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Life Skills for Adult Learners

The internet can be intimidating and it’s not always easy to know what websites are trustworthy. With a mission to “ensure that every person, regardless of income and location, can maximize the power of technology to improve the quality of his or her life and enter the economic mainstream,” the Beehive is a safe way for you and your adult learner to explore topics online including money, health, employment, schooling and housing. Check it out at www.thebeehive.org.

Tutors: Reporting Volunteer Hours Online

It is very important that tutors in our literacy program report their volunteer time with us each month. Tutors can report their volunteer hours online. Volunteer hours to count for reporting purposes include tutoring time, preparation and travel time. To find the monthly report form from the library's homepage, start at http://www.tulsalibrary.org/, then hover  over--but don’t click-- on the INTERESTS button (near the top). You will see the choice for LITERACY in the first column.

Going Green in 2013: Literacy Office to Email Bulletins

In an effort to be more green, the Literacy Office has started emailing our thrice-yearly newsletter Lit Bits to tutors and adult learners.  We also email a monthly bulletin to tutors called Literacy Online which discusses important dates for the month (library closings, in-service classes for tutors and learners, etc.).  If you haven’t been receiving the monthly Literacy Online email, it’s likely we don’t have your current email address on file. 

January Book Club Selection: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

While the Book Club won’t meet in December, there is a book that your adult learner can begin reading for the next meeting in January (it’s a little longer than our typical books, hence two months to read it).  The book for January’s meeting is Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.  This is the second installment of Collins’ Huger Games series, and follows our heroine Katniss Everdeen after she won The Hunger Games, and now finds herself the unwitting spokesperson of a potential rebellion against the Capitol.  We ha

Pig or Big? Tips for Letter or Word Inversions and Reversals

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Many learners struggle to discriminate between similar letters and words.  They may demonstrate reversals or inversions while reading.  Observe which letters and words with which your learner struggles and create the following activity to help improve visual discrimination:  

Ask the learner to circle the words that are the same.  Note: the word choices may be "nonsense" words.  

Examples: herb    herp    herd    herb    nerb    pig    big    pid    pip    pin    was    maw    saw    was    mas

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