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Getting to Work on Summer Learning

We know it’s only the beginning of the year and summer seems a long time away, but the recently released Getting to Work on Summer Learning: Recommended Practices for Success, 2nd edition confirms that early planning is key to a successful summer learning program. As the report description notes: Based on thousands of hours of observations, interviews,… Read more

Let’s Make It! with Recycled Materials

Families can have fun making things together without spending any extra money. You can use items you have at home. And, maybe even items you would put out for recycling. Here are some ideas to get you started making things with recycled materials: 75 Recycled Art Projects for Kids Make Your Own Instruments From Recycled… Read more

Family Literacy Week – Let’s Make It!

We’re getting ready for Family Literacy Week, January 20th to 27th. This year’s theme is “Let’s Make It!” focusing on the fun and learning that can happen when families make things together. To help you celebrate, we’ve created some Let’s Make It! family activity sheets. There are activities for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and primary school… Read more

Literacy Calendar 2019

For a quick, at a glance look at literacy dates to remember in the year ahead, view our Literacy Calendar 2019.

The Westcoast Reader – January 2019

Happy New Year! The January edition of The Westcoast Reader is available now! It has articles about Family Literacy Week, an extreme grandpa, an otter vs a koi fish, and more… You can find the Teachers’ Notes for this issue online. For subscription information, or to find out if your group qualifies to receive the… Read more

Reading Challenges for 2019

Want to boost your reading in 2019? A reading challenge may be just the thing to expand your reading life. There are several reading challenges online. Here are a few: Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2019 Reading Challenge has ten categories of books, for a total of 12 books to read next year. There are plenty of… Read more

Magic of Reading Aloud

Need more convincing that reading aloud to children isn’t just for little ones? Read 5 Reasons Why Reading Aloud with Older Kids Is the Absolute Best.

Decoda’s Holiday Reading

Decoda will be closed for the holidays between December 21st and January 2nd. We’re looking forward to spending time with friends and family, and to a little extra free reading. Today we’d like to share what we’re hoping to read. Marci Bulloch – My holiday reading is The Ruins of Lace – A novel of… Read more

List of Useful Apps

What apps would you recommend to support adult literacy and numeracy teaching? The number of available apps is so large; it takes a lot of time to sort through them. To help streamline the selection, Alpha Plus has introduced their List of Useful Apps. Each app review includes a brief description, subject area, pros and… Read more

How Reading Improves Your Mind and Body

Here are 14 ways that reading improves your mind and body. Can you think of other benefits? For a quick look at what’s happening in your brain when you read, look at Your Brain on Books: 10 Things That Happen to Our Minds When We Read.