"Winter in Oregon" Courtesy of
Photo Fanatics 4-H Club
NOTES FROM THE CHAIR
Dear Volunteers and Friends,
If 2014 seemed to whiz by, then you've been doing
something you enjoy. I wish to take this time to thank all of
you who are volunteering for the Literacy Council. Welcome to
new tutors Aimee Sears, Mike Murray, and Sherri Zysk. Your
contribution to the community is both needed and valued.
are getting more applications from new students and
volunteers. Goodwill Industries has sent us several student
applications. If our placement officer, Liz Koester, hasn't
already called you, and you want to take on a new student, call her
or leave a message with our answering service by calling
The Literacy Council will have a table at the
Medford Library for their annual Learn-a-Palooza education fair on
Saturday January 31st. I will be greeting visitors to our
table and handing out volunteer and student applications. Many
other activities will be going on for kids, teens, and adults.
Parking is free, so drop by to discover the many services available
in the area.
Thank you, volunteers, so much for your service
to our community. I hope you are all looking forward to giving
your knowledge for another year.
To all of our readers ...
We offer individualized tutoring for Basic Reading,
GED, ESL, Workforce Development Classes, and Citizenship. Our Workforce Development class offers training in
Microsoft Office and Résumé Building.
If you know of anyone who might benefit from our
program, please let them know about our services. The Literacy
Council serves all of Jackson County.
Literacy Council of Jackson
P.O. Box 615
Medford, OR 97501
Our new website will be functional by
the end of February 2015, so please come visit us at:
LITERACY COUNCIL OF JACKSON
--------------------------------------------- Bob Burger
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Newsletter Editor ------------------------Nancy Calcagno
NOTE FROM THE
You may have noticed we didn't send out a summer or
fall newsletter. It wasn't due to lack of news, as we had a very
successful Raffle Fundraiser in September, and are currently placing
new students into the program.
During early fall of last year, I encountered a
decent blow to my head in an accident and have been in recovery. I'm
doing much better, and hopefully any residual effects will not show
up in this newsletter.
Thank you for your patience and support. It is with
your support that we can continue to serve Southern Oregon and make
a difference in our community.
We are currently in need of more volunteers, so if
you are interested please call us for an application or visit our
Find the incorrect word in each
Learning can be fun!
MORE WORD GAMES
Match the root word on the left
the meaning on the right.
Word games can be used as a tool for learning. Not
only are they fun to play, but they can help the student with
spelling, grammar, and reading.
They can also serve as an ice-breaker between the
student and tutor, as well as keeping the student's interest on the
30 Million Americans Can't
"A mother's education is one of the primary
indicators of a child's academic success.
Less than 47% of
children whose mothers did not complete high school are school
ready, compared to 83% of children whose mothers have a bachelor’s
Students who do
not read proficiently by the 3rd grade are four times more likely to
leave high school without a diploma.
often are unable to provide a stimulating learning environment for
the children. This inequality in opportunity leads to an achievement
gap that extends through elementary school and beyond.
skills are directly linked to higher unemployment, less earned
income and poor health.
The result is a lack of social mobility and greater
inequality for millions of families. With a workforce that is less
academically prepared and skilled, the overall U.S. economy is
Borrowed from the
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
Literacy Council of Jackson County is an important program, not only
for adult illiteracy, but for the family as well. It is through the
adult that our children gain the necessary skills in early childhood
for academic success later. So adults not only gain personally, but
it will have an everlasting effect on the family as well.
Are you constantly bombarded with Farmville
requests? How about Candy Crush Saga or Criminal
Case? These are games on Facebook that many
people like to play.
If you know of anyone who is struggling with their
spelling and vocabulary, a fun challenge would be to play
Scrabble or Words with Friends. I’ve watched
students excel in spelling and vocabulary after playing these
Another fun challenge after you play each word, is
to write a sentence using that word in proper context. Then
you will also be able to add new words to your vocabulary, as well
as improve your spelling skills.
So next time you have someone
requesting to play a game, challenge them back with a word
game. Not only is it entertaining, but educational too.
A TIP FOR HOMEWORK
I have a small group of Hispanics in my ESL class
and they want something to do between sessions. I am teaching
spelling and grammar in class, but typical
homework assignments can't be graded until their next session.
I discovered some crossword puzzle booklets at the Literacy Council
library and copied a few for the students to solve. Each
puzzle provides a word list and fill-in-the-blank
Let's say number 3 Across says:
The puzzle shows that the word has three
The word list includes: arm / dog /
My students are encouraged to use an English/Spanish
dictionary if they don't know the word meanings. When the
words line up in the puzzle, they are delighted. They found
the first puzzle puzzling, but now they find them fun. And
they actually do their homework!
By Bob Burger