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Ready for an Emergency?

This week is Emergency Preparedness Week and all Canadians are encouraged to take steps to be better prepared to protect themselves and their families during emergencies. Natural disasters may be beyond our control, but there are ways to reduce the risk and the impact of whatever emergency we might face. The BC Government has produced… Read more

CMHA Mental Health Week

This week is CMHA Mental Health Week. This year’s theme is “#GetLoud about what mental health really is“. One in five Canadians live with mental health problems, mental illnesses or addiction. But, five in five of us have mental health, just like we all have physical health. For more information, refer to the following resources… Read more

Learning About Mother’s Day

Is Mother’s Day something new for some of your adult students? There are resources available to help introduce them to the day. Here are a few: Celebrating Mother’s Day! – a collection of links from ESL Made Easy English Lesson Mother’s Day – listening, reading, and exercises from ESL Holiday Lessons.com Mother’s Day – an… Read more

Mother’s Day Books for Kids

Reading aloud is a wonderful Mother’s Day activity for mothers with young children. And some books are particularly appropriate for the day. For recommendations for read aloud books for Sunday, May 13th, browse the following lists: 12 Favorite Children’s Books for Mother’s Day 27 of Our Favorite Mother’s Day Books for Kids 35 Mother’s Day… Read more

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week

This year, TD Canadian Children’s Book Week runs from May 5th to 12th. The theme is “Bring Books to Life”.  This is a week to celebrate Canadian children’s books and the importance of reading. Readings and workshops are planned in communities across Canada. To help you create your own event or reading list, a TD… Read more

A Blueprint for Adult Literacy Programs and Funders

Investing in Quality: a Blueprint for Adult Literacy Programs and Funders is a recent report from the Literacy Assistance Center in New York. It is the result of a project to develop a “blueprint” for high-quality, community-based adult literacy programs that could be used to guide program design, inform policy decisions, and identify true costs… Read more

Full STEAM Ahead!

The Decoda Literacy Library is adding more STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) resources to its collection in 2018. Thanks to a generous grant of $2,000 from R.R. Smith Community Fund, we will be able to update and expand STEAM resources available to family literacy practitioners, early learning professionals, teachers and parents. The Decoda… Read more

Learning Together

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. In some programs people of different ages learn together. These intergenerational literacy programs are held in communities across BC. In ONE TO ONE and Fostering Literacy programs across the province,… Read more

Literacy Program Videos – South Vancouver Island

Today we are pleased to welcome Jan Dupuis, the Literacy Outreach Coordinator in Victoria, as our guest blogger. She shares her experience in creating videos of literacy programs. In the summer of 2017 I approached SHAW TV about producing segments on local literacy programs and services. I had experience volunteering with SHAW TV and understood… Read more

The Westcoast Reader – May 2018 issue

The May issue of The Westcoast Reader newspaper is available now. This issue has articles about a zero-waste grocery store, Alert Ready, Charley’s job 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.