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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, Simplified Chinese, Tagalog and Arabic.

Sign up to access stories and activities. Registration is free and you can access as many stories and activities as you like.

Register for Family Literacy First Free Printable Resources

 


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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime featuring the story If All the Animals Came Inside by Eric Pinder, illustrated by Marc Brown, as part of TLE’s Free Gummy Bear Reading Club!

Featured Story: If All the Animals Came Inside

What would happen if you invited animals into your house?

~ by Eric Pinder



Craft Activity: Artist Painting

Materials needed:

  • Kid’s painting canvas (You can find this at the Dollar Store) OR a piece of art paper to create a painting
  • paint + paint brush (included in the package)
  • Optional: Extra brushes and paint
  • 2 small containers or cups for water to clean the brushes
  • paper towels or cloth to clean the brushes
  • paint shirt or smock

Directions:

  1. Make sure your child has a paint shirt or smock on.
  2. Prepare an area for your child to paint.
  3. Fill the small containers or cups with water.
  4. Unwrap the painting and paints.
  5. Carefully open the paints.
  6. Show your child how to use one colour at a time to paint.
  7. Clean brushes in between colours: Dip and swish the dirty brush in the first cup of water. Dip and swish in the second cup of water to have optimal clean brush. Clean brush with paper towel or cloth. Now you are ready for the next colour!
  8. Have fun painting! An artist is born!

More Stories

Reading and storytelling with babies and children promotes brain development and imagination, develops language and emotions, and strengthens relationships.

Never Play Music Right Next
to the Zoo
Kindness to Animals PoemLibrary Lion

Recipes

Cooking can help young kids learn and practice some basic math concepts and build language skills.

Teddy Bear ToastOwl Veggie TrayMini Panda Cupcakes
7 Too-Cute Frozen
Banana Animal Pops

Family Fun: Craft and Activity Ideas

Play promotes healthy development and critical thinking skills. It reinforces memory, helps children understand cause and effect.

Cupcake Liner Elephant CraftPaper Bag Monkey Craft for KidsHeart Skunk Craft
DIY Octopus Craft Ideas
& Activities for Kids
Adorable Giraffe Finger
Puppets Craft
Hippopotamus Zoo Animal Toilet Paper Roll Crafts for Kids

Songs and Music

Early music exposure helps children learn by promoting language, creativity, coordination, social interaction, self-esteem and memory.

Let’s Go To The Zoo | Animal Song for KidsAnimal Sounds Songs | + More Super Simple Songs for KidsAnimals in Action | Movement Song for Kids | Jack Hartmann

Vocabulary:

Vocabulary helps children to think and learn about the world. Expanding a child’s knowledge of words provides unlimited access to new information.

Animals Vocabulary GameAmazing Animal Groups
Science for Kids
Kids vocabulary – Baby Animals

Information & Fun Facts

Young children learn best when information is presented in a playful, engaging manner. 

Sesame Street – HabitatHabitats and EcosystemsScience Kids: Animal Facts
4 Easy Animal Habitat
Sensory Trays
National Geographic Kids
Fascinating Facts about Giraffes!
Wonderful Whiskers! SciShow Kids
Animal Habitats | Animal Homes Echo Explorers GameElephants for Kids


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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime featuring the story Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light, as part of TLE’s Free Gummy Bear Reading Club!

Featured Story: Louise Loves Art

Louise loves art more than anything. It’s her imagination on the outside!

Follow Louise and her little brother Art, as well as her friend Andie, as they explore the world around them!

~ by Kelly Light

Craft Activity: Rainbow Animals

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Recipes

Family Fun: Craft and Activity Ideas

Songs and Music

Information & Fun Facts

Vocabulary


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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime featuring the story Be You! by Peter H. Reynolds, as part of TLE’s Free Gummy Bear Reading Club!

Featured Story: Be You!

Discover a reminder of the ways that every child is unique and special.

~ by Peter H. Reynolds

Craft Activity: Rainbow Animals

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More Stories

More of Me to LoveRemember To Dream, EbereA Bad Case of Stripes

Recipes

Family Fun: Craft and Activity Ideas

Songs and Music

Fun Facts

Information & Fun Facts

Vocabulary

Vocabulary


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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime featuring the story In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek, illustrated by Christine Roussey as part of TLE’s Free Gummy Bear Reading Club!

