Lifelong Learning:

It’s Essential



September 30, 2015 - 2:42pm

Blog-Universal child care study highlights benefitsEarly childhood education and care has so many benefits it’s little wonder it’s an election issue both federally and territorially.

The Feasibility Study of Universal, Affordable Day Care in the Northwest Territories outlines those benefits in the graphic copied here.

September 24, 2015 - 10:19am

2015 NWT literacy weekNWT Literacy Week is a good time to consider what role literacy skills play in your life, and what you can do to support literacy.  We’re all impacted by literacy  – as individuals, family and community members, employees, employers and taxpayers.

The adage “use it or lose it” is as true about our literacy skills as anything else.  If we don’t exercise them, literacy skills get rusty.  For me, math skills are most likely to become weak due to underuse.

September 17, 2015 - 1:27pm

Sept 17, 2015With just three weeks under my belt as the new Family Literacy Coordinator Trainee, I’ve already had so many opportunities and learning experiences with the Council.

August 27, 2015 - 8:03pm

My Summer with the Literacy CouncilOver the past few months I had the pleasure of working with the Literacy Council as this year's summer student.  I helped design and create resources, test science experiments and art recipes, and paint the brand new bookmobile my own choice of bright blue.

As much fun as those things were, what had the most impact was getting out into the community. Part of my job included going to the Yellowknife Farmers Market each week, visiting summer camps, and attending literacy events, even as far away as Fort Providence.

June 25, 2015 - 11:36am

Learning can be short!Mini.  Micro. Short. 

What do you think of when you see these terms?  I bet it wasn’t learning! 

June 18, 2015 - 7:55am

First a confession:  during my first year with the NWT Literacy Council I worked in Family Literacy, talking about the need to start early with child language and literacy development.  As a 21-year-old with no kids, I felt like a bit of a fraud talking about this, even with research and experienced people to back me up.

June 10, 2015 - 3:31pm

It can take two months to recover from summer slide
This week’s guest blogger, Emma Welsh, is a student working at the Yellowknife Public Library this summer.

With school out, it’s easy to leave the idea of schoolwork and reading behind, distracted with thoughts of lazy beach days or long car trips. That’s why summer holidays are the home of the ‘summer slide’. The term describes the loss of reading and comprehension skills experienced when kids aren’t actively engaged in learning during summer vacation.

June 3, 2015 - 4:42pm

June 3 rd BlogOur guest blogger, Kyle Napier, is the Cree Language Manager with the Northwest Territory Métis Nation.  June is National Aboriginal History Month in Canada.  Kyle suggests we celebrate it by learning to speak one of the NWT’s official Aboriginal languages.

opāskāhopīsim e nēhiyawēwin kayāsitotamowin pīsim — miyawātamowin asici pīkiskwewinahk

May 27, 2015 - 1:40pm

May 27th blog 2015
Our guest blogger this week is Christine Barker.  Christine does family literacy programming in Yellowknife and strives to be a better parent.

A few weeks ago I selected the Literacy and Parenting Skills workshop when I participated in family literacy training in Edmonton.  I thought it would be a great fit given that the people I work with are constantly questioning their abilities as parents.  They are all wonderful people and doing a great job. 

Kids do not come with a manual, but I believe that treating others how we would like to be treated goes a long way.

May 20, 2015 - 3:53pm

Have you found a great lesson plan that resonates with the adult learners in your community?  Is there a literacy activity that brings children and parents together for laughter and fun in your community? 

Maybe you want ideas from others about how to engage learners in your community?  Perhaps you’ve read a book or seen a movie you think others should know about.  Why not share your experiences, questions and ideas with others in the literacy field. 


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