December 25, 2000
This week, we are launching 7 stories written by students from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. These students are enrolled at SIAST-Kelsey Campus, at the Literacy Centre. As a special event you can read their stories as well as hear them.
The family unit is the key to the success of any family literacy program. It is through the family that the seeds of literacy grow. The role of the parent as a model cannot be under-estimated. It is through modeling that the child establishes lifetime patterns. When parents read to their children, reading becomes a positive. Not only are the parents showing the child that reading can be an enjoyable thing, but the experience allows the parent to develop his or her own skills. The promotion and encouragement of family literacy is one of the mandates of the SIAST Kelsey Campus Literacy Program. In our efforts to achieve and validate this the students from the literacy class have created children's storybooks. The students receive a copy of the book that is theirs to take home. The books are to be shared with their own family and extended family units in the spirit of family literacy. These are some selected stories from the two children's book Unicorns and Dragon Tales.
I'm Mary Gordon. I came back to school because I wanted to get more education, so that I could have a better job. For years I have been struggling to raise my children. Now that my children are grown up I'm alone. I have had different jobs but I was not satisfied with them. I'm hoping I will have a better job after this.
Play an audio version of this story
Spring comes once a year.
Everything comes alive.
The grass grows.
Flowers bloom everywhere.
Garden birds hum their beautiful songs.
Hear them whistle like the wind.