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The theme of NWT Literacy Week 2018 is Everyone in the Kitchen. Cooking together is a great opportunity to teach skills to young children, to add numeracy to tasks, and to spend time together as a family. We invite you to celebrate with us! You can check out our new Everyone in the Kitchen recipe booklet on our website for ideas on how to include all your family members in each step of the… Read more.
Literature has always been a huge part of my life, so when I heard that the NWT Literacy Council was hiring, I immediately wanted to hand in my résumé. Though I was only at the Council for a short time, I learned a lot. My communication skills are much better since being around the families that I worked with. I am much more confident talking to other people. I also gained confidence each time I… Read more.
I was so grateful for the opportunity to work at the NWT Literacy Council. It was my summer dream job! I mean, any job where you get to make play dough has to be good. Just joking! Making play dough was fun, but I got to do tasks at the Literacy Council that I wouldn’t have done at any other job. I had the opportunity to write the Everyone in the Kitchen resource for NWT Literacy Week 2018.  … Read more.
When Facebook was new, I enjoyed getting in touch with friends that I hadn’t seen in years. It really opened up the world. I spent hours and hours scrolling and posting, and adding friends. Then one day I was so distracted by this social media thing, I realized I was not keeping my little ones safe. I turned around to find my one-year-old child sitting in the middle of the kitchen table. I… Read more.
School’s out and the summer slide starts! Summer slide?  It's not a new game, nor something you find in a playground.  It's the brain-drain that happens during the holiday months when kids are out of class.  Academic skills tend to slip away during the summer if students aren't actively engaged in learning. Math, spelling, and reading skills suffer the most. Studies have found that learning… Read more.
Christine Barker and I travelled with DeBeers promoting literacy in eight NWT communities, as well as at the Gahcho Kué mine this spring. It was a wonderful experience to visit some communities I’d never been to before, and to meet with children and educators. We visited Gamètı̀, Whatı̀, Wekweeti, Behchokǫ̀, Łutselk’e, Ndılǫ, Dettah, Fort Resolution, and Hay River with the DeBeers Books in… Read more.
As a long-term program evaluator for the NWT Literacy Council, I was thrilled to be able to attend the NWT Evaluation Symposium with four of the Council’s staff members. The symposium took place last week in Yellowknife and at Aurora Village on Chief Drygeese Territory. As a non-Indigenous person who works with literacy organizations in the three territories, the topic was very near and dear to… Read more.
Moving as a family to a new country may introduce challenges for parents. They are removed from their local cultural norms and communicating in a new language. Canadian expectations for parents and Canadian laws may be quite different from what immigrants are used to. Mark Jacot, of Jangles Production, and Donna Joyette, of Joyette Consulting, were in Yellowknife last week to train local… Read more.
I attended the 2018 ABLE Financial Empowerment Conference hosted every two years by Prosper Canada for organizations interested in financial empowerment for people who live on a low income. I would like to share one of the wonderful resources I was introduced to at the conference. One of the best tools I have seen in all my years of trying to manage money in a healthy way is First Nations… Read more.
Often we think of early literacy as bedtime stories, singing and rhyming, and doing crafts together. As parents, we are our children’s first teacher and they learn through these activities. My toddler loves all of these things, but she is also learning by playing in the garden. Sidney would spend all day in the yard, and in her greenhouse if she were able to. She thinks she’s just playing, but… Read more.