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Early Childhood Week Nov. 14-20/22

Making early childhood a priority in Quebec Bouncing Back Together! Because our kids have rights, too. #earlychildhoodweek ~ Grandsemain.com Early Childhood Week aims to give a voice to the 512,000 children aged 5 and under in Quebec and to make early childhood development a true social priority. Early Childhood Week is an opportunity for us as a society

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Skills for Success Workshop Series

Check our TLE Skills for Success Resources Presented by: Ronen MaorAn entertaining and informative series of 1-hour workshops open to all students, volunteers, teachers, staff and community. Fall sessions in the Skills for Success Series with Ronan Maor: What a president, a frog, a dog, potatoes, tomatoes & monkeys can teach us about: Handling priorities

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All About The Learning Exchange|TLE

We are The Learning Exchange and we are here to help students succeed! We invite you to discover the TLE experience! You can see the latest events and activities with our TLE event calendar and follow us on FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube. All TLE services are free, offered in English, and are open to

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Fall 2022: Gummy Bear is Back!

Attention all story lovers! Do you have young children or grandchildren between the ages of 2-10? If yes, join the Gummy Bear Family Reading Club! TLE’s Sunday Gummy Bear Family Reading Club was such a great success, we are back by popular demand! FREE for all families! You can register for all Sunday sessions or just one

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Fraud: It Doesn’t Just Happen to Others

WHAT: FRAUD Workshop presented by Richard Goldman and Valérie Thibodeau of Éducaloi HOSTED by Literacy Quebec WHEN: Wednesday, September 21, 2022 | 11h00 – 12h30 via Zoom AUDIENCE: This workshop is OPEN to THE PUBLIC COST: FREE to all This workshop discusses common scams and frauds, how to protect yourself, and how to report them. We

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International Literacy Day 2022

Make every day your Literacy Day by reading, writing and sharing books! This year’s International Literacy Day will be celebrated worldwide under the theme, Transforming Literacy Learning Spaces and will be an opportunity to rethink the fundamental importance of literacy learning spaces to build resilience and ensure quality, equitable, and inclusive education for all. Looking for ways to

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Ideas to Share Books

There are three simple ways to share books throughout the year! 1. Give a Book to a Friend or Relative.Celebrate the love of reading by giving someone a new, used or borrowed book. Books make GREAT gifts! 2. Leave a Book in a Waiting Room or Lobby.Choose a waiting room where people are stuck waiting

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Storytime Visits in Laval

The Learning Exchange Storytime Readers, Enza and Vidya, are visiting daycares in the Laval area starting May 30th to have an interactive “Under the Sea” themed reading and Rainbow Fish sing-along with the children. Students of Souvenir Elementary School will have interactive reading visits featuring stories geared to each grade level. Thanks to project funding from

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Essential Skills for Success

Discover the Skills for Success Learn about the nine skills needed to participate and thrive in learning, work, and life.     For great resources related to the the Skills for Success visit: by The Learning Exchange

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Coding and Soft Skills for Young Learners

Living in an ever-evolving world, the newer generations are now presented with knowledge and skills that were not available decades before. Teaching children these skills will not only prepare them for their future professions, but also help them develop the right set of skills to help them through life. ~ Chatty Garrate Read these articles

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TLE Storytime Collection

Use TLE’s Storytime Collection of stories, exciting activities and unique ideas to help raise-a-reader! Reading has many positives and reading together as a family allows you to share those positive experiences. Reading is a fantastic way to make connections with members of your family. Use story themes and messages to develop learning experiences through discovery and

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Colourful Science

A PLAY to LEARN activity Teaching colours is best done through playful everyday life experiences. Try these links to a variety of fun, science ideas for teaching children to identify and learn about colours. Colourful Science Experiments for Children DIY Lava Lamp (No Alka-Seltzer Tablets) DIY Rainbow Crystals! Easy M & M Rainbows Walking Water Experiment

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Graphic Literary Definitions

Use these graphic definitions to learn literary terms ~ from creators at Canva

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Storyline Online

Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers and educators worldwide. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.  

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TLE Story Themes Collection

Use TLE’s Story Themes Collection of stories, exciting activities and unique ideas to explore different concepts important to development! Courage, friendship, gratitude and sharing are themes in these story selections. Use story themes and messages to develop learning experiences through discovery and play! Taking the time to read together as a family will allow you

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Stories with Colour

A PLAY to LEARN activity Reading and storytelling with babies and children promotes brain development and imagination, develops language and emotions, and strengthens relationships. Read and listen to stories often as a family! Colourful Video Stories The Color Monster The Day the Crayons Quit Bear Sees Colors Mouse Paint Monsters Love Colors The Rainbow Fish Read-Along

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Great Reading Strategies

Use these printable infographics to help with reading various types of text. Looking for more infographics for learning? Access here for free. All you need is an email address:

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Virtual Museum Tours

Take a virtual tour of these fabulous world museums! Below is a variety of programs that the public can access remotely to keep themselves entertained, stimulated and inspired. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts British Museum, London Uffizi Gallery, Florence Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea Pergamon Museum, Berlin Musée

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TLE’s Family Literacy Series

As part of our Ready to Read, Write, Think project TLE has created Family Literacy Series videos: Quick Links Family Literacy Inside and Outside the Home How Reading Helps Kids Grow Ways to Help Kids Love Reading Learning Through Creative Play How to Raise-a-Reader TLE Family Literacy Resources 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Resources TLE Family

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Free Bingo Cards

Create randomized bingo cards for free in seconds with our Bingo Card Generator. Print your bingo cards at home to play in‑person, or send out links to play a Virtual Bingo Game – we even provide a bingo caller! ~ myfreebingocards.com All bingo cards made on myfreebingocards.com can be printed or played as virtual bingo games. You

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How to Write Well

Use these printable infographics to help with writing various types of text. Looking for more infographics for learning? Access here for free. All you need is an email address:

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Rapid Antigen Take-home Kits

The Canadian Red Cross, working in partnership with Health Canada and provincial and territorial authorities, is offering the Stop the Spread and Stay Safe program to help keep community organizations, their personnel, and the people they serve safe.  Stop the Spread and Stay Safe at Home: FREE take-home rapid antigen tests and masks for community organizations’ personnel and the

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Literary Term Infographics

Use these printable infographics to help with literary terms and usage. Infographics can help you to retain information, by telling a visual story. Looking for more infographics for learning? Access here for free. All you need is an email address:

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TLE Storytime | I Am Peace

Welcome to TLE’s Storytime featuring the story I AM PEACE by Susan Verde with art by Peter H. Reynolds Sunday, May 29th 10:30 -11 AM: Featured Story: I AM PEACE Mindfulness means being fully in the present moment. Children can learn how to manage their emotions, make good choices, and balance their busy lives by

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Stories to Grow By

Bedtime Stories, Fairytales & Folktales: Kid-Tested, Moral Short Stories in English FOR FREE. ~ Stories to Grow By

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Dr. Seuss | Seussville

Wonderful, fun activities, resources, tips and ideas to inspire children to explore, play, read, and learn! NOTE: Flash Player needed for full experience!       

