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Buying and Eating Local in Montreal August 12th 2016

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Food for Thought – Buying and eating local in Montreal

Fresh and local fruits and vegetables? Sounds good enough to eat!buying and eating local in montreal

Buying produce can be expensive. Often, it’s hard to find fresh fruits and vegetables at grocery chains. It’s even harder to find produce grown in Canada. The good news is that there are affordable, healthy options for feeding and buying and eating local in Montreal for families. Farmers’ basket services bring the farm to you, which means you can enjoy seasonal veggies year-round. And with farms throughout Quebec, it’s easy to enjoy fresh, local produce at home.

Best of all, supporting local farms and buying eating local in Montreal helps to build strong, sustainable food networks and communities. What’s not to like?

Here are four farmers’ basket services with produce worth sampling that make buying and eating local in Montreal incredibly easy.

As the name suggests, Second Life  gives ugly vegetables a second chance. Second Life delivers baskets of fruits and vegetables that are too small, too big, oddly coloured, and oddly shaped – but still packed with nutrition. The Family One package (recommended for four) contains 3 lbs of indoor grown tomatoes, 2 organic English cucumbers, 2 lbs of McIntosh apples, 1 lb of Spartan apples, 2 lbs of rainbow carrots, 1 lb of onions, 2 lbs of red potatoes, and 1 lb of yellow potatoes – all for $16.50. Baskets are delivered to various pickup points throughout the city, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. So if you are able to get past the look make this your place for buying eating local in Montreal.

You can find Lufa Farms  on a rooftop right here in Montreal. The rooftop greenhouse grows vegetables year-round and uses hydroponics to conserve water. Worth noting, Lufa Farms partners with local farmers and food artisans, which means you can add meat, dairy, eggs, baked goods, and pantry staples to your weekly basket. One stop shop for  buying eating local in MontrealEach week, Lufa Farms curates a basket of seasonal produce for $30. You can adjust this basket each week, or curate your own basket – the minimum order is $15.

Interested in organic produce? Les Jardins du Petit Tremble  grows organic vegetables on the banks of the Richelieu River. Summer basket deliveries begin June 14th and end October 12th, 2016. Pickup points are located in and around Montreal. Basket contents vary, but in late summer, a medium basket can contain 2 cloves of garlic, 1 eggplant, 1lb of beets, 2 lbs of carrots, 2 field cucumbers, 1 butternut squash, 1 lb. of beans, 1 bunch of kale, 1 head of lettuce, 1 bunch of parsley, 2 lbs of tomatoes, 2 zucchini, and 2 lbs of potatoes. The 18-week medium summer basket costs $558.

Ferme Cadet Roussel  is an organic, biodynamic farm located in Mont-St-Grégoire. Depending on where you live, summer basket delivery runs from June 21st, 24th or 25th to November 1st, 4th or 5th, with pickup points located in Montreal and the South Shore. An average-sized summer basket can contain 2 eggplant, 0.75 kg of carrots, 2 cucumbers, 1 bunch of herbs, 0.4 kg of fresh beans, 2 heads of lettuce, 1 watermelon, 3 onions, 3 peppers, 1 bunch of radishes, and 6 tomatoes. The 20-week average summer basket costs $676.75.

Mmm… delicious and nutritious but don’t take our word for it…try buying eating local in Montreal this summer for yourself!

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5 Questions To Ask When Getting A Pet July 5th 2016

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Getting A Pet is a huge move.

Questions to ask when getting a petAh, the age-old question: Can we have a dog, please? A pet can be an excellent addition to a family, but there are some important things to think about before welcoming a new furry friend.

1.  Think carefully about whether you really want a pet.

A pet can be a lot of fun, but they also require love and attention. Becoming a pet-owner is a big responsibility!

2. Does your family have time for a pet?

If your pet needs to be walked, are you willing to wake up early every morning? What time do you get home from school at and how late do mom and dad work until? How will a pet fit into your current schedule?

3.  Does your family have space for a pet?

How big is your family? Do you live in a house or an apartment building? Do you have a big yard?

4. How will your family pay for a pet?

Pets need food and shelter, and sometimes pets get ill.

5.  What kind of pet is best for your family?

Fish are low-maintenance pets. They do not require a lot of attention and they do not need to go outside for exercise. Dogs are high-maintenance pets. They require lots of love and attention and they need to get lots of exercise outside. Cats, rabbits, hamsters, and birds require more maintenance than fish, but less maintenance than dogs.

If you’re thinking, yes, it’s time for a pet, here are ten fun facts about pets.

