Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to learn something new? Perhaps to increase your knowledge base, and computer skill level? Chipoudy Communities Revitalization Committee (CCRC) has a course for you! Local professionals are willing to teach a class in Word and Excel. Please let CCRC know if you are interested (882-2573) or reply on the CCRC FB page. Classes will be held at Riverside Consolidated School. Day and time will be determined by participants and instructors.
By Janet Wallace, in the editorial of the upcoming special issue of Connecting Albert County on early childhood development and literacy.
Reading is fun and fundamental to being able to participate fully in our society.
What does “literacy” mean?
Traditionally, literacy meant reading, writing and arithmetic. However “literacy is now understood as a means of identification, understanding, interpretation, creation, and communication in an increasingly digital, text-mediated, information-rich and fast-changing world,” according to UNESCO. In simpler terms, literacy is not just knowing how to read, but where to go for information and how to interpret what you read.
Why is literacy important?
Literacy helps people stay connected with neighbours, friends, family and the world at large. It helps you understand books, magazines and websites. It helps you express yourself in letters, emails and text messages.
Literacy helps people find and keep jobs. Many jobs now require a certain level of literacy – even with manual labour, you might need to understand written directions, write receipts, and do research online.
Literacy helps keep you safe and healthy. Imagine the danger involved in not being able to understand the label on a prescription bottle or the warning sticker on an appliance. Also, literacy allows you to read about healthy lifestyle choices.
Literacy brings pleasure. For many people, reading a magazine or book is a treat. You can discover great stories and new worlds in novels. You can use cookbooks from other cultures to create exciting meals. You can learn new skills by reading how-to books. Reading is fun and fundamental to being able to participate fully in our society.
Literacy starts at birth. Exposure to nursery rhymes, books, and songs are all stepping stones to literacy. In this special issue of Connecting Albert County, we explore the many learning opportunities available to families in rural Albert County. Most of these programs are free, and, until March 31st, 2018, Tele-Drive Albert County will provide free transportation to any child and parent/guardian going to one of the early childhood development programs. A volunteer driver will pick you up from your house, take you to the program, and drive you back home again. Call 875-1190 to arrange a lift.
We are producing this issue (and Tele-Drive is offering the free rides) in partnership with Education and Early Childhood Development - Government of New Brunswick - NB Literacy Strategy with support from the Bennett and Albert County Health Care (BACH) Foundation and printing from Gary Steeves Insurance.
I hope you enjoy this issue and share the news about the excellent programs described in these pages,
Janet Wallace is the editor and coordinator of Connecting Albert County.
Connecting Albert County, the Hillsborough Public Library and Tele-Drive Albert County are working together to support early childhood development programs.
Connecting Albert County will soon share news in a special publication. Meanwhile you can find some articles on our new Learning & Literacy page.
From Jan. 24 -March 31, 2018, you can get free rides to early literacy programs in rural Albert County from Tele-Drive Albert County! Thanks to support from the Education and Early Childhood Development - Government of New Brunswick - NB Literacy Strategy). Just call 875-1190. Tele-Drive Albert County is supported, in part, by the Bennett and Albert County Health Care (BACH) Foundation and private donations.
Public libraries are strong advocates of increasing literacy for all ages. Besides the lending of books and other materials, they strive to help develop literacy skills, especially for young children and their families, through the programs that they offer. Throughout the year there are many program options available at your local library. Here in Albert County, the Hillsborough Public Library proudly serves our community and patrons from outside of Hillsborough through to Alma and we will be offering many literacy programs in 2018.
East Coast Kids is a licensed child care and learning centre for children ages 2- 12-years-old. They offer full-time and part-time day care, preschool, before and after school, and summer camps. They have two locations -- Riverside Consolidated School and Hillsborough Elementary School.
Photos and story by Jennifer Shelby (originally posted Jan. 31st, 2017)
Albert County’s Literacy Express is now up and running for its fourth year! A preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds, Literacy Express takes place on the second floor of Hillsborough’s Train Museum. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays kids are dropped off for a free, one-hour session led by Nancy Land, B. Ed, with help from her assistant, Lois Snider.
Songs and rhymes for young children have been passed down for generations. Such nursery rhymes and songs are a fun way to teach children to talk and to get ready to read. Sharing rhymes and finger plays also provide a nurturing experience between caregiver and child. But did you know that a nationally recognized program on teaching songs, rhymes and storytelling to families is one of the many programs offered to parents through Talk With Me- Anglophone East?
Chipoudy Communities Revitalization Committee (CCRC) has worked with East Coast Kids to provide a Licensed Daycare Centre in Riverside Consolidated School (RCS). Since June 2017, they have provided a special space in our rural community for children to play, laugh and learn. CCRC’s first step in ensuring that a daycare could open in RCS was to see that washrooms were constructed on the ground floor, near the preschool classroom. Anglophone East staff completed the work in time for the daycare to open for the summer of 2017.
Learning & Literacy
Articles about learning opportunities for people of all ages with a special focus on early childhood education.
Connecting Albert County