Courtesy of Nancy Calcagno
NOTES FROM THE CHAIR
Dear Volunteers and Friends,
Those downright hot summer days are here. Finding
air-conditioned places to work and play is a priority, at least for
The Literacy Council is officially Homeless. Our
library space at the Teresa McCormick Center at the Harry and David
campus had to be vacated as TMC is expanding their services. Our
thanks to Ashley and Amy for all their generous assistance over the
last year. Our volunteers can still request instruction materials
via phone or email.
The Council has had a few new students sign up.
Fortunately, a few new tutors signed up, too. I'm working with two
new students who want to improve their math skills in Algebra. We
have a couple preparing for citizenship testing. Another will soon
sign up for ESL lessons. We have volunteers awaiting the paperwork.
What a well-oiled machine we have.
Please let your friends know that volunteering for
the Literacy Council is a great way to share their ability to read.
The motto "Each One Teach One" means anyone who has a skill can
share that knowledge with another. It's a simple
way to keep the wheel of progress turning.
Keep cool and enjoy those summer thunder
We offer individualized tutoring for Basic Reading,
GED, ESL, Workforce Development Classes, and Citizenship. Our Workforce Development class offers training in
Microsoft Office and Résumé Building.
If you know of anyone who might benefit from our
program, please let them know about our services. The Literacy
Council serves all of Jackson County.
WE CAN HELP YOU
If you are struggling, or know of someone who is
struggling with English skills or reading, we have tutors available for your
individual attention, free (at no charge to you).
We help adults learn reading,
writing, English, as well as earning a GED, becoming a citizen,
improving your job skills, pass a driver's test, computer skills,
and more. Call us at (541) 531-0166.
"To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable
that is spelled out is a spark.”
YOU CAN HELP US
We are currently in need of more tutors. If you are
interested in becoming a volunteer, we would love to hear from
A tutor will typically spend one or two sessions per
week with an adult learner. These sessions usually run 60 to 90
minutes long. A tutor and an adult learner often work together for 6
months to 2 years.
There are no credentials required. Simply
attend free training sessions and learn how to be an effective
tutor! "When one teaches, two
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself
in the service of others. "
Literacy Council of Jackson
P.O. Box 615
Medford, OR 97501
LITERACY COUNCIL OF
------------------------------------------- Bob Burger
Placement ------------------------------------- Liz
1. If your student is learning
a new language in our Country, consider purchasing a sticker book of
the United States and a book of fun facts about the states. Each
week learn about a new state, including their capital, trees,
flowers, state birds, insects, cities, rivers,
2. Use tongue twisters as a fun way
for students to practice making difficult sounds, or sounds they are
not used to making in their own languages. Simply Google "tongue
twisters" for examples.
3. Suggest to your student to watch Sesame
Street for help in the English language. They use visual examples,
descriptive language, and acting out to get their message
4. Create a family tree to help
generate conversation. Write sentences and eventually stories from
5. Use a tape recorder or smart phone to
record your student's reading. Have them repeat after you, as this
is a good way to practice inflection, intonation, and
6. Create some flash cards
(you can use address labels from your word processor) with
words and definitions, or with vocabulary and
7. Encourage your student to use index or
Post-It notes to label things around the house, or to practice
memorizing and pronouncing words.
8. Bring in some lyrics of their favorite
songs and go over the words together. A fun way to practice words at
home, as the music helps reduce stress and
9. Be sure to wait 6 or 7 seconds
after asking your student a question to allow the student to
process. Wait time is important, as processing needs to
10. I've had great success with my students
playing word games, such as "Scrabble" or "Words with Friends." The
student gains confidence as their game improves.
11. Some tutors use virtual tutoring with Skype or
FaceTime to stay in touch and practice with their students when one
of them is away or unable to keep an appointment. This provides
continuity and consistency that the students need to maintain and
increase their skill levels.
12. Comics from the
newspaper are good conversation starters. They are short and can lead to a
story starter for the student to write about.
