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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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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.

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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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

Presentation adapted from Canva.com for NonProfits

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Celebrate reading milestones:

When your child reaches a milestone, give him/her a small reward such as stickers, a big hug, a book or take a picture with a 1000Books milestone certificate. Print these certificates for your child to celebrate milestones:

Commemorate Your Child’s Journey:

Take a picture with your child holding and share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.
#1000BooksB4K #TLE1000Books #1000BooksBeforeKindergarten

 


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Read with your child and keep track of the titles of the books that you or others have read with your child.

Keep a record of what you are reading using our convenient reading log sheets or by whatever method you want. You can track any book that is being read to your child by others and every time a book is read (no matter how many times) can count towards the total and the record itself will make a fun keepsake!

Reading Log Sheets


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Children’s stories to 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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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
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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PLAY to LEARN Series

As part of our Move into Literacy project TLE has created two new family literacy PLAY to LEARN videos to Youtube:

Quick Links to more great videos

Move into Literacy
PLAY to LEARN Activities

Move into Literacy
Family Fun Yoga with Pheleshia
Move into Literacy
Stories and Activities

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