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List of Useful Apps

Are you looking for an app to support adult literacy and numeracy learning? The List of Useful Apps from AlphaPlus can help. This tool has comprehensive reviews of apps, including descriptions, the subject or topic covered, and how the app could be used to support adult learning. The list is being continuously developed and you… Read more

Data Privacy Day

Today is Data Privacy Day! It’s a day that highlights the impact of technology on privacy rights and emphasizes the need to protect personal information. This year, the Office of the Privacy Commission of Canada has designed a poster with tips on what you can do to understand your privacy rights. You can download your… Read more

Let’s Make It! with our Hands

This year’s Family Literacy Week theme is Let’s Make It!, emphasizing the power of learning by doing. Many types of making involve using your hands. For young children, there are milestones in the development of fine motor control and what they can do with their hands depends on their stage of development. Here is a… Read more

International Day of Education

Today is the UN’s first International Day of Education. It’s a time to celebrate the role of education in peace and development. This day is the occasion to reaffirm fundamental principles. Firstly, education is a human right, a public good and a public responsibility. Secondly, education is the most powerful force in our hands to… Read more

Let’s Make It! – Big Science for Little Hands

Today we are welcoming Wendy Lorch, an Early Learning Specialist from Science World, as our guest blogger. She’s sharing sample activities for preschoolers from the Science World website. Are you looking for some fun science activities that connect to making things? Science World’s website offers a library of fun, hands-on, cool science activities for all… Read more

Making Memories—In the Kitchen!

Today we’re pleased to welcome Joel Barohn, a registered dietitian and chef from the BC Dairy Association, as a guest blogger. He’s sharing ideas for making things together in the kitchen. Looking for a healthy habit for you and your family in the new year? Try spending more time cooking with kids in the kitchen…. Read more

Read it, then make it!

Today we’re welcoming Francesca de Freitas, Children’s Librarian at the Vancouver Public Library, as our guest blogger. She shows us how a storybook can inspire making. The Vancouver Public Library is celebrating Family Literacy Week with a full week of special events. Can’t make it to the library? Or want to mark this special day… Read more

The Westcoast Reader – Thank you donors!

Thank you to all our supporters who donated to help more literacy programs receive The Westcoast Reader, a monthly newspaper for learners. Over $2,000 was raised! We are currently fulfilling subscription applications from programs in need. If you know of a program that would benefit from The Westcoast Reader, please send us an email…. Read more

Together to Learn: Helping parents to succeed

Together to Learn is a family literacy program that helps parents to upgrade courses while their children are being minded. The program is a partnership between Kootenay Family Place, Selkirk College and Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL). As well as providing upgrading and childminding, the program offers family literacy opportunities and hosts guest speakers… Read more

LEGO Lovers Learning Literacy

It’s Family Literacy Week! This year’s theme is Let’s Make It! Today we’re pleased to welcome Chrisy Hill, Community Literacy Coordinator for the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy – Elk Valley, as a guest blogger. Chrisy shares a family literacy resource using LEGO for fun and learning. LEGO has been a kids’ favorite since 1932. … Read more