Literacy

Literacy is very simply defined as the ability to read and write, as well as use arithmetic. Over time, the term literacy has expanded, and now typically also refers to the ability to use and understand numbers, images, computers, or other means of language and communication. For instance, a person who is not very comfortable using a computer may refer to themselves as not being “Computer Literate”. Literacy skills are acquired - meaning they must be learned. According to the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network, 42% of Canadian adults between the ages of 16 and 65 have low literacy skills, and less than 20% of people with the lowest literacy skills are employed. Help for low literacy is available, and some Canadian government funding is available to pay for certain programs. Are you struggling with your own ability to read or write? Or are you looking for literacy programs and services for friends, family, co-workers or students in your neighbourhood or community? The Kinjunxion network can help.

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Vegetable Literacy

Cooking and Gardening with Twelve Families from the Edible Plant Kingdom, withover 300 Deliciously Simple Recipes

In her latest cookbook, Deborah Madison, America's leading authority on vegetarian cooking and author of Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, reveals the surprising relationships between vegetables, edible flowers, and herbs within the same botanical families, and how understanding these connections can help home cooks see everyday vegetables in new light. Destined to become the new standard reference for cooking vegetables, Vegetable Literacy, by revered chef Deborah Madison, shows cooks that vegetables within the same family, because of their shared characteristics, can be used interchangeably in cooking. For example, knowing that dill, chervil, cumin, parsley, coriander, anise, and caraway come from the umbellifer family makes it clear why they're such good matches for carrots, also an umbel. With stunning images from the team behind Canal House cookbooks and website, and 150 classic and exquisitely simple recipes, such as Savoy Cabbage on Rye Toast with GruyèreCheese; Carrots with Caraway Seed, Garlic, and Parsley; and Pan-fried Sunchokes with Walnut Sauce and Sunflower Sprouts; Madison brings this wealth of information together in dishes that highlight a world of complementary flavors.

Cultural Literacy

What Every American Needs to Know

Argues that American children are deprived of cultural literacy

Literacy, Language and Learning:The Nature and Consequences of Reading and Writing

Literacy is an important concern of contemporary societies. This book offers a comprehensive survey of recent efforts to understand the nature of written language and its role in cognition and in social and intellectual life. The authors represent a wide range of disciplines - cognitive psychology, linguistics, anthropology, sociology, education, history and philosophy - and address a wide range of questions. Is literacy a decisive factor in historical and cultural change? Does it alter the mental and social lives of individuals? If so how and via what mechanisms? Does learning to read and write change children's speech, thought or orientation to language? What are children and adults learning when they acquire literate skills? Are there differences - linguistic, psychological and functional - between speaking and writing? And are there differences between oral and written languages?

Spiritual Literacy

Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life

A treasury of inspirational readings, accompanied by personal reflections and meditations, features works by Helen Keller, Barbara Kingsolver, Thomas Aquinas, and others on such themes as nature, relationships, creativity, and work

Food Literacy

Key concepts for health and education

Globally, the food system and the relationship of the individual to that system, continues to change and grow in complexity. Eating is an everyday event that is part of everyone’s lives. There are many commentaries on the nature of these changes to what, where and how we eat and their socio-cultural, environmental, educational, economic and health consequences. Among this discussion, the term "food literacy" has emerged to acknowledge the broad role food and eating play in our lives and the empowerment that comes from meeting food needs well. In this book, contributors from Australia, China, United Kingdom and North America provide a review of international research on food literacy and how this can be applied in schools, health care settings and public education and communication at the individual, group and population level. These varying perspectives will give the reader an introduction to this emerging concept. The book gathers current insights and provides a platform for discussion to further understanding and application in this field. It stimulates the reader to conceptualise what food literacy means to their practice and to critically review its potential contribution to a range of outcomes.

Kitchen Literacy

How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes from and Why We Need to Get It Back

Ask children where food comes from, and they’ll probably answer: “the supermarket.” Ask most adults, and their replies may not be much different. Where our foods are raised and what happens to them between farm and supermarket shelf have become mysteries. How did we become so disconnected from the sources of our breads, beef, cheeses, cereal, apples, and countless other foods that nourish us every day? Ann Vileisis’s answer is a sensory-rich journey through the history of making dinner. Kitchen Literacy takes us from an eighteenth-century garden to today’s sleek supermarket aisles, and eventually to farmer’s markets that are now enjoying a resurgence. Vileisis chronicles profound changes in how American cooks have considered their foods over two centuries and delivers a powerful statement: what we don’t know could hurt us. As the distance between farm and table grew, we went from knowing particular places and specific stories behind our foods’ origins to instead relying on advertisers’ claims. The woman who raised, plucked, and cooked her own chicken knew its entire life history while today most of us have no idea whether hormones were fed to our poultry. Industrialized eating is undeniably convenient, but it has also created health and environmental problems, including food-borne pathogens, toxic pesticides, and pollution from factory farms. Though the hidden costs of modern meals can be high, Vileisis shows that greater understanding can lead consumers to healthier and more sustainable choices. Revealing how knowledge of our food has been lost and how it might now be regained, Kitchen Literacy promises to make us think differently about what we eat.

Literacy in Traditional Societies

An examination of the importance of writing on the development of different societies.

Literacy

What Works?

Sue Palmer and Pie Corbett are the best-known names in Primary Literacy. This book distils their vast experience, and the experience of five years of the Literacy Strategy. Enables the reader to discover 'how to really teach with what really works'.