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World Book Day Give-Away

Through reading and the celebration of World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April, we can open ourselves to others despite distance, and we can travel thanks to imagination. From April 1st to 23rd, UNESCO will share quotes, poems and messages to symbolize the power of books and encourage reading as much as possible. By creating a sense

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National Volunteer Week 2022

April 24-30, 2022The National Volunteer Week theme for 2022, Volunteering Is Empathy In Action, affirms the strong connection between volunteerism and empathy. This profoundly human connection is at the heart of healthier individuals and stronger communities. Empathy is a quality that can help people relate to others and build awareness around different experiences. It connects people

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Jessica Scott Kerrin | Children’s Book Week

TLE is proud to announce visiting author: Jessica Scott Kerrin who will be presenting Senses via Zoom during Canadian Children’s Book Week on May 1st 10AM-11AM EDT. Jessica’s jam-packed presentation to young writers is a behind-the-scenes look at the everyday experiences that she writes stories about. She includes props, audience participation, and video clips sure

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Adult Learner’s Week 2022

Adult Learner’s Week recognizes learners’ accomplishments and motivates them to persevere.Recognize the achievements of Canadian adult learners #ALW2022 Adult Learner’s Week is a time that is set aside to honour adult learners, recognizing the challenges many face as they balance full-time studies with work, home-life, commuting long distances to get to school, all the while trying

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International Children’s Book Day

International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) promotes the importance of literacy and reading to our children.  Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, 2 April, ICBD is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books. What was your favourite story as a kid? Children’s Book Day encourages you to get

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Remembrance Day Classroom Resources

ENGLISH Classroom materials Resources, lesson plans, and activities for the classroom. FRANÇAIS Ressources d’apprentissage Des ressources, des plans de leçons et des activités pour les élèves.

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Gummy Bear a Success!

TLE’s Sunday Gummy Bear Family Reading Club was a great success. Sunday mornings, families joined Enza from The Learning Exchange for stories, songs, craft time and parent resources that engaged both adult and child with fun interactive stories!  Family Reading Club Stories If you missed Gummy Bear, you can still visit our Family Literacy Resource section

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Author Lois Peterson

Lois Peterson’s book SHELTER – HOMELESSNESS IN OUR COMMUNITY was used to explore where and how people get their ideas and opinions, and how to figure out what facts are true. Lois visited students at CDC Vimont via Zoom on Monday, May 2nd for a truly insightful and thought-provoking presentation! Canadian Book Week Author Visit

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Hooked on School Days #JPS2022

YOU make it meaningful. Since 2020, the effects of the pandemic have spared no one, least of all young people, with all the disruptions to their normal school experience. As a follow-up to last year’s Hooked on School Days, when we took a moment to support students in their perseverance at school, this year, it’s time to express

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TLE Storytime | The Smart Cookie

Welcome to TLE’s Storytime featuring the story The Smart Cookie from the team of Jory John and Pete Oswald Join us on Zoom Sunday, June 12th 10:30 -11 AM for a FREE read aloud Gummy Bear storytime: Featured Story: The Smart Cookie This cookie has never felt like a smart cookie no matter how hard she tries,

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Family Literacy Day

#Family Literacy Day takes place every January 27th to raise awareness about the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. Since 1999, thousands of schools, libraries, literacy organizations and other community groups have taken part in the initiative. Enjoy the stories, resources and activity ideas from popular posts from our website! FAMILY

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Special Olympics Sports

Special Olympics Report by Team TLE; Gen Zoomers who are also members of Bowling Special Olympics, Laval. Many thanks to Chris of Literacy Quebec. Gen Zoomer Pics by Afro

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WOW! 100 000+ Web Views

All of us at The Learning Exchange are thrilled to say we have reached over 100 000 views on our website!! We are excited to continue to grow our services, resources, and information sharing in our community and on our network! Continue to share, like and embed! Let us know how we are doing!

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Bell Let’s Talk 2022

What is Bell Let’s Talk? Bell Let’s Talk Day is Wednesday, January 26, 2022 | version française Bell Let’s Talk is a multi-year charitable program dedicated to the promotion and support of mental health across Canada. Since 2010, Bell has committed more than $100 million to support a wide range of mental health organizations, large and small, from coast to

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HSBC Family Literacy First

HSBC Family Literacy First is a free program created by ABC Life Literacy Canada and supported by HSBC Bank Canada, to bring parents and children together to practice family literacy. Stories and activities to bring families together to celebrate and practice their literacy skills and encourage daily learning. Resources are available in five languages: English, French,

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Stories | Winter

Children’s stories to cozy up for storytime! Henry Holton Takes the Ice digital story from Storyline Online Brave Irene digital story from Storyline Online Mr. McKay the Winter Coat Thief from FreeChildrenStories.com If I Could Not Cry from FreeChildrenStories.com The Special Snowman from Storyberries LOOKING FOR MORE ONLINE STORIES: Books introduce children to the exciting

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Learning in the Great Outdoors

Use these resources with your family to learn in the great outdoors! Get outside and exercise both your mind and body together as a family. You can make outdoor time fun family learning time all while enjoying the wonders of Canada’s Great Outdoors! Use these resources from ABC Life Literacy: Family Outdoor Activity Book Outdoor

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TLE Storytime | EVERYBODY!

