PacificCARE “Enriching the lives of children and families” Vol. 3 Issue 4
Welcome to the World Of… Keys to Literacy
for in developmentally appropriate books for
acificCARE is pleased to offer a
children from infancy to six years, and what
series of early literacy workshops in
children need in order to learn to read and write.
all our communities in 2004 called “Keys to
Literacy”. This training is based upon the importance of
oral language so come prepared to; interact,
WINTER Based on the “You Bet I Care” Canadian Child
learn new rhymes and songs, exchange ideas
Care Study completed in 1999/2000, these
2003/4 workshops are designed to raise awareness and
about how to expand books into all areas of your
curriculum and laugh. At the end of each training
enthusiasm for daily learning opportunities with
9-327 Prideaux St. session there will be a great resource package
early literacy activities.
Nanaimo, BC (including a Key chain with rhymes, parenting
V9R 2N4 Over the past three years in Port Alberni, Keys to tips, speech & language info, recipes and
Phone: Literacy has been designed and delivered to a activities) for each participants….which you’ll
(250)716-2022 wonderful group of people who live and work in receive as you hand in your evening evaluation!!
Fax: the early childhood field. Once a month, Family
(250)716-2023 When we considered the possible learning
Childcare Providers, Early Childhood Care &
Toll Free: opportunities that each day holds for young
Education Practitioners, ECCE students, Family
1-888-480-CARE children, and the awesome responsibilities that
Support Workers and Facilitators of Parenting
www.pacific-care.bc.ca we share together in positively impacting young
Programs have joined together for an evening of
children’s lives, we wanted to share this training
learning and networking.
Editor: with you.
Judy Stewart In the Spring of 2003, Pacific Child & Family
Your local consultants will be organizing the
Enrichment Society obtained permission from the
Published quarterly training for your community. Registration for the
Keys to Literacy Steering Committee in Port
training sessions will be done through the
Alberni to use their model and put forward a
Nanaimo Office: 1-888-480-2273. Theresa
proposal to the Vancouver Foundation to deliver
Gereluk will be overseeing the project and if you
Keys to Literacy in nine other communities. In
have any questions you may contact her through
June of 2003, PacificCARE received word that
the 1-888 number or call her directly in Port
the proposal had been accepted. The busy
Funded by the Ministry Alberni - (250) 723-0001.
months of planning and preparation have led us
to announcing this training opportunity to you. Theresa Gereluk, Child Care Consultant for Port Alberni and
Women’s Services the West Coast
By a combination of funding from PacificCARE
and the Vancouver Foundation Grant, the Keys
to Literacy training will be offered to all Inside this issue:
participants with no fee attached.
Letter from the Executive Director 2
PacificCARE At each of the workshop sessions we will provide
Sponsored by Pacific theory, practical and hands-on information along Choosing Quality Books 3
Child and Family
Enrichment Society with interesting activities. We will also have local Theme Box Winners! 4
guest presenters come and speak on topics
related to various developmental areas, such as Welcome to New Caregivers 4
speech & language and motor control. Practical Classified/Reading to Your Child/Fun With Insert
information will be shared such as: what to look Flannel
2 THE PROVIDER
THE BOARD OF PACIFIC CHILD AND
Executive Director: Shirley Summers
Office Staff: Hettie Fuson, Shanda Harris, FAMILY ENRICHMENT SOCIETY
Margaret Sinclair, Judy Stewart
Office Number: 716-2022 or 1-888-480-CARE(2273)
The Board would look forward to registering
FAX 716-2023. new members. If you are interested, please call
(250) 716-2022 or
Child Care Consultants: 1-888-480-CARE
Joyce McMann Campbell River 286-9790 Board meetings:
Every third Sunday of the month.
Kathy Rae Campbell River 286-9790
Please call the office for times and location.
