A new Literacy Leadership Brief from the International Literacy Association examines Teaching and Assessing Spelling. It underlines the importance of spelling for reading and writing, and describes the many different kinds of knowledge needed for spelling in English. It also looks at diagnostic analysis of spelling errors to provide a picture of students’ strengths and… Read more
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.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. This library service is available to all adults in BC.
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
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
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.
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
Are you involved in workplace or workforce training? Check out these new publications from Community Literacy of Ontario! Last year, CLO received funding to support curriculum enhancements for Literacy and Basic Skills agencies. They identified occupational curriculum as an important topic with high interest from learners and practitioners. Working with four community-based literacy agencies in… Read more