Welcome to TLE’s Storytime featuring the story EVERYBODY! by Elise Gravel Featured Story: EVERYBODY! From beloved children’s author Elise Gravel comes a reassuring picture book, perfect for trying times. Explore themes of empathy and unity with Elise Gravel’s signature quirky monsters! EVERYBODY has strengths, flaws, feelings, ideas and needs. EVERYBODY!Everybody is unique and different. But

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Literacy Helpline

The Literacy Helpline is a FREE service that provides information and support for tasks that require reading, writing and/or digital literacy skills. English-speaking Quebecers can call 1-888-521-8181 for assistance. What kinds of support are offered? Support is offered to English-speaking Adults (16+) in Quebec who need help to: Print forms and essential information Understand written

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Laval’s Participatory Budget

Citizens of all ages are invited to submit their ideas for initiatives that can improve the quality of life in their neighborhood. Influencing the projects that will see the light of day in Laval is now possible with the Participatory Budget! As a Laval organization we are sharing the news and encouraging YOUR participation. We

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Winter & Holiday Activities

Welcome to The Learning Exchange (TLE) Winter and Holiday Activities page. Here you will find fun and exciting ideas and activities for all ages and members of the family to do! Visit this page for new activities & resources and look for new additions over the holidays. LET IT SNOW! These snowman activities and recipes

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Happy Holidays from TLE!

Everyone at TLE wishes you a very joyous holiday season! We hope your holiday season is full of peace, joy, and happiness. All the best for the New Year! Here’s to 2022! We look forward to a time when we can all be together again!

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Holiday Story Read Alouds with Little Miss B

Grab the children and gather the family. Join Little Miss B as she reads and shares some of her favourite stories for the holidays! The Elf on the Shelf | A Christmas Tradition The Best Snowman Ever!

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Fun Kwanzaa Activities for Kids

If you celebrate Kwanzaa or just want to learn about the traditions, use these resource links to have fun! Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration that honors African heritage in African-American culture. Kwanzaa is a holiday that was first started by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966, who was looking for a way to bring together African

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Fun Christmas Activities for Kids

If you celebrate Christmas or just want to learn about Christmas traditions, use these resource links to have fun! CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES Christmas is a special time of the year that helps bring family, friends, and loved ones together. NORAD Tracks Santa e-mailSanta.com Reindeer Cam Christmas Cultures Around the World Easy Toddler Christmas Craft Activities 30+

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Fun New Year’s Activities for Kids

Learn about and celebrate New Year’s Eve as a family with these great activity ideas. ACTIVITY IDEAS 10 Fun Ways to Celebrate New Year’s With the Family New Year Song for Kids The Kiboomers Happy New Year | I Love To Learn | New Year’s Song for Kids How To Draw Baby New Year 12

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Countdown to Christmas

Try this fun Family Literacy idea to countdown the days to Christmas! With a Christmas book countdown to Christmas calendar, instead of a piece of candy or chocolate, your child opens a Christmas picture book every day. What a great way to count the days to the holidays!! What you need: So how many books will you

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Reliable Resources to Covid-19 Questions

The World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates: Canada  Up-to-date information in areas of Canada Canadian Government Quebec Government Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering Educaloi Your starting point for legal information in plain language CNESST The CNESST phone number is 1 844 838-0808 Vaccine Information for

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Early Childhood Week Nov. 15-21/21

Making early childhood a priority in Quebec Québec’s wee ones are not just the future of our society, they’re also its present. ~ Grandsemain.com For over 60 years, November 20 has been the Universal Children’s Day. The Early Childhood Week is a celebration of the Universal Children’s Day. It is an opportunity to communicate and

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Book Giveaway Day

Thanks to the help of the CDC Vimont SIS group, students and staff of The Learning Exchange and CDC Vimont have the opportunity to bring home a new or used book for winter reading!!

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Family Fun Stories with TLE

Young children and their family members have been enjoying The Learning Exchange family literacy activities and readings! Stories with Enza and the Gummy Bear Family Reading Club have been extremely popular! Stories with Enza Families join Stories with Enza for stories and fun activities Saturday mornings. Enza, sometimes joined by her son Adam, reads a book

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Teachers: Media Literacy Week

About Media Literacy Week Media Literacy Week (MLW) is an annual event promoting digital and media literacy across Canada. Schools, libraries, museums and community groups organize events and activities throughout the week. In 2021, we’re celebrating each of the first five days of MLW by highlighting one of five media literacy themes –  Use Understand Engage Access Verify Take

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Wellness through Yoga Revisited

The Learning Exchange’s Health and Wellness campaign may be over but you can revisit the topics presented weekly by Pheleshia. Take a listen to the informative podcasts or read and learn about the themes. Enjoy! Pheleshia is a teacher and has a Master of Education in Educational Psychology and Counselling: Special Needs. She is a

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Making Music

Enjoy these podcast episodes from TLE’s Power of Podcast project. An interview with Anthony Leroy of the Stepford Wolves about his mental health journey and making music. Warning: discussion about depression and suicide.  If you or someone you know, is experiencing a crisis, there is help. Speak with someone today. Canada Suicide Prevention Service | Hours:

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The Three Different Ways that Adults Learn

Each one of us learns best when information is presented to us in a certain way. As literacy practitioners, we must be able to adjust our methods of instruction accordingly – especially with adult learners, where additional effort is needed to keep them motivated in their learning. ABC Life Literacy Read about the three different

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Class Talk | Power of Podcasts

Listen to students from Darlene’s Basic English evening class from CDC Vimont as they explore topics, discuss interests, loves and goals in a Class Talk episode series as part of the Power of Podcasts: Encouraging Student Voices project. Meet some of the students from class:

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Read to Me!

Reading, and a love for reading, begins at home. Help kids become successful readers by reading regularly. Go ahead and read your child’s favorite book for the 100th time! The more children get to practice behaviors connected with talking, listening, reading and writing, the easier it is for them to become enthusiastic readers.