Carlene Steeves Comox Valley 338-4288
Joanne Cruickshank Nanaimo/Ladysmith 753-0125 Everyone Welcome
Carmen Barclay Nanaimo 714-8754
Anita Hickey Nanaimo 741-6226
Julie Rushton North Island 956-3318
Laura Knickle Parksville 248-8661
Theresa Gereluk Port Alberni 723-0001 Dear Child Care Providers,
Lori Burge Powell River (604) 483-4544
Thank you for your patience during this past two
years of funding uncertainty for us. The threat of
PacificCARE (NANAIMO) OFFICE HOURS government cuts has necessitated changes in
Monday to Thurs. 8:30am to 4:30pm several ways including our fee structure. As I write
to you, I understand that our funders will be
Friday 8:30am to 4:00pm
negotiating a contract with us to continue
Lunch 12:00-12:30 pm providing service to you. Even though the funding
Closed weekends and all stat holidays. will not be as much as in the past, I believe that
with many efficiencies that we have begun to
*CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY HOURS* implement, PacificCARE will be able offer you the
Closed Dec. 24, 2003 at noon, 25th & 26th quality you expect of an organization such as ours.
Closed Jan. 1st and 2nd, 2004 The focus of this issue is that of early literacy, and
Opening January 5, 2004 our Keys to Literacy project sponsored by the
Vancouver Foundation. Look for free workshops
PacificCARE has prepared a corner of the in your area and find out for yourself how exciting
Nanaimo Regional Office for YOUR child care advertising this approach is.
needs. Please bring in your leaflets, pamphlets, business cards
and advertising. FREE Internet access will also be available;
open to PacificCARE members only.
Shirley Summers, M.Ed.
Executive Director, PacificCARE
Small - 75¢ per foot
Large - $1.50 per foot
Photocopying fees: 8 ½ x 11” - 10¢ per copy. Bring your own
paper - 5¢ per copy Deborah Davenport and Laura Knickle,
Fax: 25¢ per call
conveners of the two-day, CIRCLE OF FRIENDS
Phone the office at 716-2022 for information.
Conference, in Parksville, October 24th and
25th, would like to extend a HUGE thank you
PacificCARE would like to express their thanks to to everyone who helped to make the weekend
LITERACY NANAIMO for their donation of children’s event a success!
THE PROVIDER 3
Ages three to four
CHOOSING QUALITY BOOKS
from FRP Canada Goals
• Affirm self-worth and that it’s okay to make mistakes
The goal is not only to raise children who can read; it is to raise • Letters and numbers
children who choose to read- Mary Gordon, Keynote speech at the
celebration of the 100th anniversary of Frontier College, Toronto, 1999. • Counting, classifying and comparing objects
Parents are encouraged to read to their children every day, but • Acceptance of diversity and cultural contributions of home
this doesn’t mean reading just anything. The quality of the and community
literature that you share with children could make the difference • Encourage social skills of sharing, taking turns and
between a child who can read and a child who chooses to identifying and talking about feelings
read. Good books, shared in a warm and safe environment,
Types of Books
promote children’s personal, cognitive, moral and social
development. Here are a few ideas to help you choose • Concept books with large colourful pictures that invite
appropriate books for the age of your child. Librarians can also children to compare, classify, group and count a variety of
point you towards books that have proven themselves as objects
children’s favourites. A few examples
Babies to age two years • Arnold Adoff - Black is Brown is Tan
Goals • Molly Bang - When Sophie Gets Angry
• Introduce young children to books • Paulette Bourgeois - Franklin (series)
• Develop perception and hearing using simple, rhythmic, • Ted Harrison - A Northern Alphabet (and other alphabet
repetitive language books from Tundra Books)
• Link objects in the world to objects in the books • Robert Heidbreder - I Wished for a Unicorn
• Build self-esteem and security (family routines) • Pat Hutchins - Where’s the Baby?
