Read All About Lit

Read All About Lit

Read All About Lit is the Decoda Literacy Library blog.

Look here for the latest news on what’s new in the library, useful links from around the web, and fun facts and contests.

Posts featuring books or resources are intended to highlight items we have recently acquired or accessed, and which we would like to share with our readership. They do not represent an endorsement.

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Ecology of Learning

An ecology of learning includes the places and interactions that offer opportunities for learning, development, and achievement throughout a person’s life. This environment inspires exploration, creativity, connections with others, and support in mastering skills at home, and in school, the community, and digital spaces. To see snapshots of how schools and communities around the world… Read more

The Roots of Reading Videos

Have you seen these videos? Well worth a look – or a second look! The Vancouver Public Library has created The Roots of Reading, a series of videos for parents and caregivers on early language and literacy development.  There’s an introductory video and then separate videos for talking, singing, playing, reading and writing. In addition,… Read more

Decoda’s Summer Reading 2019 – Natasha

I’ve always been an avid reader but this season of my life has been marked with a new genre of literature: children’s books. Since my toddler was born we have spent a portion of the day devoted to reading. As he’s aged he’s become more selective of which books he wants to read and which… Read more

Links to Literacy

Here’s this week’s sample of interesting online articles: An Entrepreneurial Mindset Beats Coding Skills How Language and Climate Connect How Hydroponic School Gardens Can Cultivate Food Justice, Year-Round Learning About How Families Connect Learning Across Boundaries Our new report finds that author visits to schools boosts children and young people’s literacy The Tamarack Institute ENGAGE!… Read more

How to Spot Fake News

Need a simple reminder for how to spot fake news? Here’s a poster from the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) with 8 steps. You are encouraged to print and share it. Bonus! This poster is available in more than 38 languages. Can you spot fake news? Test your skills by playing Factitious.

Building Babies’ Brains Through Play

Did you know that the most important interactions you have with a child can happen through play?

Trauma-informed EAL

Here’s another reminder of a great resource! Are you working with refugee women who have experienced trauma?  Here’s a resource for you. The Pacific Immigrant Resources Society (PIRS) has published Trauma-Informed EAL: PIRS Teacher’s Guide to Trauma-Informed English as an Additional Language. Here’s what the curriculum designer, Diana Jefferies, has to say about the approach:… Read more

Decoda’s Summer Reading 2019 – Margaret

I’ve been feeling at loose ends with my reading.  I’ve read through most of the books in series I enjoy, and I haven’t had time to do what I have always done when I feel this way – walk up and down the stacks at my local library and wait for something to jump out… Read more

Links to Literacy

Even though our weekly information update, This Week in the Field, is taking a summer break, there’s still lots of literacy news and information to share. Here’s a collection of assorted links to literacy to browse: At Your Wits’ End With A Screen-Obsessed Kid? Read This Preschoolers Who Practice Phonics Show Stronger Math Skills, Study… Read more

Why Children Should Read

Today’s blog post combines two things we like – infographics and quotes. These quotes apply to adults, too!

Playing Builds Brains

Everyday Play Play Using the Senses Language, Numbers and Play Find ideas for play-based learning activities for families in the four booklet set, Let’s Play: Activities for Families. More information is available in the Play Today BC Handbook.

A Practical Guide to Teaching ESL Literacy

This summer, we’re revisiting some great resources. Enjoy! A Practical Guide to Teaching ESL Literacy is a new resource from Bow Valley College. This in-depth guide is designed for anyone teaching ESL literacy learners. Applied research is balanced with strategies for teaching practice. Adult ESL literacy learners are learning a language and developing literacy at… Read more

Decoda’s Summer Reading 2019 – Marci

I was a kid who spent July and August racing to reach the end goal of the library summer reading program. I had a healthy love for the characters in the books I was reading, but I also felt pretty competitive about wanting to read the most books. Fast forward a million years and I’m… Read more

Cell Phone Distraction

Do cell phones affect learning, even when they’re turned off? For the original research, read Brain Drain: The Mere Presence of One’s Smartphone Reduces Available Cognitive Capacity.

Imagine the Possibilities! – BC Summer Reading Club 2019

Here’s a fun way to encourage children to read during the summer holidays! BC Summer Reading Club is a free literacy program for children ages 5 to 14. All children and their families are invited to participate by visiting their local public library. Check with your local public library for the Summer Reading Club details… Read more