Learning language outdoors a success

The 'Outdoor Adventures Program,' is intended to help families develop their language skills through play and outdoor activities

CHILDREN IN THE Outdoor Adventures Program have story time at Seal Bay.

CHILDREN IN THE Outdoor Adventures Program have story time at Seal Bay.

The ‘Outdoor Adventures Program,’ a program intended to help families develop their language skills through play and outdoor activities, has had a second successful year.

The program allows children and their parents to meet each week at different locations including parks, beaches and a local farm tour.

Exploring the beauty of the Comox Valley is a wonderful way to practice English, discover, explore your new home and connect to other families and the community.

“My children said that they can’t wait [for next year], they already miss it. We enjoyed and learned about nature and activities,” said one parent.

Although the program came to an end in July, the children’s learning has not. To remember their experiences, children received a photo album of their journey with the Outdoor Adventures Program. Each photo album contains questions to be answered with their parents about what they had found, learned and experienced. This allows the adventure and learning to continue with parents at home until next year.

The program is supported by the Immigrant Welcome Centre in partnership with the Courtenay Adult Literacy and Learning Centre, the Comox Valley Lifelong Learning Association and Family Literacy Professional and Facilitator Carlene Steeves.

Organizers intend to continue the program next year.

— Immigrant Welcome Centre

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