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Baking and Literacy

Today’s tip on the 2018 Fostering Literacy Calendar is Bake something. Are you surprised that this is an activity that supports literacy? Food can be a very effective vehicle for learning. It is familiar and relevant for everyone. Baking, and any other food preparation, is a great activity for reinforcing literacy and numeracy skills. Preparing… Read more

Fostering Literacy Calendar 2018

Have you seen our Fostering Literacy Calendar for this September? In it, you’ll find a literacy tip for each day of the month.  Some of the suggestions will be familiar and some may surprise you. There are lots of everyday activities that foster literacy. Download it for free in an 8.5” x 11” format and… Read more

International Literacy Day 2018

Tomorrow is International Literacy Day! This year’s theme is Literacy and Skills Development. The focus will be on youth and adults within the lifelong learning framework, and the links between literacy and the knowledge, skills and competencies needed for work, including transferable and digital skills. Here’s one of the key messages: Rapidly changing labour markets… Read more

Literacy is Life Contest

What are you doing to celebrate literacy during Literacy Month?  Tell us, and you could win a prize. For more ideas on things to do, take a look at the September 2018 Fostering Literacy calendar. Read the full contest rules here.

Empowering young people for the jobs of tomorrow

Through Future Launch, RBC has generously donated $25,000 to the Fostering Literacy program. Thanks to RBC, 32 high school students in BC will be paid to tutor children who struggle with reading. For many it is their first practical work experience. Meet Destiny Speck: Fostering Literacy Tutor A year ago, Destiny wasn’t sure what career… Read more

The Westcoast Reader – September 2018 Issue

The September issue of The Westcoast Reader newspaper is available now. This issue has articles about a new sign in parking lots, new police dogs, a meaningful chocolate bar, and more. A special feature this month is the Literacy Month supplement, containing articles about literacy and the 2018 Fostering Literacy Tips Calendar. You can find… Read more

September is Literacy Month in BC

It’s Literacy Month in BC! During this month, we lead a province-wide campaign to raise awareness of the importance of literacy and raise funds to support community-based literacy programs and initiatives. Here are some ideas for things to do this month to celebrate literacy: Read and share our Literacy Matters Fact Sheet and Literacy Matters… Read more

Things Every Parent Should Know About Play

Message in a BackpackTM Things Every Parent Should Know about Play is an article in the latest issue of NAEYC’s Teaching Young Children. It outlines the variety of skills children learn and develop through play, and includes the following key messages: Play is healthy Play reduces stress Play outside Play and learning go hand in… Read more

#PutOnYourPurple Knitting

September is Literacy Month in BC. Did you know that purple is the signature colour for the month? Knitters at Decoda Literacy Solutions are taking advantage of this to indulge in some purple knitting. You’re invited to join in. We’re announcing this in advance of September so you have time to gather your supplies. Share… Read more

Decoda’s Summer Reading 2018 – Aliza Dhungana

“‘Who is Malala?” the young gunman asked. No one said a word….. He raised his arm and pointed at me.” I could see the intense feelings and emotions flowing through my daughter’s face as she read through the book, worried for Malala who was threatened for speaking about her right to attend school. This week… Read more