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Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month

April is Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month. It’s a time to increase our awareness and appreciation of both. Why? Mathematics and statistics play a significant role in addressing many real-world problems–internet security, sustainability, disease, climate change, the data deluge, and much more. They also play an important role in everyday life – budgeting, calculating interest,… Read more

Digital Spring Cleaning

Are you getting ready for spring cleaning? Here’s a set of tasks to add to your spring cleaning list. The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and Better Business Bureau (BBB) encourage everyone to freshen up their online lives by conducting a thorough cleaning of their cyber clutter. It will help keep your personal information more… Read more

List Poems

Writing a poem doesn’t have to be difficult. List poems are an accessible form of poetry. List poems at their most basic are a list of words on a theme. Sometimes the lists rhyme, and sometimes they don’t. List poems can be any length. List poems can draw from personal experience (favourite colours? items in… Read more

Talk to Me, Play with Me, Carry Me

Today we are pleased to welcome Kailey Erickson, the Literacy Outreach Coordinator in Langley, as our guest blogger. “Talk to Me, Play with Me, Carry Me – I appreciate the time you take with me now because what I learn and feel sets me on my path” As a Literacy Outreach Coordinator, I believe an… Read more

World Health Day

World Health Day is on April 7th. This year’s focus is Universal Health Care. How much do you know about global universal health care? Click here to take a quiz. This coming Saturday is also a good time to reflect on the importance of literacy in facilitating access to health services.

Poetry Month

April is Poetry Month and this year is the 20th anniversary in Canada. What will you do to celebrate? The Academy of American Poets offers a variety of choices in 30 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month. Something new they have developed this year in collaboration with News-2-You is a special edition newspaper on poetry… Read more

The Westcoast Reader – April 2018 issue

The April issue of The Westcoast Reader newspaper is available now. This issue has articles about zero-waste living, equal wages at JJ Bean, book giveaway winners and more. You can find the Teachers’ Notes for this issue online. For subscription information, or to find out if your group qualifies to receive the newspaper for free,… Read more

International Children’s Book Day 2018

Next Monday, April 2nd, is International Children’s Book Day. It’s a day to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books. This year the international sponsor is Latvia. The theme is The small is big in a book. A children’s book signifies respect for the greatness of the small. It signifies… Read more

Refugee Rights Day Lesson Activities

April 4th is Refugee Rights Day in Canada. It marks the day that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was interpreted as guaranteeing refugees the same basic rights as anyone else in Canada. BC TEAL has created Refugee Rights Day Lesson Activities for EAL classrooms.  These intercultural competency-informed materials support classroom conversations on diversity,… Read more

Parents as Literacy Supporters in Immigrant Communities

“Being new to Canada, IPALS helped me to understand how to make reading an important part of preschool and how to use things around my house to improve learning skills. I learned how to teach my kids in playful and interesting ways (like counting beans) to learn math. Learning can be fun – this is… Read more