Newsletter May 31

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New issue of The Westcoast Reader!

The June issue of The Westcoast Reader is available now! This is the final issue before the summer holidays. It has articles about new benefits for Canadians, sun safety, Pride season and more. And, there are free Teachers’ Notes and extra content on the website. Subscribe today to receive the next issue in September!
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🎉 Upcoming Events
June is National Indigenous History Month and the start of Pride season.

National AccessAbility Week is May 28 – June 3.

Intergenerational Day is June 1.

🏫 Professional Development
Essential Education is offering the Retention Anchors: Creating Culture webinar on June 20.
Coalition On Adult Basic Education (COABE) and Essential Education are offering the Integrating Digital Literacy in HSE Instruction: A Free Resource from Essential Education webinar on June 27.

🗞 In the News
Government of Canada funds 402 projects in British Columbia to empower seniors in their communities7 ways to improve digital literacy skills on a budgetPoetry is everywhere: Strategies for teaching poetry through music, murals and moreTop Finance Books for Flourishing Financial Literacy in Teens in 2023: A Roundup of the Best Fin-Lit Resources for the Next Generation!CTV Your Morning: Low literacy rates in CanadaWhy I Encourage Teaching Children to Read DisfluentlyHow a little more silence in children’s lives helps them growAs governments shirk their responsibilities, non-profits are more important than ever

📚 Resources🎧
Nixed textbooks, bans on faulty methods: How reading instruction is changing
📰 The Canadian Reader – Issue 7 Sample Edition
🎬 How to teach “for” students, not “at” them
🌐 The Jigsaw Method🌐 Early Development Instrument (EDI) Data Dashboard
🌐 8 Picture Books About Using Technology to Connect With Others
📄 Etuaptmumk (Two-Eyed Seeing) in Nature’s Way-Our Way: braiding physical literacy and risky play through Indigenous games, activities, cultural connections, and traditional teachings
🌐 5 Innovative Ways To Use Graphic Novels as Teaching Tools

🙋‍♀️ Join The Conversation
ABC Life Literacy Canada is hosting its third annual Programs and Research Committee (PARC) forum over Zoom on June 8. This year’s theme is digital equity and digital justice. The goal is to bring literacy and digital equity researchers together with community literacy practitioners to discuss this theme, network and explore possibilities for collaboration. Attendees will participate in open discussions and networking breakout sessions. No prep work is required. Register online by June 1 to attend.

That’s it for this week! Please contact us with your thoughts, questions and ideas!980 – 1125 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2K8

The Decoda Literacy office is located on unceded territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

What is Family Literacy?

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Early literacy gives families the tools they need to succeed.

The essence of family literacy is that parents are supported as the first teachers of their children. Programs work with individuals as well as with the family unit. While family literacy programs provide developmental experiences for young children, their parents are offered instruction in parenting skills and parental support to change patterns of family interaction. Family literacy involves the literate activities families engage in at home and in the larger community. These interactive routines might include reading and writing together, when singing with your child you are helping them hear the parts of words, playing an educational video game, or simply talking to infants and responding to the sounds they make.

Why Infant Massage?

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Numerous studies have shown the many developmental benefits of positive contact as part of a baby’s early life. Touch is your baby’s first language and infant massage is one of the most natural and pleasant methods of providing this early nurturing contact.
Children learn and take in information from the world through all their senses. By providing activities to engage your child’s senses, you are helping to build new brain connections and make your child more knowledgeable. During these sessions parents will learn what senses are strongest in young children and how to best support new learning. Activities will focus on the sense of touch and how children learn through touch. Baby massage is proven to have countless benefits including improved growth and development, improved immunity, sleep, and bonding with parents.