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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

Multiculturalism Day

Today is Multiculturalism Day in Canada! Did you know that BC is the most ethnically diverse province in Canada? BC People: Portraits of Diversity in BC is a storytelling project that showcases BC’s cultural, racial and ethnic diversity. Explore the website to meet some of the people of BC, profiled in a book and a… Read more

Decoda’s Summer Reading 2019 – Tina

What are you reading this summer? Decoda staff members have a tradition of sharing what they’re reading or planning to read, and I’m starting off this year’s series by writing about two things that influence what I’ll be reading this summer (or really any time). First, I love reading lists. Any time I see something… Read more

How to Use a Comma

Here’s an entertaining way to learn about this mark of punctuation. Click here for the full Comma Story TED Ed lesson.

Exciting News from The Westcoast Reader!

We’re excited to announce that The Westcoast Reader has a new website! And, there’s more news! The Westcoast Reader is introducing a digital as well as print format for each issue. All print subscribers have access to both print and digital. Or, there is an option to subscribe to just the digital edition. Use the… Read more

National Indigenous Peoples Day 2019

Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day! It’s a day to celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. You can find BC events for National Indigenous Peoples Day on this interactive map. Looking for ways to celebrate? There are some great suggestions in National Indigenous Peoples Day: 10… Read more