VLC Reading Partners Program - NEW!

We are starting a new reading support program and we are in need of volunteer reading partners, who are willing to sit for 1-2 hours once a week with several individual learners to practice their reading. The children attending this program are pre-selected by their own school teachers. Each child will read for around 20 minutes, and the reading partner will offer encouragement. As each child will be reading four days a week, a note system will be established, whereupon the peer Reading Partner will be able to continue where the child left off the day before to allow for continuity. All volunteer Reading Partners will receive training and follow-up by the Child Literacy Coordinator. All Reading Partners must undergo a criminal record check, which can be facilitated by our office.

If you are interested in becoming a Reading Partner, please contact our office or fill in a volunteer form.


Math Club and Individual Math Tutoring - NEW!

We have received calls from numerous parents, who do not feel able to support their children with their math homework once their kids get to middle and high school. We have heard your cry for help!

This math literacy program is available for students coming from families, who are not able to pay for private tutoring. The sessions are free of charge and will be held once or twice a week.

The 1:1 format is with an volunteer adult tutor facilitated at a public space. Time is agreed between the learner's guardian, the learner and the tutor. A guardian must be present during the sessions.

The Math Club will be facilitated twice a week after school by 2 volunteer tutors, where several learners at the high school level will be working on math problems in a common area, while being supported by motivated and knowledgeable tutors. Learners can attend once or twice a week. Schedule to be determined. One session a month will be a math social event to celebrate the youth's progress.

This program is subsidized and relies on public grants and private donations.

If you have a child/youth who needs math support, please do not hesitate to contact our office and we will try to accommodate your request as best we can.

If you are interested in volunteering to tutor a child or youth (grades 6-12), please contact our office or fill in a volunteer form.


The Noisy Kids Reading Club

The Noisy Kids Reading Club is an after school literacy program offered in a number of schools in Saanich, Greater Victoria, and Sooke. Noisy Kids is for children in grades 2-5 who could benefit from extra literacy support. Trained literacy coaches and enthusiastic volunteers work with children in one on one and small group settings. Members of Noisy Kids enjoy nutritious snacks at each session.

In a creative, active learning environment, Noisy Kids blends remedial work using familiar reading, new reading and word study, with Readers’ Theatre and educational games. Key features of this program are the hosted family events and the opportunity for family members to share special books and games with children.

Noisy Kids operates in schools in School Districts 61 (George Jay, Vic West, Quadra, Cloverdale and McKenzie), 62 (Savoury and Happy Valley) and 63 (pending). If you have a child that you think would benefit from this program, please check with your principal to see if the Victoria Literacy Connection offers this program in your school.

The Noisy Kids Reading Club is a subsidized program relying on public grants and private donations.

If you are interested in teaching or volunteering to help with the Noisy Kids Program, please contact our office.


The Mustard Seed Street Church Literacy Support Collaboration

For years, we have been working with the Mustard Seed Street Church to help their adult members improve their literacy abilities. Now, we have initiated a collaboration with their child and youth members, through the encouragement of parents desiring support for their children's advancement in school. We assess the children's individual needs and pair them up with qualified and criminal background checked volunteers to support the children with their school work and general literacy issues.

This program is subsidized and relies on public grants and private donations.

If you use the services of the Mustard Seed Street Church and wish to learn more about this program, please contact Diane Pearson at tel: 250-220-6992 or email: diane@mustardseed.ca, or contact our office directly.

If you are interested in volunteering to tutor a child or youth (grades 2-12), please contact our office.

If you are a service provider in Greater Victoria, which has clients who need literacy support, please do not hesitate to contact us for referral options.


Remedial Program for Children & Youth

Using recognized and proven assessments, Victoria Literacy Connection’s qualified BC Certified teachers identify gaps in students’ learning, and develop individualized programs tailored to address these gaps in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics. In addition teachers work with students to develop appropriate study skills.

The VLC Remedial Program employs certified teachers who use a wide range of educational resources and strategies to develop academic skills and build confidence.

Students can choose individual tutoring or small classes.  These sessions are offered at the Victoria Literacy Connection’s comfortable offices in downtown Victoria.

Schedules:
One-hour classes, Monday through Friday starting at 3:30 and ending at 7:30

Costs:
$50/hour for individual tutoring.

Funds raised through Remedial Tutoring go to support our subsidized programming.


Language Arts and Mathematics Diagnostic Assessments

The Victoria Literacy Connection provides diagnostic academic assessments on a fee-paying basis for children and youth in the Greater Victoria area. Assessments are administered by qualified Level B Assessors and identify gaps and deficiencies in learning in Language Arts or Mathematics. This permits the parents to understand at what level their child is and in which field the child needs more support.

Location:
306-620 View Street, Victoria – by arrangement

Schedules:
Please call the Victoria Literacy Connection office for monthly assessment times: 250-385-0014.

Cost:
$160/assessment for either Language Arts or Mathematics.

Funds gained through theses assessments go towards our subsidized programming.