It must be easily integrated into the everyday life of
the families you serve. People are busy and have many tasks to do daily. The
informational handouts you provide to parents will help them to understand ways
of doing family literacy at home.
Research done by the Vanier Institute on the Family has proven that many
double income families have time and energy issues, which minimize the kind of
family literacy activity they can do at home. In fact, many double income
families do fewer family literacy activities than do families with limited
financial resources. It is important not to make assumptions about families but
to work with them at whatever point they are at and encourage them to do what
they can. Parents will see you as a valuable asset by being a source of
information as well as hope that there is much they can do that will make
raising their child easier and more enjoyable.
It is also worth remembering that you may come across parents with literacy
difficulties of their own. Statistics from the International Adult Literacy
Survey confirm that many adult Canadians do not read and write well enough to
participate fully in Canadian society. In Saskatchewan approximately 40% of the
age group 16 - 35 read at only a Level 2 on the survey, Level 3 being
considered minimal in Canada. This is significant, as this is the age group
primarily responsible for childbirth and early childhood attachment.