early learning

Celebrating the power of literacy: Paulina’s story

The Westcoast Reader has a new website! Paulina Mason’s picture is on the new website. Paulina invited us to share her story – she wants to encourage others to get the help they need to develop their skills. Paulina was born in an orphanage in Bulgaria. Her development was delayed. She was malnourished and spent… Read more

Let’s Talk About Math!

Children’s brains are ready to understand number concepts earlier than many people expect. A little encouragement that is playful and part of everyday life can boost their learning. Let’s Talk About Math is a guide to introducing young children to math concepts and words. It shows how easy it can be to talk about math… Read more

Early Literacy Learning for Immigrant and Refugee Children

Today is International Mother Language Day. It’s a time to reflect on the importance of linguistic diversity. Did you know that: There are over 7,000 known living languages. 3 billion people lack access to education in their own languages. Most children grow up in an environment where more than one language is spoken. Linguistic diversity… Read more

I-LABS Library of Training Modules

Are you looking for the latest information on the science of child development? The Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) at the University of Washington has developed a library of free online training modules, offering up to date information in an accessible format. Each of the ten modules takes 20 – 25 minutes to… Read more

How Children Learn Language

How Children Learn Language is an online video from the NWT Literacy Council that talks about the importance of speaking to children, from birth and even before, to help them learn language. The focus is on laying a foundation at home for an Aboriginal or minority language, but the recommendations are sound for all early… Read more

Karen IPALS: Making Canada Home

Zipporah Min escaped Burmese military forces in 1992 and lived in a refugee camp for Karen people in Thailand. She was 13. In 2002, she came to Langley as part of a large group of Karen refugees. Today, she is a leader within her community, as a facilitator for a Parents as Literacy Supporters in… Read more