Featured Story:

In My Heart

A Book of Feelings

Celebrate feelings in all their shapes and sizes in this New York Times bestselling picture book from the Growing Hearts series!

Happiness, sadness, bravery, anger, shyness . . . our hearts can feel so many feelings! Some make us feel as light as a balloon, others as heavy as an elephant. In My Heart explores a full range of emotions, describing how they feel physically, inside, with language that is lyrical but also direct to empower readers to practice articulating and identifying their own emotions.

With whimsical illustrations and an irresistible die-cut heart that extends through each spread, this gorgeously packaged and unique feelings book is sure to become a storytime favorite.

~ by Jo Witek

Craft Activity: Rainbow Animals

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Somebody Loves You, Mr. HatchThe Kissing HandI Love My Mom

Family Fun: Craft and Activity Ideas

Songs and Music

Information & Fun Facts

Vocabulary

Recipes


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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime featuring the story TERRIFIC! by Sophie Gilmore, part of TLE’s Free Gummy Bear Reading Club!

Featured Story: Terrific!

Five friends are looking for something TERRIFIC to do. But with each having different interests and abilities…what could be terrific for them all

Climbing? Not for everyone. Swimming? DEFINITELY not for everyone. Hanging from their toes? Absolutely not! Will the friends find something terrific to do together before Snake manages to upend their perfect afternoon? 

~ by Sophie Gilmore

Craft Activity: Rainbow Animals

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More Stories

Private I. GuanaNever Play Music Right Next to the Zoo

Recipes

Family Fun: Craft and Activity Ideas

Songs and Music

Jungle Animals Song | Kids Songs Nursery Rhymes | The Kiboomers

Vocabulary

Wild animals vocabulary for kidsVocabulary, games, printables for kids learning EnglishLearn Wild Animals for Kids
Video Flashcards
 
Wild Animal Word Game 1Wild Animal Word Game 2Wild Animal Word Game 3

Information & Fun Facts


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Cozy up for storytime!

Brave Irene digital story

from Storyline Online

LOOKING FOR MORE ONLINE STORIES:

Books introduce children to the exciting world of stories and help them learn to express their own thoughts and emotions. Find favourites on these free online story sites. 

Free Children’s StoriesStoryberriesStorybooks and games
Stories to Grow ByStoryline OnlineFree Kid Books

TLE FAMILY LITERACY SERIES

Use TLE’s Family Literacy Series videos to help instil a love of reading in your child or family member.

How to Raise-a-ReaderHow Reading Helps Kids GrowWays to Help Kids Love Reading
Learning Through Creative PlayFamily Literacy Inside and Outside the Home
This project is made possible thanks to the financial participation of the regroupement lavallois pour la réussite éducative RLPRE as part of an agreement with the Ministry of Education:


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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 Scavenger HuntFamily Outdoor TimeLearning Outdoors Bookmark

Discover places and events to explore together. Includes scheduled events, free events and some with a fee:

The 10 Best Québec National Parks Near Montreal To VisitCentre de la nature (Saint-Vincent-de-Paul)10 Winter Activities in Montreal
Montréal en lumièreLuminothérapieCross Country Ski Trails

Outdoor activities to try with the family:

Make a Snow Maze20 Things to Do in the SnowSnow Paint
Make an ice sun catcherIdeas for Exploring Nature in WinterFamily Activity Calendar

Too cold outside? Try these fun ideas inside!

Ways To Play With Snow IndoorsWeird But True!: Winter FactsSnow Sculpture Photo Gallery
Funny Fill-In: On Thin IceWinter and Holiday ActivitiesFunny Fill-In: Snowed In
No-Sew Sock Penguin CraftHow to Draw: Winter CabinPaper Roll Snowman
Stories | Winter
This project is made possible thanks to the financial participation of the regroupement lavallois pour la réussite éducative RLPRE as part of an agreement with the Ministry of Education:


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Family Reading Club

We’re BACK! Join the Sunday Gummy Bear Family Reading Club! Spend an hour Sunday mornings with The Learning Exchange for stories, songs, craft time and parent resources to engage you and your child with fun interactive stories starting with our first session starting January 30th! Hurry and register, we only have a few craft give-away bags left!!

