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Cat-in-the-Hat Storytime Project

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PROJECT OVERVIEW

The Learning Exchange (TLE) Cat-in-the-Hat Storytime in the Community project is an innovative way to reach and support children and their families through exciting family literacy community activities using the theme of storytelling and storytime. TLE Storytime project events will take place in an informal, supportive, story-rich environment with guidance from family literacy volunteers and facilitators. Through informative and fun prevention and intervention activities TLE will develop a synergy between the community, the school network and partners in order to bring family literacy resources, support and services to families. These amazing experiences will inspire the whole family and excite young minds, making the project integral to the English-speaking community.

OBJECTIVES

In 2018, impact the literacy level of children 0-9 years old by reaching 2000+ families/children in the Laval and Northshore community through innovative family literacy services/events, parent support, improved access to storybooks and family literacy resources, resulting in good literacy practices in the home.

  • Strengthen family literacy practices within community
  • Impact school perseverance and success through early reading interventions
  • Instil a love of learning and a desire to read together as a family

STORYTIME & STORYTELLING EVENTS

  • Cat-in-the-Hat themed reading and storytelling events
  • Parent information and resources sessions
  • Pyjama Storytime nights for the family
  • Interactive school reading visits
  • Book distribution within the community of free English children’s books and Family Literacy information
  • Family literacy themed workshops and information for example: How-to-Make a Fabulous Writing Kit

PURPOSE/IMPACT

  • Help develop interest in reading/writing among children and their parents, including early learning for children aged 0-5:
  • Help to instil a love of reading and learning at an early age
  • Teach participants how to integrate good literacy practices in their home with their children
  • Support new immigrant families and parents with low literacy skills: Provide innovative literacy instruction to parents/families in need, to be able to read and animate family literacy activities at home
  • Help parents learn to be more comfortable reading and telling stories to their children
  • Widely distribute English storybooks within the community to children and their families
  • Increase public awareness and sensitization to the importance of early reading and writing practices at home
  • Provide storytime workshop sessions to parents/families and their children to help establish family reading and writing practices at home
  • Inspire families to learn together: Help families create reading/writing kits for use at home with their children

Story Time at Twin Oaks

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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 is always on hand to greet and interact with the families!

We had lots of fun stations for the children and their parents or other family members to visit:

  • Making a bookmark
  • Interactive stories in the reading tent
  • Word and alphabet puzzles
  • Exchange-a-Book
  • Story Wall drawings
  • Pick-a-Book
  • For parents: Creating a Writing Kit | Two kits were drawn for two lucky winners

Share a Book

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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 are few to no good books available. Purchase a good book, and deposit your book covertly or overtly in your waiting room of choice. The goal here is to spread the love of reading to kids, so choose a fun book.

3. Donate a Book.
Wrap up a box of children’s books that your kids have outgrown and get them in the hands of children who could really use a book or two. Donate your books to your local second hand store, library, children’s hospital, or shelter.”/]


Reading Success at Souvenir Elementary

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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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Family Literacy Day 2017

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Starting on Family Literacy Day, January 27th, thanks to a grant from Literacy Quebec, The Learning Exchange was able to hold some Family Literacy activities within the community to promote families reading, writing, learning and web surfing together.

TLE gave away Writing Kit information cards and 150 new Children’s Books from Scholastic. In addition, TLE set up a table at CDC Vimont’s cafeteria to give away over  75 books donated to TLE.

To finish off the week of activities, on January 31st, Family Literacy volunteers visited Twin Oaks Elementary in the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board area to read interactive stories with 182 children in Kindergarten to Grade 3. Children were also delighted by a visit from the Cat-in-the-Hat!


15 Minutes of Fun!

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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:

  1. Create your own comic strip about your family.
  2. Invent two new endings to your favourite book.
  3. Make up a new recipe together and post it online.
  4. Tell knock-knock jokes together while doing the dishes.
  5. Sing five songs really, really loud!
  6. Invent a new game while playing at the park.
  7. Read a story to your pet (or favourite toy).
  8. Make a paper fortune teller with eight fortunes.
  9. Write a silly poem and tell it to your family at dinner.
  10. Log on to your favourite word game – can you beat your best score?
  11. Create your family tree.
  12. Play rhyming “I Spy” – “I spy something that rhymes with…”
  13. Play a board game together.
  14. Text your friend and tell them about your holiday.
  15. Find 15 things that begin with the letter “S”.

Cat-in-the-Hat School Visits

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Family Literacy volunteers are 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!

Scheduled visits:
January 31st: Twin Oaks


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