  • Pets help to teach children about responsibility and commitment.
  • Pets encourage nurturing and give children practice as caregivers
  • Pets help to relieve stress, loneliness, and anxiety.
  • Pets help children to build self-confidence. 
  • Pets encourage exercise and play just for the fun of it!
  • Pets are nonjudgmental listeners who can help children improve their reading skills.
  • Pets help to teach children about discipline.
  • Pets help children understand consequences.
  • Children with pets are less prone to allergies and asthma.
  • A family pet can help strengthen bonds between parents, children, and siblings.

Want to learn more about pet care? Pet Education Resources  is filled with pet-related resources, such as interactive games, quizzes, videos, worksheets, and posters. We like this educational poster  about caring for your pet.

If you are ready to take the next step check out your local pet adoption shelters.

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Father’s Day in Montreal- Langmobile June 19th 2016

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Father’s Day is this Sunday! In honour of all the amazing dads out there, Langmobile has 5 recommendations for fun family events. Help dad celebrate Father’s Day weekend!

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Fuel the day!

Slip and slide!tart the weekend off with a yummy brunch. It’s supposed to be a nice sunny weekend, so find a spot with a nice patio and soak up the sun. There are many family-friendly restaurants in the Mile End, like Faberge.  Walk around and see what catches your eye! Or take your breakfast to go and taste test bagels from St. Viateur  and Fairmount  as part of a picnic.

Cool down at Mont Saint-Sauveur’s parc aquatique.  The water park is nestled in the Laurentian Mountains, about 45 minutes drive from Montreal.

Vroom vroom!

Cruisin’ at the Boardwalk  returns to Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue this Saturday. The free family-friendly event brings vintage cars, sidewalk sales, and music from the 50’s and 60’s to Ste. Anne Street.

 

 

Have a laugh!

The Montreal Fringe Festival  wraps up this weekend. Before or after your play, we recommend checking out Mural Festival.  Large sections of Saint Laurent are open to pedestrians only.

Escape the city!

Montreal has many beautiful parks and gardens  worthy of a stroll. But if dad loves the outdoors, why not plan a family hike?. Just remember to be sun smart!

Make a meal!

Plan a special dinner for dad. Pick up some fresh meats and produce from a local market.  Or try out a new BBQ recipe.

 

Regardless of what you do, try to spend lots of time with dad this weekend!
For more recommendations about what to do on Father’s Day, check out our list of June events in Montreal!

 

 

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Summer Arts, Theater, Music in Montreal-Langmobile June 2nd 2016

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fun things to do in Montreal June Events for Families in Montreal -Arts! Theater! Music! Put a smile on your child face!!

 

June 20 marks the first day of summer, but Montreal is already bustling with great outdoor activities for the family! In anticipation of the summer months, Langmobile has composed a list of the best June events happening in Montreal.

Play a piano!

Want to practise Clair de Lune outdoors? Public pianos have been placed outdoors in open spaces throughout Montreal. The initiative began in 2012 in the Plateau, but has since spread to other neighbourhoods. Find a piano near you!

Discover Montreal this summer!

Pack a picnic for Tam-tams!

From noon to sunset, May 1 – September 25, drummers, dancers, vendors, and the public gather near the Sir George-Étienne Cartier monument in Parc Mont Royal. Pack a picnic lunch, frisbee, or soccer ball, and spend the afternoon enjoying Tam-tams, a quintessential Montreal event.

Have a laugh!

The Festival St-Ambroise Fringe de Montréal  runs from May 30 – June 19. We recommend checking out Plays by Kids,  sure to be a laugh for the whole family. Fringe tickets cost around $10 – $15, but there are plenty of free shows, events, and concerts.

Discover the next Shakespeare!

Pavé Poésie  brings poetry to the streets of Mont Royal, with everything from readings and performance to slam poetry competitions. The festival runs from June 2 – 5.

Celebrate the city’s urban art!

Montreal is a city of many things, including murals. Learn more about Montreal’s eclectic urban art scene at Mural Festival,  which runs from June 9 – 19 on Boulevard Saint Laurent (The Main).

Jazz it up!

Ranked as the world’s largest jazz festival by Guinness World Records, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal  starts at the end of the month. The ten-day music festival runs June 29 – July 9 and hosts a variety of free, kid-friendly events.

And here is the best for last!  Enjoy outdoor theatre!

This summer, Théâtre La Roulotte  returns for its 64th season with the premiere of Déculottés. From June 28 – August 23, 49 performances will be offered for free in the parks of Montreal.

