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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime with the featured story: It Began with Lemonade

One scorching hot summer day, a spunky young girl decides to sell lemonade . . . only to find there are too many other young entrepreneurs on her street with the same idea. So she sets off with her lemonade stand and ends up at the river’s edge, where she discovers a most unexpected, quirky, and very thirsty clientele.

Story by Gideon Sterer

Illustrations by Lian Cho

Read Aloud

Family Resources related to perseverance, resilience, summer and lemonade!

More Stories

Perseverance Makes Me StrongerA Little Spot of
Lemonade For Sale
Cooler Than LemonadeJabari JumpsAnd Then Comes Summer

Craft & Activity Ideas + Resources

Easy Summer Crafts for KidsHow to Draw Lemonade Easy and CuteFirst Day of Summer Cupcakes
How to Build a Perfectly Portable Lemonade StandThe Best Lemonade
Recipe… EVER!
How To Draw A Funny Summer Sun


Print this template to colour your own lemonade stand.


Print this template to colour in and make a glass of lemonade. Glue a straw to your lemonade glass for a fun effect. Use your imagination!

Music and Songs

Woo Hoo! It’s Summer!Let’s Get to ItSesame Street: Summer Anthem Song
Don’t Give Up Music VideoKoo Koo – Ice Cold LemonadeI Can Do Anything

Join us for Gummy Bear!

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Incorporating MOVEMENT and ACTION activities into family literacy LEARNING opportunities can be a FUN and EFFECTIVE way for families to ENGAGE children and ENHANCE their learning experience.

Learn about successful family literacy initiatives and programs created by the team at The Learning Exchange. Discover resources and ideas you can use and share. Be INSPIRED!

Play to Learn workshop by tle_literacy

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TLE’s Gummy Bear stories have exciting activities and unique ideas to help raise-a-reader! Reading has many positives and reading together as a family allows you to share those positive experiences. Reading is a fantastic way to make connections with members of your family. Use story themes and messages to develop learning experiences through discovery and play! Taking the time to read together as a family will allow you time to connect and spend time together. Have fun!

Gummy Bear Featured Stories:

















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All of us at The Learning Exchange are thrilled to say we have reached over 400 000 views on our website!! We are excited to continue to grow our services, resources, and information sharing in our community and on our network! Continue to share, like and embed! Let us know how we are doing!

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Children had fun with Enza in the Gummy Bear Club.

You can access the wonderful stories and printable activities online, to do with your child/ren:

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Free English Lessons in 7 Levels

Current event and interest stories for adult learners and ESL students: 3,253 Free English News Lessons in 7 Levels

~ Breaking News English

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Promoting Family Literacy

Use The Learning Exchange Resources for Educators page and our Family Literacy Infographics resources with the following ideas to promote family literacy in your class, school or community:

1. Organize engaging workshops: Host workshops that emphasize literacy’s importance and how parents can foster it at home.

2. Use Social Media: Share tips, activities, and success stories related to your program on popular platforms.

3. Informative Pamphlets & Newsletters: Distribute materials highlighting the benefits of your program and practical literacy strategies.

4. Create a Motivating Environment: Host literacy events like book fairs or storytelling sessions to encourage parent participation. Start small by including a family literacy activity idea into an already established activity such as a pyjama day or 100 days of school celebration.

5. Personal Communication: Talk directly to the parents, emphasizing how the program can benefit their children.

6. Make it part of the calendar year: Use calendar events throughout the year to highlight family literacy. Dates such as World Book Day, Family Literacy Day, Love to Read Day and Canadian Children’s Book Week are perfect opportunities to do something targeting families.

7. Partner up with local organizations: Work with organizations in your community. There are many free events offered by local literacy organizations both in person and online during the year.

8. Make it Play to Learn: Let families know family literacy activities are so much more than just reading. They are opportunities to play, learn, create, imagine, move, sing and dance. Having fun learning together as a family will help promote and encourage family literacy play to learn activities!

Add a QR Code

Using a QR code in promotion is beneficial for its direct link to digital content, quick and easy user accessibility, and its ability to track user engagement effectively. We use this FREE QR code generator. Just copy the URL and paste. Select one of the FREE QR code icons, click on the generate button and wait! You DO NOT have to join, subscribe or register! After a few seconds, your icon will be generated. Now just copy and paste!

Promotional Materials

We also use rack cards (see our Infographics for Family Literacy page), postcards, labels, bags, T-shirts, and banners from VistaPrint.ca for events, notices and resources for family literacy. Although we design our own, there are numerous templates that are VERY easy to use and/or use Canva.com design templates. Here are a few of the promotional items we have created for our Family Literacy initiatives:

We make labels with a QR code linked to our Family Literacy Resources page. These are put in every book we give away.

A postcard with a QR code, information and activity ideas is a great way to catch attention and generate interest! Don’t forget to include your social media or web links! TLE’s Books for the Holidays is a great initiative where thousands of children are given a free book to bring home to keep and read over the holidays. The QR code links to Winter and Holiday Activities for families to do over the holidays.

A promotional bag is a great way to spark interest and make learning exciting. We create kits for children to keep and bring home. We have made ones such as: Move into Literacy Kit, Ready for Kindergarten Kit, and Writing Kits to promote play to learn activities as a family.

Door hangers were a fun way to get kids interested and were popular with the older children. One was given with every book. It is fun because it creates a personal reading space, encourages a regular reading habit, and helps make learning enjoyable.

A customized t-shirt for a family literacy event creates a sense of unity, enhances event awareness, promotes reading culture, and serves as a keepsake reminding families to read together.

Popular Slogans in Family Literacy

Add a catchy slogan or a fun theme to your promotion! Here are some popular ones:

1. “Read, Achieve, Succeed!”

2. “Building Bonds, One Book at a Time.”

3. “Turn Pages, Turn Futures.”

4. “Raise a Reader.”

5. “Success Starts with Family Reading.”

6. “Creating Futures, One Book at a Time.”

7. “Family Literacy: A Bonding Bond.”

8. “Learning Together, Growing Together.”

9. “Read Today, Lead Tomorrow.”

10. “Empower With Words.”

11. “Reading: A Family Affair.”

12. “Together in Education and Reading.”

13. “Literacy Lights Life.”

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Let’s create real change in mental health!

Bell Let’s Talk has a vision of a Canada where everyone can get the mental health support they need

What is Bell Let’s Talk?

Bell Let’s Talk Day is Wednesday, January 24, 2024 | version française

Creating lasting change

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.


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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There is something magical and inspirational about LEGO. Children love building and playing with LEGO and with a little creative thinking, LEGO and Duplo blocks can be transformed from tactile toys into literacy tools! LEGO PLAY to LEARN activities offer a fresh approach to teach literacy skills to children in a fun and interactive way!

Build the Alphabet

Lego Alphabet Building Move into Literacy by TLE_literacy

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