Diverse Books for Children

Diverse children’s books are good for all children. They act as mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors where children can see both themselves and the experiences of others.They can help to develop self confidence and empathy. If you only ever read books by people who look like you and who live like you, that’s intellectual… Read more

Links to Literacy

Here’s a sample of interesting online articles: 8 summer activities to promote kids’ healthy development during COVID-19 – The Conversation Clearing Up a Couple Important Misunderstandings about Fluency – Shanahan on Literacy COVID-19 and its impact on Adult Literacy Programs – ProLiteracy ENGAGE! emagazine July 2020 – Tamarack Institute How Do We Teach Literacy During… Read more

ABC Health Matters

October is Health Literacy Month! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines health literacy as “the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions.” It includes knowing how to describe symptoms, where to find help for health issues,… Read more

Small but Mighty Resources for Tutors

The following four resources for tutors working with adults are proof that good things come in small packages! Two can be found online: Tutor Tools Working with Beginning Readers And two can be borrowed from the Decoda Library: Literacy Tutor’s Guide: Reading for Meaning and the Writing Experience The Tutor’s Toolbox These small booklets are… Read more

Libraries Ready to Code

Want to learn more about resources and strategies for facilitating coding and computational thinking activities? Libraries Ready to Code, an initiative of the American Library Association sponsored by Google, is a good place to look. The Ready to Code Collection was created with the collaboration of staff from 30 libraries that curated resources, developed content… Read more

Mental Health Information

This week is Canadian Mental Health Week, and today we’re showcasing two made-in-BC websites for mental health information. Here to Help is a project of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information, a group of seven leading provincial mental health and addictions non-profit agencies. Their goal is to help people better prevent and… Read more

Family Literacy Week in Review

As we’re nearing the end of Family Literacy Week, it’s a good time to remember that while we set aside a special time each year to celebrate learning together as a family, Decoda’s support for family activities continues throughout the year. Here are some free materials you can find on our website: STEAM Family Fun… Read more