Life skills

Making Change: Using Money to Teach Math [Video - 5:01] (2010)

Featuring Allan Banks, Instructor at the Eastern Shore / Musquodoboit Valley Literacy Network

This short video features Allan Banks, a literacy instructor in Nova Scotia, showing ways to use money to teach both math and life skills.

He uses a web-based game that tests a learner’s ability to calculate the correct change when a purchase is made. However, if a computer isn’t available, the same game can be played using real or play money.

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2012-04-10

Tobacco Free Too - Student Workbook (2000)

This workbook was prepared by the Calgary-based Vocational and Rehabilitation Research Institute (VRRI), an agency that helps people with disabilities as well as the community at large.

Aimed at young people, the workbook contains information on the human body; the negative effects of tobacco; the lure of tobacco advertising; and how to support someone who is trying to quit smoking.

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2012-03-19

Somebody Picks on Me at Work: A Pamphlet on Harassment in the Workplace (2007)

This is one in a series of booklets prepared by the Calgary-based Vocational and Rehabilitation Research Institute (VRRI), an agency that helps people with disabilities as well as the community at large.

In this booklet, the authors define harassment and bullying, noting the subtle distinction between the two. They explain what the individual, his staff, and his boss can and should do about bullying and harassment.

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2012-03-05

Women's Work Training Program (2009)

This document provides an overview of the Women’s Work Training Program (WWTP), established in Regina, Saskatchewan, to provide low-income women with the skills necessary to find well-paid jobs and, at the same time, bring more women into the province’s building trades.

Two-thirds of the clients who enrolled in WWTP were of Aboriginal origin, a proportion that continued to grow as the program progressed.

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2012-03-01

What to Know When You Eat in a Restaurant (2012)

An information brochure for adults with low English literacy

This is one in a series of easy-to-read booklets prepared by the Calgary-based Vecova Centre for Disability Services and Research (Vecova), formerly known as the Vocational and Rehabilitation Research Institute (VRRI).

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2012-02-13

Travel Plans (2012)

An information brochure for adults with low English literacy

This booklet is one of a series developed for people with low English literacy skills.

The authors go through the steps of planning a trip, from making a budget to deciding on a mode of transportation and booking accommodation. They also list other factors the traveller should consider, like health concerns; discussing the trip with a guardian, if that is relevant; and whether a passport will be required.

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2012-02-07

What is Bullying? [Video – 5:34] (2009)

This six-minute video is part of a resource kit called entitled “Guard Against Bullying,” aimed at young people with low English literacy skills.

The video focuses on the nature of bullying, which can fall into one of four categories: verbal, social, physical, and cyber. It features scenes set in a large high school, with student actors taking on a variety of roles.

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2012-01-24

Financial Life Skills for Parents and Children (2010)

This fact-sheet offers tips to help parents teach their children money-management skills. The underlying principle is the need for both adults and children to balance income and expenses.

Tips include using a shopping list to reduce impulse purchases; tracking expenses to figure out where the money goes; and splitting income or allowance into categories of spending, giving, short-term saving, and investing.

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2012-01-24

Handbook: RESPs – Learn what you need to know quickly (2011)

This handbook guides parents through the process of setting up a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) to help pay for their children’s postsecondary education.

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2012-01-24

Handbook: The Cost of Borrowing – Learn what you need to know quickly (2011)

In this guide, the authors explain the real costs of various means of borrowing money to pay for something.

They choose an item with a price-tag of $300, then show what a consumer will eventually pay if, instead of cash, he uses a line of credit, overdraft protection, various types of credit cards, or a payday loan to purchase the item.

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2012-01-19

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