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
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Commonly Misspelled Words
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.
New in the Decoda Library! May 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
New Workplace Curricula
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
Safety and Health Week
May 4th to 11th is Safety and Health Week (also known as NAOSH Week)! Celebrated in Canada, Mexico and the United States, this week focuses on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home, and in the community. You can find an article about the week in the May issue of… Read more
TD Canadian Children’s Book Week
TD Canadian Children’s Book Week starts tomorrow! This annual event celebrates Canadian children’s books and the importance of reading. This year’s theme, Readers are Dreamers, underlines the magical escape that books give us. Thirty Canadian children’s authors, illustrator and storytellers will be doing readings in schools, libraries, community centres and bookstores across Canada. Even if… Read more
Canadian Mental Health Week
CMHA Mental Health Week is May 6th to 12th. Mental health is a state of well-being, and we all have it. We might have a mental illness, and we might not. Either way, we can all feel well. We can all have good mental health. It is about having a sense of purpose, strong relationships,… Read more
The Westcoast Reader – May 2019
The May issue of The Westcoast Reader is available now! It contains articles about Safety and Health Week, a skunk being freed from a plastic cup, planting a herb garden, 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… Read more
BC Books and Authors
Today is BC Book Day! It’s a day to celebrate BC books and authors. Reading a book by a BC author is a great way to celebrate the day. Did you know that several of the short novels in the Good Reads series from Grass Roots Press and Rapid Reads series from Orca Books were… Read more
It’s Screen-Free Week! Families, schools and communities are invited to put away entertainment screens for seven days. The focus is not on doing without – it’s on what you can do instead. Reading and outdoor activities can replace screen entertainment for the whole family. And, Device Free Dinners are always a good idea. Get more… Read more
Mud for Fun & Learning
As the weather warms up, there are more opportunities for mud play. Why should young children play in mud? Read about some benefits in Mud, Marvelous Mud! Squishing, digging, patting and stomping mud are all fun activities. But there’s so much more you can do. Find some ideas in: Dirt & Mud Activities for Kids… Read more
Safety and Health at Work
April 28th is World Day for Safety and Health at Work. This annual event promotes safe, healthy and decent work. The 100th anniversary of the International Labour Organization (ILO) this year has inspired the theme of reflecting on progress in the past and continuing this work in the future with changing work environments.
Make Math Fun
Looking for ways to make math practice fun? Here’s a sample of online resources: 15 Fun Ways to Practice Math How Do You Make Math Fun? Math Fun: Kids won’t even know they’re learning math with these five new lessons! Math Playground There’s also fun practice available in the TED Ed Math in Real Life… Read more
Fair Dealing Decision Tool
Today is World Book and Copyright Day! This annual event organized by UNESCO celebrates reading, publishing, and copyright. Do you wonder about how you can use copyrighted work for teaching? The Fair Dealing Decision Tool is a Canadian online tool that guides teachers through the process of deciding if they can use print materials, artistic… Read more
It’s Education Week in BC! Thank you to all the teachers, parents, administrators, trustees and staff for the contributions they make to the lives of students, to the education system, and to communities!