Types of Books • Robert Munsch - David’s Father
• Sturdy, chewable cloth or board books with bright pictures of • Barbara Reid - The Party
objects that are familiar to the baby
• Maurice Sendak - Where the Wild Things Are
A few examples
Ages four to five
• Mother Goose - many versions
• Eric Carle - The Hungry Caterpillar
• Stimulate memory and vocabulary by telling short,
• K.M. Denton - A Child’s Treasury of Nursery Rhymes meaningful stories and inviting children to re-tell
• Eric Hill - Spot (series) • Build concepts of sequence and of time, such as day of the
• Helen Oxenbury - Tom and Pippo (series) week, seasons, etc.
• Margaret Wise Brown - Good Night Moon • Recognize and handle emotions
Ages two to three • Empathy: identify with characters and story
• Categorizing, grouping Types of books
• Colours and shapes • Children love storytelling at this age; flannel boards and
picture stories are popular too.
• Affirm emerging self-identity and sense of self-worth
A few examples
• Social development: build on interest in other families and
the behaviours and values of others. • Rachna Gilmore - A Screaming Kind of Day
• Stimulate imagination and make believe • Demi - One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale
Types of books • Tomie De Paola - Strega Nona
Large colourful picture books • Angela Johnson - Tell Me a Story, Mama
A few examples • Robert Munsch - Ribbon Rescue
• Debra Frasier - On the Day You Were Born • William Steig - Spinky Sulks
• Marie-Louise Gay - Good Morning Sam • Janet Stevens - The House that Jack Built
• Teddy Jam - Night Cars This resource sheet is based on Weaving Literacy into Family and Community Life: A Resource
Guide for Promoting Literacy in Family Resource Programs (2000) by Smythe and Weinstein,
• Dennis Lee - Alligator Pie Ottawa
• Leo Lionni - Little Blue and Little Yellow Family Literacy Day—January 27, 2004
• Sam McBratney - Guess How Much I Love You www.abc-canada.org
4 THE PROVIDER
• DINO THEME BOX WINNERS
Welcome to New Caregivers On Our Program Congratulations... to King’s Kids
Catholic and Community Preschool in
Comox and to Kidsinc Family Child Care
in Courtenay, both winners of the Dinosaur
LNR April Brosko
Theme Box membership draw, October 10. Both centres
Courtenay Elementary OOSC Angela Ackerman
qualified for the draw by paying their fees on time! Thanks
Courtenay’s Kidz FCC Robin Lloyd
to both of you!
Dragonfly FCC Laura Lister
Royston Group Day Care Tracy Wharram • The winner of the door prize at the Powell River
PacificCARE launch was Sharon Muncaster from
Shining Stars Family Child Care. Sharon won Peter
Nanoose 1st Nations & Headstart CM Sandra Scott
Rabbit with his own storybook for her daycare, donated by
LNR Sheryl Friesen
Suzanne Martin. Congratulations Sharon!
Live Out Nanny Heather McEwan
Live Out Nanny Ashley Brownbridge • Congratulations to the Swap/Shop raffle winners at the
Happy Faces B/A School Connie Barth/Carolyn Martin PacificCARE launch in Nanaimo:-Fran Bafaro, Lynn
Taylor’s Playhouse FCC Lori Arscott Helset, Nonie Vandersluys, Wendy Koch, and Sharon
Larkins. Our thanks to the donors, Kool &Child, Sparrow
Port Hardy/N. Island
Software, Tupperware®, Avon®, and Discovery Toys.
Thimbleberry’s Child Care Centre/ Caroline Derkson-Marrara
Sointula Coop Preschool Marnie Crowe
TOP TEN FREE TOYS FOR CHILDREN
Applejacks FCC (Errington) Lisa Wilson
Bronson’s Place OOSC (Nanoose) Cheryl Brucker 1. Cape made from a bath towel
LNR Lisa McTavish
2. Empty squeeze bottles for tub toys
Time For Tykes FCC Jan Aitken
3. Arm sling made from a dish towel
4. Pretend grocery store stocked with empty food
Country Corner FCC Karrine McFarlane packages (canned goods, cereal boxes, spices, etc.)
