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L IT ER ACY V O LU NT EER S -A NDRO S CO GGIN
N EWS LET T ER
S U MMER 2014
OUR MISSION is to provide free, one-on-one tutoring and other educational services
to help adults in Androscoggin County acquire the basic reading, writing, and math skills they need
to enhance their lives and achieve their personal goals.
TUTOR SURVEYS INSPIRE NEW PROJECT –
YOUR IDEAS AND QUESTIONS NEEDED!
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
KAP Family Literacy
2
Tutor Corner
3
Scrabble
Word Search
Things to Do With a Child
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5
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TUTOR
TRAINING
will be held
October 2 & 3
9AM-3PM
Call 333-4785
or email
[email protected]
volunteersandro org
to register.
Or visit
www.literacyvolunteers
andro.org/Tutor.html
for information and
registration form.
Almost everyone that completed this year’s tutor survey indicated a need for an
easy way to share resources and best practices. To that end, Sally Lunt and LV-A
tutor/board member Linda Connelly are spearheading an effort to make this
happen. The first step is collecting information from tutors – both current and past
– to include in an easy to use, well organized database that can be accessed from
our website or as a paper document from the LV-A office.
Sally has also created a Facebook page for tutors to post favorite books,
materials, websites, and whatever else you
believe useful for your fellow volunteers. In
addition, questions are welcome and useful.
One of your fellow volunteers may have the
perfect suggestion for your particular
teaching conundrum, and there may be
others out there struggling with the same
issue.
None of this will work without input
from all of you. An email will be going out
within the next couple of weeks asking
about your favorite materials, as well as any creative tips that you have discovered
while working with your student. We also want to hear about areas where the
resources are falling short. This will give us starting place to research potential new
materials for the local libraries as well as our own Tutor Resource Library. In the
meantime, please feel free to post on the new Face Book page that has been created
for tutors and others that work with adult learners. Search for Literacy VolunteersAndroscoggin Tutors on Face Book and it should pop right up. Please “like” the
page so that you can receive updates as others share their questions and ideas.
As we get deeper into the project, Linda and Sally will hold gatherings to review
the work that has been done and to get your input so that we can fine-tune this
effort. All ideas and questions are welcome, and you do not need to be a tutor to
participate in this effort. We want the final product to be something that volunteers
will truly find useful on a regular basis. If you would like to help with this project,
please give us a call at 333-4785 or email [email protected]
Literacy Volunteer-Androscoggin
15 Sacred Heart Place, Auburn, ME 04210
207-333-4785, [email protected]
A Nationally Accredited Affiliate of ProLiteracy America
A United Way Partner
Tahlia Hope Chamberlain, Executive Director
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L i te r acy Vo lu n te e rs -A n d ro sc ogg in N ew s le tt e r
KNOWLEDGE AS POWER FAMILY LITERACY
A program offered by Literacy Volunteers-Androscoggin and Auburn Adult Education
KAP is a home-based family literacy program that provides one-on-one tutoring for both parents
and children. KAP is open to families in the community who want to and need to improve their
Our mission is to improve the literacy of adults, increase the school readiness of preschool children,
better the performance of school-age children acknowledge the parent as primary educator, and
SENSORY BOTTLES
Sensory Bottles are a fun learning tool that can be
made for pennies. There are a couple of versions: the
visually interesting (think “Shiny!) filled bottle and the
Eye Spy bottle.
Materials needed:
Clean, empty water bottle
All purpose white glue
Water and oil/baby oil and food coloring
or
Filler such as rice, sand, or lentils
Glitter, charms, sequins, beads, shells, ABC beads,
and/or other small unbreakable items. (Remember,
they must fit through the neck of the bottle being
used.)
Directions:
Water Bottle
Fill water bottle 1/2 full with water and 1/2 with
oil. Place drops of food coloring until the color is
as desired. Apply all-purpose white glue inside the
cap. Screw the cap tightly onto the bottle. Let dry.
Eye Spy Bottle
Fill bottle part way with filler. Add glitter or small
items. Apply all-purpose white glue inside the
cap. Screw the cap tightly onto the bottle. Let dry.
Attach an index card with a list of the items to
find.
To play:
Shake, roll, and turn the bottle to see items.
Discuss what is being seen.
Be sure to watch your child when using this or any
toy.
You can take your
RETURNABLES
to Hannaford, and
by using a Clynk bag and an LV-A tag,
Literacy Volunteers-Androscoggin
will get the benefit. FMI: call 333-4785
or email us at
[email protected]
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TUTOR CORNER
CALLING ALL TUTORS PAST AND PRESENT –
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED WITH
TUTOR RECRUITMENT
By far, tutors make the best volunteer recruiters.
You know the challenges and the joys of serving as a
tutor, and you know what kind of temperament and
skill is needed. We are hoping to reduce the long wait
for tutors, and especially need individuals that are
comfortable working with people from other countries. We are also getting many requests for assistance
with specific GED (now called the HiSet) subjects,
such as math and writing.
LV-A needs at least 30 new tutors/English conversation partners this year. If you are currently a tutor
or have served in the past and you are interested in
helping us with this effort, please give us a call at 3334785 or email: [email protected]
Do you ever shop at Amazon?
If you use smile.amazon — all your info goes right
along with you to this branch of Amazon — and
choose “Literacy Volunteers Androscoggin” as your
charity, Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your
eligible purchases to LV-A…
and we’d really appreciate that!
“Help one another;
there's no time like the present
and no present like the time.”
~James Durst
Literacy Volunteers has goal of
$200 for our end-of-summer
bottle drive.
After your family reunion,
back to school party or
Labor Day bash,
just drop off your
returnables at Roopers on
Sabattus Street in Lewiston or
Minot Avenue in Auburn
and designate the
total to LV.
Every bit helps and
we appreciate your support!
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SCRABBLE FEST 2014
The 16th Annual Scrabble Fest was held on May 18, 2014 in the Hilton Garden Inn Riverwatch’s beautiful ballroom. Katy Thompson of WMTW Channel 8 TV served as MC. Players and sponsors raised over $5,400.
Jim Handy – Gormet Cheesecake
Mountain Light Arts/Sue Reilly – Hanspun Yarn
Cilla Potter – Handmade Quilt
Ron Bosse – Watercolor print
Quiltessentials/Betsy Dorr – Handmade Quilt
Amy Guimond – Handmade bag
Special thanks to our sponsors:
WMTW Channel 8 TV
Hilton Garden Inn
Androscoggin Bank
Maine Awards/Rogue Wear
Taylor Engineering Associates
Electricity Maine
Thank you, too, to those who donated prizes, door
prizes, and volunteered:
Poland Spring Resort – Greens fees for four
Ray Potter – Handmade wooden bowl
Phil Marquis – Handmade toy chest
2014 Scrabble Fest
Winning Teams
SOCIAL
PRO
Wood’n Words
Tiletastics
Nanette Couture
Marjean D’Anjou
Diane Doak,
Sherry Maass
Diane Greene
Lisa Galarneau
Pamela Haymen
Benjamin Redmond
Rita James
Sally Wilson
Mara Teiken
Jennifer Radel
Electricity Maine
Jeff Potter
Sarah Potter
Marcela Perez
Paul Gauvreau
Tina Willard
Ray Goodwin
Jim Handy
Sharon Handy
Mary Beth Moyer
Jan O’Brien
Trena Dubois
L i te r acy Vo lu n te e rs -A n d ro sc ogg in
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Maine Word Search
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THINGS TO DO WITH A CHILD IN YOUR LIFE
Read a book about rain.
Make clay dough. Check online or at the library for a book
with recipes you can make at home for just pennies.
Use a phone book to look up the numbers for people and
organizations that you know.
“I have this belief that
children become readers
before they can read.
They become hooked
on books because they
were read aloud
to as a child.”
—
Jacqueline Wilson
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333-4785 OR EMAIL: [email protected]
Tutors are in demand!
Fall Training will be held Oct. 2 & 3.
If you are interested in being a tutor or
know someone who is, information is
available at 333-4785 or visit
www.literacyvolunteersandro.org/Tutor.html