February 2019
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February 2019

We hope you all had a wonderful start to your new year.  Many believe that the beginning of a new year is the best time to determine ways to make sure you have your best year ever.  
No matter your age or the season, it's never too late to add healthy habits to your daily routine.  For some, that may mean jump-starting an exercise regimen or eating well.  For others, it may mean a commitment to spending more quality time with family and friends.  What will you choose to live more fully and healthily all year long?  What will you do to encourage and support your learner to continue to develop health literacy skills?

The Literacy DuPage Staff

In February, we will be celebrating several cultural and national observations and holidays including Valentine's Day and President's Day.  This Tutor Newsletter edition identifies many links and resources to use with your learner around these themes.
Mentor's Tutor Tip 
from Karen Fuist 

All Levels:
February is the month for Valentine's.  Most of our learners know about the holiday.  However, it would be good to see what they know and what they want to know.  So use the KWL chart to access prior knowledge.  Worksheet #1

Levels 1-2
It's good to learn vocabulary with pictures.  These worksheets help our learners visually see the meaning of the words.  (These worksheets are from a British website.  Therefore, the word jewelry is spelled "jewellery" which is the preferred British spelling.  Please explain to your learner that in the U.S. we spell the words "jewelry."  Both spellings are correct and accepted.)  

Levels 3-4 (all of the above) 
The crossword will give our learners a chance to write the words they learned in the previous worksheets.  They will have to spell jewellery the way the British spell it in order to fit in the puzzle. 

Try to have your learner make sentences using the word "Valent ines."  Worksheet #8

Levels 5-6 (all of the above) 
Explain the words legend, fact, fiction.
Have the learner read the story silently.  Then read it aloud together and discuss any difficult words.  Let them read it again.  

The story is not complete, You can find a short cartoon video on YouTube.  Google: "The History of St. Valentine's Day."  The text of the video is Worksheet #10

The text is is written in past tense.  Using Worksheet #11 have your learner find the regular and not regular past tense verbs.

Using Worksheet #12 either have your learner write or discuss the prompt.  

Use the Hierarchy of Questions to help them make their answers longer and more interesting.  Worksheet #13

We continue to identify health literacy curriculum and related informational websites so that you have additional resources which enable you to help your learner increase and/or improve their health literacy skills.  All learners should have the opportunity with their tutor to develop a minimum of 3 health related skills this year!  We look forward to receiving your Achievement Log reports which will reflect this progress.  
Health Literacy Curriculum

Use these curriculum links for instructional materials to teach about heart health:

Use these links to increase your 
Health Literacy Awareness

Conversation Starter:
"The Internet"

Some of the conversation starters this month include questions such as ...

→ How much time do you spend on the internet?

→ Do you ever shop online?

→ What websites do you visit the most?

You can access the full conversation starter activity by clicking  here .

It's Race Time Again!
Join fellow tutors and Literacy DuPage staff by participating in Laps for Literacy - the Human Race with Literacy DuPage and Giving DuPage on Saturday, April 27, 2019 !   Registration is now open for early applicants! Visit our website to sign up to run the 5K or fitness walk for literacy!

Contact Kathleen Rusch
for more information.
Attend Annual Literacy Conference
The 28th Annual On The Road to Literacy conference, hosted by Literacy Volunteers of Illinois, will be held on March 23, 2019, on the University of Illinois Chicago campus.  Click here for conference and registration and fee information.    
This terrific conference for tutors offer 20 plus workshops in a variety of areas.  Come and learn new strategies, techniques and materials to use with your learner.   Hope to see there!