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Zoe, Langmobile camp coordinator 2014 with Megan Hawes

 

We have a personal interest in this particular event and really hope you go see it! Our very own Zoe Tremblay will be one of the cast! Zoe worked with Langmobile summer camp  as Camp Coordinator for 4 years and has recently graduated the Conservatoire d’art dramatique du Montreal and was recently signed with the prestigious Corinne Giguère – Agence artistique.

 

Bravo Zoe Langmobile loves you and wishes you all the success in the world!!

 

 

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Sun Smart for the Summer-Langmobile May 26th 2016

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 Sun Smart for the Summer

At last, it looks like warmer weather is here to stay! Summer is around the corner and the sun is out – which means that it’s time to get sun smart. Some exposure to the sun is healthy for all of us – it’s the easiest way to get our daily dose of vitamin D,  which helps keep bones and teeth strong and healthy. However, too much sun exposure can cause skin damage, eye damage, and skin cancer. This summer, make sure that your kids are protected from the sun and its dangerous UV rays!

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Avoid the Sun’s Strongest Rays

The sun is at its strongest between 10am and 4pm.

Take Shelter

Do your best to stick to the shade when the sun is out, especially when it is at its strongest. Babies and infants burn more easily than older kids and adults, so they should be kept out of the sun. Rest under a tree, umbrella, tent, or other sun protection gear.

Cover Up

Dress children in light, loose clothing that protects them from the sun, such as long-sleeved cotton shirts and pants. Keep heads and faces safe with wide-brimmed hats.

Apply Sunscreen

For best protection, select a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher that protects from both UVA and UVB rays. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every 2 hours, or after swimming or sweating. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to the ears, hands, feet, shoulders, neck, nose, and lips, as well as under the straps of bathing suits and sandles! Remember that sunscreen expires, so check the expiration date on the bottle.

Don’t Forget About Your Eyes

Keep your eyes safe from sun damage by wearing sunglasses with UV protection.

Does all this talk about sunshine make you want to get outside and play? Put these sun smart tips into practice at Langmobile’s summer day camp !

 

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Mother’s day- Langmobile May 5th 2016

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Mother’s Day in Montreal 

mothers dayThis Sunday is Mother’s Day, so let’s take a moment to thank mom for all she does! Here, at Langmobile, we have a few ideas for how to make this Mother’s Day a special day. To start, surprise mom with breakfast in bed! Treat her to a yogurt parfait or some fresh fruit skewers and oat muffins. You can make her morning tea or coffee extra special by personalizing her mug with a handwritten message or original drawing. On your way out, pack a picnic lunch or grab some sweet treats from a local bakery or pastry shop. Then, head to one of Montreal’s parks and gardens , such as Mont-Saint-Bruno National Park , Mount Royal ParkSt. Joseph’s Oratory , Parc Jean-Drapeau ), Parc la Fontaine , or the Westmount Greenhouse . Consider taking a stroll through the Montreal Botanical Garden  – if you’re lucky, you might catch their cherry blossoms in bloom! For a non-traditional Mother’s day stroll, head down to the Old Port to experience the Virtual Reality Gardens , a free installation at the Phi Centre. For ages 13+. Or catch Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia , a waking dream of Mexico. If it’s a sunny day, bring your bikes and try out one of these cycling paths . Does mom love theatre and classical music? Check out Beethoven Lives Upstairs  at the D.B. Clarke Theatre. Recommended for ages 6 and up. To end the day, prepare a homemade dinner with fresh produce, meats, and cheeses from one of Montreal’s public markets, such as Atwater Market  or Jean-Talon Market. While you’re there, pick up a pretty bouquet, potted plant, or hanging basket! If you’d rather take mom out for dinner, consider one of these family-friendly restaurants. Is mom vegetarian or vegan? Try Aux Vivres Remember, today is all about showing mom how much you love and appreciate her. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing, so long as you’re doing it together and having fun To all the amazing moms out there, Happy Mother’s Day from the Langmobile team! Enjoy!

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8 Fun and Easy Ways to Practice Speaking English-Langmobile April 1st 2016

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Want to practice speaking English with your family? Here are 8 fun and easy ways to boost your English speaking practice!

leaning another language1.     Go exploring

Visit a park, museum, gallery, or store. Try to name as many things as you can in English. Better yet, try putting them in a sentence. For example, “I see a squirrel.” “The children are playing on the grass.”

Write down the words that you don’t know and look them up later.

