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“Thank you, Sam-I-Am!”

Today Joel Barohn, a registered dietitian and chef,  is sharing tips for helping children become healthy eaters. Do you remember discovering Sam-I-am and his Green Eggs and Ham?  Reading Dr. Seuss with my parents at bedtime, as I am sure many of you experienced, occurred not once, not twice, but quite often thrice.  Dr. Seuss’… Read more

Healthy Eating Songs and Rhymes

It’s Family Literacy Week! Today we’re delighted to welcome Lindsey Krabbenhoft as our guest blogger. Getting kids to eat healthy foods is one of a caregiver’s most important and sometimes daunting job. We know healthy foods help kids grow, fueling both their bodies and their brains. But eating is about so much more than food!… Read more

P is for photo contest

Family Literacy Week starts this weekend. Here are some ways to join the fun: Enter our Family Literacy Week Photo Contest. It’s easy. Take photos of family literacy activities using the “What’s on My Plate?” template, post to facebook.com/decodaliteracy and be entered to win a prize. Use your imagination – draw, paint, colour, write, fold… Read more

Soft Skills at Work

Soft Skills at Work is a new series of photostories from Grass Roots Press. Research shows that soft skills are important to success in the workplace, sometimes even more important than technical skills. This series uses photostories to feature six soft skills: Working as a Team (teamwork) Thinking on Your Feet (problem solving) Putting Customers… Read more

Kitchen Science for Kids

While children are cooking healthy foods, they are informally seeing science in action. When they shake salad dressing, whip eggs, and stir ingredients together, they observe changes in state. Add some heat with cooking, such as baking bread or hard boiling eggs, and there’s even more to see. There are also lots of experiments that… Read more

Immersive Reader

Immersive Reader is a free tool from Microsoft that can help improve readability of text.  Designed to improve accessibility for student with dyslexia and dysgraphia in classrooms, it can also support anyone who would benefit from hearing text, having parts of speech highlighted,  and/or changing font or size of text. Below is a brief introduction… Read more

Early Math and Healthy Eating

Young children use math concepts and skills in everyday activities even before they start school. One of the everyday activities where children can practice early math skills is healthy eating. Here are some things for adults and children to try together: Count fruit such as apples, oranges, bananas Talk about the shape of different foods… Read more

Device Free Dinner

A little Friday fun as we get closer to Family Literacy Week – Many of the benefits of eating together are better if it’s a screen-free meal. Here’s a series of videos with Will Ferrell showing what not to do at the dinner table. For common sense tips and tools for eating together without phones,… Read more

Trauma-informed EAL

Are you working with refugee women who have experienced trauma?  Here’s a resource for you. The Pacific Immigrant Resources Society (PIRS) has published Trauma-Informed EAL: PIRS Teacher’s Guide to Trauma-Informed English as an Additional Language. Here’s what the curriculum designer, Diana Jefferies, has to say about the approach: The PIRS classes for refugee women are… Read more

Cooking Together

Cooking with children is a family activity that can help children learn about healthy eating. It also provides opportunities for children to develop literacy skills, including learning about number and measurement, colour, taste, texture, changes in state, and a lot of new words. Seven tips for cooking with children: Adults should always be supervising. Cook… Read more