Thank you for checking out our June 2020 edition of the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick newsletter. Keep reading to learn how LCNB and others are adapting to these unprecedented times.
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Literacy Coalition Update
Since our last newsletter, much has changed. Here's some important information from the Literacy Coalition:
A Message from the Executive Director
Welcome to the June edition of our newsletter. We have some updates on the Coalition's events and projects, a new team member to introduce, and much more!
On June 8th we launched our new Family and Early Childhood Literacy Web App, which we have called “Melanie”. This bilingual online platform offers a reliable one-stop shop of well researched quality early literacy information and resources for New Brunswick. Sincere thanks to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development who provided the funding and to our many partners who worked with us to create this landmark literacy resource for New Brunswick.
We are very pleased to welcome Peter Jewett as our new Communications and Project Director and Summer SEED student. A major focus for Peter will be assisting with the redesign of our LCNB website. You can read more about Peter further down in this newsletter.
Our Essential Skills for Atlantic Fisheries project has continued to thrive despite the pandemic. We quickly made the shift from physical to virtual classroom training for both the English and French programs thanks to our e-learning platform and the determination of our amazing participants and instructors. The results for our first round of participants are impressive, showing gains in essential skills, literacy scores, self-esteem, confidence and other employability skills. On-the job training and work placements will continue over the summer. We are exploring options for testing our training model in another sector.
We are all relieved to see that our New Brunswick libraries are reopening. We hope that they will be continue to offer the wide range of programs and community support as in the past. More than just books, libraries are places of information, offering people free access to a wealth of information and resources that are not easily found elsewhere, whether online, in print or in person. They provide a central access point for a range of programs and resources to nurture community life. As an accessible space for all and a primary resource for newcomers and even as a source of shelter for the homeless, the library stands out as a public institution that actually makes our communities better places by caring for its most vulnerable members.
The “summer slide” is known as the period of time throughout the summer when children lose their school knowledge from the previous year. As we move into summer, we hope you will encourage the children in your lives to continue to make time for reading. The summer slide may be felt more than ever this summer as most children have not been in a school environment since March. Reading is just as important for adults as it keeps our brains flexible and nimble. Plus, adults who read serve as great role models for kids. That is why we recommend 20 minutes of reading per day for everyone – of all ages – all summer long.
Wishing you a restful and enjoyable summer!
2020 PGI Literacy Dinner & Auction Cancelled
The 2020 LCNB PGI Literacy Dinner and Auction has been cancelled due to concerns around
COVID-19. We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of our 2020 PGI Committee
members and those who had made donations or purchased tickets for the event. Thank you to
our many supporters for your continued commitment to helping all New Brunswickers achieve
their learning goals and fulfill their potential. We look forward to seeing you at our Literacy
Dinner, next year at the Delta Marriott Hotel Fredericton on May 11, 2021. Save the date and
stay tuned for details!
Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Literacy Awards: Call for Nominations
Do you know an individual or organization that has made an outsanding contribution to literacy in New Brunswick? If so, we encourage you to nominate them for a Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Literacy Award.
Founded by Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell in 1998 as The Lieutenant Governor’s Literacy Awards, these awards have continued since 2003 by the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick.
The awards will honour New Brunswickers in the following categories:
Early Childhood Literacy
Community Literacy Program
Individual Outstanding Contributions to Literacy
Business/Corporate Literacy Initiatives
Workplace Essential Skills
Outstanding Effort in indigenous Literacy
The nomination form can be found here. Version française ici. The deadline for nominations is August 21, 2020 by 5:00 PM.
To see a list of the past winners, and for more information, click here.
Welcome to Our New Communications & Project Director
My name is Peter Jewett, and I am the new Communications and Project Director at the Literacy Coalition. I've been working from home since the end of May, which is a new and challenging experience, but it's been rewarding. I'm glad for this opportunity!
In April, I finished my second year at St. Thomas University, where I'm studying Journalism, Communications and Political Science. My interests include reading and writing, current events, technology, sports, podcasting, music, and the outdoors.
I'm very happy to be joining the LCNB team, and Iook forward to interacting with many of you on LCNB's social media! You can contact me at email@example.com.
Enjoy your summer!
LCNB Launches New Family and Early Childhood Literacy Web App
We are excited to announce the official launch of our new Family and Early Childhood Literacy Asset Map which we have called “Melanie”.
Melanie was created in partnership with the UNB Early Childhood Centre, CODAC NB, and a wide range of early childhood service providers, educators, government and community literacy groups across the province. This unique, bilingual online platform offers a reliable one-stop shop of well-researched, quality early literacy information and resources for New Brunswick. A sincere thanks to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development who provided the funding. Also, a huge thank you to all of our Committee Members! We hope you will take a moment to visit Melanie at: https://melanienb.ca.
Story Time With Imelda Perley & National Indigenous History Month
This month is National Indigenous History Month, so we are taking time to learn about Canada's Indigenous peoples and celebrating their heritage and culture.
Don't miss this story time series by Opolahsomuwehs (Imelda Perley) on Neqotkuk Wellness Center's Facebook page. After airing, the videos are available to watch whenever you like!
"Please join us to listen to our language, to learn a few words, and to celebrate the gift of language within the art of storytelling." -Imelda
If you would like to learn more about Indigenous History Month, you can here.
Our friends at The Canadian Children's Book Centre have compiled a list of books about Indigenous peoples in Canada, with recommendations for all ages. You can find the list here.
Finally, to better understand the importance of Indigenous History in Canada, check this page out.
Talking to Kids About Racism, Early and Often
June 2020 | Jessica Grose | The New York Times
Image by Loris Lora for The New York Times
As protests over the killing of George Floyd (and Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor) spill into a second week, many parents are wondering how to talk about the deaths and unrest with their children. But just as important in the long run, especially for nonblack parents, is how to keep the conversation about race and racism going when we’re not in a moment of national outrage, and to make sure all children see black people as heroes in a wide range of their own stories, and not just as victims of oppression.
You can start having conversations about race in preschool, said Jacqueline Dougé, M.D., a pediatrician and child health advocate based in Maryland — children can internalize racial bias between the ages of 2 and 4, according to an American Academy of Pediatrics article that Dr. Dougé co-wrote.
New ParticipACTION Report Card Shows Families are Critical Influencers for Children's Healthy Habits - But Support is Needed to Get Kids Moving
June 2020 | ParticipACTION
ParticipACTION released its latest Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth today, identifying families as critical influencers in children's physical activity and healthy habits. Right now, families are physically closer than they have been for generations, as many of us stay home to help contain the COVID-19 pandemic. Restricted access to playgrounds, physical school, childcare and playdates means the family's impact has never been greater, but it's also more challenging than ever to develop and maintain healthy habits at-home.
More than ten years after her Giller-shortlisted title Monkey Beach, Eden Robinson returns with a striking and precise coming-of-age novel, in which everyday teen existence meets Indigenous beliefs, crazy family dynamics and cannibalistic river otters.
Meet Jared Martin: sixteen-year-old pot cookie dealer, smoker, drinker and son with the scariest mom ever. But Jared's the pot dealer with a heart of gold--really. Compassionate, caring, and nurturing by nature, Jared's determined to help hold his family together--whether that means supporting his dad's new family with the proceeds from his baking or caring for his elderly neighbours. But when it comes to being cared and loved, Jared knows he can't rely on his family. His only source of love and support was his flatulent pit bull Baby, but she's dead. And then there's the talking ravens and the black outs and his grandmother's perpetual suspicion that he is not human, but the son of a trickster.
In The News
The world is a happening place! Here are some stories we think are worth reading.
Literacy advocates worry some children will fall behind
May 2020 | Sarah Morin | CBC
Literacy advocates in New Brunswick are concerned children's development may fall behind during the pandemic.
Julie Smith, executive director of Elementary Literacy Inc., said while some kids may be using reading as an escape during the pandemic, it's not the case for everyone.
"A lot of them are resisting, especially if they were lacking the confidence before and especially if there's stress in the family," Smith said.
Essential-skills fishery program moves online, expands during COVID-19 May 2020 | Sam Juric | CBC
Image submitted by the P.E.I. Literacy Alliance
The co-ordinator for the Essential Skills for Atlantic Fisheries P.E.I. program says going virtual during COVID-19 could lead to lasting, positive outcomes for future participants.
In August 2019, the program saw its first 11 participants begin to gain essential skills for the workplace including reading, document use, numeracy and computer use — plus four weeks of paid work in the aquaculture industry.
The program, is led by the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick in partnership with the P.E.I. Literacy Alliance and the federal government.
The program's second cohort is expected to begin Monday.
"Our program is designed to connect the people who are ... potentially facing low employment and low literacy rates and give them an opportunity to complete a certificate and some training and to connect with the workforce," said Lily Reaman, program co-ordinator.
Here is a list of online resources that might be helpful to you and your family as we go this extraordinary time. They include important information, ideas, literacy games, story telling sites and lots of fun activities for the whole family.
How to Host Your Family’s Own Personal Summer Camp
Are your kids wondering what will happen with summer camps this year? With many camps not opening, making your own summer camp may be the best option. To read this how-to from the New York Times, clickhere.
Stress Management Guide for Adult Learners Our friends at ABC Life Literacy Canada have put together a guide to managing stress for adult learners. It's an excellent resource that is especially useful in the midst of a pandemic. To see the guide, clickhere.
People Before Programs: How to Encourage Innovation and Creativity in Crisis As service providers, we have been issued a call to action in these last two months. Never before have we been asked to rise to the occasion in ways that challenge us to step up in the face of our own personal fears, with little information and no guarantees. Some of us are left longing for the old normal; some for a new normal; and all of us are just trying to do our best in the moment. To read on, click here.
Family Literacy Resources from the Literacy Coalition Website Here are just a few of the many resources found on the Literacy coalition website under the Research and Resources tab athttps://nbliteracy.ca/
Family Literacy in the Outdoors - Ideas for Enjoying the Outdoors with your family - Natural outdoor spaces are rich learning environments for all ages no matter what the season or type of weather.
Sharing Books with Babies - This delightful vide contains helpful information and tips for parents wishing to support their children’s early literacy development from birth.Ideas for Enjoying the Outdoors with your family - Natural outdoor spaces are rich learning environments for all ages no matter what the season or type of weather.
Financial Literacy Resources From Credit Counselling Services of Atlantic Canada We do not know how long COVID-19 will affect our financial and job situations. This website offers financial literacy tools that will help you develop your budgeting skills and track your expenses.
Health Literacy Tips from ABC Life Literacy Canada
COVID-19 has changed the landscape of our health systems. Understanding how to navigate health and wellness in the midst of a pandemic is crucial. This short article has several useful resources for increasing health literacy.
Local Authors Online Have you explored the local authors of New Brunswick? Here are some authors offering uplifting story tellings, book readings and so much more! Don't miss out!
NB Author Wendy McLeod MacKnight is creating a members-only Facebook group for kids, parents and teachers. If you’re interested in receiving an invite, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you an invite! She's also reading from her books on her Instagram IGTV channel! https://www.instagram.com/wendymcleodmacknight/channel/
NS Author Sheree Fitch has created a podcast for ages 2 to 102, called Mabel Murple’s Popping Purple Wordspinning World consisting of "Nonsense Poetry and "Utter" Stuff".Click here for the link and scroll down.
Professional Story Teller Dr. Joanne LeBlanc Haley has created a YouTube storytelling series for children. Subscribe to her channel to view the stories as they are added each week.Click here for her Youtube Page.
