9 results for tag: reading


Summer Challenge at NPL

The Nashville Public Library has a fun Summer Challenge going on now through August 15th! The Summer Challenge encourages children, teens, and adults to complete literacy, cultural, and community activities to earn points. With points earned, participants will receive entry to  a local organization like the Adventure Science Center or Cheekwood, a book bag, and a chance to win additional prize drawings. In addition to English, Registration and Activity Logs are available in Arabic, Kurdish, Somali, and Spanish. We hope you'll encourage your learner to participate in this fun challenge!

See the World in My Eyes

by V.S., Literacy Learner See the world in my eyes. I can’t read and write well. There are a lot of things you can’t do because you are scared you will get lost. You can’t read street signs. Going out of town is so scary. To not get lost, you hope someone will drive you around so you can see the town. Your family knows you, but your friends don’t know you can’t read well. And you don’t want to make new friends because they might ask you to read. You fake it, saying – no glasses. Although it may be scary, let someone help you if you need it. Tell someone your story. The world looks very good to you. You don’t have to daydream all the ...

Learner Spotlight: Meet Sumalee

After many years spent being the only one in her family not a citizen, Sumalee is proud to be an American.  Originally from Thailand, Sumalee moved to the United States in 1976.  Here she raised her three children, who are now adults.  Her husband, whom she depended on for so much, passed away in 2008.  It was then that Sumalee decided to invest time in herself, and for her, that meant learning to read. Having lived in the United States for more than 30 years, speaking English was not a problem for Sumalee.  Reading and writing, however, was difficult.  In 2011, Sumalee enrolled in our One-on-One tutor program and simultaneously enrolled in ...

Literacy Conference Resources Available Online

Did you miss this year's regional U.S. Conference on Adult Literacy?  ProLiteracy has generously made the resources from May's conference available online.  Simply go to the Workshops section of the page, and click on the workshop that interests you.  Workshop topics from the conference included preparing low level readers for the GED test, teaching comprehension strategies, and contextualized instruction. ProLiteracy has also made their video from the Preparing Low Level Learners for the GED Test workshop available online.  Watch it below! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjBRNiTmchc

Reading Reminder: YouTube Edition

YouTube can be a great resource, but sometimes it's difficult to know what to look for.  Here are our favorite phonics lessons on YouTube.  These videos could easily be integrated into a lesson with a learner, or simply used as preparation for a tutoring session. Mr. Thorne Does Phonics Mr. Thorne Does Phonics teaches comprehensive phonics in a way that is simple and easy to follow.  Though the lessons are written for a child audience, they are still appropriate to use with adults.  In addition to the video uploads, Mr. Thorne Does Phonics offers great playlists for topics including High Frequency Words, Reading Check, and Spellings & ...

The Man Who Always Wished That He Could Read & Other Poems

Happy National Poetry Month!  In its honor, we wanted to share a couple of poems that our learners have written for our In Our Words books over the years.  Enjoy! The Man Who Always Wished That He Could Read by James B. Martin I'm wishing upon a star, No matter where you are. I'm wishing upon a dream So far away it seems. Now that I can read, The dream has come true. My Best Friend is a Dog by Vanory Askew He's happy, fast, and smart He takes me everywhere He'll never break my heart He listens to me read He never judges me He knows I go to school Someday I will succeed World Peace by Phatsanphon Chinwong Wish everywhere, there was no war Or ...

Learner Spotlight: Meet Erskine

Erskine entered our program in 2002 through our partnership with Davidson County Drug Court.  With our help, he achieved his goals of finding employment and buying a house.  Erskine has been drug-free for fifteen years, and says he could not have achieved this without learning how to read. My whole life has changed.  If I hadn't started learning, there's no telling where I might be today.  If  I couldn't read, I couldn't stay clean.  I'm just grateful for having a program like this.  I never thought I was going to be blessed to learn how to read. What Education Means by Erskine Hyler Education means to me - You won't catch the wrong ...

Reading Reminder: Vowel Sounds

There are 18 vowel sounds in the English language.  The five main vowels are A, E, I, O, and U.  Sometimes W and Y also act as vowels.  Vowel sounds can be put into the following categories: 5 Long Vowels:  Long vowels are when the sound is the same as the letter name - faith, dream, smile, vote, rule. 5 Short Vowels:  Short vowels are often the hardest for people to hear differentiated.  They are the sounds at the beginning of the following words - Ultimate optimism, attitude is everything. 3 R-Controlled Vowels:  Vowels make these sounds when paired with an R. AR as in scarf OR as in storm ER, IR, and UR as in her, sir, or fur 5 ...

Save the Date: Regional Literacy Conference May 2nd – 3rd

The regional U.S. Conference on Adult Literacy is coming to Nashville on May 2-3, 2013!  We are honored to be hosting this year’s conference in conjunction with the Tennessee Literacy Coalition. Workshop topics include: Preparing Low Level Learners for the GED Test Speaking to Groups (Adult Learner Workshop)* Teaching Adults to Read: Components of Reading Contextualized Instruction *Note: The adult learner workshop is FREE.  Please encourage your learner to attend! Find more information and a full schedule of events here.