A little word about our child and youth literacy programming
Victoria Literacy Connection is a piece of a very complex literacy puzzle in our community. We are strictly a literacy organization. VLC offers services for those who are in the "grey area", meaning those who do not have a behavioural or literacy challenge, but who simply need that extra reinforcement to advance their literacy skills, whether it be reading, writing or math.
We will evaluate each case individually and provide referral suggestions if the child or youth is outside of the scope that our volunteer and paid tutors can provide.
If your child has learning and/or behavioural challenges that go beyond VLC capacity, we would recommend to contact either the Learning Curve or Five Behaviour and Education Consulting Services Inc., which have staff to accommodate your child's specific learning needs.
COVID-19 Response - Two New Online Programs
Due to self-isolation measures, our traditional programming ceased as we were no longer able to meet face-to-face. To respond to the emerging literacy needs, VLC started using online platforms to facilitate literacy support for children and youth. This has turned out to be a great success, so much so that we have decided to continue to pursue online learning in addition to traditional approaches when pandemic measures are no longer in place.
1. VLC E-Reading Book Club
This program was developed in response to the pandemic. VLC trained literacy volunteers facilitate secure online reading groups of up to 3 children each. Depending upon the reading and grade level (2-5), the sessions are held two to three times a week for a three week period. Each session is up to one hour. Children are encouraged to keep to their respective groups and to attend all sessions. We are in the third session, which started June 8. Stay tuned for upcoming dates throughout the summer and beyond!
This program is open to learners from Greater Victoria (school districts 61, 62 and 63). Learners can use desktops, laptops, tablet or cell phones to to participate, though cell phone users may not be able to see fellow participants. Tutors will screen share an electronic version of the books during sessions, so there is no need for learners to have a copy at home. The eReading Club is a free program, but you must register your children to reserve a spot. Follow us on Facebook or watch our homepage to see upcoming dates.
2. Online 1:1 Child, Youth and Adult Volunteer Tutoring
As our traditional 1:1 literacy support program was not able to continue in-person, our dedicated volunteers have shown flexibility by taking their literacy support online. Children and youth are supported with reading, writing, math and English language. Sessions are held 1-2 times a week for an hour at a time.
VLC Reading Partners Program
This program started in January 2019 in several Greater Victoria elementary schools, and has been a great success. Now, we wish to expand 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 their 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 with our 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.
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, Oaklands and McKenzie), 62 (pending) and 63 (pending). If you have a child that you think would benefit from this program, please check with your school Principal to see if VLC 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.
Child and Youth 1:1 Volunteer Literacy Tutoring (Reading, Writing and Math)
For years, we have been working with the Mustard Seed Street Church to help their adult members improve their literacy abilities. They have requested that VLC also support their child and youth members through one-on-one tutoring to support the childrens' advancement in school. This program expanded quickly to include children and youth outside of the Mustard Seed sphere as well.
We assess the child'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: email@example.com, or contact our office directly.
If you have a child or youth, who needs homework support, and cannot pay any fees, please feel free to contact our Child Literacy Coordinator for more details. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 250-385-0014.
If you are a service provider in Greater Victoria that has clients who need literacy support, please do not hesitate to contact us for referral options.
If you are interested in volunteering to tutor a child or youth (grades 2-12), please contact our office.
Remedial Program for Children & Youth
Using recognized and proven assessments, VLC’s qualified B.C. 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.
Each learner will have to undergo a Level B assessment (see below), if the learner is not in possession of a legitimate assessment already. This is required in order for the tutor to develop an individual learning plan for the student.
One-hour classes, Monday through Friday starting at 3:30 and ending at 7:30
$50/hour for individual tutoring.
Funds raised through Remedial Tutoring go to support our subsidized programming.
Language Arts and Mathematics Diagnostic Assessments
VLC 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.
306-620 View Street, Victoria – by arrangement
Please call the Victoria Literacy Connection office for monthly assessment times: 250-385-0014.
$160/assessment for either Language Arts or Mathematics.
Funds raised through theses assessments go towards our subsidized programming.