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A Thousand NO’s is a story about perseverance and innovation. It shows what amazing things can happen if we work with others and don’t give up, and teaches us not to let expectations of how things should be get in the way of what could be.

~ A story by DJ Corchin

Eric Hoffer Award for Best Children’s Book!


A growth mindset story of resilience, grit, and creativity. 



Hooked on School Days

DJ Corchin comes to The Learning Exchange for virtual visits


Tuesday, February 16th 11:30-12:15
ZOOM Author’s visit

Open to all Learning Exchange volunteers, students and staff, and SWLSB Adult Ed. Centres’ staff and students
NOTE: Registration information will be sent out to TLE members, CDC Vimont teachers and staff in January along with the zoom link


Tuesday, February 16th 12:45-1:30
Public Webinar Author’s visit

Open to the PUBLIC, all Learning Exchange volunteers, students and staff, and SWLSB Adult Ed. Centres’ staff and students
NOTE: Webinar information will be posted here in January along with the zoom webinar link


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Books for the Holidays

It’s time for a story!!! It’s time for Books for the Holidays!

We have great news…

All children going to Crestview Elementary, Jules Verne Elementary and JFK Elementary along with over 200 children in Laval daycares and countless families receiving Christmas Baskets from Agape, are getting a book to bring home for the holidays. This was made possible thanks to TLE’s Wonderful World of Stories project funded by Regroupement lavallois pour la réussite éducative and books from First Book Canada!!!

Watch the video to find out more…

Family Literacy Resources

Watch our website for additional resources, family activities and online stories, throughout the holiday season!

Learning Kits

Over 160 pre-k and kindergarten children will also receive a fun “Learning Kit” to bring home. The kits have an assortment of creative writing items such as paper, stickers, markers, an All About Me poster, family literacy activities, craft items, wiki stix, a name plate, etc.

Join the Contest: #LoveTLEbooks

Win a Scholastic Book Bag of 50 books for the family! Your family can enter our free draw to win!

  1. Take a fun picture about reading: For example, a drawing of a story or the family reading, your scratch bookmark design, etc.
  2. Post the pic to your Face Book or Twitter before midnight Dec. 31, 2020 and include the hashtag: #LoveTLEbooks
  3. Tag TLE in the post (remember to include the @ sign. You can also copy and paste our tags from here) : 
    • FaceBook: @TheLearningExchange1
    • Twitter: @TLEliteracy
  4. The winner* will be picked randomly and announced New Year’s Day! The winner will be contacted by social media.

Contest details

* Enter as often as you like!!! The contest is open to all residents of Laval, QC (18 years old +) as well as all Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board teachers, families and employees. The winner can select from the following book levels and have the box delivered to the home: 

PreK-K | Grade 1/2 | Grade 3/4 | Grade 5+

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I’m thrilled to say that The Learning Exchange’s proposal for Community Emergency Funding has been approved for over $46,000 to adapt our services to the current situation. We are excited to get our students and tutors matched again. We will be working over the summer to get a distance online learning program in place for students and tutors to be able to work together again during covid-19 restrictions. We have successfully started online matches with a few tutors and students and have already purchased and distributed some equipment for members to use.

With this change, we are faced with many challenges but we are hard at work to find the best content sharing methods, tools, resources and tutoring platforms to provide our members, as well as the training, information and online digital conduct guidelines necessary. We hope to be ready as soon as possible! Stay tuned!


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TLE’s Wonderful World of Stories

Children in pre-kindergarten to grade 2 have been delighted by volunteers readers visiting the schools, along with a special guest…The Cat-in-the-Hat, thanks to our project funding for TLE’s Wonderful World of Stories.

Hillcrest Elementary School

John F. Kennedy Elementary

A LEARNING EXCHANGE project funded by regroupement lavallois pour la réussite éducative


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Bell Let’s Talk Day is January 29, 2020.

Join the conversation: Text, tweet, share! 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, social media video view and use of our Facebook frame or Snapchat geofilter.

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.

Facilitators Toolkit


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It’s Storytime in the Laval community!
Storytime events take place in the evenings making it fun for all to wear pyjamas, robes and slippers. Participants are also encouraged to bring teddy bears and other stuffed animals. The Cat-in the-Hat is always on hand to greet and interact with the families!

