Tag Archives: Stories

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A PLAY to LEARN activity

Understanding shapes is a foundational math skill as well as an important visual identification skill. Using stories to identify shapes and learn about them is a fun way to introduce shapes to young children.


This is a Book of Shapes

Big Box of Shapes

Tangled: A Story About Shapes

Mouse Shapes

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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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Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers and educators worldwide. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.

Storyline App Storyline Online Main PageOnline Stories: Search by Author, Reader or Title


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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. Read and listen to stories often as a family!

Colourful Video Stories

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The Day the Crayons Quit

Bear Sees Colors
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Mouse Paint
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Monsters Love Colors

The Rainbow Fish

Read-Along Online Stories

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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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Bedtime Stories, Fairytales & Folktales: Kid-Tested, Moral Short Stories in English FOR FREE.

~ Stories to Grow By


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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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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime featuring the story The Smart Cookie from the team of Jory John and Pete Oswald

Join us on Zoom Sunday, June 12th 10:30 -11 AM for a FREE read aloud Gummy Bear storytime:

Featured Story: The Smart Cookie

This cookie has never felt like a smart cookie no matter how hard she tries, especially in comparison to all the clever cupcakes and brilliant rolls in the bakery. Will a dash of creativity and a sprinkle of confidence be enough to help her learn that perfect scores and having all the answers aren’t the only ingredients for intelligence?

~ from the team of Jory John and Pete Oswald


Easy Paper Crafts

Here is an easy paper craft activity to do after reading the book The Smart Cookie.

Materials needed

  • Paper
  • Crayons, coloured pencils or markers

Ideas:

Bring your favourite cookie to life! Draw a picture of your favourite cookie doing something you enjoy doing. It could be doing a sport, playing an instrument, playing with friends…anything you like to do!


Easy Paper Fortune Cookies Tutorial


More Stories

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

If You Give a Mouse a CookieMmm, 🍪 Cookies! The Duckling Gets A Cookie

Recipes

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

Sprinkle Cookies10 of Our Favorite Cookies for Baking with KidsChocolate Chip Cookies with Cookie Monster! 

Family Fun: Craft and Activity Ideas

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

Art Activities to Build
Self-esteem in Kids
How to Make Pretend CookiesScrapbooking Paper Cookies
Felt Cookies Baking Set

Songs and Music

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

I’m Me – Just Be YouSesame Street: The First Time Me Eat CookieImagination
The Singing Lizard


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Grab the children and gather the family. Join Little Miss B as she reads and shares some of her favourite stories for the holidays!

The Elf on the Shelf | A Christmas Tradition

How does Santa really know who is naughty or nice? Listen to find out…

The Best Snowman Ever!

Molly Mouse is determined to build the biggest snowman in the world. 


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Young children and their family members have been enjoying The Learning Exchange family literacy activities and readings! Stories with Enza and the Gummy Bear Family Reading Club have been extremely popular!

Stories with Enza

Families join Stories with Enza for stories and fun activities Saturday mornings. Enza, sometimes joined by her son Adam, reads a book and then does fun and simple craft activities to engage the children. An online resource and activity section is updated weekly on The Learning Exchange website for parents to find the books read, theme-related activities and ideas to do at home.

Children’s Wonderful Creations!

Check out the pictures of the children’s wonderful creations!!


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