Kat’s Kids FCC Kathleen Lessard
5. Binoculars made from empty toilet roll tubes
Powell River taped together (add plastic food wrap lenses for
Playscapes Child Care Christie Mitchell
Mini Melodies FCC Ildiko Kelly 6. Puppets made from the stray socks piling up in
the laundry room
7. Sewing cards made from clean Styrofoam trays
and old shoelaces
8. Pretend post office stocked with junk mail
• PacificCARE has extended its registry of Live-Out
9. Tent made from sheets and blankets
Nannies to all regions on our program. If you are
interested in providing care in a child’s own home, 10. Cardboard box
please call the office and leave your name and number. S
Honorary mention: Own library A
You will be contacted for an interview with one of our card F
child care consultants. For details phone 716-2022 or UV
1-888-480-CARE (2273). (Adapted from Book of Lists to Live by, G RV O
Crystal Kirgiss, mother of three.)
READING TO YOUR CHILD FUN WITH FLANNEL by Sylvia Tritch
How to read a book to your child… IDEAS AND ACTIVITIES TO INVOLVE YOUR CHILDREN IN LEARNING FUN
• Show delight and enthusiasm as
you read. Never turn reading into a
Try to read to your child each day.
S torytelling has long been a favourite activity of young children.
Stories give great pleasure and those feelings of pleasure
result in a love of literature and a future interest in reading. Flannel
• Find time when you and your child
are relaxed and interested in boards are a wonderful way to extend storytelling.
reading, such as at bedtime or after
a nap. Presenting a story on a flannel board frees you to watch your children’s expressions
• Let your child choose the books
and pages to read. and provides children with opportunities to participate. Many young children who find
• Point to the pictures as you talk it difficult to sit passively, participate enthusiastically in a flannel story. Shy children
about them. often begin to show self-confidence as they experiment with flannel-board props.
• For very young children, talk about
the picture; read the text when
they are older. A flannel board interest centre can be developmentally appropriate for all children.
• Let the child help hold the book Toddlers enjoy working with large pieces in a variety of textures, while older children
and turn the pages. enjoy creating original stories. All you need is a shelf, materials and imagination.
• Tell a familiar story, but leave out Whether you use flannel boards in small groups or to encourage children to work
words or parts of sentences for
your child to fill in. individually, language skills develop as children formulate their own stories and tell
• Let your child describe the pictures them to others.
and tell the story to you.
• Write down your child’s
homemade story and read it to MAKE YOUR OWN FIGURES
• Ask the child to make up a story or You can make figures for flannel board activities from felt, fabric interfacing,
to finish one you have started. laminated cardboard, and construction paper. Cut illustrations from damaged books,
• If your child periodically does not
show an interest in reading, or use magazine pictures and photographs glued to cardboard. (Paper and
continue to read to the child as he/ cardboard figures need felt, sandpaper, or Velcro glued to the back to adhere.) You
she plays quietly. Eventually the can also glue Velcro to lightweight, three-dimensional plastic objects.
child will again be eager to
participate in reading.
Resource books, poetry, songbooks and storybooks provide great ideas for flannel.
How to choose a good book Just ask yourself, “How could I make that into a flannel board activity?”
• Stories should be appropriate for
the child’s age level. Many schools HINTS FOR PRESENTING ACTIVITIES
or public libraries offer lists of
books by age range and subject Presenting flannel board stories and activities isn’t difficult. Here are some hints to
• Pictures should be clear, with not help you along:
too many objects on a page.
• The pictures should tell a story Practice your story or activity before you do it for the children.
that makes sense without the Know the story well, so you can make eye contact as you tell it.
• Predictable story lines are always a
great way to encourage “turn- Be sure everyone can see the board and get to it easily.
taking.” Make the story Use large, easy-to-handle props as well.
interactive – provide a role for the
Let your enthusiasm show.
