Edmonton Literacy Programs

Connect Society’s Literacy Program offers adult and family literacy programs to individuals who are Deaf or have a child with a hearing loss

Family Literacy Programs

The Family Literacy Program provides home and centre based activities that promote early literacy and social interaction skills for children. A resource lending library is available to parents. All family literacy groups are run without any cost to the families participating thanks to our funding from Advanced Education.

LAPS Literacy - Registration Open Now

LAPS Sessions have been designed to strengthen parent relationships with their children, enhance learners own literacy skills, and provide skills to help them assist their children’s language and literacy skill development. Children will be in a separate, but close classroom having fun while learning sign language through play.

This program is geared towards parents/caregivers and is open to families participating in the Early Invention Program (EIP), Early Childhood preschool (ECS) and the Family Support Program.

This group is offered once a week for 4-6 weeks with 1.5 hour sessions and runs once a year as needed.

 

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ASL Parent Child Mother Goose

The ASL Parent-Child Mother Goose Program focuses on language interaction using American Sign Language (ASL) handshapes, rhymes, and visual poetry.  It uses the principles of the Mother Goose Program to foster parent child bonding, eye contact, language interaction and communication.

This program is specifically designed for Deaf and hard of hearing parents or parents whose children are deaf or learning ASL.

This program typically runs in the Spring. It is offered once a week for 7-10 weeks with 1 hour for each session.

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Lunch and Learn Program

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Books for Babies

Books for Babies is a group for parents and their babies that promotes parents sharing books with their babies on a daily basis.  Parents learn various ways to support their child’s early literacy and language experiences.

This group is geared towards babies and is open to families participating in the Early Invention Program (EIP), parents with younger siblings of children attending the Early Childhood Services (ECS) preschool and Deaf parents who have babies.

This program runs either in the Winter or the Spring as needed. It is offered once a week for 4-6 weeks with 1 hour for each session.

Rhymes That Bind

Rhymes That Bind is an oral language developmental group where parents learn to enjoy rhymes, finger plays, and songs with simple movements with their children.

This group is geared towards parents whose children are part of either the Early Invention Program (EIP), Early Childhood preschool (ECS) or Family Support.

This group is offered once a week for 8-10 weeks with 1 hour each session. This program runs once a year depending on need.

Read and Sign

Read and Sign is a program developing early literacy using sign language.  In 4-6 weeks parents can learn to read a selection of books to their child using ASL. Parents/caregivers will also have the chance to participate in an activity or craft with their child related to the book they are learning to sign.

This group is geared towards parents whose children are part of either the Early Invention Program (EIP), Early Childhood preschool (ECS) or Family Support.

This group is offered once a week for 4-6 weeks with 1.5 hour sessions and runs yearly as needed.

Adult Literacy Programs

Adult Literacy programs support adult learners to gain foundational skills and improve their literacy skills.  All Adult literacy groups are offered at a low cost to the adults participating thanks to our funding from Advanced Education.

Connect Cooks Collective Kitchen

A partnership between Connect Society Literacy Program and the YMCA Family Resource Center offers a collective kitchen specifically designed for Deaf and Hard of Hearing adults. This group involves coming to the YMCA weekly to cook healthy meals together. Prices for the group are paid monthly.

This group runs 12 week cycles in the fall, winter and spring. (Registration is ongoing).

ASL Learners Licence Preparation

This class will prepare you to write your Learner’s Licence exam. Adults interested in learning the information in the manual for the Class 7 Learners Licence can participate in a classroom environment, learning through activities, visuals, and discussions. It is taught in ASL by an experienced instructor.

This class runs yearly, typically in the spring.

Contacting the Program

Marilyn Calkins

Marilyn Calkins

Literacy Coordinator

Edmonton

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Contact Us

We would love to hear from you! Below you will find contact information for Connect Society. Feel free to contact us either by phone, e-mail, or through our online contact form at the bottom of this page.

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Reception Hours

Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

General Inquiries

Telephone/TTY:
Edmonton (780) 454-9581
Calgary (403) 828-1937

Text:

Edmonton (587) 921-3478
Calgary (403) 828-1937

Fax:
(780) 447-5820

Edmonton Address

6240 – 113 Street

Edmonton, Alberta  T6H 3L2

Calgary Address

4631 85 Street NW

Calgary, Alberta  T3B 2R8

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