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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.
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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.

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Saint-Lambert
St-Lambert Elementary School
71 rue Green
Saint-Lambert, Québec
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Inscrivez vous à notre Camp de jour Immersion Anglaise
Saint-Bruno
Collège Trinité
1475, chemin des Vingt
Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville
J3V 4P6

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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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5 Questions for Successful Kids December 15th 2015

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Successful kids, we all want them but here is the trick, define success.

A lot of us parents get harnessed into the global concept of successful kids without giving it much thought.

Being successful today can mean so many things and it can be highly influenced by your family culture and your perspective on the world culture.

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Is it, Money?, Love?,  Socio economic status? Peace?, Social Skills? Relationships? – There are many elements to consider but only you can determine which really matter in your life.

Challenge number 1: Define ”successful kids” and what it means to you.

My thoughts on this is that it starts from us as parents. We need to be successful parents.  I have raised 2 children I humbly admit that there is no formula. We just need to be conscious of always trying to simply know better so that we can do better.

Challenge number 2: Define ”successful parenting” and what it means for you.

Here are 5 questions to ask yourself for successful kids:

  1. How are your Social Skills? What do you want social skills to mean to your child?
  2. Do you have high hopes for your child and yourself?  Studies prove that setting high expectations are essential in building self-esteem. As long as the expectations are realistic and age appropriate.
  3. Are you stressed out? Giving thought to your coping skills will allow you to be conscious of the coping skills you give your child.
  4. How do you feel about quality time with your children?
  5. Are you a life time learner or a teacher? You may find yourself more one than the other but to be a conscious parent I believe you need balance between the two.

These few questions by no means are the key to conscious parenting but they can be a start.

Parenting is about the relationship you have with your child. I believe the key to any relationship working, in this very messy world of ours, is SELF REFLECTION. You cannot give what you don’t have.

Awareness is the first step

 

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!app-launch7-en

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Universal Language of Love December 2nd 2015

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Love is, or should be the universal language of the world. Why isn’t it? If I had one wish for today’s society I would wish that love become the new universal language.

The true example of love is lacking in our world today and that is very sad. We should be able to look into anothers eyes and read love when it is there. Love should not be foreign or misunderstood and should be the only language that all can communicate with out words.love languages

But we have fear and for some sad reason that overrides love. Fear is a language we all know and unfortunately act on faster than any other emotion.

Love is communicated by actions. So I say lets make a to do list of love.

Be Kind every chance you get. We never know how a simple action of kindness can have a ripple effect over the world!

example of kind love- Smile at someone

Be Acceptance. Knowing our own humanity and ability to make mistakes should leave us humble and our hearts open to accepting other

Example of Acceptance love -Smile at someone

Be Tolerant. This seems to be the word of the week. Do we really understand it? Simply have the  ability to acknowledge others views, convictions or opinions  especially if  they oppose your own

Example of Tolerant love -Smile at someone

Be Respectful. Treat others as you would like to be treated.

Example of Respectful love -Smile at someone

Be Understanding. I understand if your eyes are blue and mine are green. We don’t question that. Well maybe someones path in life, especially if it includes choices we may not make, needs to be seen the same. It is their road to evolution and not for us to question.

Example of Understanding love -Smile at someone

Be Compassionate. Know that EVERYONE on earth carries their own weight, experiences their own suffering

Example of compassionate love -Smile at someone

As a language school, Langmobile is dedicated to teaching children languages we are also dedicated to teaching children love while learning.

Our entire method of language acquisition is inspired by the Social Interactionist Theory of language. Langmobile’s method is built upon the idea that language learning takes place through social interaction between parent and child.

Learn more about the tools we have developed to bring or method to your home via mobile device Kids Learning Languages

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!app-launch7-en

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Language Acquisition for Kids – Making it Fun! October 15th 2015

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Cours d anglais pour enfantsDo you believe that Language acquisition for kids should be fun or is it your belief that language is learned word-by-word and therefore it is effective to drill children on their vocabulary? 

Well, at Langmobile we believe in FUN!

We believe that Language acquisition for kids  is an ongoing process, not an end result.  It is about communication and is the result of meaningful interaction with others.  That is, competency and fluency develop by speaking the language, not by memorizing isolated rules and vocabulary.  A student could, after all, memorize the Latin dictionary but not be able to introduce herself in Latin because she has never had the opportunity to use it.  High levels of proficiency come from having a functional use for a language in daily life.

Language acquisition for kids is our business!

Our services, Saturday classesLangmobile summer camp, Preschool, Daycare and private services harness a  fun and engaging environment. From there, we provide our students  with the opportunity to interact with English in a simulated English environment.

We do not focus on lists of words or grammatical rules – our students are exposed to a new language while otherwise engaged (specifically, while having a LOT of fun!).  We cultivate an interest and an open-mindedness towards learning English as a second language, as opposed to presenting it as a task in a potential pass-fail scenario.  We believe that competency improves as children are exposed to English and are given the chance to express themselves and engage creatively with the language in an intuitive way.

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!app-launch7-en

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Just for the fun of it ! by Langmobile September 18th 2015

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The value of play- Just for the fun of it-Langmobile understands this!

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A child needs to be encouraged to harness their imagination and feel they can do or be anything.

The days of allowing a child to run around outside with only his imagination for company may not be practical in today’s society, but more research is pointing to the inherent value of free play to a child’s development. While many of us continue to fill our children’s time with structured activities and lessons, a slower parenting movement is beginning to take shape with a push for more balance.

According to a study published by the Canadian Council on Learning,  play nourishes every aspect of a child’s development and forms the foundation of intellectual, social, physical and emotional skills, all of which contribute to success in school and life.

 

“It is recommended that children have between 30 and 60 minutes a day of unstructured free play,” explains Tracy Lavin, a psychologist and principal researcher with the council, who suggests that parents choose a camp that is able to balance unstructured free time with organized activities and programming.

Langmobile takes this seriously and we encourage children to simply be children and play – just for the fun of it. We recognize that all year long children are required to perform at school and with less and less time allowed for physical education and recess children don’t get the simple old fashion play time they need. In  our summer camp program we have structured a day in the life of camp to reflect our belief that children need free play…and we make sure they have it!

It is all about balance and in any of programs we strive for that balance between learning and play.

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!app-launch7-en

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