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A 30-hour summer experience to build strong foundational literacy skills in struggling early readers


  • Recognize the diverse cultural backgrounds of the campers as a strength
  • Recognize, include and welcome families, local Knowledge Keepers and local resources as guests to demonstrate and affirm diversity
  • Utilize wholistic approaches in all domains – cognitive, spiritual, emotional and physical
  • Create culturally rich learning environments that support all children to see and appreciate diversity around them 


  • Use observation and data to build awareness of children’s needs
  • Understand and recognize potential triggers
  • Create safe, trusting and supportive learning environments
  • Be prepared to respond when a child needs extra support, recognize when specialized resources are needed


  • Confirm that all children have mastered concepts about print
  • Reinforce mastery of phonemic awareness skills – rhyming, alliteration, substitution
  • Support and guide transition from de-coding, re-coding and en-coding
  • Reinforce mastery of safety and self-identification words and numbers – name, caregiver names, contacts, emergency

Foundational SKill

  • Expand skills through sharing engaging books and stories
  • Utilize simply written books to engage children in reading
  • Promote opportunities for children to build vocabulary through supportive interactions
  • Encourage conversations and interactions with books in the home

Camp Educator Resources

Culturally Affirming and Trauma Informed

Everyday Mental Health Classroom Resource. Mental Health Ontario and Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario: includes links to resources and activities in the areas of Critical and Creative Thinking (executive functioning), Healthy Relationship Skills, Identification and Management of Emotions, Positive Motivation and Perseverance, Self-awareness and Sense of Identity, and Stress Management and Coping.

Family and Community Engagement in Early Learning

ABC Family Literacy First website

Alberta Reading Benchmarks. Sharing the Journey with Adult Indigenous Learners: A Teaching Reading Strategies Guide (2013)

The Science of Reading and Early Literacy

Sight Words Website – includes Sight Words, Phonemic
Awareness, anCounting Lessons and Activities