Special Days and Months

e.g. Financial Literacy Month, Remembrance Day

Thanksgiving

October 11th is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. From all of us at LU, we wish you and your family a very happy thanksgiving. Download this fun Wordsearch with a Thanksgiving theme. If you are interested in reading more about Thanksgiving, it’s history and traditions, here is a link to a reading comprehension activity for more advanced readers: http://www.learnenglish-online.com/reading/thanksgiving.html Gobble Gobble If you aren’t sure how to cook that traditional thanksgiving Turkey, why not read this article in the West Coast Reader: Or if eating turkey is not your thing and you’re looking for a Thanksgiving story to share with your …

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Halloween

October 31st is Halloween. This is a great time to have fun with your family – dressing up, carving jack-o-lanterns, and eating candy! The Centre for Family Literacy has some ideas for things to do in their blog post Halloween stories and science. If you’re looking for other things to do or want to learn more about Halloween. Here are some resources for you from LU: Download this fun Wordsearch with a Halloween theme. Or try this Criss-Cross Puzzle – It’s Spooky Season For more advanced readers, here is a short story to read from the British Council. There are …

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Orange Shirt Day

September 30th September 30th is Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation or Orange Shirt Day. Read the personal story of Phyllis Webstad and find out more about why wearing an orange shirt honours the survivors and families of the residential school system https://www.orangeshirtday.org/phyllis-story.html You can also listen to Phyllis Webstad in this Orange Shirt Day presentation. Phyllis encourages us to read and listen to the stories from survivors and their families. If you are looking for books to read written by First Nations, Metis and Inuits authors, GoodMinds.com is a great place to start. More online resources to share …

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Voting in the Federal Elections 2021

On Monday, September 20th, 2021, Canada goes to the Polls to vote. You can find out everything you need to know about about how to register and vote at the official elections website, https://elections.ca Find out how Elections Canada is working to keep the polling stations safe and what to do if you need to mail in your vote by watching this short infomercial. A Guide to Voting ABC Life Literacy has produced a brilliant Guide to Voting. You can download the Guide to Voting PDF here. Tutors can use this guide in sessions with their learners. Created in partnership …

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Olympics

The Olympic Games, 2020 This July after being delayed for one year, the 2020 Olympic Games is taking place in Tokyo, Japan. The Olympics page is a great place to start a session. Here you can read more about the games and the athletes taking part. Find out all about the Canada Olympic Team Roster on the Official Team Canada website. Why not watch this video ‘Glory From Anywhere’ as part of your tutoring session. Talk about the vocabulary in the video. Follow up this video with a reading activity! News for You has an interesting article about the impact …

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Celebrate Joy

CELEBRATE JOY is a new holiday created by LU’s own executive director, Lucy Baum. Lucy reminds us how important it is that we take the time to find joy in what truly matters to us: our family and friends! On JUNE 27 this year and every year, we ask that you help us celebrate joy by laughing and loving (and remembering). Here are some activities you can do with a learner. For beginning readers Here’s a short story that reminds us that sometimes a kite is all you need on a windy day! You can also download the story as …

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International Women’s Day

March 8th is International Women’s Day In Canada, this year’s theme is Choose to Challenge. The International’s women’s day page is a great place to start a session. Here you can find out more about the theme and what it means. You will also be encouraged to strike a pose – and accept the challenge. Here’s a video you’ll find on the webpage. An energizing way to begin thinking about the topic and start a discussion with an adult learner. Why not follow up this video with a reading activity! News for You has an interesting article about how children …

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Happy Birthday, Dr Seuss

Dr Seuss started creating books for early readers after learning that so many American children were having trouble learning to read. About Dr Seuss Want to learn more about his incredible life. Here’s a great article to share during a tutoring session: https://www.cbc.ca/books/60-facts-about-the-world-of-dr-seuss-1.4557340 Books by Dr Seuss And if you’re looking for Dr Seuss books to read or recommend, there are lots to choose from but some to avoid! https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/dr-seuss-books-publication-racist-images-1.5933033 Read-Aloud with The Lorax Here’s my favourite and a great read-aloud to enjoy with your children. Brightly Storytime has lots of other read-aloud books to choose from in their YouTube …

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Black History Month

February is Black History Month. In Canada, this year’s theme is The Future is Now. The Government of Canada’s website has lots of information including short biographies and videos about the many noteworthy Black figures in Canadian history, This month there are also lots of other interesting and inspiring articles to read, watch and discuss with your learner as part of your session. Here are just a few. For events in Montreal to celebrate Black history this month, check out the Mois l’Histoire des Noirs (MHN) website. MHN has lots to offer. If you are looking for a webinar on …

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Family Literacy Day

“The more that you READ, the more things you will KNOW. The more that you LEARN, the more places you’ll GO.” Dr. Seuss January 27th is Family Literacy Day! Created in 1999 by ABC Literacy Canada, their goal is to remind families of the importance of participating in reading and learning activities together on a daily basis. Below are some fun activities that will help celebrate the day. Enjoy! ABC Life Literacy – Illustrator Barbara Reid, Canadian Author and Illustrator – EVENT – Grades 1-6 The Family Literacy Day honorary chair this year is Barbara Reid, Canadian author and illustrator …

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