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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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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime #5 for some courage-themed fun, part of TLE’s Free Gummy Bear Reading Club!

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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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime #4 for some friendship-themed fun, part of TLE’s Free Gummy Bear Reading Club!

Featured Story: The Adventures of Beekle The Unimaginary Friend

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Dan Santat combines classic storytelling with breathtaking art, creating an unforgettable tale about friendship, imagination, and the courage to find one’s place in the world.

~ by Dan Santat

Craft Activity: Friendship & Family Frames

Materials needed:

  • markers
  • scissors
  • assorted decorative pieces + stick ons
  • fancy tape
  • jute or string
  • picture frames
  • clips
  • pictures or drawings

Directions:

  1. Use the assorted decorative stick on pieces and fancy tape to decorate your picture frames.
  2. Use the markers to colour or draw on the frames.
  3. Find a picture of you with a friend or family member for your frame doing something you love.
  4. Cut the picture to-size.
  5. Add the pictures to the frames.
  6. Use the clips to hang the frames to jute or string.
  7. Hang your string of frames on a wall, bulletin board or door. Enjoy!

Related Stories Online

The Rainbow Fish is an award-winning book about a beautiful fish who finds friendship and happiness when he learns to share. 

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

Bring the kids together with their friends to help make this kid-friendly fruit salad into a cooperative friendship salad.

Family Fun: Craft and Activity Ideas

Songs and Music

Information & Fun Facts

What is friendship? Friends play together, share together, and dance together! Elmo and Rosita know all about friendship because they are the best of friends!


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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime #3 for some gratitude-themed fun, part of TLE’s Free Gummy Bear Reading Club!

Featured Story: The Grateful Book

There is so much to be grateful for.

~ by Angela Kohler

Craft Activity:

This gratitude jar is a fun, easy family activity. Add to the jar weekly, daily or monthly and have everyone to write down one thing each time they are thankful for.

Materials needed:

  • jar
  • ribbon or yarn
  • markers
  • gratitude cards or squares of paper
  • scissors
  • label for jar

Directions:

  1. Decorate a family gratitude jar
  2. Cut out squares of paper or use the gratitude template
  3. Write or draw what you are grateful for, people and things you love.
  4. Read/share as a family, and put in jar
  5. Revisit contents of jar once full

Using the gratitude jar and writing down what we are thankful for can happen around the family dinner table. Pass out small paper cards and some pens and ask everyone to write what they were most thankful for that given day, week or month. After reading the cards out loud, place them in the jar and watch the gratitude jar fill up. It can be fun to lay all the cards out and revisit each one as a family monthly.


Related Stories Online

In this autobiographical story, Little Trisha, overjoyed at the thought of learning how to read struggles when she finds that all the letters and numbers get jumbled up. Her classmates make matters worse by calling her “dummy.” Finally, in fifth grade, she is lucky enough to have a teacher who recognizes Trisha’s incredible artistic ability, understands her problem, and takes the time to lead her to the magic of reading.

Recipes

These heart-shaped shortbread cookies are light, buttery and topped with royal icing. They are perfect to make for gifts and you can also use lollipop sticks to make cookie pops with this recipe. ~ KidSpotKitchen

…these muffins taste amazing and look beautiful when arranged in a love heart. Decorate with pink icing and heart sprinkles! ~ KidSpotKitchen

Family Fun: Craft and Activity Ideas

Songs and Music


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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime #2 for some sharing-themed fun, part of TLE’s Free Gummy Bear Reading Club!
Learning to share is important for making and keeping friends and playing well with other children. But sharing can be a challenge, especially at first. Your child will need plenty of practice and encouragement.

Featured Story: The Squirrels Who Squabbled

Two greedy squirrels learn to share in the third hilarious rhyming adventure from the bestselling creators of THE LION INSIDE.

~ by Jim Field

Craft Activity

Wooden Nature Magnets

Materials needed:

  • assorted wooden nature pieces
  • markers
  • glitter glue
  • self-adhesive magnets
  • nature scene printout or paper to draw a scene

Directions:

  1. Colour the wooden nature pieces and use glitter glue if wanted.
  2. Attach magnet pieces to each finished wooden piece.
  3. Colour and decorate the nature scene printout.
  4. Use the nature scene along with the wooden magnets to tell a story or decorate a fridge!

How to Draw

Related Stories Online

Norris the bear waits patiently for the last ripe fruit to fall from the tree only to find out what it takes to make two new friends.

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

Fun Squirrel Facts

Sharing Ideas

Activity Ideas

Vocabulary


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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 a fun Halloween-themed dress-up day October 31st!

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!

Date and theme:

Gummy Bear Song

Gummy Bear Activity Bags

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 area. You will receive more information after registration.

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


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The Learning Exchange’s Health and Wellness campaign may be over but you can revisit the topics presented weekly by Pheleshia. Take a listen to the informative podcasts or read and learn about the themes. Enjoy!

Pheleshia is a teacher and has a Master of Education in Educational Psychology and Counselling: Special Needs. She is a Certified Canadian Yoga Alliance-Registered Yoga Teacher | CYA-RYT650 certified.

Meet Pheleshia

Pheleshia is passionate about plants, the stars and mostly about all aspects of health: Emotional, spiritual, psychological, and physical. She is a traditional herbalist and promotes a holistic and global health perspective in her teaching and practice of yoga. She has been practicing yoga for 30 years and did her yoga teacher training with Dr. Madan Bali.

As a lifelong learner she has since completed the following yoga teacher training: Yogathérapie: Anatomie avancée, Yoga Nidra, Yoga Yin, Usage des outils et supports, Yoga Prénatal & Postnatal, yoga aérien (with 700 hours teaching aerial) et Enseignant guérisseur and is currently completing her training as a birth doula. She is CYA-RYT650 certified.

~ Take hold of your health


Yoga sessions


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Enjoy these podcast episodes from TLE’s Power of Podcast project.

An interview with Anthony Leroy of the Stepford Wolves about his mental health journey and making music. Warning: discussion about depression and suicide.  If you or someone you know, is experiencing a crisis, there is help. Speak with someone today. Canada Suicide Prevention Service | Hours: 24/7/365 | 833-456-4566

Tys Burger Interviews Sable Walsh in front of a live zoom audience about her song, It’s Under Your Couch. They talk about the music industry, what music can do for mental health, and the process of writing a song. 

In this episode we meet Laura Bardsley, the musician behind Punctï. Laura has been releasing an album every month for the past 4 years, and has some insightful things to say about making music, not being too self-critical, and letting yourself do what you love. 


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Join the summer Sunday Gummy Bear Family Reading Club! Spend Sunday morning with readers Enza and Vidya as they read stories, sing songs and dance to engage you and your child with fun interactive stories.

Summer Sunday Morning Stories on Zoom

Do you have young children or grandchildren between the ages of 2-7? If yes, join the Gummy Bear Family Reading Club! 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 will receive a Gummy Bear Club membership certificate, Gummy Bear jellies, a Scholastic book and Gummy Bear ears to wear for each Sunday morning reading! *Quantities are limited

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

Sundays on Zoom: 10:30 AM-11:00 AM

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