Let's Talk About Math!

By Too Small to Fail

Children begin developing an understanding of early math concepts through the everyday interactions and conversations they share with their caregivers.  These early math skills have a big impact on a child’s school readiness, both in math and beyond. Parents can play an important role in building math skills by making the most of daily routines and activities to show children that math is all around them! There are so many fun and creative ways parents can help their little ones develop important early math skills while bonding and having fun together.

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Celebrating Diversity

By Too Small to Fail

In celebration of Black History Month, let’s help our little ones appreciate the rich and diverse cultures and traditions that exist in our world.  It’s never too early. Research shows that children as young as six months old can recognize differences in the way people look.  By modeling and encouraging tolerance and empathetic behaviors, parents can help children understand that the differences among us enrich our lives.  This can also allow children to better appreciate their own identities and build their self-esteem. 

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Let’s Talk about Quality Time During the Holidays!

By Too Small to Fail

The holidays are a great opportunity to share family traditions with your little ones. The quality time parents and family members spend with their children can have long lasting benefits by building family bonds and bolstering children’s social-emotional development.  During the holiday season, parents can incorporate quality family time into everyday activities by talking, reading, and singing with their children. 

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President Bill Clinton Celebrating Our Talking Is Teaching Playground Panels in Baltimore

By Too Small to Fail

Last week, former President Bill Clinton visited a playground in Baltimore where Too Small to Fail has integrated “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” conversation panels. This playground is a result of a partnership between Too Small to Fail, the Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL), and the Foundation for BCPL. The bright and colorful panels encourage children and parents to turn play time into meaningful opportunities to talk, read, and sing with their young children. Messages also highlight how these simple interactions can promote children’s early brain and language development. In conjunction with the event, Too Small to Fail distributed 1,000 new books to children and families in the surrounding community. Watch our video of the event here

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Equipping Volunteers to Help Parents Talk, Read, and Sing with their Children from Birth

 Patti Miller and Kara Dukakis
By Patti Miller and Kara Dukakis

Almost 60 percent of children start kindergarten unprepared, lagging behind their peers in critical literacy skills. Research shows that simple, back-and-forth interactions with parents and caregivers—like talking, reading, and singing from birth—can help prepare children for success in school and in life.  

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