A Personal Checklist for Individual Practictioners
How might your own personal beliefs and values affect your ability to develop
and deliver a quality family literacy program? Here is a chance for you to think
about where you stand before discussing the following statements with colleagues
in your agency and community partners.
Read each statement and ask yourself, “What do I think about this?” Take
your time. You may wish to journalize your personal responses or discuss some of
them with another colleague. Consider how your feelings and beliefs may affect
your work with families.
- Literacy is a basic human right.
- Families are complex and their literacy needs are all different.
- Parents are their children’s first teachers and their most important resource
for developing literacy.
- All family members are capable learners who bring a wealth of knowledge to
contribute to programs.
- Family members are continually developing the literacy skills and practices
they each need to get things done every day.
- Individual family members who improve their own literacy help develop the
whole family’s literacy.
- Family activities that involve reading, writing and talking help develop
everyone’s literacy skills and interest in learning.
- When families do enjoyable literacy activities together, they are also
strengthening family relationships.
- The social, cultural, economic and political context of families’ everyday lives
affects their existing knowledge, perspectives and abilities.
- All languages are equally valuable, and everyone should have the right to be
literate in the language of their choice.
- The various languages used by participants in their homes should also be
used, validated and honoured in programs.
- Families who face economic, social or educational challenges have much to
contribute to a family literacy program.