Stories from Literacy Month
Date posted: October 18, 2018
The entries for the Literacy Month 2018 contest gave us a sample of the variety of ways that people celebrate literacy. We’d like to share three of the entries with you today.
Each week on Thursday afternoon we enjoy « Poetry and Teatime », with soft music, snack, and sharing a favourite poem, like this week featuring Canadian poet Shel Silverstein and also the poem Alligator Pie. We created new verses together too:
Alligator cake, alligator cake
If I don’t get some, I think I’m going to shake
Give away my dinosaurs, give away my snake
But don’t give away my alligator cake
Alligator fudge, alligator fudge
If I don’t get some, I think I’ll never budge
Give away my lawyers, give away my judge
But don’t give away my alligator fudge!
We also read something short from an inspirational book or sing a song together with Daddy after dinner almost every day.
Literacy for all and all for literacy! For me, this includes celebrating the importance of braille literacy.
This September has given me the opportunity to increase my volunteer involvement with Braille Literacy Canada, a registered charity dedicated to the promotion of braille as a primary medium of literacy for those who are blind or visually impaired.
As a retired teacher of students who have visual impairments, my work focused on teaching and promoting equitable access of information for those who required braille and or large print. Indeed, a fulfilling career. Nothing is more exciting than seeing a child gently tracking their fingertips across a line of braille dots, and hearing them voice the letters to their name. Reading is a such an incredible gift. Literacy is not limited to print, but is alive and well for braille readers, too.
Braille is a dynamic and viable code that enables those who cannot read print the opportunity to develop skills in literacy and provides a vital means to access information. Come celebrate with us at brailleliteracycanada.ca
Bill Gardam – Literacy: the spoken word within a community
I show up once a month to read my poems at my local library community outreach and it is the one short time that I can communicate what I have written down and share it. Not much, but so empowering. The others who show up for their three minutes before an audience are an interesting bunch: those who dress up and express from memory, those who read from their cell phones, those elders like myself who write down their life stories, those who speak for the first time and cannot look at their listeners. People from all walks of life share their precious gift of literacy. We can express our inner thoughts, our political and economic beliefs, our appreciation of the natural world. Whatever we choose to say, we have an audience and can also be an audience for others. We give of ourselves and are noticed in turn. We are a community.