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Brain-Building Serve and Return

This new how-to video from the Harvard Center on the Developing Child illustrates five steps that parents and other caregivers can use to help build a child’s brain. 5 Steps for Brain-Building Serve and Return is an accompanying parent information sheet. To learn more about the importance of responsive relationships, read Serve and Return.

Fish Idioms

Idioms are tricky in language learning. Even if you know the meaning of each word in an idiom, you won’t necessarily comprehend what the idiom means. For example, these fish idioms are commonly used, but a literal translation of the words doesn’t convey the meaning. Idioms are tricky when you’re translating a language as well… Read more

Families and Climate Action

Today is International Day of Families and the theme is “Families and Climate Action”. What can families do about climate change? For suggestions, read: 13 ways to save the Earth from Climate Change – a poster from National Geographic Kids It’s Important to Talk to Your Kids about the Climate Crisis from The Climate Reality… Read more

Exploring STEM through Play

Looking for STEM activities for young children? There’s help available in the Decoda Library. Here’s a sample of what you can borrow: To borrow these titles or get more suggestions (there’s lots more available!), email library@decoda.ca. This library service is available to all adults in BC.

Quirky Collective Nouns

A collective noun refers to a group of people, animals, or things.  Some of them are familiar such as family, class, and collection. But, some are less commonly used and sometimes unexpected. Scribendi.com If a collective noun is the subject of a sentence, do you use a singular or a plural verb? Generally, a singular… Read more

A Surprising Way to Help Kids Cooperate with Each Other

What can you do to help kids learn to play and work together? Here’s a strategy you might not have tried. For a glimpse at the research behind this video, read More than recess: How playing on the swings helps kids learn to cooperate. The video is an entry in the APA Psychological Science Video… Read more

Commonly Misspelled Words

Homophones are words that sound alike but have different spellings and different meanings. They can be tricky. Here’s a list of 17 to watch out for.  

New in the Decoda Library! May 2019

The Decoda Literacy Library continuously adds titles to the collection. Here’s a sample of the newest additions: Find a list of all the newly added titles here. The Decoda Library is open to all adults in BC. We will mail the loans to you for free. Register to borrow here. To request any of the… Read more

IPALS: Eden’s story

Eden’s family came to Canada a year ago as refugees from Eritrea. They had experienced hardship and trauma before coming to Canada. Eden was concerned how Melaher, her four-year-old-daughter, would adapt to learning in a new country. She was looking for ways to support her daughter when she heard about Immigrant Parents as Literacy Supporters… Read more

Fostering Literacy: Donors give hope to a mother whose child struggles with reading

Jane* is a mother whose young son struggles with reading. You can imagine her worry. Children who fall behind in school often have a hard life. They may not graduate high school or find a good job. They may not lead a happy and healthy life. Mothers want the best for their children. Children should… Read more