• Stories should be for pleasure and
fun, but include educational books, Your excitement motivates children to listen and participate.
too. Some books may teach new
speech sounds, concepts (such as Instead of putting the materials away when you are finished, store them in your
farm animals, things we wear,
flannel board interest centre.
colours,) or morals (how to share,
make friends, etc.) Use flat boxes or tote trays to avoid wrinkling. Encourage children to reproduce the
• Books should help add new words activity on their own or create new ones.
to the child’s vocabulary.
advertising/classified THE PROVIDER
CLASSIFIED • Little Tikes® Variety Climber with swing attach-
ments, 6 months old, asking $400.
OPPORTUNITIES WITH • Little Tikes® Imagine Playhouse, 6 months old,
PacificCARE • Hedstrom® sand and water table used once, 6
months old, comes with sand, boats and accesso-
Do you have something to sell? Our new ries, asking $75.00
THRIFTY FIFTY advertising feature is offering All items are in excellent condition.
FREE advertising in the Provider for items $50 Contact: Carrie Hubert (250) 245-9273-Ladysmith
and under. Offer is open to registered
members of PacificCARE only.
Rates for larger tagged items over $50 are as
follows: Sharon Prentice-Mody, BA, BSW, Doula
Business card size ad-$12.00 per ad/ per Labour and Birth Assistant
issue or $24.00 for double size. e-baby Infant and Parenting Services
Deadline for next issue will be February 15, Seryna-Bree Doula Services
In addition, Pacific Child and Family E-mail:email@example.com
Enrichment Society is offering one free
business card size ad with every new Because the miracle of birth... should be the
most wonderful experience of your life.
membership to the Society.
• Sparrow Software Development and Sales
...Introduces the first of its new line of products
FOR SALE CHILD CARE ADMINISTRATION SOFTWARE
• 1997 Mazda, 8 passenger van, fully loaded,
excellent condition, very clean, snow tires Key Features:
and chains. Invoice and schedule in one operation.
$13,300 o.b.o Track parent/guardian information, names, addresses and
• All day care supplies: crafts, toys games Track child information:
and cabinets. $1,100. Doctors information, Care Card Numbers, Relationships,
Health, Inoculation Information.
Call Tricia @ (250)245-8581 (Ladysmith BC) Child history on billing, schedules, health problems.
Call Chris Hatenboer: (250) 246-1875
Or e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org for a personal software
demonstration. Ten percent discount for PacificCARE
Have some things to swap? members.
Contact us with a list of
items you would be willing
to give away and we will
PacificCARE is not responsible for the safety or reliability of items sold
publish them free of charge. from this newsletter. Buyers are advised to check products or services
carefully before purchasing.
Community Contacts P. RIVER
Campbell River PacificCARE office is located in the Sunrise Resources building. You can reach Joyce or
Kathy at 286-9790.
ECE meetings every second month on the last Monday of the month @ 7:15pm- For location and
information, please call 286-9790.
PacificCARE support meetings every second Monday of the month except when a stat holiday falls in the
week and will then be moved to the third Monday. 7:15pm @ Sunrise Resources (Tyee Plaza)- contact
Kathy or Joyce @286-9790.
Child Care Planning Meetings every second month. Contact Kathy or Joyce @ 286-9790
PacificCARE and Child Development Services. Contact Carlene or Ann-Marie (OSA)@ 338-4288.
Network nights/workshops usually 2nd. Tuesday or Wednesday of each month.
ECEBC Comox Valley Branch—for information re: dates and locations call Penny or Keri@ 338-8445 or
Penny at home @ 337-8547. Meetings 1st Monday of the month.
Courtenay Health Unit - 338-1711
Health Unit—Immunizations Fairs—1665 Grant Ave. Call 755-3341 or 755-3342
0-6 Network - meets four times a year. Contact Carmen @716-2022
Car Seat Safety (Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician) - Cheryl Morgan - 755-6245 for workshop
E.C.E.B.C meetings - Kolbie Rai– 754-2499
Caring and Sharing Committee - Sharon Larkins - 741-0600
Community Care Facility Licensing Information Meetings — Phone 714-0424 for times and registration.
C.A.L.M Committee (Community Approach to Lice Management) - Lynn Alton @755-3341 or Anita Hickey
Child Development Centre - 753-0251
Malaspina University College - 753-3245
School District #68 - 741-5231
Nanaimo Men’s Resource Centre - 716-1551
Parks &Recreation (City of Nanaimo) - 756-5200
PORT HARDY— Playgroup at the Infant Development Program every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to
12:00 pm. Bring your snack. Mondays, 10-11:30am @ Family Place. Family Celebration Day last Tuesday
of every month from 2:30-4:00pm @ Family Place. N.I. Crisis Centre 949-8333,
Arrowsmith Child Care Association Meetings - 2nd Tuesdays. See Noticeboard for more information.
Parksville Health Unit - 249 W. Hirst Ave., 248-2044
For First Aid Courses contact Simon Illet, 723-9686 or Richard Kaufman @ 724-6230.
Keys to Literacy workshops—Contact Theresa @ 723-0001
Family Day Care Association meeting—third Wednesday of every month-contact Theresa @ 723-0001
ECE meetings every third Monday. See Noticeboard for more information.
Family Ties - Eleanor Gee– 726-2224. Drop-in every Tuesday at 10:30am
Make Children First Initiative—West Coast . Contact Eleanor Gee 726-7686 or Sarah Hogan @ 726-3452 for
date and time of monthly meetings.
West Coast Women’s Resource Centre - Margaret Morrison, Coordinator - 726-2343
West Coast Child Care Providers Networking meetings are held each month. For information on dates and
times call Eleanor Gee @726-7686
Remember to check your Noticeboard in this Newsletter for more community workshops and events.
Keep this sheet for your records. A new copy will be included in your next newsletter if any changes have been made.
www.pacific-care.bc.ca - PacificCARE with links to other services DO WE HAVE YOUR CURRENT E-MAIL
www.gov.bc.ca - Government of B.C .
Have you updated lately?
www.wstcoast.org - Westcoast Childcare Resource Centre. New job
posting page. Search for jobs in the care field in BC. Advertise your It is important that we have your current
own job opportunities free of charge. vacancies and information on our data
base. If you have an e-mail address,
www.cfc-efc.ca - Child and Family Canada- providing information, please send it to us. This may be a more
research and resources on child care, and more. convenient way for you to update your
www.hasbro.com - for age appropriate toys. current information. We are also able to
contact you with information as it arrives.
www.workfamilytips.ca - from the Canadian Child Care Federations Our address:
to help families share winning strategies for balancing work and family
www.caringforkids.cps.ca - child health information from Canadian
www.safekid.org - Children’s Safety Association of Canada— A Canadian Non-Profit Assoc.—Home Safety Checklist, plus
www.bccf.bc.ca - BC Council of Families, resources in languages for strengthening and supporting families.
www.gov.bc.ca/healthplanning - click on Community Care Licensing/child care. See “publications” for the Parents’ Guide
to Selecting Child Care.
www.safekidscanada.ca - Safety tips for keeping children safe in the home and more.
www.enchantedlearning.com - produces children’s educational web sites and games.
www.mhr.gov.bc.ca - BC Employment and Assistance, Ministry of Programs and services— Child Care Subsidy.
www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/programs - information on new Criminal Record Review Agency procedures, including forms.
www.eparentingnetwork.ca - a one-stop parenting resource for Canadians.
www.canadian-health-network.ca - health information service sponsored by Health Canada. Access to multiple sources of
www.childcare.net - crafts, parent/caregiver/employer corner, member services, products, free email, community forum and
www.abc-canada.org - ABC Canada Literacy Foundation; public awareness, research on literacy in Canada, and
Family Literacy Day topics.