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St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th.  Here are five places to find ideas for teaching about St. Patrick’s Day: 5 St. Patrick’s Day ESL Activities Delivered Straight from the End of the Rainbow Free Resources for Teaching About St. Patrick’s Day St. Patrick’s Day teaching resources The Best Sites for Learning about St. Patrick’s Day… Read more

How to Search the App Store Like a Pro

AlphaPlus has created an infographic guide on How to Find What You’re Looking for in the App Store. It has tips, hints and tricks on how to search smarter and faster for apps to use in your literacy program. This guide is designed for using the Apple App Store. A guide for using the Google… Read more

Nutrition Month

March is Nutrition Month! It’s a good time to review what you know and share about healthy eating. This year’s focus is on Unlock the Potential of Food. The Dietitians of Canada, who sponsor Nutrition Month, have developed five fact sheets:: The Potential to Fuel The Potential to Discover The Potential to Prevent The Potential… Read more

International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day! This year’s theme is Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change. It explores the ways in which innovation can work for gender equality, boost investment in gender-responsive social systems, and enhance public services and infrastructure to meet the needs of women and girls. Some innovations that we take for granted… Read more

Conversations Build Brains

Simple, everyday conversations with children help develop their language skills. It’s not just the amount of language that a child hears that is important. Research indicates that interactive, responsive conversations with young children help build brains. And, the impact can be long lasting. For tips on talking with little ones, read: 5 Steps for Brain-Building… Read more

New in the Decoda Library! March 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

eLearning Toolkit for ELL teachers

The online ELL classroom is different from the traditional face-to-face classroom. And, there are a variety of online ELL contexts – fully online, blended, and face-to-face. Bow Valley College has produced a resource to help language teachers develop methods, strategies and a mindset for using online and digital technology. The eLearning Toolkit aims to increase… Read more

Open Door Collective “Can-Do” Guides

The Open Door Collective is a group of professionals that advocates for literacy as part of an American poverty reduction strategy.  Its purpose is “to help adult basic skills advocates make common cause with advocates for other issues (health, employment, incarceration, libraries, etc.) in order to build an integrated approach to ending poverty.” The ODC… Read more

The Westcoast Reader – March 2019

The March edition of The Westcoast Reader is available now! It has articles about Canada’s new Food Guide, the best place to live in the world, a dog that is too friendly, and more… You can find the Teachers’ Notes for this issue online. For subscription information, or to find out if your group qualifies… Read more

Benefits of Outdoor Play in Winter

Outdoor play in winter is fun and it’s good for children. There are physical, cognitive and social benefits. It provides exercise, fresh air and Vitamin D (on sunny days). But, did you know it can also prevent illness, develop problem solving skills, provide a new perspective and encourage imagination? For more details on the benefits,… Read more