There are lots of fun stations to visit:

  • Making a bookmark
  • Interactive stories in the reading tent
  • Word and alphabet puzzles
  • Exchange-a-Book
  • Story Wall drawings
  • Pick-a-Book
  • For parents: Creating a Writing Kit | Two kits are given via raffle

Past visits:

Hillcrest Academy

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Twin Oaks Elementary

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Souvenir Elementary

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The Learning Exchange is visiting nine daycares in the Laval area for Holiday Storytime interactive readings, benefiting over 450 children, from babies to 5 year olds.

A storyteller will delight children with winter and Christmas-themed stories, inviting them to join in on the fun with songs, instruments and jingle bells.

Following the stories, children will decorate wooden winter crafts to take home.

In addition, every child will receive a free Scholastic book and family literacy information for the whole family, to help promote a literacy-rich environment in the home.

The following daycares are part of TLE’s Wonderful World of Stories Holiday Readings:

Garderie Les Amis du Monteuil
Garderie Jardin D’enfant Monteuil
Garderie Educative Monteuil
Garderie Agape
Garderie les Fleurs
Garderie Educatif Les Amis du Quartier
Garderie le Carrefour Educatif
Garderie Carrefour des Poupons
Le Pinceau Garderie Educative

A LEARNING EXCHANGE project funded by regroupement lavallois pour la réussite éducative



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Storytime in the Community project

Literacy weaves through all aspects of family and community life, it is the foundation for all learning. In an effort to build a culture of literacy in the home, instill a love of reading and writing,  and in the promotion of early literacy, TLE’s Wonderful World of Stories : Storytime in the Community project will take place in an informal, supportive, story-rich environment with guidance from family literacy volunteers, storytellers, educators, authors and facilitators. Community family literacy events will include character-themed reading events and parent information sessions, Cat-in-the-Hat pyjama storytelling nights, interactive school reading visits, author’s visits, and How-to-Make a Fabulous Writing Kit workshops, to name a few. As well, family literacy team members, wearing story-themed items and fun accessories, will visit schools and daycares in the Laval area to generate excitement around reading by using instruments, storybooks, songs, dance, props and costumes. The objective of this project is to strengthen family literacy practices in the home and within the community, ultimately impacting school perseverance and the literacy level of children 0-12 years old through early and ongoing reading interventions.

OBJECTIVES

In 2019, impact the literacy level of children 0-9 years old by reaching 2000+ families/children in the Laval and Northshore community through innovative family literacy services/events, parent support, improved access to storybooks and family literacy resources, resulting in good literacy practices in the home :

  • Strengthen family literacy practices within community : Impact the literacy level of children 0-12 years old
  • Impact school perseverance and success through early reading interventions
  • Support families in building expertise in language development, reading and writing to help their young children learn the early literacy skills needed for success in school
  • Instil a love of learning and a desire to read together as a family

STORYTIME & STORYTELLING EVENTS

  • Story-themed reading and storytelling events
  • Parent information and resources sessions
  • Cat-in-the-Hat Pyjama Storytime nights for the family
  • Interactive school and daycare reading visits
  • Book distribution within the community of free English children’s books and Family Literacy information
  • Family literacy themed workshops and information for example:  How-to-Make a Fabulous Writing Kit

PURPOSE/IMPACT

  • Help develop interest in reading/writing among children and their parents, including early learning for children aged 0-5: Help to instil a love of reading and learning at an early age
  • Teach participants how to integrate good literacy practices in their home with their children
  • Support new immigrant families and parents with low literacy skills: Provide innovative literacy instruction to parents/families in need, to be able to read and animate family literacy activities at home
  • Help parents learn to be more comfortable reading and telling stories to their children
  • Widely distribute English storybooks within the community to children and their families
  • Increase public awareness and sensitization to the importance of early reading and writing practices at home
  • Provide storytime workshop sessions to parents/families and their children to help establish family reading and writing practices at home
  • Inspire families to learn together: Help families create reading/writing kits for use at home with their children

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The Learning Exchange (TLE) community family literacy project funded through the Programme d’action communautaire sur le terrain de l’éducation (PACTE) from the Ministry of Education, Leisure and Sports was a HUGE success.

Starting last October 2018, in collaboration with key partners, The Learning Exchange (TLE) implemented TLE’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten reading program in the community. This project will targeted English-speaking families and parents/caregivers to support the development of language and literacy skills of families to help their young children develop language skills and learn the early literacy skills needed for success in school.

