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Food and Family Literacy

Food and Family Literacy: Alphabet Soup, a recent post on the Columbia Alliance for Literacy blog, demonstrates the great fit between preparing food, eating meals and learning together as a family. Family mealtimes support children’s development, including the development of literacy skills.  The following video describes the benefits of creating a culture of learning at… Read more

It’s Throwback Thursday!

What’s “Throwback  Thursday”? On social media, weekly themes for each day of the week (Tech Tuesdays, Follow Fridays, etc.) have become popular trends. Thursdays have become known for posting interesting (and many times, humorous) retro content – the predominant hashtag for this day is “#TBT.” Here’s our take on #TBT!  Do you have a learner… Read more

What’s Wrong with this Photo?

WorkSafeBC publishes a magazine every six months, and every issue of WorkSafe Magazine has a ‘What’s wrong with this photo?’ contest. The photo has been staged to show a number of hazards or dangerous work habits in a specific work environment. The challenge is to find as many hazards as you can. Try the current… Read more

Aboriginal PALS Training

Summer 2015 Nanaimo & Central Vancouver Island Training Event PALS (Parents as Literacy Supporters) is a family literacy program that gives parents and caregivers new strategies to encourage learning in their preschool and kindergarten-aged children. In consultation with Elders and other Aboriginal community leaders, PALS has been adapted for Aboriginal communities. This full-day training for… Read more

Community Adult Literacy Benchmark Crosswalk

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Find the Community Adult Literacy Benchmark Crosswalk for practitioners here, in PDF form for you to download and print.

Digital Spring Cleaning

Now that we’ve had the official first day of Spring, it’s time to think about spring cleaning and that includes digital spring cleaning. Like all kinds of spring cleaning, one of the first steps is to get rid of digital clutter.  Putting an End to Digital Clutter is a brief guide to help you start… Read more

Dogs and reading

Today is National Puppy Day, a good time to remember how some puppies can grow up and play a role in supporting children’s literacy. Learn how a canine literacy specialist works in a preschool classroom in Sit, Stay, Read: Improving Literacy Skills Using Dogs!  This article includes advice if you’re thinking of adding a dog… Read more

Unplug & Play

From March 23 to 29, Canadian families are invited to Unplug & Play. This Participaction campaign encourages families to disconnect from electronics for at least an hour a day and get outside and play. The following resources are available to help parents: Unplug & Play calendar – a week’s worth of ideas for family play… Read more

World Poetry Day

Saturday, March 21st, is World Poetry Day.  It recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.  And it is also meant to encourage a return to the oral tradition of poetry recital, to promote the teaching of poetry, and support linguistic diversity through poetic expression. Poetry slams are… Read more

FLLAME – New Financial Literacy Courses

FLLAME – Financial Literacy and Learning for Aboriginals Means Empowerment – is a new series of financial literacy Moodle courses developed by the Ontario Native Literacy Coalition in partnership with the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network. It was developed to holistically and culturally provide the most up-to-date information that impacts on course participants’ knowledge, skills,… Read more