See Appendix C.iii. for recommended family literacy manuals and materials.
Anyone planning to begin or improve upon an existing a family literacy program should check out the various excellent print, audio-visual and Web-based resources at AlphaPlus Centre. Located in Toronto, AlphaPlus Centre serves practitioners and organizations that work in the Deaf, Native, Francophone, and Anglophone literacy communities in Ontario and has numerous resources related to family literacy. Their trained staff can help users find relevant resources and information to enrich the learning of adults in literacy programs. AlphaPlus Centre’s Website provides access to a wide variety of literacyrelated initiatives, including AlphaCom, a free discussion system, a directory of literacy services, AlphaCat — AlphaPlus’ online library catalogue-the Index to Web resources, and AlphaRoute, an online learning environment. Persons and agencies in the not-for profit or public sector in Ontario who are affiliated with adult and family literacy service delivery or research can borrow resources free of charge by registering for a borrower’s card. Visit: www.alphaplus.ca.
Hudson, S., D. Thompson, C. Cechota, and M. Mack. “SAFE Playgrounds:
Recognizing Risk Factors.” Earlychildhood.com: Reading Centre, 2002.
[Cited June 2005.] www.earlychildhood.com/Articles/index.cfm?A=128&FuseAct
This well researched online article provides a good discussion of issues concerning ageappropriate equipment and associated risks.
Martinez, Alejandro G. “Authentic Materials: An Overview.” Mexico City, 2002.
[Cited June 2005.] www3.telus.net/linguisticsissues/authenticmaterials.html
This online article provides an excellent definition and discussion of the use and value of authentic materials.
Moar, Terrie. Family Literacy: Annotated Bibliography of Resources. Winnipeg,
MB: Literacy Partners of Manitoba Resource Centre, 1998.
This list of family literacy resources includes Internet and parenting resources. Many of the materials are contained in the circulating library collection of the Literacy Partners of Manitoba Resource Centre. It is also available online at: www.mb.literacy.ca/family/flresour/cover
Nelson, Cindy. Using Computers in Family Literacy Programs. Louisville, KY:
National Center for Family Literacy, 2003.
This resource discusses how computers may be used in family literacy programs to provide exceptional support for the literacy development of both parents and their children.
Raines, Shirley C., and Robert J. Candy. Story Stretchers: Activities to Expand
Children’s Favorite Books. Mt. Rainier, ML: Gryphon House, Inc., 1989.
This resource is full of great ideas for building the literacy component of programs through a range of fun activities based on well-known and loved children’s books.