Lead with Literacy

A Pirate Leader's Guide to Developing a Culture of Readers

Literacy

An Introduction to the Ecology of Written Language

This introduction to the expanding field of literacy studies has been fully revised for the second edition. It explores recent developments and new research that has contributed to our understanding of literacy practices, reflecting on the interdisciplinary growth of the study of reading and writing over the past decade. An introductory textbook on the growing field of literacy studies, fully updated for the new edition Includes new sections detailing recent completed studies of literacy practices, and the use of new technologies Distinguishes between the competing definitions of literacy in contemporary society, and examines the language and learning theories which underpin new views of literacy Now features additional material on cross-cultural perspectives, US-based examples, and information detailing current educational policy.

Ecological Literacy

Education and the Transition to a Postmodern World

The most important discoveries of the 20th century exist not in the realm of science, medicine, or technology, but rather in the dawning awareness of the earth’s limits and how those limits will affect human evolution. Humanity has reached a crossroad where various ecological catastrophes meet what some call sustainable development. While a great deal of attention has been given to what governments, corporations, utilities, international agencies, and private citizens can do to help in the transition to sustainability, little thought has been given to what schools, colleges, and universities can do. Ecological Literacy asks how the discovery of finiteness affects the content and substance of education. Given the limits of the earth, what should people know and how should they learn it?

Jewish Literacy Revised Ed

The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People, and Its History

What does it mean to be a Jew? How does one begin to answer so extensive a question? In this insightful and completely updated tome, esteemed rabbi and bestselling author Joseph Telushkin helps answer the question of what it means to be a Jew, in the largest sense. Widely recognized as one of the most respected and indispensable reference books on Jewish life, culture, tradition, and religion, Jewish Literacy covers every essential aspect of the Jewish people and Judaism. In 352 short and engaging chapters, Rabbi Telushkin discusses everything from the Jewish Bible and Talmud to Jewish notions of ethics to antisemitism and the Holocaust; from the history of Jews around the world to Zionism and the politics of a Jewish state; from the significance of religious traditions and holidays to how they are practiced in daily life. Whether you want to know more about Judaism in general or have specific questions you'd like answered, Jewish Literacy is sure to contain the information you need. Rabbi Telushkin's expert knowledge of Judaism makes the updated and revised edition of Jewish Literacy an invaluable reference. A comprehensive yet thoroughly accessible resource for anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of Judaism, Jewish Literacy is a must for every Jewish home.

Monetary Literacy

information literacy

Hamilton Literacy Council

Provides basic training (equivalent to grades 1 through 5) in reading, writing, math and computer to English-speaking adults.

Hamilton Literacy Council - Literacy and Basic Skills

Offers services to develop literacy, numeracy, and essential skills to assist participants in transitioning to employment, apprenticeship, secondary-school credit, post-secondary education, or independence.

Literacy South Halton - Literacy and Basic Skills, Burlington Head Office - Burlington Head Office

Literacy and basic skills training, including numeracy, digital, communication and interpersonal skills
* volunteer tutors are trained in the internationally recognized Laubach method and then matched with a student
* helps learners prepare for employment, apprenticeship, secondary school credit, post-secondary education and greater independence

Adult computer courses
* 8 week computer instruction for adults with little or no computer skills
* improve job search skills and participate in hands-on exercises

Call for more information or to register call 905-845-1157 ext 101

Centre for Skills Development - Doorways - Literacy and Basic Skills - Burlington - South Service Rd

Literacy and basic skills training, including numeracy, digital, communication and interpersonal skills * helps learners prepare for employment, apprenticeship, secondary school credit, post-secondary education and greater independence

* participants work at their own pace
* small-group setting

Mohawk College - Literacy and Basic Skills - Rm J016

Literacy and basic skills training, including numeracy, digital, communication and interpersonal skills * helps learners prepare for employment, apprenticeship, secondary-school credit, post-secondary education and greater independence


Collège Boréal - Literacy and Basic Skills - Hamilton Central

Literacy, numeracy and essential skills services to assist in transitioning to employment

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board - Continuing Education at King William – Literacy and Basic Skills - King William Learning Centre

Literacy, numeracy and essential skills services to assist in transitioning to employment, apprenticeship, secondary-school credit, post-secondary education or independence.

YMCA of Hamilton, Burlington, and Brantford - Literacy and Basic Skills - Burlington - Central Public School

Literacy and basic skills training, including numeracy, digital, communication and interpersonal skills * helps learners prepare for employment, apprenticeship, secondary-school credit, post-secondary education and greater independence

* participants work at own pace towards employment, education or personal goals, in a supportive, comfortable learning environment
* free assessment service
* daytime and evening classes
* this is an Employment Ontario Program funded by the Ontario government

Also academic upgrading services to help individuals develop the necessary skills for entry into college-based post-secondary education and training programs (such as apprenticeship).

St. Charles Adult and Continuing Education - Literacy and Basic Skills - Hamilton Mountain East - 150 East 5th St

Literacy, numeracy, and essential skills services to assist in transitioning to employment, apprenticeship, secondary-school credit, post-secondary education or independence.

Collège Boréal - Literacy and Basic Skills - Hamilton Central

Literacy, numeracy and essential skills services to assist in transitioning to employment

St. Charles Adult and Continuing Education - Literacy and Basic Skills and Academic Upgrading at Main St E - Hamilton East - 770 Main St

Literacy, numeracy and essential skills services to assist in transitioning to employment, apprenticeship, secondary-school credit, post-secondary education or independence

Visiting office for St. Charles LBS Program located at 196 Wentworth Street North, Hamilton, ON, L8L 5V7. Primary contact: Christine Hendrie LBS & Site Supervisor, Phone: 905-525-2268 Ext 2440, Fax: 905-526-9151, Email: hendriec@hwcdsb.ca

St. Charles Adult and Continuing Education - Literacy and Basic Skills, Hamilton East - 60 Barlake Ave - Hamilton East - 60 Barlake Ave

Literacy, numeracy and essential skills services to assist in transitioning to employment, apprenticeship, secondary-school credit, post-secondary education or independence.