2.             Sing karaoke

Listening to music is a great way to learn English. Singing along to music is an even better way! There are a variety of karaoke machines available online and at electronics stores like Best Buy. ) They make for fun family gatherings and memorable kids’ parties.

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3.             Read an English book out loud.

Practise reading your favourite English book out loud. Check out this great list of English-language books.

 How many have you read?

4.             Watch TV or a movie.

Watching TV and movies is a great way to learn everyday (slang) English, rather than textbook English. TV and movies can help put words in context and teach us how to use and pronounce words. Watching British, Australian, and North American films is a great way to familiarize yourself with different English accents.

5.             Narrate a sporting event.

Pretend you’re a sportscaster reporting live. In English, provide a play-by-play and describe everything that happens in the game.

6.             Play a board game in English.

Practise English by playing a board game that you already know the rules of. This is a great activity to do at home or at a local spot. Cafés like La Récréation  are stocked with board games.

7.             Cook up a new recipe.

Buy an English-language cookbook  to try out weekly recipes, or search online for recipes in English. Practise reading aloud the step-by-step instructions.

8.             See an English-language play

Montreal is filled with independent theatre groups and companies. Centaur Theatre  is a performing arts centre for English-language plays. On select Saturday mornings, they run a children’s series where families can enjoy affordable theatre and live performances.
Happy chatting!

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OnLine Safety for Kids- Langmobile March 1st 2016

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Online Safety 101

We live in the digital age we need to be well versed in online safety for Kids. Children are tech-savvy and web-savvy. The Internet is a go-to resource – and why not? There is so much to discover, and it’s all at the click of a button. While the web’s scope and open access provides children with freedom to learn, it also makes them vulnerable. Though the Internet is an excellent aid in the education of children, it must be navigated smartly and safely. For this reason, Langmobile has compiled a list of tips for Online Safety, as well as a list of resources for parents who wish to learn more about keeping children safe online.

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Online Safety Tips for Kids

  1. Spend time having fun with your parents online and helping them understand technology!
  2. Never post your personal information, such as a cell phone number, home number, home address, or your location on any social networking site or through mobile apps like Snapchat or Instagram.
  3. Never meet in person with anyone you first “met” on the internet. If someone asks to meet you, tell your parents or guardian right away. Some people may not be who they say they are.
  4. Check with your parents before you post pictures of yourself or others online. Do not post inappropriate pictures of anyone.
  5. Never respond to mean or rude texts, messages, and emails. Delete any unwanted messages. You may need to delete friends who continuously bother you or post things that are not appropriate.
  6. NEVER share your password with anyone, including your best friend. The only people who should know your password are your parents or guardian.
  7. If you wouldn’t say something to another person’s face, don’t text it or post it online.
  8. Do not download or install software or anything on your computer or cell phone before checking with your parents or guardian.
  9. Use the privacy settings of social networking sites.
  10. If anything makes you feel uncomfortable online, while gaming or when using your cell phone, talk with your parents or guardian right away.

Source: nationalcac.org 

Online Safety Tips for Parents

  1. Keep the household computer or laptop in a high-traffic area at home.
  2. Remember that Internet technology exists on cell phones and other mobile devices. If your child has one of these devices, the same online safety rules apply.
  3. Show interest in your child’s online activity and have them show you what they like to do online.
  4. Set the parameters of your child’s online activity – are any websites off limits? for how long can your child be online each day?
  5. Establish rules regarding social networking, instant messaging, online gaming, chatting, emailing, and the use of webcams.
  6. Regularly check-in with your child regarding their online presence and talk about online safety.

Start a Dialogue about online safety

Some questions to ask:

What are your favourite things to do online?

Who do you talk to online?

What is personal information? Why should you keep it private?

What would you do if someone online asked to meet you face-to-face?

Besides me, who do you feel that you can talk to if you are in a scary or uncomfortable situation?

Source: netsmartz.org 

Other Online Safety Resources

 Get Cyber Safe is the Government of Canada’s cyber awareness campaign.

Be Web Aware is a national, bilingual public education program on Internet safety.

Operated by the Canadian Society for Child Protection, Cybertip.ca is Canada’s tipline for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children.

The Canadian Red Cross provides information for protecting kids’ safety online.

