Tag Archives: Family Literacy

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#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 holidays!

TLE’s Books for the Holidays Contest

Would you like to win a Scholastic Book Bag of 50 books for the family? Do you live in the Laval area or are with the SWLSB? Enter our free draw to win!

  1. Take a picture showing a reading or family literacy activity: For example, picture of a book, you reading, the family reading or learning together, a bookmark, drawing of a story, etc.
  2. Post the pic to your social media before midnight Dec. 31, 2020
  3. Tag TLE in your post :
    • FaceBook: @TheLearningExchange1
    • Twitter: @TLEliteracy
  4. Include the hashtag: #LoveTLEbooks
  5. The winner* will be drawn randomly and announced New Year’s Day
  6. The winner* can select from the following book levels and have the box delivered to the home:
    1. PreK-K
    2. Grade 1/2
    3. Grade 3/4
    4. Grade 5+

* The contest is open to all residents of Laval, QC (18 years old +) as well as all Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board teachers, families and employees.

Happy Holidays to all!

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TLE is happy to share this French resource for reading with children:

Share the many pleasures of reading with your children and friends, at home or anywhere you happen to be!

Reading is a great way to have fun and share memorable moments as a family. Reading is also handy for writing someone, enjoying word games and board games, and even some video games.

You can find ways of having fun with reading along with suggestions of books for children of all ages here: www.lirecasevit.com/jouer


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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, in turn, encourages lifelong learning. 

Without adult support and a strong foundation at home, a child is less likely to be successful and engaged in school.

~ ABC Life Literacy


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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 establish à dialogue on the well-being and development of babies, to highlight local, regional and national initiatives that support early childhood and to mobilize our society as a whole.

Laval’s English-speaking Parenthood

Do you live in Laval? Enter the Early Childhood Week contest to win a basket full o9f goodies for children 0-5 years old! #earlychildhoodweek

In order to be eligible to win one of three baskets worth over $150/ea., you need to:

☑️Like and share the ECW post.☑️Follow the Laval’s English-speaking Parenthood Facebook page.☑️Comment as to what Early Childhood Week means to you.

About Early Childhood Week

Early Childhood Week aims to give a voice to the 530,000 children aged 0 to 5 in Quebec in order to make early childhood development a true social priority.

November 15 to 21, 2020, Early Childhood Week, now in its fifth year, is an opportunity for us as a society to stop for a moment, take a closer look at the youngest members of our community and think about what we can do, together, to help each and every one of them get the best possible start in life. Let’s make the most of this week to inspire and inform a conversation about early childhood development in Quebec, from the womb through to preschool, as we shine the spotlight on local and regional support initiatives, and engage community groups, the business world, elected officials and society as a whole.

This year’s Early Childhood Week is being organized by the Collectif petite enfance, a Quebec-wide organization that brings together a broad array of stakeholders to embrace a common cause: making early childhood development a priority for all Quebecers.

The week will be a backdrop for numerous activities and events throughout the province. Be sure to check back and find out more!

Main Objective

Build a Quebec that provides every child, from before birth onward, with the means to realize their full potential.

Goals
  • Provide information about health and well-being in early childhood.
  • Raise awareness at every level of society about the benefits and outcomes of taking collective action in the early years of a child’s life.
  • Engage people at every level of society and emphasize the importance of early intervention.
  • Shine the spotlight on achievements by various stakeholders in nurturing the development of babies and toddlers.

~ Grandsemain.com


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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 the Toronto Public Library’s Dial-A-Story service at 416-395-5400. NOTE: This is a free service BUT it is a Toronto, Canada number. Please be sure you have free Canada calling on your phone plan or charges may apply.

There are stories for younger children (7 and under) and for older children (up to 12). Dial-a-Story is available in 16 languages:

  • English
  • French
  • Cantonese
  • Gujarati
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Persian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Tamil
  • Tagalog
  • Urdu


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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 Book Canada network, 54 percent report that children receiving books have increased self-esteem, 83 percent report seeing an increased interest in reading

A big thank you to Literacy Quebec for organizing this for TLE and to Enza and Abraham for picking up a CAR LOAD FULL of books for children and families in the Laval area!!

Reading is Power

Almost 25% of Canadian households don’t have a single book.

Public education and programs are deeply underfunded, and books are a luxury many families cannot afford. Without adequate resources, children cannot learn. The impact of this cycle is staggering.


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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.

Storyline App Storyline Online Main PageOnline Stories: Search by Author, Reader or Title


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Learn and reinforce important early reading and literacy concepts through Sesame Street Apps and videos! NOTE: Although there are many Sesame Street apps lite or free versions, some apps may require a purchase fee to use.

Sesame Street Apps for iOS Sesame Street Videos

Sesame Street App Google Play
Discover games, videos and more on topics important to you and your child. 

Sesame Street in Communities Sesame Street Reading & Writing Activities Developing Math Skills Learning Through Play


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List of best books for baby from Good Housekeeping. Features picture of book along with short description of the story.

List of Baby Books


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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.