SOUTH CAROLINA DAY BY DAY FAMILY LITERACY ACTIVITY CALENDAR INFORMATION
South Carolina Day by Day is a perpetual calendar, an undated calendar beginning in September with no time-sensitive content. Schools, daycare centers, and agencies typically begin their programs in September so it is easier and more effective to start the calendar activities in conjunction with the new learning year. Each month has a theme around which books, songs, activities, health information, arts and cultural events, and family wellness information is centered. South Carolina Day by Day also highlights South Carolina: featuring state symbols, nature and historical sites, state events, represents the multiculturalism of the state, and includes original artwork by Spartanburg artist Helen Correll. For more information including new information as it becomes available, please visit the State Library’s website or http://tinyurl.com/literacy365.
Educators and Literacy Providers Form. Those requesting calendars free of charge to use in literacy programs, please use this form.
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South Carolina Day by Day Family Literacy Activity Calendar Frequently Asked Questions
What is a perpetual calendar? A perpetual calendar is an undated calendar with no time-sensitive content. The South Carolina Day by Day family literacy activity calendar is designed to be a perpetual calendar for two reasons. Families and caregivers can take time together each month and write in the numbers of the days. This is a skill-building activity: it helps with counting skills, number recognition, and learning about days and time. Second, the calendar is not dated for any particular year, so it can be used year after year. You can pencil in the dates each year and erase them when the new year starts, or you can obtain a blank calendar and write in the new dates. This design will allow the flexibility to provide a very useful tool for many years.
Why does the Calendar start in September? Schools, daycare centers, and agencies typically begin their programs in September. We think it is easier and more effective to start the calendar activities in conjunction with the new learning year.
Who will receive the Day by Day Calendar? Is there an associated cost? The calendar will be given free of charge to families who meet the guidelines for the targeted audience: Families with one or more children under the age of 7, who come from low income or low literacy backgrounds, or who have very limited resources in their community. The Calendar is intended to stimulate family reading activities and increase skills for emerging readers, for those who are currently disadvantaged in this regard. Calendars will always be available free of charge to those who use them for literacy and education purposes for as long as supplies last.
Who is responsible for the Day by Day Calendar? The Calendar is a project of the South Carolina State Library, working in partnership with many agencies, and primarily funded by a Library Services and Technology grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The State Library is the project coordinator and will handle distribution of the calendar. The Project Manager is Denise Lyons and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-734-6061.
Will you ever create a new, differently-designed calendar? We will continue to produce the current design of the calendar without dates so that we can print more copies throughout the year and distribute them to more South Carolina families. In future, we may create different art and content for new editions of the calendar.
Are you planning to print the Day by Day Calendar in Spanish or bilingually? The Spanish calendar is available. Any educators interested in a Spanish language version can indicate that on the request form. There is also a Spanish version available for print in PDF on the website (http://daybydaysc.org/About/print-version).
How can our library or organization obtain more copies for distribution? Calendars will always be available free of charge to those who use them for literacy and education purposes for as long as supplies last. Calendars can be purchased through the South Carolina State Library Foundation, www.scslfoundation.org.
What if we would like to provide the calendar to our Summer Reading participants? Your Friends of the Library group or other donor may be interested in funding a special printing of the calendar for your library system’s Summer Reading 2010 participants. Please contact Denise Lyons at email@example.com.
Can people from out-of-state order the Day by Day Calendar? We regret that we cannot accommodate requests from outside South Carolina. However, the PDF version is available on the State Library site (http://daybydaysc.org/About/print-version). The online interactive version is also available at www.daybydaysc.org.
I would love to order a personal copy of the Day by Day Calendar – can they be purchased? At this time we cannot sell the calendar but this may be possible later on. Please check this wiki frequently for updates. We hope to have more information by late September 2009.
How will the calendars be delivered to libraries and agencies? Libraries will receive calendars (packed in a box containing 50 calendars) through IMS delivery. Other agencies will receive them through their headquarters. Other identified groups can make arrangements to pick them up at the State Library. Please arrange with Flora at 803-734-8666.
Who are the partners in the Day by Day Calendar Project? The South Carolina State Library is grateful to the many agencies and individuals who came on board to support the project. Agency logos are reproduced on the final page of the calendar. The Institute for Museum and Library Services provided the grant money for our design and printing. Other benefactors include the South Carolina State Library Foundation, Friends of South Carolina Libraries (FOSCL), The Humanities Council of South Carolina, and Walsma & Lyons, Inc. The State Library wishes to thank our partners: The School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina, South Carolina First Steps, Reach out and Read, the South Carolina Center for Children’s Books and Literacy, the Produce for Better Health Foundation, the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environment Control, the South Carolina Department of Education, the South Carolina Commission on Minority Affairs, the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, the Certified S.C. Grown Program and the South Carolina Department of Parks and Recreation. We also appreciate the support of South Carolina ETV, Richland County Public Library’s “Growing Readers” Program, South Carolina Recreation & Parks Association, the South Carolina National Heritage Coordinator, and the City of Cayce, S.C.
Adult Literacy Resources
- National Assessment of Adult Literacy Statistics for the 1993 and 2003 surveys on adult literacy by state and county.
- National Institute for Literacy - Research Papers
- American Library Association list of resources about adult literacy
- National Commission on Adult Literacy
Early Literacy Resources
Materials for EveryDay Literacy: presented by ECRR Trainer Susan Bard
Family Literacy Resources
What is Family Literacy?
Essentially, it’s a practical solution that addresses the root of devastating social problems: low literacy rates and poverty.
The family literacy approach offers whole families educational opportunities so that every member is able to improve literacy and life skills. It is based upon the simple, but powerful premise that parents and children learn best when learning together. The benefits span generations: both parents and their children build essential skills to learn and compete in today’s economy.
Breaking it down, literacy is the catalyst that inspires families and communities to raise the achievement bar. Families act as the conduit for long lasting, meaningful change. By intertwining these two concepts, NCFL has developed a winning strategy to work with families, communities and dedicated partners that brings about change to ensure that parents and children achieve their goals for success.
Time and again, family literacy proves to break down other barriers to success, such as poverty, unemployment, poor health and inadequate housing. When parents struggle with literacy and basic life skills, their children have fewer chances for success. Family literacy reverses this destructive cycle by giving families the tools they need to thrive today, and most importantly, by helping them educate generations of tomorrow. (http://www.famlit.org/ncfl-and-family-literacy/what-is-family-literacy)
Remember a Family Literacy program should have 4 components: 1.Adult Education 2.Children's Education 3.Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time 4.Parent Time