Online Safety Tips from the Montreal Police Service

 

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Camp de jour Immersion Anglaise -LANGUAGE LAB February 2nd 2016

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immersion anglaiseCamp de jour Immersion Anglaise – LANGUAGE LAB

En tant qu’entreprise offrant des services, Immersion Anglaise aux jeunes âgés entre 18 mois et 14 ans, nous sommes à l’écoute de vos besoins comme parents. Étant à l’écoute de vos suggestions, nous avons apporté des changements à notre programmation en créant le Language Lab une approche unique et dynamique pour tout les groupes d’âge. Toujours amusant et interactif, le Language Lab leur permettront de penser en anglais en plus d’améliorer leur communication orale et tout cela dans un environnement plus structuré et adapté à chaque groupe d’âge. Notre objectif et que vos enfants vivent une expérience inoubliable dans un environnement ludique et bien sûr qu’ils aient un intérêt et une certaine assurance pour s’exprimer

GRAMMAIRE + COMPRÉHENSION + VOCABULAIRE + ÉCRITURE +COMMUNICATION = FUN

Immersion anglaise 4-7 ans Language Lab-L’apprentissage se fait au moyen de thèmes déjà familiers, de chansons originales à Langmobile aux mélodies entraînantes et faciles à intégrer. Expression corporelle, mimes, bricolage et répétition du vocabulaire à travers les chansons et les activités. Les enfants n’ont plus de complexes et perdent toute timidité à s’exprimer. Ils participant avec enthousiasme aux ateliers et retiennent de façon étonnante le vocabulaire et les structures grammaticales. Les enfants connaîtront l’air des chansons, les paroles, le vocabulaire, les structures et les expressions.

Immersion anglaise 8-12 ans Language Lab-Une atmosphère ludique et interactive pour que vos enfants améliorent leurs compétences en anglais. Nous introduirons plusieurs notions de grammaire leur permettant de s’exprimer en anglais. Notre objectif est de leur offrir plusieurs outils (grammaire, structure de phrases, vocabulaire…) pour que vos enfants puissent penser et parler en anglais. Il y a 10 éléments essentiels à l’apprentissage de l’anglais : les adjectifs, le passé, le présent, le présent progressif, les verbes, les verbes auxiliaires, les Question words (Who, what, where, when and why), les adverbes

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Immersion anglaise 13-14 ans Language Lab-C’est un âge fantastique pour leur offrir un programme anglais enrichi. Ils ont déjà une bonne base en anglais sur laquelle nous
pouvons structurer l’apprentissage.  À travers des activités qui intéresse les adolescents, nous les mettrons du défi à s’exprimer en anglais en utilisant la bonne structure grammaticale. Le Language Lab c’est de l’écriture, de la lecture et de la communication orale.  Nous encouragerons le travail d’équipe, le leadership, rassembler les jeunes autour d’un projet commun et tout cela en anglais. Nous voulons qu’ils pensent et qu’ils puissent s’exprimer en anglais.

Inscrivez vous à notre Camp de jour Immersion Anglaise
Saint-Lambert
St-Lambert Elementary School
71 rue Green
Saint-Lambert, Québec
J4P 2L8

 

Inscrivez vous à notre Camp de jour Immersion Anglaise
Saint-Bruno
Collège Trinité
1475, chemin des Vingt
Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville
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Read to Succeed January 2nd 2016

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Read to teach your child the love of learning.

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We all want our children to be successful. We want them to be more successful than we are. Would you believe that to read to them is the key. I have spent the last 12 years working with children and I have come to the conclusion that if you want your child to succeed you have to read with them. The very principle of our school is based in the Social interactionist theory of learning. No matter what you teach you have to do it by creating an emotional experience that connects the child to the contents. Reading does that for any and all subjects you may like to teach your child about.

Here are are 8 points to consider when you read with your child.

1. Always be enthusiastic to read with your child. Express your enthusiasm over books.

2. Create a routine to read with your child.

3. Use an animated voice when you read with your child. Bring the story to life.

 

 

4. Encourage interaction. Identify the word -THE- or the article -A- and prompt your child to say it every time it is seen in the story.

5. Name objects around you all the time. For example ask What’s that? What’s this ? Especially objects you may have read a book about. create the lien with the book you read and the object.

6. Identify letters in your world. Create a game of finding the alphabet.

7. Read the same book 100 times if your child wants you to.

8. Teach them a second language.

What is the right age to learn another language?

It our opinion at Langmobile we think it is NEVER too young to start exposing your children to a foreign language.  We have services for children that are 6 months old in daycares and preschools. Our English immersion summer camp invites children to participate 4-14 years old.  If you are unable to participate in our services you can still enjoy the Langmobile method at home by downloading  Kids Learning Languages on I tunes it is free for a limited time!

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