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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime with the featured story: EXTRA YARN

It looks like an ordinary box of ordinary yarn.
But it turns out it isn’t.

Story by Mac Barnett

Illustrated by Jon Klassen


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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime with the featured story: THE BEAR ATE YOUR SANDWICH

Bear meets sandwich, adventure ensues. . . . An irresistible treat of a story!

Story by Julia Sarcone-Roach


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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime with the featured story: DRAGONS LOVE TACOS

Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You’re in red-hot trouble.

Story by Adam Rubin

Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri


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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime with the featured story: THE BLUR

From the very beginning, there was something different about this child… An ultrasonic voice. Fantastically elastic limbs. Super-magnetic powers. But it wasn’t until the child took her first steps that she became: THE BLUR!

Story by Minh Lê

Illustrated by Dan Santat


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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime with the featured story: STICKING WITH YOU

A gorgeously warm, funny book about everything a friendship can be – for anyone who’s ever had a friend.​

Wherever you’re going, I’m going too.
Whatever you’re doing, I’m sticking with you.

It’s wonderful to have good friends to see you through the good times and the bad. But sometimes, friends can also be a bit . . .
well . . . overbearing.

Story by Smriti Prasadam-Halls

Illustrated by Steve Small


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Let’s Create Positive Change!

What is Bell Let’s Talk?

Bell Let’s Talk Day is Wednesday, January 25, 2023 | version française

Bell Let’s Talk is a multi-year charitable program dedicated to the promotion and support of mental health across Canada. Since 2010, Bell has committed more than $100 million to support a wide range of mental health organizations, large and small, from coast to coast focusing on anti-stigma, care and access, workplace mental health and research.

Every Action Counts

Now more than ever, every action counts. On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell will donate more towards mental health initiatives in Canada by contributing 5¢ for every applicable text, call, tweet or TikTok video using #BellLetsTalk, social media video view and use of our Facebook frame or Snapchat filter.

Tools for the Classroom

Are you an educator who wants to start the conversation about mental health in your classroom? With support from experts, Bell Let’s Talk has created tools to help you get started.

Toolkit

Want to join in to help create positive change, but don’t know how? It’s all about having the right tools to join the conversation and help create positive change. The Bell Let’s Talk Toolkit consists of simple everyday tools that can be used to take action to support mental health, including a conversation guide, workplace activities and social media images.

To help you spread the word about mental health, we’ve created a toolkit that includes a conversation guide and helpful templates for use in schools, communities, and workplaces.

Mental Health Resources

Not sure where to go to find help or who to turn to? Consulting with your healthcare provider or another trusted professional is always a great start. You can also refer to our list of organizations with helpful resources.

Bell Let’s Talk News

Stay up-to-date: Year after year, Bell Let’s Talk gets the nation buzzing and taking action to help create positive change for mental health. Stay up-to-date on everything Bell Let’s Talk with the latest articles, media releases and videos.

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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 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
TLE Reading Events in 2023:
Barbara Reid
I Love You More event

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.

Virtual BingoMontreal Families Calendar
of Activities
Elmo Holiday Cookie Art
Sesame Street
Learning in the Great OutdoorsCBC Kids – 5 Birds that Love Canadian WintersHow To Draw A Snowflake
20 Outdoor Family ActivitiesIdeas for Holiday Literacy FunChange Up Winter Play With A Snow Maze
Holiday Slime RecipeWinter Scavenger HuntOutdoor Holiday Activities for Kids
HSBC Family Literacy First Free Activities & ResourcesHoliday Dress Up Time!
Sesame Street
How to Draw a Winter Village

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 Canada
CHRISTMASHANUKKAHKWANZAA
NEW YEAR’SJan. 2 in Quebec

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
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If you celebrate Hanukkah or just want to learn about the traditions, use these resource links to have fun!

Hanukkah is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime “festival of lights,” celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers and fried foods.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

These Hanukkah activities are wonderful for kids and families of all ages to learn about the holiday and celebrate in a respectful, fun way.

