Grass Roots Press – Hidden Gems

Many literacy practitioners are familiar with the Grass Roots Press readers and workbooks. Among the most popular loans from the Decoda Library, these publications are learning resources for adults who are working on their reading skills. An added bonus is the Canadian content. Have you visited the redesigned Grass Roots Press website? Did you know… Read more

Thrive Outside

Looking for outdoor play and learning resources? Thrive Outside is a new outdoor learning and play resource portal developed by the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada. It includes resources for parents, caregivers, early years educators, teachers, and recreation professionals. Whether you’re getting started with outdoor learning or already comfortable with it, there are resources… Read more

Indigenous Financial Literacy

Culture can impact our values about money, our traditions around money, our attitude about money, our ideas about who makes financial decisions, and our trust of financial institutions. When creating financial literacy resources and programming, culture is an important factor to keep in mind. The following culturally relevant financial literacy resources were developed by Indigenous… Read more

Wee Read

Are you interested in enriching the reading life of a child? Learn how best to support a child’s reading at home with wee read and pee wee read. Calgary Reads has digitized their volunteer training program that supports one-to-one reading in schools. The online course is available  for free to parents, grandparents, caregivers and anyone… Read more

Financial Literacy in Challenging Times

COVID has had a big economic impact. This is reflected in this year’s focus for Financial Literacy Month – helping Canadians learn how to manage their finances in challenging times. The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada provides tips and tools to help. Looking for an introductory financial literacy program for adult learners? ABC Money Matters… Read more

The Westcoast Reader – November 2020

The November issue of The Westcoast Reader is available now! There are articles about Indigenous veterans, comfort food, flu shots, planets and more. You can find the Teachers’ Notes for this issue online. Bonus: Free access continues for digital issues from January to June, 2020. Need ideas for using the online edition? Read Using the… Read more

Myths and Facts about Dyslexia

How much do you know about dyslexia? Review this infographic to check your understanding. (Click the image for a larger version.) This infographic is part of the new Understanding Dyslexia toolkit from the National Center on Improving Literacy. It includes an online tutorial, research briefs and infographics, expert advice and tools and resources. Another new… Read more

Adult Literacy Education Journal – new issue!

The fall edition of the Adult Literacy Education: The International Journal of Literacy, Language, and Numeracy is available now! Published by ProLiteracy, this issue contains the following articles: Research The Lessons of the Churn: Adult Basic Education and Disciplining the Adult Learner – Erik Jacobson A Framework for Capacity Building in Adult and Workforce Education… Read more

Can you tell if an online story is true?

Media literacy is more than being able to access media. It also means being able to analyze and evaluate the information you’re getting from media. Test your ability to tell what’s real and what’s fake using the Animals Quiz and the News Quiz from Media Smarts. Here are four steps you can take to help… Read more

The HIPPY ELL Curriculum

We are pleased to welcome Yusra Qadir, the Director of Innovations, Advocacy and Multicultural HIPPY for the Mothers Matter Centre, as our guest blogger. Today she’s describing the HIPPY ELL Curriculum, an English language learning program for adults. While this curriculum was developed to accompany the HIPPY family literacy program, it can also be used… Read more