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This list from TIME of the 100 Best Children’s Books of All Time compiled through consultation is perfect for parents looking for stories to read toying children. #1000BooksBeforeKindergarten
The list includes pictures of each book, author and illustrator, along with a short description. You can also vote for your favourite in the poll on the page.100 Best Children’s Books
By the editors of TIME, with reporting by Daniel D’Addario, Giri Nathan and Noah Rayman.
The Learning Exchange (TLE) is thrilled to announce our latest 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.
Starting in October 2018, in collaboration with key partners, The Learning Exchange (TLE) will implement TLE’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten reading program in the community. This project will target English-speaking families and parents/caregivers to support the development of language and literacy skills of families to help their young children develop language skills and learn the early literacy skills needed for success in school.
Developing Pre-Reading Skills
Studies have shown that children who enter kindergarten with essential pre-reading skills have an advantage. They start school ready to read and have greater success throughout their school years. Children who enter kindergarten performing below their peers can suffer the effects of falling behind, which can be devastating to a child. Reading regularly with young children supports brain development and strengthens parent-child relationships. Reading aloud with children is the single most important activity to prepare children to learn to read because they will build awareness of phonemes, language, literacy and social skills. Reading together provides an opportunity for bonding and creating lifelong memories. By reading together parents and caregivers are teaching their children “how a book works”, growing their vocabulary and instilling a love of reading. It benefits the family as a whole because it involves them in their children’s early education and develops literacy within the family unit.
The concept of the 1000 Books Before Kindergartenis to encourage, motivate, challenge and support families and children to read 1000 books before a child enters kindergarten. Reading regularly will expose children to a large variety of text which in turn, exposes them to a wide range of vocabulary and stories. The program is self-paced and can take anywhere from a few months to a few years depending on how often you read together. Parents can read anything their child enjoys! This approach empowers families as first educators, builds strengths and offers fun and creative family literacy moments.
Source: 1000 Books Foundation, 2018
Through the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative TLE will encourage, motivate and support families to read 1000 books to their children before kindergarten through presentations, workshops, parent meet ups and social media. TLE will distribute free books to families, promote the Laval Advantage card and ensure greater access to a collection of high-quality English children’s books through collaboration with the Laval libraries and the distribution of library book boxes within the community. Parents will have the tools, resources and information to increase their level of comfort in dealing with literacy in the home environment. This approach empowers families as first educators, builds upon strengths and offers fun and creative family literacy moments for the whole family.
A TLE family literacy community initiative:
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 Writing Kit workshops, to name a few. As well, family literacy team members, wearing Dr. Suess T-shirts and fun accessories, will visit schools and daycares in the Laval area to generate excitement around reading. The objective of this project is to strengthen family literacy practices within the community ultimately impacting school perseverance and the literacy level of children 0-12 years old through early and ongoing reading interventions. 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.
In 2018/2019, impact the literacy level of children 0-12 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.
A LEARNING EXCHANGE project funded through:
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 to visit:
JFK Elementary: June 11th
Jules Verne Elementary: Fall 2018
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
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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.
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.
A LEARNING EXCHANGE project funded through:
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: