We develop and deliver family literacy programs and training in partnership with community organizations and parents. Our goal is to empower parents as their children’s first teachers, and to build capacity for early learning opportunities. We also offer skills development training for professionals who work with families.
We train people to facilitate parent- child programs in their communities. Our staff can also directly deliver programs on site at family resource centres, schools and other community settings.
For more information on any of these training opportunities or to register, please see our Program Descriptions.
We offer a number of theory-based skills development sessions designed for family literacy practitioners, early years staff in child care centres and schools and others working to support families and young children in the development of early learning skills.
Current offerings include:
All Kids are Special
Implementing inclusive learning environments in family and early childhood centres; promoting strengths-based practice.
Childhood: There’s No App for That!
Focuses on family literacy inspired strategies to help parents, caregivers and professionals manage screen time use – both in their own lives, as well as in the lives of the children around them.
Provides tips to help facilitators build their skills and effectiveness when working with groups. Topics covered include: learning styles, exploring leadership roles, using positive group management, effective problem solving, and team building.
Papa Bears: Engaging Male Role Models in Early Literacy
Shares practical skills, tools and resources for engaging Dads and other male role models in early childhood literacy and learning activities.
Physical Literacy 101
Defining physical literacy and its impact on health, brain development, and mental awareness; recognizing that access to active play is essential for healthy development; promoting physical literacy with families and communities.
Addressing emotional health and well being challenges in children ages 0-6 and their families; promoting early childhood resilience.
Skinned Knees: The Benefits of Risky Play
The science behind the benefits of risky play, how risky play impacts literacy and learning, and how access to active outdoor play is essential for healthy child development.
1, 2, 3 Count With Me
Focussing on the importance of early numeracy, through learning about early numeracy concepts and opportunities to integrate numeracy play in existing programs.
Bookmates has experienced staff that deliver presentations to your group of parents, volunteers, and/or professionals on a wide variety of family learning topics, such as play, literacy activities for home, or resiliency. These presentations include hands-on activities and relevant resource materials.
These workshops provide hands-on opportunities for parents/caregivers/professionals to acquire the tools necessary to help young children build strong literacy skills.
Book Bag Workshop
A Book Bag is a large cloth bag containing a children’s book and related activities to help bring reading to life. This workshop guides parents or community groups to create a themed Book Bag with a good quality book and related learning activities consisting of props, scenery and characters and games based on the story, and reading tips and activity ideas for parents to use in the home.
This workshop provides fun and innovative strategies for creating meaningful, personalized books. Some bookmaking ideas include: bathtub books, paper bag books, folding books, pop-up books and laminated board books.
Family Learning Olympics Workshop
Our Family Learning Olympics Kits provide everything you need to offer a fun, family learning event. Each Olympic themed station is packed with reading and writing related activities and challenges for all age groups.
Literacy Activities For Families (LAFF)
This workshop focuses on introducing participants to a variety of hands-on activities, rhymes and songs that can be used in work with families who have young children from 0-5.
Our self-published books are available through Bookmates’ office.
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