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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime! Featured story THE NIGHT BEFORE HALLOWEEN:

Little monsters and goofy goblins take center stage in this silly, spooky spin on Clement C. Moore’s beloved poem. But what will happen on Halloween when the monsters come face to face with human trick-or-treaters in this fun-filled book.

Story by Natasha Wing

Sunday, October 30, 2022 10:30 -11:15 AM

NOTE: It’s time for a Halloween story. Wear your favourite costume to Storytime!


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Easy Paper Craft

Here is an easy paper craft activity to do after reading the book THE NIGHT BEFORE HALLOWEEN!

Materials needed

  • Halloween sticker sheets
  • Construction paper or plain paper
  • Crayons, coloured pencils or markers

Instructions

  1. Use your Halloween sticker sheets to create your own characters.
  2. Stick your characters onto the construction paper.
  3. Draw additional characters or a background for your stickers.


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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime! Featured story THERE’S ONLY ONE YOU:

“In all the world over, this much is true: 
You’re somebody special. There’s only one YOU.” 

This feel-good book reassures kids that, whoever and whatever they are, it’s awesome being YOU! Expertly written to include all kinds of children and families, it embraces the beauty in a range of physical types, personalities, and abilities. Kids will love discovering and recognizing themselves in these pages—and they’ll feel proud to see their special qualities acknowledged. Adorable illustrations by Rosie Butcher show a diverse community that many will find similar to their own.

Story by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook

Illustrations by Rosie Butcher

Sunday, October 16, 2022 10:30 -11:15 AM


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Easy Paper Craft

Here is an easy paper craft activity to do after reading the book THERE’S ONLY ONE YOU!

Materials needed

Instructions:

  • Color the All About Me Sheet and write about yourself in each section

More Stories

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

Be You!I Like MyselfMarvellous Me
What I Like About MeMy Feelings and Me


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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime! Featured story DON’T PUSH THE BUTTON:

There’s only one rule in Larry’s book: don’t push the button.

(Seriously, don’t even think about it!)

Even if it does look kind of nice, you must never push the button. Who knows what would happen?

Okay, quick. No one is looking… push the button.

Uh, oh.

Story and illustrations by Bill Cotter

Sunday, November 13, 2022 10:30 -11:15 AM


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Easy Paper Craft

Here is an easy paper craft activity to do after reading the book DON’T PUSH THE BUTTON!

Materials needed

  • Glue or tape
  • Scissors
  • Don’t Push the Button activity sheet
  • 4 popsicle sticks
  • Crayons, coloured pencils or markers

Instructions:

  1. Color in the monsters and button (don’t push it!) on the activity sheet.
  2. Cut out the monsters and button following the outlines.
  3. Glue or tape each monster and the button to a popsicle stick.
  4. Retell the story using the new stick puppets. Will you push the button or not?!


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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime! Featured story MYSTERY BOTTLE:

A boy in Brooklyn receives a package from Iran. When he opens up the mysterious bottle that lies within, a great wind transports him over the oceans and mountains, straight into the arms of his grandfather. Despite being separated by politics and geography, the boy and his Baba Bazorg can share an extraordinary gift, the bond of their love.

Story and illustrations by Kristen Balouch

Sunday, November 6, 2022 10:30 -11:15 AM


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Easy Paper Craft

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

Materials needed

  • House template
  • Crayons, coloured pencils or markers
  • Scissors
  • Markers

Instructions:

  1. Color in your house.
  2. Cutout the house following outline.
  3. Fold along the dotted line to create the roof of the house
  4. Fold the doors inward. 
  5. Draw a picture of your family inside the house.


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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime! Featured story THE BAD SEED:

This is a book about a bad seed. A baaaaaaaaaad seed. How bad is he? Just wait until you find out!

Story by Jory John
Illustrated by Pete Oswald

Sunday, October 23rd 10:30 -11:15 AM


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Easy Paper Craft

Here is an easy paper craft activity to do after reading the book THE BAD SEED!

Materials needed

  • Bad Seed activity sheets
  • Glue or tape
  • Scissors
  • Crayons, coloured pencils or markers

Instructions:

  1. Decorate/colour in the Bad Seed picture
  2. Cut out the seed shell and cut it in half on the dotted line to create two pieces
  3. Write or draw on the inside kernel your own ideas on how to be a “good seed” or cut out ideas from the “Ideas for being a good seed” template and glue them inside the kernel
  4. Cutout the inside kernel following the black outline (careful not to cut off the top and bottom tabs)
  5. Fold the inside kernel in half
  6. Glue or tape the tabs of the inside kernel to the top and bottom of the shell – Connect the shell and kernel by gluing or taping the top seed shell to the top tab of the inside kernel then repeating for the bottom seed shell
  7. Bring the two outside shell pieces to together and pull up to reveal How to Be a Good Seed!


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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. Register soon to get a FREE Gummy Bear craft kit mailed to your address! 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 and great parent resources that will engage both adult and child.

Family Reading Club Stories

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

October 16, 2022: There’s Only One You
October 23, 2022″ The Bad Seed
October 30, 2022: The Night Before Halloween
November 6, 2022: Mystery Bottle
November 13, 2022: Don’t Push That Button

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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Make every day your Literacy Day by reading, writing and sharing books! This year’s International Literacy Day will be celebrated worldwide under the theme, Transforming Literacy Learning Spaces and will be an opportunity to rethink the fundamental importance of literacy learning spaces to build resilience and ensure quality, equitable, and inclusive education for all.

Looking for ways to advance the cause of literacy in your corner of the world? Check out the suggestions below OR drop by The Learning Exchange office to get a free children’s book!

1. Use social media to spread the word about the importance of literacy.

2. Give a book as a gift. Include a note about the importance of literacy.

3. Sponsor a book-collecting drive; give books to nursing homes, schools, adult literacy programs.

4. Listen to an audio book.

5. Learn about and support local literacy projects or programs in your area.

6. Sponsor book awards.

7. Organize an essay contest about “a book that changed my life.”

8. Establish a book discussion group.

9. Sponsor book readings with local authors or local celebrities reading from their favourite books.

10. Attend readings at your local library or bookstore.

11. Publicize and distribute lists of recommended books for readers of all ages.

~ UNESCO

#ILD #ILD2022 #TLEILD


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A PLAY to LEARN activity

Reading and storytelling with babies and children promotes brain development and imagination, develops language and emotions, and strengthens relationships. Stories and books related to the alphabet are a great way to introduce, teach and reinforce the ABC’s. Read and listen to stories often as a family!

Read-Along Online


The Mixed-Up Alphabet

ABC Alphabet for Kids Compilation
StoryBots: Learn to Read! 

Dr Seuss ABC Story Books for Children
Read Aloud Out Loud

The Three Bears ABC An Alphabet Book

Read-Along Online Stories | Storyberries


Animal Antics

Animal Alphabet

ABCD A Nature Alphabet Book

Alphapets Too!

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There are three simple ways to share books throughout the year!

1. Give a Book to a Friend or Relative.
Celebrate the love of reading by giving someone a new, used or borrowed book. Books make GREAT gifts!

2. Leave a Book in a Waiting Room or Lobby.
Choose a waiting room where people are stuck waiting and there are few to no good books available. Purchase a good book, and deposit your book covertly or overtly in your waiting room of choice. The goal here is to spread the love of reading to people and kids especially, so choose a fun book.

3. Donate a Book.
Wrap up a box of children’s books that your kids have outgrown and get them in the hands of children who could really use a book or two. Donate your books to your local literacy council, second hand store, library, children’s hospital, or shelter.


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Use these graphic definitions to learn literary terms

~ from creators at Canva


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