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Summer Tutoring

The Learning Exchange Office is closed over the summer: June 24-Sept.6/22 and all tutoring is suspended until CDC Vimont reopens for the fall, however, some volunteers and students may wish to continue tutoring during TLE’s summer closure. For information and tracking purposes, if you plan to tutor during the closure please complete the following form

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Read Aloud with Adam

We’re so proud of Adam! After taking TLE’s How to Podcast workshop with his mother Enza, TLE’s Community Manager, he made his own podcast…complete with cover art using Canva. Wow! In his first podcast, Adam reads DJ Corchin’s I Feel Lonely from the I Feel series. Have a listen and watch for more episodes to

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Wellness Through Yoga with Pheleshia

Pheleshia is a teacher and has a Master of Education in Educational Psychology and Counselling: Special Needs. She is a Certified Canadian Yoga Alliance-Registered Yoga Teacher | CYA-RYT650 certified. Meet Pheleshia Pheleshia is passionate about plants, the stars and mostly about all aspects of health: Emotional, spiritual, psychological, and physical. She is a traditional herbalist

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Gummy Bear Family Reading Club

Join the Gummy Bear Family Reading Club! Spend Sunday morning with readers Enza and Vidya as they read stories, sing songs and dance to engage you and your child with fun interactive stories. Sunday Morning Stories on Zoom Do you have young children or grandchildren between the ages of 2-7? If yes, join the Gummy

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Canada Book Day | World Book Day

Through reading and the celebration of World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April, we can open ourselves to others despite distance, and we can travel thanks to imagination. From April 1st to 23rd, UNESCO will share quotes, poems and messages to symbolize the power of books and encourage reading as much as possible. By creating a sense

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Online Mona | April

Hello Friends, Perseverance is the Mars project and a wonderful theme for us to use. We need to remember that COVID is almost over and our lockdown will soon come to an end. We have survived this long. Keep the faith! We are in the last stretch!!! Enjoy the story of the first flight of

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National Volunteer Week

April 18-24, 2021The National Volunteer Week theme for 2021, The Value of One, The Power of Many, reflects on the awe-inspiring acts of kindness by millions of individuals AND the magic that happens when we work together towards a common purpose.  This past year, we have seen people supporting family, friends, neighbours, and strangers, people standing

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Activities & Resources for Stories with Enza

The Learning Exchange | Storytime Below are resources and activities for stories and family fun! Scroll down the page to find the latest additions. The Hello Song Learn the “Hello Song” used to welcome everyone to the Learning Exchange’s Saturday Stories with Enza with a fun learn and play stretch song to start the day.

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Episode 1: DJ Corchin

As part of our Power of Podcast: Encouraging Student Voices project, we are proud to release our first podcast: My 15 Year Overnight Success: An Interview with DJ Corchin. Throughout the project, students of CDC Vimont and The Learning Exchange will be able to learn how to create their own podcasts through workshops and information

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#HourWithHer

International Women’s Day March 8, 2021 |Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality. #ChooseToChallenge  #IWD2021 #HourWithHer Dove’s Self-Esteem Project: At Dove, we believe no young person should be held back from reaching their full potential. However, low body confidence and anxieties over appearance stop young people being their best selves, affecting their

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Hooked on School Days #JPS2021

A moment. For them. Young people have not been spared the effects and many challenges of the complex situation brought on by the pandemic. Adapting to new teaching methods, social distancing, and a lack of or changes to extracurricular activities have all played an important role in students’ school perseverance in this turbulent time. This

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A Community Leader

On this day of celebration of love, Valentine’s Day, I want to say I love Canada and this includes the Canadian “Charter of Rights and Freedoms, enacted in 1982. It guarantees that persons with disabilities are protected by and will receive the same benefits under the law as any other Canadian. Discrimination against persons with disabilities is prohibited by the Canadian Human Rights Act,

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A Thousand No’s by DJ Corchin

A Thousand NO’s is a story about perseverance and innovation. It shows what amazing things can happen if we work with others and don’t give up, and teaches us not to let expectations of how things should be get in the way of what could be. ~ A story by DJ Corchin Eric Hoffer Award for Best Children’s Book! A

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Online Mona | January

Hello Friends, I am excited for February because it means spring is on its way! What is your favourite way to celebrate spring? The newest Rover is about to land on Mars. NASA has sent a wonderful link and we can all use it to learn about the landing. January 27th marks Perseverance Rover as 22

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I Feel Series…DJ Corchin

Award-winning books on emotions.Social Emotional Learning. Growth Mindset. Conversation Starters. Join author and illustrator DJ Corchin and The Learning Exchange for a fun online family event with his children’s book series: I Feel…Saturday, February 13th @10:30 AM via Zoom I FEEL… The fun, witty illustrations make it easy for kids to identify behaviors and emotions. Each

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Bell Let’s Talk Day

Every Action Counts Bell Let’s Talk Day is January 28, 2021 | version française Now more than ever, every action counts. On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell will donate more towards mental health initiatives in Canada by contributing 5¢ for every applicable text, call, tweet or TikTok video using #BellLetsTalk, social media video view and use of our

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Book Week 2021 | Nicola Winstanley

Canadian Children’s Book Week connects Canadian authors and illustrators with children and teens across Canada. Tour participants speak to their audiences about the pleasures of reading and the delights of Canadian children’s books through their presentations and workshops. Meeting authors, illustrators and storytellers can be a turning point in a child’s life, inspiring a lifelong love of

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Book Week 2021 | Shane Peacock

Canadian Children’s Book Week connects Canadian authors and illustrators with children and teens across Canada. Tour participants speak to their audiences about the pleasures of reading and the delights of Canadian children’s books through their presentations and workshops. Meeting authors, illustrators and storytellers can be a turning point in a child’s life, inspiring a lifelong love of

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Happy New Year

Hello Friends! Welcome to 2021 and Happy New Year one and all!  Armen and I enjoy watching Dr. Who on television. We want to share two links to shows you will enjoy seeing. The first one is a video of all of the different Tardis-Dr. Who’s time machine: Here is a link to several free Dr.

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Guide to Voting

Guide to Voting: Free Civic Literacy Workbook   The Guide to Voting is a resource created by ABC Life Literacy to help literacy practitioners engage adult learners in civic literacy leading up to the next federal election. This resource helps literacy practitioners engage adult learners in civic literacy. Created in partnership with Elections Canada, A Guide

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Happy Holidays

Everyone at TLE wishes you a very joyous holiday season! We hope your holiday season is full of peace, joy, and happiness. All the best for the New Year! Here’s to 2021! We look forward to a time when we can all be together again!

