Thanks to our fabulous tutors, we have a number of new resources in the Adult Literacy Library!

  • Betsy and Bonnie each contributed a number of fabulous worksheets to the Homework Sharing Binder located under the Wilson materials.  (The index at the front of the binder does not yet reflect these additions, so make sure to flip through the binder to see what’s new.)  Also – Betsy writes about her contributions in the previous blog post, so check that out, too!
  • Karen recently donated more than 20 books, including Elijah of Buxton; Bud, Not Buddy; Fantastic Mr. Fox; Stone Fox; Rosa Parks; The Brown Condor: The True Adventures of John C. Robinson; Jackie Robinson; Spacebusters: The Race to the Moon; Eruption!  The Story of Volcanoes; Journey of a Humpback Whale; Tiger Tales and Big Cat Stories; Growl! A Book about Bears; Fluffy Goes Apple Picking; The Secret of Foghory Island; Horse Heroes; Earthquakes and other natural disasters; Shark Attack!; and others that are still on their way.  Wow!
  • Sarah (Bell) recently donated copies of Wilson Student Workbooks (A & B) for Steps 1-6.  We are keeping them in our office in case the library copies are not available when a tutor needs to make some copies.  Just see a staff member if you need to grab one to make some quick copies.  Great (and generous) idea, Sarah!
  • Pushti – AC Member and Volunteer – has just created two huge binders of resources from the Florida Center for Reading Research.  The worksheets and games cover all aspects of reading – alphabetics (phonemic awareness, phonics, and sight word recognition), fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.  The resources are organized by reading component and level.  Fortunately, there are a number of great worksheets and games perfectly suited to supplement our Wilson and Megawords materials.  While they were created for primary and secondary school students, most will work just as well for adults.
  • One of our partner nonprofits, the Augustine Project, shared a number of phonics games that can be used to supplement our Wilson materials.  They are located in the file box on the library book check-out table (under the window).  We will be adding more games as we find/create them.

We will continue to add new items to our library, so keep checking the shelves and this blog for updates.  And if you know someone itching to make a book donation, please send them the link to our online wishlist, which contains a growing list of desired books (with links to publisher sites).

Many thanks to all!!!

Homework Sharing

March 28, 2010

Hi fellow tutors,

I am tutoring a wonderful student named Rufus who is at Wilson Level 1.2A, and wanted to let you other tutors know that I recently put some things in the Homework Sharing Notebook (in the Library) that I’ve worked on with Rufus.  The first thing is a lot of sentences I’ve come up with for reading and dictation.  I’ve found the ones in the Wilson books great, but needed more, so I’ve written some, and thought I’d share them.  Sight words are in red and vocabulary words are in black.  I also got an idea for homework from the notebook of scrambling sentences and letting Rufus try to unscramble them (thanks, Rebecca!)  Well, he loved doing this and asked for more of those.  So I wrote out more of those and put those in the notebook, too.

I think if we all take a few minutes now and then to run off a copy of some of the more successful homework sheets we’ve come up with, we could save each other some time.  There are lots of good ideas in that notebook!

Betsy Dain

What we’re reading

January 25, 2010

The most popular* novels and books at the Durham Literacy Center are:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. (The Activist Series by Grassroots Press)
  • Harriet Tubman (The Activist Series by Grassroots Press)
  • Nelson Mandela (The Activist Series by Grassroots Press)
  • Because of Wynn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  • The Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
  • Stone Fox by John Gardiner
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • Indigo Summer by Monica McKayhan
  • Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman

* Based on library checkouts; the use of books during lessons; and feedback from students.

Books officially checked out of the DLC library by students since August 2009 include:

August 2009

  • Indigo Summer by Monica McKayhan
  • Trouble Follows by Monica McKayan (Durham Library)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. (The Activist Series by Grassroots Press)

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