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The Learning Exchange Storytime Readers, Enza and Vidya, are visiting daycares in the Laval area starting May 30th to have an interactive “Under the Sea” themed reading and Rainbow Fish sing-along with the children. Students of Souvenir Elementary School will have interactive reading visits featuring stories geared to each grade level.

Thanks to project funding from #RLPRE and book donations from #FirstBookCanada, each child will receive family literacy information to bring home to the family and a new Scholastic or First Book Canada book.

As well, we have 200 Kindergarten Kits made up of books, wonderful resources and materials for families with children starting Kindergarten in September 2022.

Daycare and school schedule:


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A PLAY to LEARN activity

Teaching colours is best done through playful everyday life experiences. Try these links to a variety of fun, science ideas for teaching children to identify and learn about colours.

Colourful Science Experiments for Children

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DIY Rainbow Crystals!
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Easy M & M Rainbows

Walking Water Experiment

Water Fireworks

How to Grow a Rainbow at Home

Top 7 Colorful Experiments!

Rainbow Celery Color Science Experiment

Milk Art

Top 10 Color Theory Experiments for Kids

Mixing Colours to Make a Rainbow


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Attention all story lovers! Do you have young children or grandchildren between the ages of 2-10? If yes, join the Gummy Bear Family Reading Club! TLE’s Sunday Gummy Bear Family Reading Club was such a great success, we are back by popular demand! FREE for all families!

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. We look forward to seeing you there!!


Sunday mornings, join Enza from The Learning Exchange for a fun interactive story, songs, an easy craft idea and great parent resources that will engage both adult and child.

Family Reading Club Stories

Sunday mornings, 10:30 – 11 A.M. EDT, with The Learning Exchange and Enza.

Featured stories:

Participants will enjoy:

  • The Gummy Bear Song and dance
  • Story time featuring a special story each week
  • Fun easy crafts for all to do together
  • Great theme-based activity resources and ideas for parents to do at home as a family to promote early literacy

NOTE: Parents and caregivers can find related activities and great follow-up resources online for each of the stories.



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TLE is proud to announce visiting author: Jessica Scott Kerrin who will be presenting Senses via Zoom during Canadian Children’s Book Week on May 1st 10AM-11AM EDT. Jessica’s jam-packed presentation to young writers is a behind-the-scenes look at the everyday experiences that she writes stories about. She includes props, audience participation, and video clips sure to keep students engaged and glued to their seats.

Canadian Book Week Author Visit

For grades K-3: SENSES. My picture book, The Better Tree Fort, features a father/son relationship. I also share an interest in birding with the characters in this story. I will include a fun mini-lesson about local bird songs during my presentation that encourages young writers to use all their senses.

~ Jessica Scott Kerrin 

There will be a FREE book draw of Jessica Scott Kerrin’s books.
#CCBCbookweek2022 #TLECCBW2022 #TLELaval #RLPRE

Book List

Clear Skies (Groundwood Books, Fall 2019) – Middle Grade Novel

The Better Tree Fort (Groundwood Books, Spring 2018) – Picture Book

The Things Owen Wrote (Groundwood Books, Fall 2017) – Middle Grade Novel

The Missing Dog Is Spotted (Groundwood Books, Spring 2015) – Middle Grade Novel

The Spotted Dog Last Seen (Groundwood Books, Fall 2013)

Spit Feathers: The Lobster Chronicles (Kids Can Press, Fall 2013)

A Narrow Escape: The Lobster Chronicles (Kids Can Press, Spring 2013)

Lower the Trap: The Lobster Chronicles (Kids Can Press, Spring 2012)

Martin Bridge: Onwards and Upwards! (Kids Can Press, Spring 2009)

Martin Bridge: The Sky’s the Limit! (Kids Can Press, Fall 2008)

Martin Bridge: In High Gear! (Kids Can Press, Spring 2008)

Martin Bridge: Sound the Alarm! (Kids Can Press, Spring 2007)

Martin Bridge: Out of Orbit! (Kids Can Press, Fall 2007)

Martin Bridge: Blazing Ahead! (Kids Can Press, Fall 2006)

Martin Bridge: On the Lookout! (Kids Can Press, Fall 2005)

Martin Bridge: Ready for Takeoff! (Kids Can Press, Spring 2005)

About Book Week: May 1-7, 2022

Canadian Children’s Book Week connects Canadian authors and illustrators with participants across Canada. Tour participants speak to their audiences about the pleasures of reading and the delights of Canadian children’s books through their presentations and workshops. Meeting authors, illustrators and storytellers can be a turning point in a child’s life, inspiring a lifelong love of reading.

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Welcome to TLE’s last Storytime for the school year, featuring the story Aaron Slater, Illustrator by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts

Sunday, June 19th 10:30 -11 AM:

Featured Story: Aaron Slater, Illustrator

Aaron Slater loves listening to stories and dreams of one day writing them himself. But when it comes to reading, the letters just look like squiggles to him, and it soon becomes clear he struggles more than his peers. When his teacher asks each child in the class to write a story, Aaron can’t get a single word down. He is sure his dream of being a storyteller is out of reach . . . until inspiration strikes, and Aaron finds a way to spin a tale in a way that is uniquely his.

