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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Working with Beginning Readers

If you are working with adults learning to read, Working with Beginning Readers is a very helpful resource. Written by Pat Campbell, it covers the principles and strategies for working with beginning readers. Guidance in working with the language experience approach and sight words is included. This hidden gem is available free on the Grass… Read more

Using the Web to Get Stuff Done

Want to teach someone how to: Shop online? Find recipes online? Stream internet video to their TV? GCF Learn Free has free lessons in their Using the Web to Get Stuff Done tutorial that cover these topics and more.  It includes lessons on buying and selling things online, doing online research, online media, and more… Read more

Loose Parts

Loose parts are open-ended play materials that spark imagination and invention. They invite creativity. They support learning. Loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. Loose parts can be used alone or combined with other materials. There is no set… Read more

Five Comma Types

This entertaining animated video makes the point that commas help us understand the meaning of sentences.

Why you should love statistics

How accurate is your intuition? In this engaging TED talk, Alan Smith, a data visualization expert, shows how statistics can give us a reality check. And, he also demonstrates visually interesting ways of working with statistics.

Teaching Digital Problem Solving

Using the PIAAC Framework for Problem Solving in Technology-Rich Environments to Guide Instruction: An Introduction for Adult Educators is a new resource for adult education and literacy practitioners who are ready to teach digital problem solving. It adds the effective use of technology to instruction about hardware and software. This guide can be used when… Read more

International Day of Families

Today is International Day of Families. The focus this year is on the role of families and family-oriented policies in promoting education and overall well-being. In particular it is a time to raise awareness of the role of families in promoting early childhood education and lifelong learning opportunities for children and youth.

Evaluating Children’s Digital Media

There are plenty of criteria for evaluating children’s books, and now there’s a checklist for evaluating digital media for children. The KIDMAP Checklist is designed to help reviewers, educators, librarians, and caregivers find and create digital media that is high quality and relevant to families with a variety of experiences.  The focus is on finding… Read more

Can you solve this?

Can you figure out the rule for the number pattern? This video is a good example of how the way we think can limit our discovery of new information. For the full TED-ED lesson, click here.

CLB: ESL for ALL Support Kit

The CLB: ESL for ALL Support Kit supports instructors working with learners with literacy needs in CLB-referenced classrooms. It includes: Orientations to the CLB: ESL for ALL and the CLB: ESL for Adults documents Information and examples for planning literacy instruction, including needs assessment and goal-setting; module/unit planning and lesson planning; Information and examples on… Read more

Yes I Can: Mental Health Guide for Adult Literacy Facilitators

Yes I Can: A Mental Health Guide for Adult Literacy Facilitators is an extensive new resource from Project READ Literacy Network. This guide for adult education facilitators provides information and strategies for supporting adult learners living with mental health conditions or disorders. In addition to general information on mental health challenges, it presents information on… Read more

Emergency Preparedness Week

Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada is the first full week in May. This year’s theme is Plan. Prepare. Be Aware. The focus is on helping yourself and your family during an emergency. Public Safety Canada sponsors a website,, with information and resources on how to prepare for an emergency. It recommends 3 steps for… Read more


This week is NAOSH (North American Occupational Safety and Health) Week . This year’s message is “Make Safety a Habit”. Did you know that WorkSafe BC sponsors a “What’s Wrong With This Photo?” contest in the WorkSafe Magazine? A staged photo displays number of hazards or dangerous work habits. The challenge is to spot the… Read more

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week

Canadian Children’s Book Week 2017 starts tomorrow and runs until May 13th. It’s a time to celebrate Canadian children’s books and the importance of reading. This year’s theme is Read Across Canada! A Literary journey across Canada. This year’s theme guide presents a list of over 150 books for children from different regions of Canada…. Read more

Decoda’s Open Digital Badges

Today, learning happens in many different environments – formal and informal, online and offline. Every learner has a unique learning path, full of experiences that make them uniquely qualified. But how do you show a clear picture of your skills and experiences and make your abilities stand out from others? The answer is open digital… Read more