8 Family Activities for 8 NightsHow to Draw a MenorahMake a Dreidel out of a CD!
15 Mins Hanukkah Songs for Children The KiboomersSesame Street: Hanukkah With Veronica MonicaSesame Street – Telly plays Drediel
Hanukkah Menorah Shape CollageHanukkah ActivitiesFun with Food: Hanukkah Snacks Edition (vegan + gluten-free)
13 Fascinating Hanukkah Facts That Everyone Should KnowSesame Street: Happy Hanukkah from Elmo and his friends!Hanukkah Food Traditions
10 Question Hanukkah Quiz!

ONLINE STORIES

Lots of great Hanukkah stories to read and listen to as a family.

Clifford Celebrates Hanukkah
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Hanukkah in AlaskaShmelf The Hanukkah Elf by Greg Wolfe Read Aloud
Hanukkah Bear by Eric A. Kimmel
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If you celebrate Christmas or just want to learn about Christmas traditions, use these resource links to have fun!

CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES

Christmas is a special time of the year that helps bring family, friends, and loved ones together.

NORAD Tracks Santae-mailSanta.comReindeer Cam
Christmas Cultures Around the WorldEasy Toddler Christmas Craft Activities30+ Fun Christmas Activities To Help You Enjoy The Holidays
34 Fun Christmas Recipes To Make With KidsCountdown to Christmas IdeasHow to Draw a Christmas Landscape

CHRISTMAS SONGS

Create unforgettable moments with your friends and family this holiday season while enjoying these Christmas songs.

That Time of Year
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
Sesame Street-12 Days of Christmas Cookies30 Christmas Songs to Enjoy with Friends and Family
Deck the Halls
CoComelon
Rudolph The
Red Nosed Reindeer
The Kiboomers
Santa Claus is Coming to Town + More Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs Playlist

ONLINE STORIES

Start a family tradition of reading a favourite story together.

It’s Christmas David!Fireside Christmas Story
with Cookie Monster
The Crayons’ Christmas
Holiday Stories with
Little Miss B
Santa’s Lost ReindeerHow the Grinch Stole Christmas
Christmas Stories from StoryberriesTop 10 Famous Christmas Stories for Kids10 Great Christmas Stories Free Online for Kids
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If you celebrate Kwanzaa or just want to learn about the traditions, use these resource links to have fun!

Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration that honors African heritage in African-American culture. Kwanzaa is a holiday that was first started by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966, who was looking for a way to bring together African Americans as a community. He took traditions from the African harvest or ‘first fruit’ celebrations and highlighted seven symbols that represent values and concepts reflective of African culture. Kwanzaa is observed from December 26th to January 1st, and culminates in gift giving and a big feast.

THE SEVEN VALUES OF KWANZAA

Kwanzaa is a celebration of family, community and culture. 

  1. Unity (Umoja), 
  2. Collective Work & Responsibility (Ujima), 
  3. Self-determination (Kujichagulia), 
  4. Purpose (Nia), 
  5. Cooperative Economics (Ujamaa), 
  6. Faith (Imani), and 
  7. Creativity (Kuumba).

The seven symbols of those values are Fruits, Nuts, & Vegetables for the crops (Mazao), the Place Mat (Mkeka), an Ear of Corn (Vibunzi). The Seven Candles (Mishumaa Saba), The Unity Cup (Kikombe Cha Umoja), Gifts (Zawadi), and The Candleholder (Kinara).

KWANZAA ACTIVITY IDEAS

30+ of the Best Kwanzaa Crafts and Activities for KidsSesame Street: Kwanzaa Dancing With ElmoKwanzaa Is Here Song for Kids
The Kiboomers
How to Draw a KinaraThe 10 Best Kwanzaa Books for KidsKwanzaa Facts Quiz

ONLINE STORIES

Enjoy these online stories about Kwanzaa with the family.

Little Rabbit’s KwanzaaKwanzaa: What It Is and
How we Celebrate It!
Together for Kwanzaa
My First Kwanzaa by Karen Katz Kevin’s KwanzaaKwanzaa Stories
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