What We Offer

We develop and deliver play-based parent-child programs and training in partnership with community organizations. 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 would like to integrate additional family literacy principles and themes into their work with families. These trainings can be tailored to suit your needs and timeframe. Please contact us to discuss these options.

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We offer trainings in a variety of parent-child literacy programs for facilitators to run in their home communities. Our staff can also directly deliver parent-child programs on site at family resource centres, schools, child care centres and other community settings. All programs incorporate child-led, play-based learning philosophies into the content.

Current Trainings

For more information on any of these training opportunities or to register, please see our Program Descriptions.

Professional Development

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.

Colouring Outside the Lines
This workshop explores the concept that creativity is a bridge to learning and an important part of a young child’s development and includes how we can develop early learning environments that support creative thinking and kinesthetic learning through the arts.

Fabulous Facilitating
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.

Growing Strong STEMS – Supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Concepts in the Early Years
Designed to share practical skills, tips and resources for implementing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning into early childhood settings.

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.

Positive Pathways: Literacy Strategies to Promote Resilience in Early Childhood
Addressing emotional health and well being challenges in children ages 0-6 and their families; promoting early childhood resilience.

Sharing Stories
Provides specific strategies on how caregivers and professionals can extend literacy concepts using unique and creative hands on activities such as book bags, story tarps, puppet making, sharing circles and oral storytelling.

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.

Take it Outside!: Integrating Literacy and Nature
Using Bookmates’ popular parent-child program “Growing Up Green” as a foundation, this workshop will focus on sharing a variety of ways of extending literacy concepts using childrens’ books with a nature theme and the outdoor environment as a learning tool.

Working With Newcomer Families
Designed to provide tools, strategies and resources for those working with newcomer families in family literacy settings.

Presentations & Information Sessions

Group Presentations
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 interactive play, literacy activities for home, or numeracy.

Interactive Workshops

These workshops provide hands-on opportunities for parents/caregivers/professionals to acquire new resources 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.

Bookmaking Workshop
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
Family Learning Olympics support family and intergenerational learning as parents, grandparents and children of all ages engage in literacy and numeracy activities. This workshop provides all the information you would need to run your own “Family Learning Olympics” event in your community. We also have ready made kits available for loan. Please contact us for more information.

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.

Self-Published Books

Our self-published books are available through Bookmates’ office.
Click here to order any of the books listed below.

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