I am extremely grateful for the ability to read and write because as an early elementary student, I struggled with my literacy skills. There was no official learning disability diagnosis, I just recall mixing up the letters or seeing them and writing them backwards. For extra literacy support, the school placed me in a remedial reading group with a reading coach to improve my literacy skills. Reading became easier for me, eventually. It was crucial to my success in school. In later years, I learned a second language and I actually developed a love for the written word.
My youngest son also had challenges with literacy in his first years in school. Quiet class reading time, where he sat by himself to read, was his biggest challenge. He was falling behind with his reading skills, so I followed up with his teacher for some additional support. She said she noticed he would rather be doing something more active than sitting and reading a book and it wasn’t uncommon for young boys, but at the time, my son had undiagnosed AD/HD so it was extra hard for him.
My son, his teacher and I discussed a plan that involved evening reading and opportunity reading, which meant getting him to read at any chance that was presented. For example, reading grocery lists. She said, as long as he’s reading something, it all helps. He still doesn’t like reading, but he keeps up with his class work. Thank you to all the great teachers, counsellors and resource workers in our community that work hard to help students succeed with literacy.
Learning how to read isn’t always easy - especially if you have learning disabilities, mental health struggles or language barriers that hamper your ability to learn. United Way of the Alberta Capital Region funds many partner agencies that offer community support and resources to individuals and families who want help with literacy skills.
- Ben Calf Robe Society
- Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area
- Boys and Girls Club of Leduc
- Brander Gardens ROCKS
- Centre for Family Literacy
- Connect Society
- Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers
- Fort Saskatchewan Boys & Girls Club
- KARA Family Resource Centre
- Norwood Child & Family Resource Centre
- Out of School Time Collaborative
- Partners for Kids (PFK)
- Success By 6®
- Terra Centre for Teen Parents
- YMCA of Northern Alberta
Please visit our website for more information on these and any of our other partner agencies. Myunitedway.ca.
Read anything and everything. It’s a lifelong skill that we simply can’t go without! Here are a couple links to ways you and your family can learn the value of literacy.