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Stories about Food

Lots of times when we think about stories about food for families, we think about read-aloud picture books for young children. From the colourful collages in Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar to the realistic photos in Eating the Rainbow, there’s plenty of choice available. Another valuable set of food stories that we sometimes forget… Read more

Alphabet pretzels

Today, Joan Exley, Literacy Outreach Coordinator for Nelson, shares her personal and professional experiences with combining literacy and food. One day, when my kids were little, we were eating lunch at the table when a ‘teachable moment’ happened. We had some delicious bits on the table: hummus and carrots, yogurt, cheese and rice crackers…. and… Read more

“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

The Atlin Boys Cook-Book Club

“I can’t believe we get to cook and eat it!” This is just one of the many appreciative comments from the boys of the Atlin Boys’ Cook-Book Club. The club was started by Trudy Ewing, Atlin’s Literacy Outreach Coordinator. Trudy said “It used to be a girls’ book club, but as the girls moved away… Read more

Donor Spotlight: RBC provides a “lift” to Syrian families attending literacy programs

This year, 38 Syrian parents and 76 children new to B.C. will have an easier time accessing IPALS (Immigrant Parents As Literacy Supporters) programs thanks to RBC.  A grant of $9,800 will help pay for bus fare, session materials and snacks for families attending literacy programs in Vancouver and Langley. In addition, 25 Syrian adults… 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