Literacy Outreach Program
We have partnered with the Okanagan Regional Library and downtown businesses to offer “Story-Window” Walks. Pages of a story are divided and placed in storefront windows. Families or children’s group get a “map” from the library and walk store to store reading the story and answering “skill-testing” questions along the way, which they can enter into a prize draw upon completion. Hundreds of children and adults participated in 2021 where they learned “How to Catch a Yeti” and travelled with mouse to meet a “Gruffalo”. Watch for the next Story-Window Walk this winter during Family Literacy Week!
The Literacy Society of the North Okanagan, along with our community partners, has recognized Financial Literacy as an area for development locally. We are preparing workshops and hope to pilot some new initiatives this year.
Literacy at Play
Speaking, reading, singing, listening, writing, drawing, movement, and play all contribute to early language and literacy development in young children. Literacy at Play is the premise that placing foundational literacy experiences in play and other outdoor spaces that children frequent will also support the development of early literacy skills.
Playful words, rhymes and images spark a child’s curiosity. Prompts encourage conversation, games and sharing with a parent or older children. The key is to choose words that relate to their context in meaningful and engaging ways.
Learn how you can implement literacy at play in your own outdoors spaces by checking out the resource kit. The ideas are endless. Let us know what you have done in your play space!
Books for Babies
The Literacy Society of the North Okanagan has partnered with the Vernon Health Unit to provide “books for babies” at their immunization clinics. Families are presented with a new high-quality book to share with their little one and are encouraged to read daily with their children to support their language and literacy development. Thanks to generous donations, thousands of books have been distributed over several years.
The Literacy Society of the North Okanagan participates on community committees that help inform the direction we take. This includes the North Okanagan Early Years Council and the Adult Literacy Service Providers Network.