Some ideas were borrowed from Oakland Literacy
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE
Currently, The Literacy Council of Jackson County is
looking for a new home. We are in need of an in-kind donation for
office space, large enough to fit our library, desk, and space for
Throughout the years, several organizations have
been very generous in helping us succeed by offering us a place to
call home. These include: Rogue Federal Credit Union, The Gordon
Elwood Foundation, and the Teresa McCormick Center.
This is a great opportunity for a business that has
extra space available and could benefit from a tax write-off. Not
only would it benefit your business, but it would benefit those
people in Jackson County that need help in succeeding in the job
market and in the community.
Please contact us at (541) 531-0166 if you are
interested in donating a space.
A fun learning game would be to create a scavenger
hunt for your student. Using the current words that you are
teaching, hide some clues around the place you are tutoring. This
could be indoors or outdoors. Start the student out with a clue of a
single word or several words on a piece of paper describing where to
find the next clue. Once the last clue is found by the student, you
might have some type of a prize waiting.
Not only is the student challenged to find the
prize, but it is also a fun way to have the student put the words
they are learning into action. For some ideas about Scavenger Hunts,
you can do a Google search to find some creative ideas.
The Literacy Council's sole support is through
donations. As our funds are dwindling, we are in need of your help.
We are a non-profit organization, and all donations are tax
deductible. We appreciate your support!
Here are the 37 most common phonograms and some of
the 500 words they make up. Remember that although this list
contains only one-syllable words, these phonograms will help
students decode longer words, too.
cab, lab, blab, crab,
flab, grab, scab, slab, stab
back, pack, quack, rack,
black, crack, shack, snack, stack, track
bag, rag, tag, brag,
fail, mail, jail, nail,
pail, rail, sail, tail, snail, trail
main, pain, rain, brain,
chain, drain, grain, plain, Spain, sprain, stain, train
bake, cake, fake, lake,
make, quake, rake, take, wake, brake, flake, shake,
ham, Sam, clam, slam,
can, fan, man, pan, ran,
tan, van, bran, plan, than
bank, sank, yank, blank,
crank, drank, thank
cap, lap, map, nap, rap,
tap, clap, flap, scrap, slap, snap, strap, trap, wrap
bat, cat, fat, hat, mat,
rat, sat, brat, chat, flat, spat, that
day, may, pay, say, clay,
play, pray, spray, stay, tray
feed, need, seed, weed,
bleed, freed, greed, speed
bell, fell, sell, tell,
well, yell, shell, smell, spell, swell
best, guest, nest, pest,
rest, test, vest, west, chest, crest
dew, few, knew, new,
kick, lick, pick, quick,
sick, brick, chick, click, stick, thick, trick
knight, light, might,
night, right, sight, tight, bright, flight, fright,
fill, hill, pill, will,
chill, drill, grill, skill, spill, thrill
bin, fin, pin, sin, win,
chin, grin, shin, skin, spin, thin, twin
fine, line, mine, nine,
pine, vine, wine, shine, spine, whine
king, ring, sing, wing,
bring, cling, spring, sting, string, swing, thing
link, pink, sink, wink,
blink, drink, shrink, stink, think
dip, hip, lip, rip, sip,
tip, chip, clip, drip, flip, grip, ship, skip, strip, trip,
knob, mob, rob, blob,
knock, lock, dock, rock,
sock, block, clock, frock, shock, stock
cop, hop, mop, pop, top,
chop, crop, drop, flop, plop, shop, stop
bore, more, sore, tore,
wore, chore, score, shore, snore, store
got, dot, hot, knot, lot,
not, plot, shot, spot
grout, scout, shout,
cow, how, now, brow,
buck, duck, luck, cluck,
gum, hum, drum, plum,
junk, chunk, drunk,
shrunk, stunk, trunk
by, my, cry, dry, fly,
fry, shy, sky, spy, try, why