Read All About Lit

Read All About Lit

Read All About Lit is the Decoda Literacy Library blog.

Look here for the latest news on what’s new in the library, useful links from around the web, and fun facts and contests.

Posts featuring books or resources are intended to highlight items we have recently acquired or accessed, and which we would like to share with our readership. They do not represent an endorsement.

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Science Milestones for Children

When we think of developmental milestones for children, we usually think about language, literacy and physical development. What about science milestones? “The overall goals of children’s development in science are to deepen their conceptual understandings of the world around them, to increase their comprehension of how science is practiced and to develop their abilities to… Read more

Bike to Work and School Week

Next week is Bike to Work & School Week in BC.  Starting on May 28th, the focus is on cycling for transportation, fun, health and wellness. There’s still time to get ready to participate.  You can register to win prizes.  To learn more, visit GoByBikeBC. Here are some resources with safe cycling tips: Bicycle Safety… Read more

Reading Success at Home

Today we are pleased to welcome Fiona Clare, the Literacy Outreach Coordinator in Kamloops, as our guest blogger. She shares the successful Come Read with Me family literacy workshop. When we know how to read, it is hard to remember what it is like not to be able to read. Twenty years ago, my son… Read more

ELL Fun and Games

Want to add some fun to your work with adult ELL students?  Here’s a collection of enjoyable activities that reinforce learning: Choose the MOST Correct Caption from Larry Ferlazzo ESL Bingo Set from successintesl (free download) ESL Games: What Is My Occupation? From tesol international ESL Jeopardy from How to play ESL Taboo from… Read more

Implicit Bias

Implicit bias has a real and significant impact on educators and their students. In the following video, Allyx Schiavone, Executive Director of the Friends Center for Children in New Haven, CT, discusses a three-year approach the Center administration took to address implicit bias among staff. To learn more about implicit bias, read: 5 Keys to… Read more

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day! The purpose of the day is to get everyone talking, thinking, and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) access/inclusion and people with different disabilities. Wondering what digital accessibility means? This introductory video includes 15 tips to help creators of websites, apps, software or documents make their technology more… Read more

Adult Literacy in Canada 2017

In 2017, CUPE conducted a study of the literacy landscape in Canada. They were interested in determining if and how adult literacy practitioners and leaders were able to sustain their work, after major federal funding cuts to literacy. The study also identified shared needs across the country. Based on interviews with almost 40 organizations and… Read more

STEM for All Video Showcase

For those of you interested in STEM or STEAM, the 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase is an opportunity to see short videos of more than 200 American STEM projects.  There are lots of ideas for all ages. The showcase is interactive between  May 14th and 21st.

International Day of Families 2018

Today is the International Day of Families. It is an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting them. This year’s theme is “Families and inclusive societies” and looks at the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development (Sustainable Development… Read more

National Research Plan for Financial Literacy

The Research Sub-Committee on Financial Literacy has released Progress Report: Canada’s National research Plan on Financial Literacy 2016-2018. The report shares major themes and emerging trends in financial literacy research as well as opportunities for future research. It goes beyond reporting research results to discussing the implications for practitioners and what the findings can mean… Read more

Don’t Underestimate Babies

The Zero to Three report, The “Missing” First Year, showed how often adults underestimate how much children are affected by their environment. Infants are more aware and more capable than many people believe.  How Babies Think is a recent article that outlines not just how babies think, but also describes some of the reasons that… Read more

Pathways to Belonging and Influence

How do you succeed as an immigrant trying to establish your career in Canada? What are the strategies for success? Pathways to Belonging and Influence: Strategies and skills of the flourishing Canadians, born abroad is a joint applied research project between Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council (CRIEC) and Bow Valley College. The goal of this… Read more


North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week started on May 6th and ends May 12th. This year’s theme is Making Safety a Habit. In 2015, Decoda published a workplace health and safety curriculum. Building Resilient Workers: Health and Safety at Work was a collaboration between the BCFED Health & Safety Centre and Decoda Literacy… Read more

Ready for an Emergency?

This week is Emergency Preparedness Week and all Canadians are encouraged to take steps to be better prepared to protect themselves and their families during emergencies. Natural disasters may be beyond our control, but there are ways to reduce the risk and the impact of whatever emergency we might face. The BC Government has produced… Read more

CMHA Mental Health Week

This week is CMHA Mental Health Week. This year’s theme is “#GetLoud about what mental health really is“. One in five Canadians live with mental health problems, mental illnesses or addiction. But, five in five of us have mental health, just like we all have physical health. For more information, refer to the following resources… Read more