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Books for the Holidays

Many of you have had a chance to share some of the books we’re looking forward to reading over the holidays through our Chapters gift certificate draw. We would like to thank everyone who posted for sharing their reading recommendations! And…the winner of the $30 Chapters gift certificate is…Carrie Tarasoff, who will be reading The Husband’s… Read more

Six Minute Safety Talks

WorkSafeBC has a series of short talks on workplace safety that are designed to be embedded into apprenticeship programs. They were piloted in several Richmond schools. There is a series of safety talks for each of the following fields: automotive, culinary, hair styling, plumbing and woodworking. View the safety talks here. To find out more about… Read more

Library holiday hours

The Decoda Library will be closed for holidays on December 19th, re-opening on January 5th.  If you’d like to borrow a book before the end of the year, please send your request (library@decoda.ca) by Thursday.  

Google Computer Science Custom Search

Are you looking for computer science lesson plans, tutorials or activities? Google Computer Science Custom Search might help you find what you need.  Launched last month, this customized search engine identifies computer science education resources. Developed using a collection of over 550 computer science education websites, such as Khan Academy, Google CS First, Girl Develop… Read more

I-CARE Breakthrough series

Check out these new additions to our library! Written by Marilyn Smitshoek and produced by the Douglas College I-Care Adult Literacy Program, the I-CARE Breakthrough series is designed for adult literacy tutors to use. As well as a themed reading with lesson plans, each volume contains photographs, writing starters, environmental print, reviews of literacy materials,… Read more

Reading Aloud Bookmarks

Reading aloud is an important way of supporting literacy development in children from the earliest age. The Family Reading Partnership has free downloadable bookmarks that encourage early reading together. These are attractive and informative take home resources. 10 Great Reasons to Read Aloud to Babies 10 Great Reasons to Read Aloud to Children Read to… Read more

Doodling and Learning

Does doodling help us learn?  Preliminary research indicates that doodling has a positive effect on learning. To learn more, click: Doodling: A Teacher’s Secret Weapon for Unlocking Learning How to Turn Your Mindless Doodles into Productivity Enhancers Keep Calm and Doodle On The Power of the Doodle: Improve Your Focus and Memory Why Doodling is… Read more

STEAM Family Fun for Ages 5 to 8


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Designed for parents, this colourful activity sheet describes some simple family STEAM activities that support literacy development for children ages 5 to 8.  Includes a brief outline of how these activities benefit this age group.

STEAM Family Fun for Preschoolers


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Designed for parents, this colourful activity sheet describes some simple STEAM activities that support literacy development for preschoolers (ages 3 to 5).  Includes a brief outline of how these activities benefit this age group.

STEAM Family Fun for Babies and Toddlers


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Designed for parents, this colourful activity sheet describes some simple activities that support literacy development for babies and toddlers.  Includes a brief outline of how these activities benefit this early age group.