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Early Math and Healthy Eating

Young children use math concepts and skills in everyday activities even before they start school. One of the everyday activities where children can practice early math skills is healthy eating. Here are some things for adults and children to try together: Count fruit such as apples, oranges, bananas Talk about the shape of different foods… Read more

Device Free Dinner

A little Friday fun as we get closer to Family Literacy Week – Many of the benefits of eating together are better if it’s a screen-free meal. Here’s a series of videos with Will Ferrell showing what not to do at the dinner table. For common sense tips and tools for eating together without phones,… Read more

Trauma-informed EAL

Are you working with refugee women who have experienced trauma?  Here’s a resource for you. The Pacific Immigrant Resources Society (PIRS) has published Trauma-Informed EAL: PIRS Teacher’s Guide to Trauma-Informed English as an Additional Language. Here’s what the curriculum designer, Diana Jefferies, has to say about the approach: The PIRS classes for refugee women are… Read more

Cooking Together

Cooking with children is a family activity that can help children learn about healthy eating. It also provides opportunities for children to develop literacy skills, including learning about number and measurement, colour, taste, texture, changes in state, and a lot of new words. Seven tips for cooking with children: Adults should always be supervising. Cook… Read more

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