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The Westcoast Reader – June 2018 issue

The June issue of The Westcoast Reader newspaper is available now. This issue has articles about Kijiji, the Sedins’ retirement, camping 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, click here.

Learning Together

Today is Intergenerational Day Canada! In recognition of the day and the importance of different generations sharing time, talent, stories and skills, we’re highlighting some of the intergenerational literacy programs. One of the wonderful things about community-based literacy programs is the flexibility to create programs that suit the needs of the community and its members…. Read more

ClearMark Awards

Every year since 2010, the Center for Plain Language presents ClearMark Awards for clarity and simplicity in plain language communication to consumers. All entries are created by North American companies, governments and organizations. This year, awards were presented in 14 categories, including digital as well as print resources. The 2018 winners have been announced. And,… Read more

UP Skills for Work

Are you starting to plan your adult literacy programs for the fall? What about new-to-you workplace literacy programs? Here’s a program to consider. UP Skills for Work is a workplace literacy program from ABC Life Literacy Canada. This soft skills program is designed to be delivered to adult learners at community organizations and workplaces across… Read more

Children and Technology

What is the impact of technology on children? The two part blog series from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, What Does the Research Say About Tech and Kids’ Learning? Part 1 and Part 2, covers many of the issues and current understandings surrounding children’s use of technology, the positive and the negative. Research into how… Read more

Building Core Capabilities for Life

Every day we take on the ordinary, sometimes challenging, tasks of work, school, parenting, relationships, and just managing our busy lives. How do we navigate these tasks successfully? And what can send us off course? Science offers an explanation. This 5-minute video from the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University explores the development… Read more

Science Milestones for Children

When we think of developmental milestones for children, we usually think about language, literacy and physical development. What about science milestones? “The overall goals of children’s development in science are to deepen their conceptual understandings of the world around them, to increase their comprehension of how science is practiced and to develop their abilities to… Read more

Bike to Work and School Week

Next week is Bike to Work & School Week in BC.  Starting on May 28th, the focus is on cycling for transportation, fun, health and wellness. There’s still time to get ready to participate.  You can register to win prizes.  To learn more, visit GoByBikeBC. Here are some resources with safe cycling tips: Bicycle Safety… Read more

Reading Success at Home

Today we are pleased to welcome Fiona Clare, the Literacy Outreach Coordinator in Kamloops, as our guest blogger. She shares the successful Come Read with Me family literacy workshop. When we know how to read, it is hard to remember what it is like not to be able to read. Twenty years ago, my son… Read more

ELL Fun and Games

Want to add some fun to your work with adult ELL students?  Here’s a collection of enjoyable activities that reinforce learning: Choose the MOST Correct Caption from Larry Ferlazzo ESL Bingo Set from successintesl (free download) ESL Games: What Is My Occupation? From tesol international ESL Jeopardy from How to play ESL Taboo from… Read more