice. Rhymes, Songs and Storytelling programs help parents build a repertoire of activities to use with children to improve language development and parent-child interaction. For whom: People who work with parents and caregivers of babies and toddlers. Pre-requisites: All participants MUST be certified in an Introduction to Family Literacy with the Saskatchewan Literacy Network or Planting the Seeds Partner Agency. Time: 9 am – 4 pm (Lunch is provided) Registration Fee: $100


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Regional Family Literacy Conference October 23 & 24, 2008

Hosted by the Regina Family Literacy Network Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 1800 Prince of Wales Drive Regina, Saskatchewan

Making Connections We are all a part of the puzzle. What piece will you play?

Who should register? There will be sessions of particular interest to administrators, practitioners, teachers, early childhood educators & parents/adult learners.

Keynote Speaker and Presenter: Saskatchewan’s own, international, award-winning author, David Bouchard— champions reading and tackles illiteracy! His message focuses on books, reading and specific responsibilities in making our children literate! He reminds us that educators and parents alike are responsible for the state of literacy among our youth.

How can I register? Registration packages available via website, email, fax or mail.

This regional conference is one of the Regina Family Literacy Network Regional Forums under the Planting The Seeds For Tomorrow Project.

Website: www.rfln.ca Email: registrations@rfln.ca Phone: 306-352-READ Fax: 306-569-1360 Mail: Regina Family Literacy Network, Inc. 1213-15th Avenue Regina, SK S4P 0Y8


Regina Family Literacy Network, Inc.

1213—15th Avenue Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 0Y8 Phone: 306-352-READ (7323) Fax: 306-522-READ (7323) E-mail: info@rfln.ca

Please Note: The ideas expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily those of the Regina Family Literacy Network Board of Directors.

We’re on the Web! www.rfln.ca

REGINA FAMILY LITERACY NETWORK WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS IN THE COMMUNITY Funding Agencies/Donors Literacy Office, Ministry of Education Community Initiatives Leader-Post Raise-A-Reader Book & Brier Patch Bookstore In the Community SIAST Wascana Campus Regina Public Library Regina Public Schools Regina Catholic Schools Seniors’ Education Centre, U of Regina Saskatchewan Literacy Network Saskatchewan Aboriginal Literacy Network READ Saskatoon Prince Albert Literacy Network Saskatchewan Association of School Councils Regina Home Economics for Living Project Inc. Committees Regina Literacy Association Al Ritchie Family Wellness Centre Steering Committee YMCA - Alliance of Asset Champions United Way – Supporting Families Impact Table Regina Area Early Childhood Network

September 2008 Network News  

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