Earlier this year, The Secret Lives of Americans TV documentary series included a segment on Cleo, a loving and supportive mother from Alabama who has always encouraged her children to pursue their educational goals — all while struggling to share her own literacy issues with her family. In this video she talks about the impact… Read more
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Which One Doesn’t Belong?
Which One Doesn’t Belong? is a website that provides though-provoking math puzzles. Each puzzle consists of four images. For each puzzle the question is the same – which one doesn’t belong? There are no answers provided because for each set of four images, there is more than one right answer. The only test of being… Read more
Getting to Know Your iPad
Getting to Know Your iPad lessons is another popular digital literacy resource from the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy. Learn the basics for getting started, using email, contacts and calendars, photos, Facebook, communicating using Facetime and iMessages and more. This field-tested and popular curriculum includes a workbook as well as facilitator’s notes. The same easy… Read more
Awareness of Adult Literacy Issues
During the summer, ProLiteracy conducted a survey looking at American public awareness of adult literacy and adult basic education. Four highlights are summarized in the infographic below. Click the image to view a larger version. The results show the need to increase public awareness of the impact of low adult literacy and the availability… Read more
Are you looking for a team project for children that encourages curiosity, creativity, patience, flexibility, persistence, respect for others and their ideas, and collaborative problem solving? Destination Imagination is an educational non-profit that develops project-based learning programs blending STEM with arts and social entrepreneurship. Each year new academic challenges are created. Students work in teams… Read more
To Raise a Reader
Today marks the start of Raise-a-Reader Week! One of the clearest pieces of advice for raising a reader is to read to a child. Many parents do just that, but may stop once a child can read on their own. Doug Lemov on how to ‘push the margins’ of what children can read is a… Read more
Teach Adults to Read Using Newspapers
Looking for tips and strategies for using current events with your adult students? Teach Adults to Read with News Stories: Part 1 describes five teaching strategies you can use with easy to read news stories: 1. Stump the teacher 2. Write creative journal entries 3. Literal and inferential questions 4. Tell the teacher 5. Sound… Read more
Answers May Vary
Answers May Vary was a Bow Valley College project that looked at literacy strategies, resources and effective practices for adult learners with developmental disabilities. The research findings led to the creation of two practical guides: Answers May Vary Guidebook: Incorporating Literacy & Other Essential Skills into Daily Life for Adults with Disabilities is an easy… Read more
Thanks to the enthusiastic response of Decoda Literacy Library borrowers, 209 resources were circulated last week. The library is now closed until after Thanksgiving. The three lucky winners in our library draw are Katie Andruschuk, Sandra McLellan , and Mary Ann Snowden. They will each receive a cozy pair of Literacy is Life purple socks…. Read more
The Benefits of Reading with Your Child
Raise-a-Reader Week starts next week and runs from September 22nd to 29th. Reading with children does more than develop language skills. The Cleveland Clinic has created an infographic that outlines the benefits of reading to children and offers tips to make reading a part of playtime and bedtime. Click the image below to see the… Read more
Preparing for an Earthquake
Two resources released this year help teach students about getting ready for an earthquake. The Earthquake Preparedness Unit was developed by LISTN for adult ESL students at Canadian Language Benchmark Levels 4 and 5. The Unit consists of four core lessons, each 1.5 hours long: • Introduction: Preparing for an Earthquake • Workshop: An Emergency… Read more
In the Workplace and In the Community
Bow Valley College and NorQuest College in Alberta collaborated to create two new e-textbooks for immigrant adult learners who require English language programming. They are open educational resources and freely available. In the Workplace: An Intermediate Integrated Skills Textbook In the Community: An Intermediate Integrated Skills Textbook The e-textbooks target learning materials at Canadian Language… Read more
Are you working with adult EAL students who have experienced trauma? Beyond Trauma: Language Learning Strategies for New Canadians Living with Trauma is a new resource from LISTN that is designed to help you. Beyond Trauma: Language Learning Strategies for New Canadians Living with Trauma provides approaches, strategies, and language goals for the English as… Read more
Important Library News
The Decoda Library will be closed at end of day this Friday, September 16th, reopening on October 11th. Please make any requests for resources you’ll need before this Friday. Anyone who requests resources this week will be entered in a draw to win a pair of our Literacy is Life purple socks. There will be… Read more
Helping Children Learn
Are you looking for easy to read resources for parents of babies, toddlers and preschoolers? Helping Children Learn: fun activities to do with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers is a new website that has a series of wonderful booklets that you can use. Created by Joan Acosta and Bev Burke, these colourful booklets present playful, everyday… Read more