~ by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts


Easy Paper Craft

Coloring is an excellent way to practice mindfulness and focus for all ages, but especially for younger kids. It takes something they already do and introduces ways to be more aware of their emotions.

Materials needed

  • Paper
  • Crayons, coloured pencils, paint or markers

Craft Idea:

  • Since Aaron Slater drew his own story, let’s do the same. Using crayons, colored pencils, or paint, create your own “true story” about anything you want. Like Aaron, use visuals versus words to tell the story. When you’re finished, share it with a friend or family member.

More Stories

Reading and storytelling with babies and children promotes brain development and imagination, develops language and emotions, and strengthens relationships.

Sophie’s MasterpieceCatch a Ride on RaindropsAnywhere Artist

Recipes & Healthy Eating

Cooking can help young kids learn and practice some basic math concepts and build language skills.

Play with Your Food: Fun Recipes for Kids

Family Fun: Craft and Activity Ideas

Play promotes healthy development and critical thinking skills. It reinforces memory, helps children understand cause and effect.

Paint Splat Art Activity
for Kids
Thrill Your Kids with Colorful Squirt Gun PaintingEducational Activities for
Aaron Slater, Illustrator

Songs and Music

Early music exposure helps children learn by promoting language, creativity, coordination, social interaction, self-esteem

7 Songs to Sing With Your Kids to Encourage CreativityImagination
The Singing Lizard
Reading Song | CoComelon Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs

Vocabulary

Vocabulary helps children to think and learn about the world. Expanding a child’s knowledge of words provides unlimited access to new information.

Kindergarten Art Vocabulary17 Ways for Kids
to Learn New Vocabulary
1st Grade Art Vocabulary 

Information & FUN Facts

Young children learn best when information is presented in a playful, engaging manner. Here is some information about reading.

How to Teach Kids to Read
10 Simple Steps

to Try at Home
How Reading Helps Kids GrowHow to Raise-a-Reader

Understanding Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a learning disability in reading. People with dyslexia have trouble reading at a good pace and without mistakes. They may also have a hard time with reading comprehension, spelling, and writing. People with dyslexia don’t outgrow it. But there are teaching approaches and strategies that can help improve reading skills and manage challenges.

How to Explain Dyslexia
to your Child
Our Newest Dyslexic Hero: Aaron Slater, Illustrator10 Best Apps for Kids with Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities
Signs of Dyslexia
at Different Ages
Common Signs of Dyslexia International Dyslexia AssociationSee Dyslexia Differently


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TLE’s Sunday Gummy Bear Family Reading Club was a great success.

Sunday mornings, families joined Enza from The Learning Exchange for stories, songs, craft time and parent resources that engaged both adult and child with fun interactive stories! 

Family Reading Club Stories

If you missed Gummy Bear, you can still visit our Family Literacy Resource section for a reading video of the featured stories. You can also find related activities and great resources for each of the stories.

See the complete list of craft items we used for each story. NOTE: Each story has an easy paper craft activity which only requires paper and something to colour with such as crayons or markers.

Gummy Bear Song

Sing along to the Gummy Bear Song!

Gummy Bear Activity Bags

Children received a Gummy Bear Club membership certificate, Gummy Bear jellies, a children’s book, craft supplies for weekly crafts, and Gummy Bear ears to wear for each Sunday morning reading!

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

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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Lois Peterson’s book SHELTER – HOMELESSNESS IN OUR COMMUNITY was used to explore where and how people get their ideas and opinions, and how to figure out what facts are true. Lois visited students at CDC Vimont via Zoom on Monday, May 2nd for a truly insightful and thought-provoking presentation!

Canadian Book Week Author Visit

Homelessness is a huge problem in North America – and all over the world. But who is homeless? Why? What is being done to address the situation? What can do? These questions and many more are addressed in this book for readers aged nine to 12, and the adults in their lives.

~ Lois Peterson

Presentation: Facts vs. Opinions

  • Participants learned about ways to interpret facts, and explore different opinions that might arise from them.
  • We discovered how Lois used her own writing to convey how her own values and opinions are represented in her fiction and discussed how interests and values might drive reading choices.

Outcomes 

Participants gained some specific tools for evaluating information and now have a greater understanding about how our views of the world arise from what we know and what we feel is important.

About Book Week: May 1-7, 2022

Canadian Children’s Book Week connects Canadian authors and illustrators with participants across Canada. Tour participants speak to their audiences about the pleasures of reading and the delights of Canadian children’s books through their presentations and workshops. Meeting authors, illustrators and storytellers can be a turning point in an individual’s life, inspiring a lifelong love of reading.

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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 TLE’s Storytime featuring the story EVERYBODY! by Elise Gravel

Featured Story: EVERYBODY!

