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What’s Hot in Literacy 2018

The International Literacy Association (ILA) just released their What’s Hot in Literacy 2018 Report. Early literacy remains the most important topic to educators. For other topics, there’s a gap between what educators around the world think is important and what is getting the most attention from media and policymakers. For example, the #1 hot topic… Read more

Eating Together

Does your family try to share a meal or snack at least once a day? With busy schedules, families can find it challenging to schedule time to eat together. But, the many benefits of eating together make it worth making a plan. Over the past 15 years researchers have confirmed what parents have known for… Read more

Family Literacy Week 2018

Getting ready for Family Literacy Week? Decoda’s theme this year is What’s on My Plate?, looking at the many ways that family activities can support both healthy eating and literacy development. There are What’s on My Plate? activity sheets for parents (individual sheets for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and primary school) and a backgrounder with general… Read more

Dates to remember

Planning for the year ahead? We’ve updated our Literacy Calendar for 2018! Click here for Decoda’s Literacy Dates to Remember 2018. Email us if there are any dates we should add.  

Winter Weather

The extreme cold weather throughout Canada this winter is something new for a lot of people. For students who haven’t experienced cold winter weather or who haven’t seen a really cold winter for a long time, here are some resources for teaching about cold weather safety: Let’s Learn about Winter – a series of links… Read more

The Westcoast Reader – January issue

Happy New Year! The January issue of The Westcoast Reader newspaper is available now. This issue has articles about the 2018 Winter Olympics, family literacy, driver training and more. You can find the Teachers’ Notes for this issue online. For subscription information, or to find out if your group qualifies to receive the newspaper for… Read more

New Year’s Resolutions

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? Click here for a series of TED Talks to inspire you while you make plans for 2018. Here’s a sample:

Can You Match Children’s Book Covers to Titles?

Quiz time!  Can you name all these famous children’s book covers? How did you do?

Magnets and Marbles!

Here’s something fun to do if you have lots of magnets and marbles and major STEM skills, and something fun to watch for the rest of us.

Communication Milestones in the Early Years

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) collaborated with Read Aloud to create seven handouts detailing expected communication milestones and read aloud tips from birth to age 5. Communicating with Baby: Tips and Milestones – Birth-3 Months Communicating with Baby: Tips and Milestones – Months 4-6 Communicating with Baby: Tips and Milestones – Months 7-12 Communicating with… Read more