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New in the Decoda Library! January 2021

Borrow new resources! The Decoda Literacy Library continuously adds titles to the collection. Here’s a sample of the newest additions: Acting out! : avoid behavior challenges with active learning games and activities Calm not busy Creating diversity-rich environments for young children If you want to visit a sea garden Killer heat – an Anna Sweet… Read more

Active Play, the Brain and Learning

Let’s Be Active! Move * Play * Learn is the theme for this year’s Family Literacy Week. The benefits of active play for physical health and fitness are well recognized, but how is physical activity connected to children’s literacy? Physical activity supports healthy brain development. It can improve memory, neuroplasticity, and executive function, including focusing,… Read more

The Myth of Learning Styles

There are many myths about how we learn. One of the most persistent is learning styles.  Learning styles are appealing and widely accepted, but there’s no evidence to support their existence. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t differentiate instruction. Individual differences and preferences exist. One danger of the concept of learning styles is that learners may… Read more

Order of Adjectives

Which would you say – “a red nice sweater” or “a nice red sweater”? When there’s more than one adjective before a noun, which one comes first? Do you know why? There’s a grammar rule about the order of adjectives that a lot of us follow without even realizing it. When there’s more than one… Read more

Outdoor Risky Play

Access to active play and outdoors – and its risks – is essential for healthy child development. – Outdoor Play Canada What is risky play? Risky play happens when children intentionally test themselves physically and see what happens. There are different types of risky play, including: Climbing a tree (play at heights) Riding a bike… Read more

Let’s Be Active!

Let’s Be Active! Move * Play * Learn is a great message to share with families. It’s the theme of this year’s Family Literacy Week, January 24th to 31st. Children love to move! Active play is essential to healthy development, and the benefits are lifelong and life wide. Need ideas for active play? Download the… Read more

The Westcoast Reader – January 2021

Happy New Year! The January issue of The Westcoast Reader is available now! There are articles about the BC Recovery benefit, winter sports, Family Literacy Week, and more. You can find the Teachers’ Notes for this issue online. To subscribe, visit the subscription page. BC Literacy Outreach Coordinators, Public Libraries and programs funded by the… Read more

Winter STEM Fun

STEM activities can be fun any time, but some are particularly suited to cold weather. Here are six places to find ideas for winter STEM activities, indoors and out: 10 Winter Science Activities! 10 Winter STEM Activities for Kids 21 Winter Science Experiments for Kids Must Try Winter STEM Activities Winter Science Activities for Preschoolers… Read more

BC Child Poverty Report Card 2020

Do you know about child poverty in BC? In 2018: 159,570 children and youth in BC were living in poor households. 59,000 poor children in BC were under the age of six. BC’s child poverty rate was the ninth highest of Canada’s thirteen provinces and territories. Regional districts with the highest child poverty rates were… Read more

Literacy Calendar 2021

What’s happening in literacy next year? Our Literacy Calendar has been updated. For a year-at-a-glance view of the literacy events in 2020, look at the Literacy Calendar 2021.