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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Links to Literacy

Here’s this week’s sample of interesting online reading and viewing: Direct Instruction is Not the Enemy Evidence increases for reading on paper instead of screens Meeting the Challenges of Early Literacy Phonics Instruction New Study Shows Where ‘Growth Mindset’ Training Works (And Where It Doesn’t) Simple Ways to Integrate Four Evidence-Based Teaching Strategies The Surprising… Read more

Newcomers and the Workplace Video Series

AWES (Alberta Workforce Essential Skills) has created a series of videos to support newcomers seeking work in Canada.  They were developed to respond to language, essential skills and intercultural gaps for employment seekers. The series includes: Newcomers and the Workplace: The First Day at a New Job Newcomers and the Workplace: Asking Questions on Your… Read more

How are ‘I Spy’ books made?

The “I Spy” book series has captured the imagination of millions of readers. Part of what made these books so magical is that all of the images were created with real objects. Have you ever wondered how the books were made? Here’s your chance to find out.

New Adult Literacy Education Journal

Have you had a chance to read some of the articles in this new adult literacy education journal? Here’s a reminder from earlier this year when it was first released. The inaugural issue of ProLiteracy’s Adult Literacy Education: The International Journal of Literacy, Language, and Numeracy has been released. This online, peer-reviewed journal will be… Read more

Decoda’s Summer Reading 2019 – Christie

At this time in my life my summer reading can be divided into two categories: books I will read and books I’d like to read but probably won’t manage to. The first category includes books I’ll be reading with my almost five year old. A current favourite of mine is the Dory Fantasmagory series by… Read more

Links to Literacy

Here’s this week’s sample of interesting online reading: 10 Things You Can Do This Summer to Get Your Child Ready for Kindergarten The amazing baby brain says ‘pas de problème’ with bilingualism Gaming app aims to teach millions of US adults who can’t read Libraries can have 3-D printers but they are still about books… Read more

What happens inside you when you read a story

Stories are just stories, right? Not really. They are also incredibly powerful – and can both reduce prejudice, and help persuade. Here’s what actually happens inside us when we read.

Babies and Laughter

Why do babies laugh? To learn more about babies and laughter, read: Meet a scientist with a most delightful job: He studies baby laughter Babies Know the difference between the Laughter of Friends and Strangers The Science of Baby Laughter

Family Creative Learning

Family Creative Learning is a workshop series that engages children and their parents to learn together, using creative technologies. The workshops are designed to build on families’ relationships and cultural backgrounds and to strengthen their social support and skill around computing. Family Creative Learning from Creative Communities Group on Vimeo. Children and their parents engage… Read more

Decoda’s Summer Reading 2019 – Gail

Once again, Stanley the Dog is writing Gail’s summer reading blogpost. Thanks, Stanley! The Secretary is a new novel by Renée Knight. It is so good it deserves a lick. It begins with “The secretary is the most dangerous person in the room.” How can anyone not read further? For me, a big dog is… Read more

Links to Literacy

Here’s this week’s sample of interesting online reading: 5 Tips for Conducting a Digital Literacy Assessment 10x: Play in the Grass! Practical Considerations for Quality Outdoor Play 12 Ways Teachers Can Build Resilience So They Can Make Systemic Change Cut It Out: Learning with Seductive Details Exploring Media Literacy: Education as a Tool for Mitigating… Read more

Families Learning and Interacting Together (FLIT)

Looking for fun activities to do with young children? The Centre for Family Literacy in Alberta has developed a free family literacy app, FLIT, filled with a variety of fun activities that support literacy. It’s a great source of ideas for reading, recipes, rhymes and games. You can download the app on Google Play or… Read more

Teach Mental Health

New this year, Teach Mental Health is free online, self-paced professional development for teachers to increase their knowledge about mental health and mental illness.  The seven modules are designed to give teachers and teacher candidates a foundation of mental health literacy, including effective strategies to use with students and in your own life. The seven… Read more

Decoda’s Summer Reading 2019 – Maureen

I was heading out for a sailing vacation and realized that my library books were due before I would be back. I tried to renew but they all had holds on them. No time to go to the library, (my local branch is only open Wednesdays and Saturdays). Dilemma! I checked our mini library on… Read more

Links to Literacy

Here’s this week’s sample of interesting online reading: How Parents Can Model Better Screen Time Behavior for Their Kids I’m a data scientist who is skeptical about data Is Round Robin Reading Really that Bad? Nature can be as engaging as video games – how to help kids fall in love with the outdoors Story… Read more