Family Literacy Training Institute

We held our 12th Family Literacy Training Institute in February. Over 30 people attended the training from the Sahtu, Tåîchô, Deh Cho, Beaufort Delta and Yellowknife. We have now trained over 400 people in the NWT in family literacy.

We developed one new workshop and reworked several other workshops. The workshops that we delivered were:

  • Family Literacy and Emergent Literacy
  • Brain Basics
  • Building Aborigional Language Skills
  • Facilitation Skills
  • Family Literacy Programs and Ideas
  • Planning for Your Community

Some new information we shared with participants was about emergent literacy and brain functions of children and adults.

Emergent Literacy

Children start to learn language from the day they are born. As they grow and develop, their speech and language skills become increasingly more complex. They learn to understand and use language to express their ideas, thoughts, and feelings, and to communicate with others. During early speech and language development, children learn skills that are important to the development of literacy.

This stage, known as emergent literacy, begins at birth and continues through the preschool years. Children see and interact with print (e.g., books, magazines, grocery lists) in everyday situations (e.g., home, in preschool, and at daycare) well before they start elementary school. Parents can see their child’s growing appreciation and enjoyment of print as he or she begins to recognize words that rhyme, scribble with crayons, point out logos and street signs, and name some letters of the alphabet. Gradually, children combine what they know about speaking and listening with what they know about print and become ready to learn to read and write.

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