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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. 

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. 

May 15, 2015 - 1:25pm
Jen in EdmontonSlow! 


If I had to choose one word to sum up what I learned during my week at the Centre for Family Literacy’s Family Literacy Training Institute (FLTI) in Edmonton last week; it would be slow.


I travelled to Edmonton with Cherl Gargan and Martha Gargan from Dezoah  Undaa Etleh Koke (the Fort Providence Aboriginal Head Start) as well as Jennifer Bishop and Christine Barker from Yellowknife.  Together, we spent a week learning about family literacy programs and initiatives.

May 5, 2015 - 2:12pm

Do you want to help the next generation get a post-secondary education? You can - by passing on information about the Canada Learning Bond


A parent just contacted us about a bank manager in the NWT who didn’t know about this national program that gives up to $2,000 to lower-income families for a child’s post-secondary education.  We want everyone to know that this money is available to parents without their having to match the government funding.

April 29, 2015 - 12:51pm

Stop, drop and read!This week’s blog was written by Christine Abela, the adult educator in Fort Liard.


Our family doesn’t follow many house rules.  It’s OK if boots stay on to run in and grab forgotten keys; it’s OK if a jacket hangs over the back of a chair; it’s even OK if the dog is on the couch. 

April 21, 2015 - 5:36pm

Circle Time helps parents provide early literacy skills


Our guest blog was submitted by Amy Ryan and Larissa Doyle, with the Healthy Families Program in Fort Smith.


Every week we bring together parents and preschoolers for Circle Time at Tapwe House in Fort Smith.

April 16, 2015 - 3:28am

What's the difference between  taking a course and being a learner?Welcome to our guest blogger, Jim Stauffer.  Jim is an adult educator in Whatı̀.


As I contemplated Adult Learners’ Week this year, I recalled some of my own failures and successes at fulfilling the trust adult learners place in me when they come to the Community Learning Centre. 

April 9, 2015 - 3:33am
This week’s guest blog comes from Christine Abela, the adult educator in Fort Liard.


It is International Adult Learners’ Week April 11 to 19! 


Let’s take a few moments to appreciate adults who make improving literacy a priority in their lives.   As an adult educator, I am lucky to be a part of the lifelong learning process for many people. 

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