This manual is designed to help community groups organize a “1-2-3 Rhyme with Me” program, a weekly interactive session for parents and their young children. The goals of the program are to help parents gain confidence as they improve their parenting skills. That, in turn, helps them support their children’s learning and literacy.
The authors include instructions for finding a location, setting a budget and overcoming barriers to participation.
The authors have also included a wide selection of rhymes and songs, organized by theme.
Authors: NWT Literacy Council
This booklet is aimed at parents and caregivers who want to use talking, rhyming and singing to help children build strong language skills. The authors have included dozens of rhymes and songs, many with suggestions for actions to accompany them.
For a copy of a CD containing the songs, please contact the Council.
Authors: Money Mentors
This fact sheet is one of a series prepared by Money Mentors, a non-profit credit counselling and money management organization based in Alberta.
This document includes tips for spending less in a variety of situations, including saving money on household bills; avoiding impulse purchases; and finding things for free. For instance, the authors point out that in addition to books, libraries have collections of DVDs and CDs available for borrowers.
Authors: Michael Eden Reynolds, Joanna Lilley, Khâ sha, Ann MacDonald, Jamella Hagen, K. J. Munro, Larry Bagnell, Patricia Robertson, Christine Hakim, Joe Zucchiatti, Erling Friis-Baastad, Clea Roberts
This document was published by the Yukon Literacy Council (YLC) to launch a seasonal literacy campaign featuring the work of 12 local poets. During the campaign, which ran from November 30 to December 21, 2012, the poems were read on the local radio station and appeared in the local newspaper.
Members of the public were encouraged to download a poem to post at home and work, then let the YLC know by email or via Facebook that they had done so. They then had an opportunity to win prizes.
The 12 poems in the collection showcase a variety of styles and themes, though many of them reflect the experience of living in Canada’s northern region.
Authors: Diane McCargar
This software review from CONNECT describes The 2000 Canadian Encyclopedia Student Edition. This program is a multimedia resource containing a vast source of information about Canada.
Volume 1: Southern Saskatchewan
Series: Literacy Cafe Report
Authors: Saskatchewan Literacy Network (SLN)
This is a report on the some of the key items discussed during three Literacy Cafés held by the Saskatchewan Literacy Network in early 2008 in in Regina, Swift Current and Yorkton, Saskatchewan. The purpose of these Cafés was to provide a networking opportunity for literacy stakeholders and to ask for information that would guide the Literacy Network including its conversations and communications with decision makers. Through these discussions, the Literacy Network hoped to learn about the current literacy activities in each region, what was working well, the challenges that literacy stakeholders were facing and observing, and the opportunities for action and change.
Authors: PEI Literacy Alliance
This is a report on the Summer Tutoring Program for Kids that runs during July and August every year in libraries, schools and community centres across P.E.I. The purpose of this program is to support the learning objectives of the school system by offering an alternative learning environment during the summer months. It gives children with reading difficulties a chance to maintain their literacy skills over the summer months and provides relevant summer career employment for qualified students. Tutoring is offered in French, English and English as an Additional Language.
This report consists of three parts: The first part includes a description of the program, its purpose, benefits, staffing, and supporters; the second part is the program coordinator's report for 2008; and the third part consists of parents' and children's evaluations of the program.
Authors: Canadian Council on Learning (CCL)
This annual survey provides a look at Canadians’ opinions, beliefs and experiences with learning across the lifespan. The 2008 edition covers four learning domains: early childhood learning; structured learning at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels; work-related adult learning; and health-related learning.
Within each of the four domains, questions were designed to elicit information on a variety of topics, including child-care arrangements; access to post-secondary education; participation in work-related training; and sources of health-care information.
The survey was designed by the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) in consultation with Statistics Canada, which administered the survey on behalf of CCL. A total of 5,488 Canadians aged 18 to 74 were surveyed by Statistics Canada. All respondents had previously participated in Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey. Canadians living in institutions, on reserves, or in the northern territories were not included in the sample.
Authors: PEI Literacy Alliance
The Summer Tutoring Program for Kids (STPK) in Prince Edward Island has been running for eight weeks every summer since 1998. The program, which is offered free of charge, gives children with reading difficulties a chance to maintain their literacy skills over the summer months and provides relevant summer employment for qualified students. Students in Grade 1 through 6 are referred to the program by resource teachers in their schools.
This document summarizes the delivery of the 2009 program, which saw 26 tutors working with 600 children in communities around the province. Some of the tutors worked specifically with French-speaking, French-immersion or English-as-a-Second-Language students. The authors outline the orientation process for tutors and explain how tutors contacted both school resource teachers and the libraries where the tutoring takes place.
The authors describe the program’s successes as well as the problems that arose and offer a series of recommendations for improvements.