COVID-19 Family Resources
Click herefor understanding COVID-19 news coverage, how to stay calm for yourself and your kids and suggestions for what to watch, read, and play.
Hereis an entire list of education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closing.
On The Loose: A Guide to Life Online For Post-Secondary Students: This document supports young adults who are experiencing new freedoms and challenges in their post- secondary life. It covers a variety of digital issues that students may require guidance on, including: schoolwork; money and security; relationships online; and trying to stay healthy.
Born to Read NB Born to Read NB is an early childhood initiative that promotes the joy of reading aloud to babies. Parents of newborns in New Brunswick are given a bright red bag containing information on early childhood development and library programs and a special selection of books to read with baby. For more information about Born to Read NB, go to our website at www.borntoreadnb.com. If you are aware of a family with young children who was missed at birth or has moved here from another province and would like to receive a Born to Read bag, please let us know by email at email@example.com or call President, Lynda Homer at 457-0331.Adult Literacy Fredericton
Adult Literacy Fredericton Formerly Laubach Literacy Fredericton, Adult Literacy Fredericton provides a free one-to-one tutoring service to adults 18 and older who want to improve their reading and writing skills. Anyone who is interested in upgrading their reading and writing skills, or in becoming a volunteer should contact the coordinator at 458-1396 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elementary Literacy Inc. (ELF) If you are interested in working with elementary students to improve their literacy skills, consider becoming a volunteer with Elementary Literacy Inc. To find out more and to register as a volunteer, visit their website.
Frontier College Frontier College is a national, non-profit literacy organization that was founded in 1899. We work with children, teens, adults and families who need help to improve their literacy skills. We work with a variety of partner organizations to deliver volunteer-run, community-based programs across Canada. Frontier College is accredited under the Imagine Canada Standards program. To find out more visit their website or Facebook.
Learning Disabilities Association of New Brunswick (LDANB) LDANB is proud to be offering the Barton Reading and Spelling System in the greater Fredericton area. This literacy program aims to improve the reading, spelling and writing skills of those who have a reading disability (Dyslexia) or reading difficulties. Barton is a specialized one-on-one tutoring system based on the Orton-Gillingham method that teaches the phonemic structure of our written language using a multi-sensory approach. LCNB is proud to support LDANB by providing funding for financial subsidies for low-income families to be able to participate in this program. To find out more click here.
Saint John Learning Exchange (SJLE) The Learning Exchange is Saint John's leader in adult education, training, and career development. They are a non-profit organization that has become an authority on innovative programming that meets the unique needs of everyone who walks through their doors. If you or someone you know is looking for support to meet academic or employment goals, they have the programming and resources you need. To learn more about the Saint John Learning Exchange visit their website.
Community Adult Learning Programs (CALP) Community Adult Learning Programs can help you with things like GED preparation and digital literacy and just getting better at math, reading and writing. The Academic Adult Learning Program is flexible; You can join almost any time and work at your own skill level and pace. If you have not finished high school, this program can help you get ready to write the GED test. The Digital Literacy program can be offered in an academic centre, a workplace or a community centre. You can find more information about the programs available in your area by clicking here.
Laubach Literacy New Brunswick (LLNB) Laubach Literacy New Brunswick (LLNB) is a non-profit, charitable organization whose trained volunteers help New Brunswick adults improve their basic reading, writing and math skills through a free, confidential program. LLNB volunteers work one-to-one with learners, using materials relevant to learners’ literacy levels and daily lives. To learn more about Laubach Literacy New Brunswick and to become a volunteer please visit their website or contact them at 1-877-633-8899. Laubach Literacy NB has a new email address: email@example.com - please update your records.
Do you have community literacy initiatives you would like us to share? If you are involved in or know of a literacy initiative that should be shared across the province, we want to know about it! Send us an email or give us a call and we will include the information in an issue of our newsletter. We can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or toll free at 1-800-563-2211.
That's it for the June edition of the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick Newsletter!