From beloved children’s author Elise Gravel comes a reassuring picture book, perfect for trying times. Explore themes of empathy and unity with Elise Gravel’s signature quirky monsters!

EVERYBODY has strengths, flaws, feelings, ideas and needs. EVERYBODY!
Everybody is unique and different. But we are all more similar than we think. Just like you:
Everybody has fears.
Everybody has moments of joy . . . and moments of sadness.
Everybody makes mistakes . . . and can fix them. And, just like you, everybody needs to feel safe and valued.

~ Elise Gravel


Easy Paper Craft

Here is an easy paper craft activity to do after reading the book EVERYBODY!

Materials needed

  • Paper
  • Crayons, coloured pencils or markers

Craft Ideas:

  • EVERYBODY has emotions. Choose an emotion and draw a picture to go with that emotion.
  • Make and draw your own version of the book. What would your hopes and feelings look like?
  • Tell a story using Emojis. 🤪😃☺️😭🥰😳😌😩😎😴😇😉

More Stories

Reading and storytelling with babies and children promotes brain development and imagination, develops language and emotions, and strengthens relationships.

I Like MyselfMore of Me to LoveMarvelous Me
Remember To Dream, EbereThe Reflection in MeGetting Unbored

Recipes

Cooking can help young kids learn and practice some basic math concepts and build language skills.

How to Make Emoji CookiesAll About Me
Healthy Lunch or Snack
Emoji Eggs

Family Fun: Craft and Activity Ideas

Play promotes healthy development and critical thinking skills. It reinforces memory, helps children understand cause and effect.

How To Draw A Boy And A GirlTLE Storytime
Be You!
Teaching Toddlers Emotions
Feelings & Emotions Cards with 8 Matching Card Games IdeasPrintable Feelings and Emotions Matching CardsFeelings & Emotions Resources

Songs and Music

Early music exposure helps children learn by promoting language, creativity, coordination, social interaction, self-esteem

Me! | Noodle & PalsFeelings and Emotions Song Fun Kids EnglishSesame Street: Will.i.am Sings “What I Am”

Vocabulary

Vocabulary helps children to think and learn about the world. Expanding a child’s knowledge of words provides unlimited access to new information.

Emotions for Kids VideoExpanding your Young Child’s Emotional VocabularyFeeling Words for Kids


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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime, for some courage-themed fun!

Featured Story: After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)

Everyone knows that when Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. But what happened after?

~ by Dan Santat

Craft Activity: Courage Heart

Create a courage heart with ideas of courage that can be used when children are faced with situations in which they need to be brave.

Materials

  • markers
  • glue
  • scissors
  • yarn
  • Paper + hole puncher (2 paper hearts)
  • assorted decorative pieces: pom poms, stickers, jewels, etc.
  • tissue paper
  • stamper
  • courage cards

Directions

NOTE: You can decorate the hearts before they are sewn together or sew and then decorate. If you are going to use lots of glue, it is best to sew the hearts first.

  1. Take the long piece of yarn and thread it through the plastic needle. Pull through eye until the piece is doubled over and equal in length. Tie the ends into a knot.
  2. Place the two hearts over each other so the holes line up.
  3. Starting at the top hole, leave approximately 12 inches of yarn hanging out (see picture below). This will be used as the other half of the bow once the hearts are sewn together.
  4. Thread the needle through the holes in the two hearts. Pull the needle in, out and around the hearts. Don’t connect the hearts at the top. You should have approximately 12″ of thread left on each side.
  5. Decorate the heart (you can also do this BEFORE sewing them together):
    • Use the markers, stamp, pom poms and sticky buttons to decorate
    • Tear or cut pieces of tissue paper and scrunch into pieces to glue on the heart
  6. Cut the shapes from the Courage Paper.
  7. Draw or write down words or pictures that made you think of ways you could be brave. Invite other members of the family to include words or pictures. Place into your heart.
  8. Tie the remaining yarn into a bow over the middle of the heart. See example below.
  9. Hang on a door handle, bulletin board or wall.
  10. As a family, revisit the words and pictures. Discuss and have fun!

Related Stories Online

Plucky Irene, a dressmaker’s daughter, braves a fierce snowstorm to deliver a new gown to the duchess in time for the ball.

Recipes

Cooking with your kids can help boost their development:

Increases language development

Enhances fine motor skills

Improves reading development

Introduces children to science and math skills

Let the kids decorate their food with sunny egg faces. Cut templates for the faces out of a simple omelette using round cookie cutter, then animate using olives for eyes, shredded cheese for hair, and cherry tomatoes for noses and smiles. ~ eggs.ca

Activity Ideas

Songs and Music

Song: ALL ABOUT COURAGE Educational Content: This song encourages students to show courage, by being brave and trying new things. Some examples include: getting through your first dance recital, trying out for a t-ball team, reading a book independently, singing a solo, going on a scary ride, going down the highest slide, raising your hand to answer a question in class, standing up to a bully, saving someone in danger, trying a new vegetable, etc.
~ HARRYKINDERGARTENMUSIC.COM

Information & Fun Facts


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