Registration

You can register for all Sunday sessions or just one or two. You will receive a Zoom link for the session/s after you register. FREE for all families! Children registered will receive* a free Gummy Bear activity bag, complete with the items needed for the weekly craft!

Dates:

  • January 30/22
  • February 6/22
  • February 13/22
  • February 20/22
  • February 27/22

Gummy Bear Song

Gummy Bear Activity Bags

Children will receive a Gummy Bear Club membership certificate, Gummy Bear jellies, a Scholastic book, craft supplies for weekly crafts, and Gummy Bear ears to wear for each Sunday morning reading! *Quantities are limited

*Gummy Bear Activity Bags (quantities limited) can be picked up, in advance, in the Laval area. You will receive more information after registration.

Gummy Bear ears made by Party Ears, one of TLE’s literacy supporters


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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 are engaging, fun, and full of literacy skills, math skills, and STEM skills! Children learn to count, follow directions, read, problem solve and experiment or to just to have fun being creative!

Snowman Finger PuppetsEasy Snowman Bath Bomb Recipe + Gift IdeaClothespin Snowman Craft for Kids to Make
Snow Science | Expanding SnowmanHow to Make a Sock SnowmanFoaming Dough Recipe: Magic Foaming Snowman
Snowman Sensory Bottle Winter Activity for KidsCurriculum Castle: How to Build a Snowman Writing ActivitySnowman Playdough Mat
How To Draw Cute Snow-people HuggingHow to Draw a SnowmanHow to Draw a Snowman Snowglobe
String Cheese SnowmenMelting Snowman Cookies RecipePersonal Snowman Pizzas

ONLINE STORIES

Books introduce children to the exciting world of stories and help them learn to express their own thoughts and emotions. Find favourites on these free online story sites. 

Free Children’s StoriesStoryberriesStorybooks and games
Stories to Grow ByStoryline OnlineFree Kid Books

MUSIC, SONG & DANCE

Music stimulates all the senses, helping children learn to recognize patterns and sequence. Early music exposure helps children learn by promoting language, creativity, coordination, social interaction, self-esteem and memory.

Winter Hokey Pokey | Winter Songs for Kids | The KiboomersWinter Snowman DanceWintertime is Here Song | The Kiboomers 

HOLIDAY & WINTER ACTIVITIES

Spending time with family helps create a better life for your kids. Have fun together with these activities.

NEW: Learning in the Great Outdoors
20 Outdoor Family ActivitiesIdeas for Holiday Literacy FunChange Up Winter Play With A Snow Maze
Holiday Slime RecipeWinter Scavenger HuntOutdoor Holiday Activities for Kids
How To Draw A SnowflakeVirtual BingoHow to Draw a Winter Village
CBC Kids – 5 Birds that Love Canadian WintersCBC Kids -Getting Up Close with SnowflakesCBC Kids – 6 Frigid Facts about Being Out in the Cold!

DECEMBER HOLIDAYS IN CANADA + AROUND THE WORLD | ACTIVITIES

Few months present as many multicultural celebrations as December. From Christmas to Kwanzaa, the last month of the year is a “world of holidays.” Click on the links below for lots of fun family-friendly activities related to some of December’s holidays around the world.

Holidays and Observances Around the WorldCanada CalendarBoxing Day in CanadaJan. 2 in Quebec
CHRISTMASHANUKKAHKWANZAANEW YEAR’S

Please contact TLEliteracy@yahoo.ca for any comments, suggestions or if there is a December or holiday celebration you would like to see included in this section!

TLE FAMILY LITERACY SERIES

Use TLE’s Family Literacy Series videos to help instil a love of reading in your child or family member.

How to Raise-a-ReaderHow Reading Helps Kids GrowWays to Help Kids Love Reading
Learning Through Creative PlayFamily Literacy Inside and Outside the Home
This project is made possible thanks to the financial participation of the regroupement lavallois pour la réussite éducative RLPRE as part of an agreement with the Ministry of Education: