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Testing French-language skills at École LaVérendrye

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Jennifer Howard reads to children at École LaVérendrye.

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I Love to Read Month is a time dedicated to sharing our love for reading with others.

Reading teaches you new things, lets you explore different worlds and helps stretch your imagination. Starting to read to your children at a young age is so important. Not only is it a fun way to connect with your child, but it also has positive effects on how they will learn, feel, think and behave later in their life.

To help celebrate I Love to Read Month in our constituency, I visited four of our schools. I started the month off at Earl Grey and Gladstone School, where the students and I read Count the Dragons and Sky Sisters. The first is a humorous poem about a cowardly dragon saving the day from pirates, and SkySisters is a beautifully illustrated story of two sisters on a northern adventure to see the SkySpirits’ midnight dance.

Later on in the month I was excited to test out my French skills at École LaVérendrye, where I read Gros Ours Courageux. This book is one of my son Harry’s favourites. It tells the story of a bear and a buffalo, challenging each other in feats of bravery. But when faced with the greatest challenge of all, the two discover the only way to overcome it is to be brave together. Author Nick Bland writes in wonderful rhyme, which makes the story perfect for reading aloud. 

I ended the month at Fort Rouge School with a story called Loula is Leaving for Africa. This is a story about a child’s imagination and how pretend can sometimes be just as exciting as the real thing. Room 207 had great questions about the book and it was fun to be able to share stories about our favorite African animals.

I hope you all take time to help develop your child’s love of reading. As always, I’m interested in your ideas to improve our children’s lives: please feel free to send me an email at Jennifer.Howard@yourmanitoba.ca or give us a call at 204-946-0272.

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