Christie – Listen to an audiobook: I recently listened to the last 15 minutes of The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Even though it was 50 hours long, Davina Porter’s fabulous narration kept me riveted all summer. Heather – Learn something new: I do a lot of crossword puzzles. Some quick ones like… Read more
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Literacy and Voting
Literacy is correlated with civic engagement. Read Frontier College’s Literacy and Civic Engagement: Discussion Paper for background information. With the Federal Election on October 21st, voting is front and centre as an important part of civic engagement. If you are teaching about the electoral process and voting, here are resources that may be helpful: CIVIX… Read more
Folk University on Cortes Island
Today, Manda Aufochs Gillespie, the Cortes Island Literacy Now! Coordinator, shares a lifelong learning initiative – Folk University on Cortes Island. Thanks, Manda! Here I am in the middle of life, living in a small community, and I find that it is not my Honours degree in Environmental Studies and Politics, my thesis on Sustainable… Read more
STEM in the Early Years
How do you find good science resources to use with young children? To Pin or Not to Pin? Choosing, Using, and Sharing High Quality STEM Resources sets out a tool that teachers can use to evaluate STEM activities. The questions in the tool focus on children’s active engagement with opportunities to ask questions, define problems,… Read more
Busted: 11 enduring literacy myths
How do you address misconceptions about literacy? Busted: 11 enduring literacy myths is a new policy brief from the Canada West Foundation. Written by Janet Lane and Scott Murray, it describes and debunks the following myths: Myth 1: Everyone can read so there can’t be a literacy problem. Myth 2: More education means better literacy…. Read more
Decoda Plays Literacy Month Bingo – Internet Research
This week, we’re working on the ‘Research something on the internet’ square! And, to help you know us a little better, we’re sharing some of the non-work things we looked up on the Internet recently. Christie – I searched for “long-tail cast on method” and found a YouTube video that will help me start my… Read more
New in the Decoda Library – September 2019
The Decoda Literacy Library continuously adds titles to the collection. Here’s a sample of the newest additions: There’s a list of all the newly added titles. The Decoda Library is open to all adults in BC. We will mail the loans to you for free. Register to borrow. To request any of the new titles,… Read more
Reading and Talking about Biographies
Today, Rachel Stenberg, a LINC instructor and Resource Teacher at Windsor Neighbourhood Learning Centre in Burnaby, shares a successful biography project she did with her adult ESL class. Thanks, Rachel! Need a fun way to use readers with your class? My LINC 4 adult ESL students absolutely loved the Grass Roots Press Biography readers! In… Read more
Music and the Early Years
Discover the benefits of music for young children in the Is your baby getting enough music? Mini Parenting Master Class. Find musical activities for children in our Tuning Into Music: Listen! Make! Move! resources. Family literacy programs can borrow the Family Literacy Kit: Music with picture books, activity books and musical instruments from the Decoda… Read more
International Literacy Day 2019
September 8th is International Literacy Day. This annual celebration is a reminder of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights. The focus of International Literacy Day 2019 is Literacy and Multilingualism, complementing the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages. Our world is rich and diverse with about 7,000 living languages…. Read more
Decoda Plays Literacy Month Bingo – Jigsaw Puzzle
We’re playing Literacy Month Bingo at Decoda! The first square we’re tackling is ‘Do a jigsaw puzzle’. How are jigsaw puzzles a literacy activity? Working on jigsaw puzzles develops cognitive skills, such as: Shape recognition Colour recognition Working memory Goal setting Problem solving For young children, it enhances hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills in… Read more
The Westcoast Reader – September 2019
The September issue of The Westcoast Reader is available now! It contains articles about hockey great Hayley Wickenheiser, a ban on plastics, rare sheep, Literacy Month, and more… You can find the Teacher’s Notes for this issue online. For subscription information, or to find out if your group qualifies to receive the newspaper for free,… Read more
September is Literacy Month!
September is Literacy Month in BC! This province-wide campaign raises awareness of the importance of literacy, and raises funds to support community-based literacy programs and initiatives across British Columbia. The 2019 theme for Literacy Month is #PutOnYourPurple. Join the celebrations by playing Literacy Month Bingo, entering the #PutOnYourPurple Photo Contest, and more.
We Believe Posters
The Aboriginal Head Start Association of British Columbia has produced an illustrated poster collection of the 12 Beliefs and Values About Children, taken from the AHS Principles and Guidelines. The We Believe posters are available for free download on the AHSABC website. Here’s a sample: THE AHSABC has also generously made a poster template available… Read more
Will you be working on reading comprehension skills with your students? For students reading at a Grade 5-6 reading level, you will want to look at the Meaning Matters series from Grass Roots Press. Students will enjoy building their knowledge through reading the contemporary non-fiction passages in the workbooks. Each book begins by providing instruction… Read more