Early learning

Jump into Literacy (2011)

Using a slide-show format, the author provides information on how children learn and offers suggestions for stimulating their interest in learning. Topics covered include key factors that influence brain development; the link between physical fitness and intelligence; promoting emergent literacy through movement and active learning; and the importance of spending time outdoors to promote healthy child development.

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2013-04-19

How parents foster early literacy (2006)

Lessons in Learning – February 1, 2006

Current and emerging research is creating a greater understanding of the importance of the preschool years for early language and literacy development, the authors of this paper note. Society is beginning to learn which activities, tools, or programs can be used in the home or in child-care centres to give young children an advantage as they move into literacy.

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2013-04-19

Books in the Home: Classic Books (2010)

The Northwest Territories “Books in the Home” program is based on the belief that parents are children’s first and most important teachers. Throughout the program, parents study a children’s book each week, then take the book home with them.

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2013-03-22

Why is high-quality child care essential? The link between quality child care and early learning (2006)

Lessons in Learning – May 31, 2006

While parents have the most influence on their children’s lives, non-parental care can also have a significant impact, the authors of this paper point out. Whether that impact is good or bad depends on a variety of factors, including the quality of care the child is receiving.

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2013-03-15

Let the children play: Nature's answer to early learning (2006)

Lessons in Learning – November 8, 2006

Changes in society over the past several decades have made it increasingly rare for Canadian children to have long, uninterrupted blocks of time to play indoors and outdoors, by themselves or with friends. At the same time, growing numbers of children spend substantial time in structured educational and recreation activities.

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2013-02-08

Essential Skills and Social & Economic Equality [Video – 10:07] (2012)

This video features Scott Murray, president of DataAngel Policy Research, discussing the links between literacy levels, and social and economic equality.

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2012-12-11

Early Childhood Literacy Programs in Canada (2010)

A National Survey

The authors of this study sought to understand early childhood literacy programs in Canada by identifying such programs and gathering information on their operations, content and challenges.

The authors used a literature review and a national survey to generate data, determine trends and identify gaps between research and practice.

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2012-11-22

Family Literacy [Video - 3:42] (2011)

In this video, a young mother gets some advice on how to incorporate literacy learning into everyday life.

The coordinator of family literacy for the Saskatchewan Literacy Network (SLN) explains that the world is full of opportunities for learning. For example, a parent can describe plants and animals observed on a walk in the woods, then ask the child about what he has observed.

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2012-07-24

Stronger Together: Toward More Literate Communities (2012)

This report presents the findings of a project undertaken to identify gaps and opportunities for a more coordinated and integrated policy mandate for family literacy in Ontario, and to identify promising approaches to an integrated family literacy system. The project was carried out by Essential Skills Ontario, formerly known as Ontario Literacy Coalition.

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2012-07-23

Family literacy practice and research in Canada (2007)

This presentation offers both an overview of family literacy in the Canadian context and a detailed look at some specific programs aimed at parents and their young children.

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2012-06-18

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