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Bedtime Stories, Fairytales & Folktales: Kid-Tested, Moral Short Stories in English FOR FREE.

~ Stories to Grow By


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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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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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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!

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! NOTE: There are no more craft bags available. A list of items will be sent to new registrants for craft items needed.

Dates:

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

Gummy Bear Song

Gummy Bear Activity Bags

NOTE: There are no more craft bags available. A list of items will be sent to new registrants for craft items needed.

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, Quebec area. You will receive more information after registration. NOTE: There are no more craft bags available. A list of items will be sent to new registrants for craft items needed.

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


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Every Action Counts

Bell Let’s Talk Day is Wednesday, January 26, 2022 | version française

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.

What is Bell Let’s Talk?

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.

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.

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.

If you are looking for online and other resources available to support and help manage your mental health through the COVID-19 situation, there are resources:

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.

A LEARNING EXCHANGE / CDC VIMONT partner event


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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:


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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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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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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.

My First Kwanzaa by Karen Katz Kevin’s KwanzaaKwanzaa Stories
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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If you celebrate Diwali or just want to learn about the traditions, use these resource links to have fun!

Diwali, also known as Divali or Deepawali, is a major festival celebrated over five days in many parts of India by people of different faiths including many Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, Muslims and some Buddhists. It is sometimes referred to as “the festival of lights.”

Colorful Diwali Paper Diya CraftEasy “DOODH PEDA:” Indian No-Bake Sweets for Diwali Happy Diwali | Diwali Video Story For Kids
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: