Today I had the opportunity to go to a voluntary day of training at our school board’s office.  It was wonderful to meet other educators who have worked in the Early Learning Kindergarten (ELK) for this past year, as well as meet new colleagues who will venture into their first year of the program next week. Betterworld Broker

We discussed how some of the ELK classrooms have worked, including partnerships between the DECE and the Registered Certified Teacher, the flow of the day, and play-based activities that have been tried and that children loved.  The theme of the day was play based learning and the vital role it plays in teaching our children.

What a wonderful way to begin a new school year!

The following four documents can be found at:

Science and literacy in the elementary classroom (The Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat/Ontario Association of Deans of Education; Elliott, 2010)

Reading fluency (The Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat, 2010; Capacity Building Series)

Let’s talk about listening (The Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat, 2009; Capacity Building Series )

A world of words: Enhancing vocabulary development for English Language  Learners (The Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat, 2009; Capacity Building Series)

Early childhood education: A global scenario. A study conducted by the Education International ECE Task Force (June, 2010). Available at:

The following international early years report are now posted on the EYEON website at:

Families count: Profiling Canada’s families (The Vanier Institute of the Family). Report available for download at:

Children’s access to print material and education-related outcomes: Findings from a meta-analytic review [Lindsay, 2010; Learning Point Associates for Reading is Fundamental (RIF)]. The report is available at:

The eceLINK (summer 2010) of the Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO) is available at:

Reprinted with permission.

Vital communities, vital support: How well do Canada’s communities support parents of young children? Phase 2 report: What parents tell us (Crill Russell, Birnbaum, Avison, & Ioannone, n.d.; Invest in Kids). Effective today, Invest in Kids will be winding down their operations due to the economic downturn. More information is available at:

The report, Early learning and care impact analysis (2010) was prepared by The Centre for Spatial Economics (Robert Fairholm) for the Atkinson Charitable Foundation. The report can be downloaded at: