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Get the little ones involved in the kitchen with simple, kid-friendly recipes and ideas from the Food Network. Following recipes encourage literacy skills in children. *Select FoodNetwork.com

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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. Time to get up and move!

The Nuts: Polka-Dot Pants Dance

Learn the “Polka-Dot Pants Dance” to sing along during the online sessions! Let’s have fun, it’s Saturday Storytime with Enza!!!

Saturday Readings | Resources & Activities


Confidence & Cooperation


Emotion Wheels

Use emotion wheels to help children manage BIG emotions.

Friendship & Kindness

Hedgehogs | Facts and Activities

Mothers & Mother’s Day

Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman



Fancy Nancy Best Reading Buddies by Jane O’Connor


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Join me for stories and fun activities Saturday mornings. We will read a book and then do a fun and simple activity to engage the children. I hope to see you then!

~ Enza

Saturday Morning Storytime with The Learning Exchange

Do you have small children or grandchildren between the ages of 3-10? If yes, come spend your Saturday mornings with Enza, from The Learning Exchange. You can register for all Saturday sessions or even just one or two. You can register below. You will receive a Zoom link for the sessions you select.

Saturdays on Zoom:

March 20, 27
April 10, 24
May 1, 8, 15, 29
June 5, 12, 19

Meet Enza

A little bit about our reader Enza Ciampanelli:

Enza’s love of reading, learning, teaching and kids makes this a really fun and exciting project for her to be a part of.

Enza holds a BA and coaching certificate. For the last ten years she was a volunteer and Board Director for The Learning Exchange (TLE). After spending over 30 years in the corporate world building and developing teams with a focus on performance and leadership, she has joined the TLE team as Office Manager.

Enza is also an avid cyclist, an artist, travel enthusiast, avid reader and tries to be the best mom she can be to her son Adam.

Activities and Resources

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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


The fun, witty illustrations make it easy for kids to identify behaviors and emotions. Each book in the series is behavior based and has an emotional theme beyond just being “happy” or “sad.” Themes such as “Being kind will help you feel good” or “The things that make you different are what makes you unique and special” help connect those individual feelings.

The I Feel…Children’s Series is the perfect way for any child to begin exploring emotions whether through the colorful drawings, meaningful text, or playful metaphors. They’re sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face. 

DJ Corchin 

DJ Corchin is an author and illustrator of many children’s books. He uses his unique humor and wit to focus on socially conscious messages involving kindness and emotional awareness. Some of his other titles include, Do You Speak Fish?, A Thousand NO’s, Half-Cat, and Mystical Rules For My Magical Daughter.  DJ has both illustrated his own stories as well as worked with other talented artists such as award winning-illustrator and writer, Dan Dougherty.

Educator’s Guide

The I Feel… Children’s Book Series has been celebrated by therapists, psychologists, teachers, and parents as wonderful tools to help discuss how to deal with emotions. They’ve been used in doctor’s offices, classrooms, and in special needs curriculum to explore the complex world of feelings.

Download a free educator’s guide connecting the books, activities, and common core standards. 

Listed on Autism Speaks Resource Library

Ready to Read, Write, Think is a PACTE community project funded by:

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January 27th, 2021 is National Family Literacy Day! TLE is promoting #FLD with upcoming events. Check our calendar of upcoming events in February with author DJ Corchin. Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development, improving a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well.

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Join the Contest: #LoveTLEbooks

Win a Scholastic Book Bag of 50 books for the family! Your family can enter* our free draw to win! 

  1. 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.
  2. Post the pic to your Face Book or Twitter before midnight Dec. 31, 2020 and include the hashtag: #LoveTLEbooks
  3. Next, tag TLE in the post (Don’t forget to use the @ sign!!)  : 
    • FaceBook: @TheLearningExchange1
    • Twitter: @TLEliteracy
  5. The winner* will be picked randomly and announced New Year’s Day! The winner will be contacted via social media.

Contest details

* Enter as often as you like!!! 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. The winner can select from the following book levels and have the box delivered to the home: 

PreK-K | Grade 1/2 | Grade 3/4 | Grade 5+

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Join CDC Vimont and The Learning Exchange for a great children’s literacy online event: Bedtime with Bears!! Wear your pyjamas and bring your bears to listen to stories read in both English and French.

 Tuesday, March 23rd at 7 PM

This activity is geared for children 0-7 years old + their favourite adults, siblings and all other family members! 🙂

Register today!

If you are a CDC Vimont student or member of The Learning Exchange with children or grandchildren 0-7 years old, register for a fun night of stories read by staff and a chance to win great prizes!

We will be drawing a basket of books and goodies worth 150$ among the CDC Vimont students participating!

We hope to see you there!!

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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