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Win 50 Books #LoveTLEbooks Contest

Join the Contest: #LoveTLEbooks Win a Scholastic Book Bag of 50 books for the family! Your family can enter* our free draw to win!  Take a fun picture about reading: For example, a drawing of a story or the family reading, a bookmark, a picture of a favourite story, etc. Post the pic to your

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Online Mona | December

Welcome everyone to the holiday season 💫🪐🌎💫🌟B.I.R.D.S = Books for Independant Readers Development Society Share these NASA links with me, they are fun to try.  Lots to look up to, (stars) and plenty of Zoom’s to join. Share this letter with your friends, I would love to hear your thoughts. TLE has a ZOOM party on Tuesday, December

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#LoveTLEbooks

Books for the Holidays It’s time for a story!!! It’s time for Books for the Holidays! We have great news… All children going to Crestview Elementary, Jules Verne Elementary and JFK Elementary along with over 200 children in Laval daycares and countless families receiving Christmas Baskets from Agape, are getting a book to bring home

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Books for the Holidays

#RLPRÉ #LoveTLEbooks #TLELaval #SWLSB The Learning Exchange is busy distributing 1000’s of books as well as writing kits and family literacy resources to families and schools in the Laval community as part of the Wonderful World of Stories project. Check out our great resource links and look for our family literacy online stories over the

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Holiday Cheer Cards for Veterans

Whenever the holidays roll around, people wonder how they can give to others. What better way to do this than by having youth sending handmade Holiday Cheer Cards to Veterans who are living in long term care facilities? This year has been difficult for them with the Covid 19 pandemic. Some Veterans may not even

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A Pittance of Time: Remembrance Day

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month Canadians from sea to sea to sea are invited to take “A Pittance of Time” to reflect on what it means to be Canadian: to take a moment in quiet reverence no matter where they are and experience deep emotional heartfelt gratitude for their individuality,

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Home Learning Ideas

Family literacy focusses on parents, grandparents and other family members to improve the reading and writing skills of the whole family.  By reading to children and engaging in fun literacy activities regularly, adults actively keep their own skills sharp and also help children improve their skills.  Family literacy activities strengthen the relationship between family members which,

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Early Childhood Week Nov. 15-21

Making early childhood a priority in Quebec Québec’s wee ones are not just the future of our society, they’re also its present. ~ Grandsemain.com For over 60 years, November 20 has been the Universal Children’s Day. The Early Childhood Week is a celebration of the Universal Children’s Day. It is an opportunity to communicate and

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International Children’s Day

Around the world, children are showing us their strength and leadership advocating for a more sustainable world for all. Let’s build on advances and re-commit to putting children first. For every child, every right. UN Secretary-General António Guterres World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day and is celebrated on 20

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Free Stories in 16 Languages

World Children’s Day is Friday, November 20! What better way to celebrate than with a great story! Do you have a FREE Canada calling plan ? Then you can enjoy Toronto Public Library’s Dial-A-Story, available in 16 languages! Children and their families can listen to a story by phone any time of day by calling

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Thank You Enza!

As part of International Volunteer Managers Day, The Learning Exchange would like to thank and recognize Enza Ciampanelli who manages our volunteers (even International volunteers!) on a daily basis…always with a smile and helpful attitude! Honk! Honk! International Volunteer Managers Day (IVMDay) was founded and observed for the first time in 1999. The push for

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November 11th 2020

In honour of Remembrance Day:  Veterans want Canadians to understand the price of freedom. They are passing the torch to the people of Canada, so the memory of their sacrifices will continue, and the values they fought for will live on in all of us. Veterans’ Week From November 5-11—Veterans’ Week—we honour those who have

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First Book Canada

Thank you First Book Canada for your amazing work and book distribution! There will be many happy kids and parents this Halloween and Christmas! Providing equal access to quality education for kids in need since 2009. First Book Canada increases children’s interest in reading and improves self-esteem in readers. In a poll of the First

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Thanksgiving Vocabulary

Canadian Thanksgiving takes place on the second Monday of October. The public holiday calls for a long weekend in every province. Here are some ideas for the long weekend in Montreal. Vocabulary Below are some common vocabulary words related to the holiday: Click on the word for the definition. Click on the speaker to hear the

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OnLine Mona September

Hello Everyone! The Fall season is about to begin and I have a turning world map for you to try. Just click this link NASA- eyes on the Earth: Write me and tell me what you’re doing. Keep safe, ONLINE Mona

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#TogetherForThem

Our young people went through exceptional times these past few months. For this different back-to-school season, let’s show kindness, understanding and support to help them have a good school year. Together, let’s give them the push they need to start studying and learning again, with enthusiasm. Back to school. Together. For them. #Togetherforthem The RLPRE

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Gordon Receives Freda Hudson Award

We are thrilled to announce that another valued member of the TLE team has been awarded the Freda Hudson Volunteer Recognition Award. Gordon Cook is this year’s recipient! Awarded in memory of a remarkable volunteer, this pin will be presented annually to an active, longstanding volunteer who has made a “remarkable” contribution to literacy. The Freda

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15 Minutes of Fun!

To encourage family literacy in the home, ABC Life Literacy Canada is encouraging Canadian families to have “15 Minutes of Fun” learning together. Learning can happen at any time. Practicing literacy together for just 15 minutes a day has tremendous benefits for both children and parents. Here are some great ways to get started: Create your own

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Online Mona August 2020

Hello friends, This is a great time to see how a telescope works. McGill university is presenting a YouTube video for us to see the great sky above. Join me Tuesday August 25th at 9:00 pm for a special LIVE presentation. Just click this link. The event will be live streamed on Youtube here:  Bye

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Thank You TLE Volunteers!

#NVW2020 Sunday, April 19, marks the start of National Volunteer Week in Canada. It’s a coast-to-coast-to-coast celebration of the commitment, dedication, generosity and selflessness of Canada’s almost 12.7 million volunteers. This couldn’t be more timely! Led by Volunteer Canada and local volunteer centres, the theme this year It’s time to applaud this country’s volunteers encourages all Canadians to loudly and proudly

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Mona Online

Hello Everyone,What a wonderful day it is today! 50 years of caring for our EARTH 🌎 check out this link: NASA Space Place: Earth, it is amazing! Answers from NASA to everything about EARTH! Also check the other links for more fun activities from NASA. Thank you all for being a part of Volunteer Appreciation

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Dr. Seuss | Seussville

Looking for inspiration? Take a trip to Seussville with the family. Try these wonderful, fun activities, resources, tips and ideas to inspire children to explore, play, read, and learn! NOTE: Flash Player needed for full experience!        

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Great Resources

The Learning Exchange has gathered some great learning resources for adult students as well as families of young or school-aged children looking for amazing family literacy resources. Use these resources to develop everyday skills or to better prepare yourself to work. The Skills for Success Quebec site provides links to outside sites and resources related

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Pass the message: Five steps to kicking out coronavirus

From World Health Organization: 1. Hands: Frequent washing with soap and water, or preferably with an alcohol-based hand solution, kills viruses that may be on your hands. It is simple, but it is very important. 2.Elbows: Cover your nose and mouth with a bent elbow or tissue when you sneeze or cough. Dispose of tissue

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What Is The Difference Between “Quarantine” And “Isolation”?

from Dictionary.com by John Kelly, Senior Research Editor at Dictionary.com During public health emergencies, like the outbreak of the coronavirus, it’s essential to stay informed. But a lot of that information, when it’s not misleading, can be overwhelming and confusing—down to the very words we use to talk about a crisis. What’s COVID-19? Is that the

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SWLSB Wall Calendar Artwork Contest

Attention students of CDC Vimont and Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board (SWLSB)! Are you a budding artist, enjoy illustrating, drawing or sketching? Enter the SWLSB wall calendar artwork contest! SWLSB 2020 Artwork Contest Rules  Theme My Favorite Wellness Activity. Students, what is your favorite activity? It can be a sport, an activity or a hobby

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LQ Podcast

Listen to the Literacy Quebec Podcast Season 4 of the Literacy Quebec podcast is now complete and ready for your listening pleasure! Catch up on all the fantastic episodes here.

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Bishop’s Forum

Are you, or do you know, dynamic English-speaking youth between the ages of 18 and 26 who: Identify as members of the English-speaking community Want to deepen their understanding of how Quebec society works Are passionate about working with their peers to bring about positive change? For the fourth year in a row, Bishop’s University

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Reading Resources

Are you looking for printable, easy-to-use, and accessible English reading worksheets? TLE recommends eReadingWorksheets This fantastic website provides worksheets to practice anything from reading comprehension, grammar, to more specific topics like literary devices up to grade 8.  

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School Reading Visits

TLE’s Wonderful World of Stories Children in pre-kindergarten to grade 2 have been delighted by volunteers readers visiting the schools, along with a special guest…The Cat-in-the-Hat, thanks to our project funding for TLE’s Wonderful World of Stories. Hillcrest Elementary School John F. Kennedy Elementary A LEARNING EXCHANGE project funded by regroupement lavallois pour la réussite éducative

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Stay Connected!

Connect with us on social media! Follow us and get updates delivered to your favorite social media channel.    

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#BookGivingDay

February 14th is about sharing the love of books! #bookgivingday 6 Ways You Can Get Involved in International Book Giving Day! ~ by bookgivingday.com Subscribe to our website, join over 11,000 already committed to #bookgivingday. Leave a book for a child to discover, donate to a local charity. Click here for plenty of inspiration! Connect with others

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Share a Book

There are three simple ways to share books throughout the year! 1. Give a Book to a Friend or Relative.  Celebrate the love of reading by giving a child a new, used or borrowed book. 2. Leave a Book in a Waiting Room or Lobby. Choose a waiting room where kids are stuck waiting and there

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Living Beyond Colorism

Colorism is a phenomenon that has a direct impact on the perception that many girls have of themselves, a phenomenon that impacts their self-confidence. This episode features the voices and testimonies of 5 black girls and young women, aged 15—23 years old. They talk about the impact that colorism has had on their lives and how

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Become a TLE Math or English Volunteer Tutor

Tutoring can be a very rewarding experience. We are always looking for new volunteers to tutor adult students in English or math. Check our volunteer positions and volunteer opportunities page. It’s an opportunity to make a real difference in a person’s life, and way to enrich your own! TLE will provide you with training, resources and on-going support. Numerous

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2020 Charity Challenge

Save the Date! Run for Literacy and support literacy councils across Quebec. The 2020 Scotiabank Charity Challenge is taking place April 25 & 26, 2020. 21K 10K 5K 1K Kid’s Race Register as a runner and #RunForLiteracy ! Contact Literacy Quebec for registration details: admin@literacyquebec.org Phone (514) 508 6805 Literacy Quebec member councils: Literacy UnlimitedRECLAIM LiteracyYamaska Literacy CouncilLaurentian Literacy CentreChateauguay Valley

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Storytime Events

It’s Storytime in the Laval community!Storytime events take place in the evenings making it fun for all to wear pyjamas, robes and slippers. Participants are also encouraged to bring teddy bears and other stuffed animals. The Cat-in the-Hat is always on hand to greet and interact with the families! There are lots of fun stations

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Buy a Gift Card – Support TLE

Use Fundscrip cards for everyday purchases such as groceries, pharmacy items, home hardware and gas. Fundscrip cards also make great Holiday and birthday gifts!! Pay face value for gift cards, get face value at the retailers (you lose nothing), AND a percentage is donated to TLE programs! Choose from over 170 Canadian retailers: Fundscrip Retailers

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Letter Writing

It is that time of year when some children want to write that important letter to “you know who” in the North Pole! Other children may wish to write invitations, thank you notes and messages to friends and family. Read, Write, Think’s Letter Generator is a great way to help children write a basic friendly letter

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It’s Holiday Storytime!

The Learning Exchange is visiting nine daycares in the Laval area for Holiday Storytime interactive readings, benefiting over 450 children, from babies to 5 year olds.

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Wonderful World of Stories

Storytime in the Community project Literacy weaves through all aspects of family and community life, it is the foundation for all learning. In an effort to build a culture of literacy in the home, instill a love of reading and writing,  and in the promotion of early literacy, TLE’s Wonderful World of Stories : Storytime in the Community project

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Elementary School Visits

Family Literacy volunteers will be visiting elementary schools in the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board area to read interactive stories with children. These events are taking place a few times a year and are a fun and rewarding experience for all involved!! Children will also be delighted by a visit from the Cat-in-the-Hat! TLE is looking

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#1000BBK Project Huge Success

The Learning Exchange (TLE) community family literacy project funded through the Programme d’action communautaire sur le terrain de l’éducation (PACTE) from the Ministry of Education, Leisure and Sports was a HUGE success. Starting last October 2018, in collaboration with key partners, The Learning Exchange (TLE) implemented TLE’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten reading program in the community.

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Intro. to Modern Art

Starting January 2020, on behalf of The Learning Exchange, Mona invites students from CDC Vimont to an Introduction to Modern Art class. Join the discussion around Renoir to Jackson Pollock and Pablo Picasso. Come for one session or all five. Sessions will be held on Wednesdays 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Students are also invited to occasional outings

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A Tribute to Lazar

All of us at The Learning Exchange are saddened to say goodbye to dear friend and colleague, Lazar Jevremovic. Lazar worked with The Learning Exchange for years on the Board of Directors and as a valued volunteer both in English, family literacy and math. Lazar was passionate in his work as a volunteer and committed

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Calling All Laval Residents

Intergenerational  Storytelling project Laval Senior Academy’s Community Learning Centre in collaboration with community partners Dr. Neomi Kronish & Dr. Tiiu Poldma are seeking the participation of immigrants willing to share their life stories, legends and tales. If you have immigrated to Canada and live in Laval and are interested in participating in a creative and meaningful

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UP Skills for Work Series

Starting October 2019 and running through to January 2020, The Learning Exchange will be sponsoring ABC Life Literacy’s Up Skills for Work Series to adult learners at CDC Vimont during class time. About UP Skills for Work helps learners develop key employability skills through free workshops and downloadable workbooks. Check TLE’s Calendar of Events for dates/times:

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Fun at Twin Oaks Elementary

Children at Twin Oaks Elementary school had a great morning of fun, when The Learning Exchange reading volunteers and Cat-in-the Hat visited their school March 21st for interactive classroom readings to promote literacy at home.   A LEARNING EXCHANGE project funded through:  

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QFHSA Newsletter

The Learning Exchange is happy to be working with a new organization to bring literacy to families in the Laval area. We had a feature article in the Winter 2018/19 newsletter and continue to work together. QFHSA is donating new and used books for us to distribute to families in our community.

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Tree of Perseverance

Learners at CDC Vimont have been busy building a Tree of Perseverance. Every day the tree continues to grow! #HookedonSchoolDays #HookedonSchoolDaysVimont #JPS2019

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Cat-in-the-Hat Returns to Laval

PROJECT OVERVIEW TLE’s Cat-in-the-Hat Returns: Storytime in the Community project will take place in an informal, supportive, story-rich environment with guidance from family literacy volunteers, storytellers, educators, authors and facilitators. Community family literacy events will include Cat-in-the-Hat themed reading events and parent information sessions, pyjama storytelling nights, interactive school reading visits, author’s visits, and How-to-Make a Fabulous

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TD Canadian Book Week 2019

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week connects Canadian authors and illustrators with children and teens across Canada. Tour participants speak to their audiences about the pleasures of reading and the delights of Canadian children’s books through their presentations and workshops. What is it? TD Canadian Children’s Book Week is the single most important national event celebrating Canadian

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Library Visits

Come one, come all, to the largest library in the province of Quebec! Join TLE’s independent library group, named by the participants as: B.I.R.D.S: Books for Intelligent Readers Development for Students, to the Bibliothéque National du Quebec. Several literacy students from Laval and Longeuil have been gaining independence by going to the library for over six years

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Tutoring Tips

Use these tips the next time you are tutoring!

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International Literacy Day 2018

Literacy and skills development On 8 September 2018, International Literacy Day will be celebrated around the world with the theme ‘Literacy and skills development’. Despite progress made, literacy challenges persist, and at the same time the demands for skills required for work, evolve rapidly. This year, ILD explores and highlights integrated approaches that simultaneously can

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#CDCGetsFit #CDCEnForme a Success

Following this last challenge, we proceeded with the draw for the Fitbit 2. Marco Papaleo won the Fitbit. We then had a draw amongst all the participants of the different challenges and the following 4 students won a 25$ gift card at Walmart: Terrian Julien, Mark Leisk, Jessica Marshall and Markus Holak Pereira. Congratulations to

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New Green Space for Students to Enjoy

With many students graduating from the SIS program this year and moving on to use their learned skills out in the community, we wanted to put together a project that encompassed the essence of the SIS program. With the competencies of the program heavily weighted in promoting a healthy, active lifestyle we thought what better

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Smoothie Challenge- Défi Smoothie

The smoothie challenge was a huge success. 10 participants prepared their best smoothie for the pleasure of all our tasters.  58 votes were compiled in a very close race for the most liked smoothie.  The 10 recipes were also analyzed by our nutrition expert Eric Brûlé Champagne. Eric was looking for fibers, protein, fruits and

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Reading at Hillcrest Academy

Volunteers visited Hillcrest Academy at 265 Bladen in Chomedey, Laval on Thursday April 26th to spread the joy of reading with children in Kindergarten to grade 3. A great time was had by all! A LEARNING EXCHANGE / CDC VIMONT partner project funded by regroupement lavallois pour la réussite éducative

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Celebrate the Value of Volunteering

Join TLE April 15th-21st, 2018 to recognize the contributions of TLE’s volunteers in our community. National Volunteer Week (NVW) is a time to celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers.This year’s theme by Volunteer Canada is: “Celebrate the Value of Volunteering – building confidence, competence, connections and community”. Volunteering is often seen as a selfless

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Mindfulness Practice with Ian

Students and staff of TLE and CDC Vimont attended Ian Hepburn’s Mindfulness Practice: Two workshop sessions were held on March 14th:  Morning Session + Afternoon Session MINDFULNESS PRACTICE is exactly that – a practice. It is something we do. It is the easiest thing you have ever done … and the most difficult. It is Sitting-up

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A+ Perseverance Wall

#HookedonSchoolDays As a part of Hooked on School Days, students participated in this event by writing a few words dedicated to an important person that is an inspiration in their studies. They wrote a message to this person mentioning the reasons for which they are staying in school and why this person is important for

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Healthy Lunch and Learn Info. Session

On Thursday, TLE had the privilege of having Eric (dietitian) and Matthew (physical trainer) at CDC Vimont to talk about Health and Nutrition with students, as part of the Healthy Body, Health Mind Connection project. Over 350 students were present to visit the kiosk, sample a healthy smoothie and learn about health & fitness. Matthew

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Perseverance Pays Off!

As part of the TLE and CDC Vimont Healthy Body, Healthy Mind Connection project during Hooked on School Days, 10 CDC Vimont students were awarded Perseverance Certificates and $15 gift cards to Cafe Depot. Congratulations to all!! #HookedonSchoolDays   A LEARNING EXCHANGE / CDC VIMONT partner project funded by regroupement lavallois pour la réussite éducative  

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Writing Contest: Perseverance

Let’s unite our voices with words of motivation! The YES YOU CAN Words of Motivation Writing Contest #HookedonSchoolDays is meant to help to inspire and motivate learners to persevere and stay in school. What drives you to continue your studies? Did someone motivate you? Did you have to overcome obstacles? What are your personal experiences? What are

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Converto Robot Challenge

Mona and Armen went to Laval Senior Academy to take in Converto where it was very exciting to see the robots challenging each other to win the football dropping game.

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Gumboot Dance Coming to CDC Vimont

Gumboots session April 16th will kickoff Adult Learner’s Week! JUST AISSI Join Just Aissi for a truly unique and fun workshop combining exercise, rhythm and percussion as well as the genesis of Gumboots, its origins and story. Fun is Guaranteed! Choreographer and percussionist for 20 years, Just Aissi taught at the School Dance Louise Lapierre, at Vanier

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Winter Art Project

Following Bell Let’s Talk Day, six information sessions for The Three Friends of Winter Art Project took place in classrooms early February, to introduce the idea of Winter Art as therapy for better mental health. The first art workshop was held at lunch on Feb 7th with 8 students in attendance. Students observed tree branches from the window and

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Stronger: A Poem

It’s a dark rainy day, and I want to say I am brighter then YOU, I am stronger than YOU. And I will not let YOU defeat me. In the time of darkness, I’ve learned where to turn, whether it is a painful or good feeling, YOU are nothing but evil and YOU tear people

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A Day at the Library

I like to be an adult learner because I like to learn to understand more of life.  To help my daughter, myself and the people around me. I learn how to use the computer and send e-mails to friends. So I am happy to learn more and more by reading books, speaking and communicating with

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The Healthy Body, Healthy Mind Connection

TLE is happy to announce it has received funding from the Regroupement lavallois pour la réussite éducative (RLPRÉ) for its project titled The Healthy Body, Healthy Mind Connection: Motivation, Self-Esteem and School Perseverance The primary aim of this project is to relieve barriers affecting school motivation and drop out rate, to have an influence on learners’ school perseverance and

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TLE’s Health Literacy Project

TLE is thrilled to announce its proposal for the project titled: Health Literacy in the Community: Communicate, Comprehend and Evaluate was accepted and will begin immediately! TLE will target English speaking members of the community to improve their health literacy in order to better comprehend and evaluate health-related issues as well as provide the language and

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EssentialSkillsQuebec.com

The Essential Skills Quebec website by The Learning Exchange provides links to outside sites and resources related to the 9 Essential Skills. Use these resources to develop everyday skills or to better prepare yourself to work in a variety of positions that require skills such as reading, writing, document use, oral communication and computer literacy.

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Money Matters 2017

Money Matters Sessions were held September 26th and October 2nd, 2017 thanks to our TD Volunteers and ABC Life Literacy Canada. TLE was pleased to bring back to CDC Vimont: Money Matters, a financial literacy program developed by ABC Life Literacy Canada in partnership with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (Education Savings Community Outreach –

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Writer’s Stories

My Strength I don’t know how to stay, I’ll just jump from one place to the other, using my “lucky charm” power, The colour green seems to give me more power, Luck will give me more strength when there’s lots of gold, People who are feeling blue, I’ll strike my green laser to them, A

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Working with Partners

TLE’s working retreat for the Board of Directors and staff took place the May 26th – 28th  weekend at the L’OASIS DE L’ÎLE – AUBERGE SANTÉ ET SPA. Members joined together with partners Heather Halman of CDC Vimont and Marlene Dagenais of the Laurentian Literacy Council to review the past year’s work and to plan and strategize for our collective

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Volunteer Opportunities at TLE

Become a volunteer with TLE today! Contact TLE to become a volunteer Do you have a skill, a specialty or an interest you would like to share? Want to meet others in your community or be a virtual volunteer? From essential skills development to family literacy story time events we have volunteer opportunities to suit

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Story Time at Twin Oaks

The Cat in the Hat is BACK at SWLSB! We had another fun Story Time in the Community at Twin Oaks Elementary School in Laval! Story time events take place in the evening making it fun for all to wear pyjamas, robes and slippers…and don’t forget the teddy bears and other stuffed animals. The Cat-in the-Hat

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The REMIND App

Try the Remind App! It’s a quick and useful communication tool for teachers or tutors who wish to communicate with their classes, individual students, or parents.”/]

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Common Core Basic Ed.

What is the Common Core Basic Education Program? The Common Core Basic Education Program is the result of decisions taken by the Ministère de l’Éducation et Enseignement Supérieur / MEES with respect to the education reform in Québec. It consists of 13 programs of study in the first phase of adult general education, known as

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Resource Volunteer Tutors Wanted

If you, or someone you know, is interested in volunteering with The Learning Exchange, contact Karen at: 450-688-2933 ext 3126 for more information about volunteering. Call us today! English: Flexible days. Tutoring times available Monday to Friday  1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Math: flexible days or Tuesday/Thursday evenings

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New and Used Books Wanted

We are currently accepted new and used books in English and French, for children or adults, to give away to the public. Books can be dropped at CDC-Vimont, 2100 blvd des Laurentides during school hours Monday to Friday, excluding holidays. No school text books or old computer programming books please!

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Reading Success at Souvenir Elementary

Family Literacy volunteers and the Cat-in-the-Hat visited Souvenir Elementary school classes on Tuesday Feb. 21/17 to read interactive stories to 273 students:”/]

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A Generous Gift of Books

At my high school, as a final evaluation we have to create a unique, personal project. Being a big bookworm, I chose to do it on literacy and how important it is. I noticed how many books I had that were already read and just uselessly gathering dust and thought about how I could find

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