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Play-based learning

New in the library! We have two new books in the library on play-based learning in early childhood. Let them play: an early learning (un)curriculum by Jeff A. Johnson and Denita Dinger.St. Paul, Minn: Redleaf Press, 2012. Children’s play is focused, purposeful, and full of learning.  As children play, they master motor development, learn language… Read more

Staying Healthy

Literacy is important for health. Literacy and health literacy are related to health outcomes. And, 60 percent of Canadian adults don’t have the skills to manage their health literacy needs. For more facts about health literacy, read our Health Literacy fact sheet. A new health literacy curriculum for high beginning adult learners has been published… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: SASET Culinary Arts

Stó:Lō Aboriginal Skills & Employment Training (SASET)  offers a 16 week pre-apprenticeship program in culinary arts. The students, who are all Aboriginal adults, learn skills to get and keep a job as well as cooking skills. The program includes Food Safe, First Aid Level 1 and WHMIS certificates.

Tech Tuesday: Ed Tech Cheat Sheet

There are lots of new developments in educational technology. Ever wonder what some of the terms mean?

Election resources

Literacy is important for civic participation. Today marks the start of Canada’s Democracy Week 2014.  All Canadian citizens are reminded to check their federal voting registration status online. Elections Canada has produced a booklet that is a plain language introduction to the electoral system in Canada. I Can Vote! was designed for literacy and LINC… Read more

When Play Isn’t Fun

Play is essential for learning and healthy development. But, some children have challenges when playing with others and conflicts can arise. With adult guidance, children can learn how to engage in productive play, resolve conflicts and enjoy playing in a group. When Play Isn’t Fun: Helping Children Resolve Play Conflicts is a new workbook that… Read more

Science Culture: Where Canada Stands

A society with a strong science culture embraces discovery and supports the use of scientific knowledge and method. It encourages the education and training of a highly skilled workforce and the development of an innovative knowledge-based economy. The Council of Canadian Academies recently released Science Culture: Where Canada Stands, a comprehensive examination of Canada’s science… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: Council of the Federation Literacy Award

Congratulations to Anne Docherty, recipient of the 2014 Council of the Federation Literacy Award in BC! This award celebrates outstanding contributions by Canadians across the entire field of literacy. Anne Docherty has designed a people-centered approach to literacy that cultivates active citizenship. Her blending of popular and informal education allows individuals to take control of… Read more

Tech Tuesday: Shopping online

Some of the most popular resources on the Decoda website are the Shopping Safely Online series from CBAL: Shopping safely online: lesson plan Shopping safely online: workbook Shopping safely online: PowerPoint Here’s in infographic that summarizes the steps for smart online shopping. More details can be found here. Did you know that your online purchases… Read more

International Literacy Day 2014

Today is International Literacy Day, a day when UNESCO reminds us that literacy is a human right and the foundation of all learning. International Literacy Day coincides with our own Literacy is Life campaign in September. This year’s theme is ‘Literacy and Sustainable Development’. Literacy is one of the key elements needed to promote sustainable… Read more