Today is World Day of Social Justice! Reading for Social Justice: A Guide for Families and Educators is a new resource from Teaching Tolerance and the School of Education, University of Colorado Boulder. It presents a thorough and practical guide to creating a reading group focused on social justice for families. This guide is designed… Read more
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Just the Facts – for Financial Literacy
Just the Facts is a new series of information sheets on various financial topics of interest to Canadians. The topics are organized into categories for adults, seniors, new Canadians and schools. Produced by Chartered Professional Accountants Canada, these resources are unbiased, objective and straightforward. In addition to providing basic information for making more informed decisions,… Read more
Fun and Games for the Family Day Weekend
Monday is Family Day in BC and the weather this long weekend may provide the opportunity to try some of the 50 Outdoor Things To Do With Your Kids in Winter. For inside activities, one idea is a family games night. You can find tips in Boost kids’ skills and memories with weekly game night…. Read more
International Book Giving Day
Today is International Book Giving Day! It’s a day for giving books to children. And there’s more than one way to celebrate: Give a book to a child as a gift – How to Choose a Book from The Canadian Children’s Book Centre has tips for finding books for children and teens by age. Leave… Read more
Matching Texts to Readers
How do you match texts with readers? Do levelled texts help? Understanding Texts & Readers: Responsive Comprehension Instruction with Leveled Texts by Jennifer Serravallo is a new book that looks at levelling books as a tool for teachers, but only one tool in helping connect readers to text. To give you a taste of what… Read more
Black History Month
February is Black History Month. In Canada, this year’s theme is “Black Canadian Youth: Boundless, Rooted and Proud”. This month is an opportunity for Canadians to learn about the history and contributions of Black Canadians. Learn more about Black Canadian history from these online resources: 365 Black Canadian Curriculum BC Black History Awareness Society Black… Read more
Commonly Confused Words
In the English language, there are several words that look or sound alike, but have very different meanings. This can cause confusion. Source: www.grammarcheck.net Of course, there are more than 12 words or phrases that are often misused. To find out about some of the others, read: 20 Misused Words That Make Smart People Look… Read more
Let’s Talk About Math!
Children’s brains are ready to understand number concepts earlier than many people expect. A little encouragement that is playful and part of everyday life can boost their learning. Let’s Talk About Math is a guide to introducing young children to math concepts and words. It shows how easy it can be to talk about math… Read more
New in the Library! February 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
The Power of Play
Today is Global School Play Day! It’s a day that emphasizes the importance of unstructured play for children. Last month, CBC Nature of Things released The Power of Play, a documentary that underlines the importance of unstructured play. You can watch the full episode online. Here’s a sample. For links to more information on unstructured… Read more
Safer Internet Day
Today is Safer Internet Day! This year’s theme is “Together for a better internet”, with a focus on working together to create a better internet for everyone, especially young users. In Canada, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection is highlighting Zoe & Molly Online, an interactive website designed for eight to ten year olds to… Read more
Math and Indigenous Basket Weaving
Students and alumni from Simon Fraser University’s mathematics department have created a new app that can teach math using basket weaving patterns of the Tla’amin Nation residing on the Sunshine Coast of B.C. Designed for students from grades 5-12, it has the two fold purpose of increasing awareness of traditional Coast Salish basket weaving practices… Read more
The Enchanted Hour
Just in time for World Read Aloud Day, the Decoda Library has added a copy of The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction to its collection. It’s an in-depth, readable exploration of the power of reading aloud – for all ages. For some hints about the book’s contents,… Read more
Today is the 10th anniversary of World Read Aloud Day! It’s a time to celebrate and advocate for literacy by reading aloud. This video from the Vancouver Public Library summarizes for parents the why and how of reading together. For more tips to boost your read aloud experience, read: Making the Most of Reading Aloud:… Read more
The Westcoast Reader – February 2019
The February edition of The Westcoast Reader is available now! It has articles about the Vancouver Canucks’ Elias Pettersson, how to fold a paper heart, the last Indigenous family in Yuquot, and more… You can find the Teachers’ Notes for this issue online. For subscription information, or to find out if your group qualifies to… Read more