Pop-Up Pages: A community collaboration to help prepare our children for school 

Way back before COVID-19 became a household word, various community partners around the city began working on an application with the Instance Régionale de Concertation de la Capitale-Nationale (IRC-CN) to secure funding for a project to support perseverance and educational success for English-speaking toddlers, preschool and elementary school children in our region. The idea was to create resource kits for use with community programs such as the Morrin Centre’s Storytime, the Wellness Centre’s Take-a-Break Drop In; Quebec City Reading Council’s Travellin’ Toddler Time, and VEQ’s Fall Fest, as well as in Central Quebec School Board’s daycare centres and elementary school classrooms around our city.

Community partners came together this summer to create kits filled with books and games for the children that will bring the stories to life, create a love of reading and enrich our children’s vocabularies. La Maison Anglaise book store also generously contributed $4000  to allow the purchase of  some fabulous, fun books and resources. The IRC-CN  funding  has  enabled us to offer a series of parental workshops in English to help parents learn more about promoting literacy, a love of reading, and learning at home in preparation for the transition to school.

Just after our application was sent off, the pandemic was declared and we thought the project might be  doomed. But to our surprise and joy the funding came through! Azanie Roy, Education Coordinator of the Morrin Centre’s children program quickly adapted the Pop-Up Pages venture to accommodate physical distancing and she ensured that appropriate resources were created for use in the post-pandemic era or online until that happens. We are proud to present our revised online Pop-up Pages schedule and invite you to participate in great numbers in some helpful virtual sessions for parents to take place in the days to come. Click here for all the details and learn how you can support your children as they transition to school and develop a lifelong love of learning: https://wejh.ca/pop-up-pages

You’re all invited to join us on Tuesday, August 4th, for our Tent Show and Tell event where you can get a close-up view of some of these Pop-Up Pages resources: https://wejh.ca/event/epiq-tent-show-tell-tuesday. Once in-person activities resume, parents and children alike will have access to the Pop-Up Pages kits and venture into a world of literary imagination! You also won’t want to miss this timely parent Pop-Up Pages free webinar happening online August 9: Preschoolers and Playful Reading. Register today, spaces are limited! 

Lastly, but definitely not least, try out these imaginative Pop-up Pages art activities to help kids enjoy some creative fun all year long.

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Jan Anderson, Community Organizer

Have a great summer – enjoy the warm weather, the great outdoors and when it rains, grab a good book, 

Jan   

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