Language development

Mother Raven Nursery Rhymes (1992)

This booklet is a collection of nursery rhymes with a twist, featuring traditional rhymes rewritten to reflect the experiences of Canada’s North.

For instance, “Peter Peter, Pumpkin Eater” becomes “Peter Peter, Dryfish Eater” and Mary has a little lynx, rather than a lamb.

Each rhyme is illustrated with a black and white drawing.

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"Talk to Me!": Oral language development with young children (2012)

This document focuses on the importance of oral language development and offers tips for parents to use to help their children develop language skills. The authors explain that children develop language over time and tell parents what to expect at each stage from infancy through the preschool years.

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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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1-2-3 Rhyme with Me: Rhyme and Song Booklet (2010)

This booklet is aimed at parents and caregivers who want to use talking, rhyming and singing to help children build strong language skills. The authors have included dozens of rhymes and songs, many with suggestions for actions to accompany them.

For a copy of a CD containing the songs, please contact the Council.

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Language for Work: CLB and Essential Skills for ESL Instructors (2009)

This guide is intended for ESL instructors who wish to use Essential Skills in the ESL classroom to enrich and support language acquisition, as well as communicative competence. It also provides ESL instructors with ideas that highlight the transferability of the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) and Essential Skills.

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Let's sing together (2008)

This booklet is a collection of songs and rhymes that parents and children can enjoy together. By singing, dancing and playing with their child, parents help develop their child's language and help better prepare him or her for school.

When parents and children sing together, the child learns to listen; to wait for his or her turn; to imitate gestures, sounds and words; and learns new words and actions.

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Toward a Multiple Life Cycles Education Policy (2006)

Investing in the Education of Adults to Improve the Educability of Children

This is a paper prepared for presentation at the National Center for Family Literacy Annual Conference March 4th, 2007 in Orlando, Florida. The thesis of the paper holds that investments in adult literacy education can lead to intergenerational effects on the educational achievement of children.

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Boys' and Girls' Literacy: Closing the Gap (2004)

"The Boys' and Girls' Literacy: Closing the Gap" project is unique in that it aims to develop strategies that would particularly have a positive impact on boys' literacy. This holds substantial merit in that the strategies and methodologies selected to address the literacy performance of boys would not disadvantage girls. These strategies included literature circles, male mentors, and providing boy-friendly reading materials.

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Quality Storytents (2006)

A Resource for Family, Early Childhood and Community Literacy Workers

The Quality Storytent Program is a means of providing literacy access and support where these might not otherwise appear.

The document includes the following:
1- An introduction to storytent
2- The philosophy behind it
3- How to plan for one
4- How to deliver a Quality storytent
5- Special challenges
6- References and indexes.

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Touching The Language Electric (1996)

Journeys in Language, Learning and Culture

Touching The Language Electric by Carmelia McGrath is a story of the book Wayfering Journeys in Language, Learning and Culture, it is a collection of writings by ABE instructors and students in Newfoundland brought together for a "language awareness project", designed to explore attitudes, beliefs, and knowledge about language and the teaching of language.

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