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Supporting Literacy: a foundation for learning

This Café conversation is designed to help parents to examine their role in supporting all aspects of literacy development by:

  • exploring the meaning and importance of ‘literacy’.
  • exploring how everyday activities and routines can contribute to developing a love of books, language, and reading.
  • sharing successes and engaging strategies and available resources for supporting literacy.

Parent leaders and educators will find a thought provoking question to inspire parent conversation, followed by discussion points that can be used to add to and further stimulate the conversation. It is Cafe’s experience that together most parents, given the opportunity, will raise many of the suggested discussion points. In this way the capacity of the group is built, while highlighting collective wisdom. The questions have been designed to lead from one to another but remember this is meant only as a guide to conversation. All of the questions may not be needed to reach the goals of the conversation and your conversation may naturally follow a different path.

For facilitators leading a conversation Café,  the conversation guide below is presented in a Power Point, 2 slides/page format, that permits easy reference between questions and suggested discussion points.

Supporting Literacy: a foundation for learning – Conversation Guide

The following set of notes provides additional information for facilitators leading the Café, or parents wishing to delve further into the topic. Each page of information corresponds to one question from the conversation guide.

Supporting Literacy: a foundation for learning – Facilitator Guide

Café thanks our collaborative partners at Calgary Reads who have provided resources, expertise and inspiration for this literacy Cafe in a shared effort to support young readers.

Supporting Literacy: a foundation for learning - Accompanying Resources

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These suggested quality resources are a starting point for parents to make connections with community organizations and institutions working to provide support in literacy development. Resources are organized in order as they appear and are suggested throughout the conversation notes.  Café graciously accepts suggestions of additional quality resources for supporting literacy.  Share…

Supporting Literacy: a foundation for learning – Resources