Developing Pre-Reading Skills

Studies have shown that children who enter kindergarten with essential pre-reading skills have an advantage. They start school ready to read and have greater success throughout their school years. Children who enter kindergarten performing below their peers can suffer the effects of falling behind, which can be devastating to a child.  Reading regularly with young children supports brain development and strengthens parent-child relationships. Reading aloud with children is the single most important activity to prepare children to learn to read because they will build awareness of phonemes, language, literacy and social skills. Reading together provides an opportunity for bonding and creating lifelong memories. By reading together parents and caregivers are teaching their children “how a book works”, growing their vocabulary and instilling a love of reading. It benefits the family as a whole because it involves them in their children’s early education and develops literacy within the family unit.

The concept of the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten was to encourage, motivate, challenge and support families and children to read 1000 books before a child enters kindergarten. Reading regularly will expose children to a large variety of text which in turn, exposes them to a wide range of vocabulary and stories. The program is self-paced and can take anywhere from a few months to a few years depending on how often you read together. Parents can read anything their child enjoys! This approach empowers families as first educators, builds strengths and offers fun and creative family literacy moments.

Source1000 Books Foundation, 2018


Project Overview

Through the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative TLE encouraged, motivated and supported families to read 1000 books to their children before kindergarten through presentations, workshops, parent meet ups and social media. TLE distributed 1000’s of free books to families, promoted the Laval Advantage card and ensured greater access to a collection of high-quality English children’s books through collaboration with the Laval libraries and the distribution of library book boxes within the community. Parents were given the tools, resources and information to increase their level of comfort in dealing with literacy in the home environment. This approach empowers families as first educators, builds upon strengths and offers fun and creative family literacy moments for the whole family.

A TLE family literacy community initiative:


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PROJECT OVERVIEW

TLE’s Cat-in-the-Hat Returns: Storytime in the Community project will take place in an informal, supportive, story-rich environment with guidance from family literacy volunteers, storytellers, educators, authors and facilitators. Community family literacy events will include Cat-in-the-Hat themed reading events and parent information sessions, pyjama storytelling nights, interactive school reading visits, author’s visits, and How-to-Make a Fabulous Writing Kit workshops, to name a few. As well, family literacy team members, wearing Dr. Suess T-shirts and fun accessories, will visit schools and daycares in the Laval area to generate excitement around reading. The objective of this project is to strengthen family literacy practices within the community ultimately impacting school perseverance and the literacy level of children 0-12 years old through early and ongoing reading interventions. Through informative and fun prevention and intervention activities TLE will develop a synergy between the community, the school network and partners in order to bring family literacy resources, support and services to families. These amazing experiences will inspire the whole family and excite young minds, making the project integral to the English-speaking community.

OBJECTIVES

In 2018/2019, impact the literacy level of children 0-12 years old by reaching 2000+ families/children in the Laval and Northshore community through innovative family literacy services/events, parent support, improved access to storybooks and family literacy resources, resulting in good literacy practices in the home.

  • Strengthen family literacy practices within community
  • Impact school perseverance and success through early reading interventions
  • Instil a love of learning and a desire to read together as a family

STORYTIME & STORYTELLING EVENTS

  • Cat-in-the-Hat themed reading and storytelling events
  • Parent information and resources sessions
  • Pyjama Storytime nights for the family
  • Interactive school reading visits
  • Book distribution within the community of free English children’s books and Family Literacy information
  • Family literacy themed workshops and information for example: How-to-Make a Fabulous Writing Kit

PURPOSE/IMPACT

  • Help develop interest in reading/writing among children and their parents, including early learning for children aged 0-5:
  • Help to instil a love of reading and learning at an early age
  • Teach participants how to integrate good literacy practices in their home with their children
  • Support new immigrant families and parents with low literacy skills: Provide innovative literacy instruction to parents/families in need, to be able to read and animate family literacy activities at home
  • Help parents learn to be more comfortable reading and telling stories to their children
  • Widely distribute English storybooks within the community to children and their families
  • Increase public awareness and sensitization to the importance of early reading and writing practices at home
  • Provide storytime workshop sessions to parents/families and their children to help establish family reading and writing practices at home
  • Inspire families to learn together: Help families create reading/writing kits for use at home with their children

 

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