Talk, Read, and Sing - Talking is Teaching
July 2022 - COMMUNITY
Created by Great Lakes Bay Parents - Informing parents since 2012!
You are your child's lifelong teacher.

"Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing" is a public awareness and action campaign that helps parents recognize their power to boost their children’s early brain and vocabulary development through simple, everyday actions ... "
Let’s Talk, Read and Sing about COMMUNITY! When children feel like they are a part of a community, they feel a sense of belonging! You can ask your child, “What are some of your favorite areas in our community?” and “How can we be helpers in our community?” 

Talking is Teaching has pulled fun tips and resources grounded in the best science, to help you talk, read, and sing with your child every day.

Activities For You & Your Little One
C Is for Caring
Sesame Street in Communities
Talking with your little one about the importance of community from an early age can help them develop important social skills and learn about the experiences of others. You can ask your little one, “Who are the people in your community?” and “How can we care for people in our community?”

Julia, Sesame Street’s New Character with Autism, Helps Kids Learn About Acceptance
PBS Parents
Parents can help their young child with accepting other kid’s differences with the help of PBS Parents article: Julia, Sesame Street’s New Character with Autism, Helps Kids Learn About Acceptance.

“The Sesame Street and Autism initiative hopes to help build bridges of understanding and grow connections between the autism community and typically-developing kids.”

Being a Good Neighbor
Sesame Street in Communities
When children are able to identify and name their feelings, it can help them learn how to respond to their emotions and build their social-emotional skills. With your child, go on a "Feelings Scavenger Hunt" and talk about each emotion! What does each emotion feel like? What should we do when we feel angry or sad?

Talking is Teaching Activity Calendar
Talking is Teaching READING Book & Video Recommendations
Cuddle up with your little one with a book or a video about COMMUNITY! Books build connections. That’s why it’s important to read with your little one every day!

Below is a listing of recommended books and videos from Talking is Teaching. If these are unavailable, visit your local library and ask the librarian for ideas. 
Visit Your Local Library and Ask a Librarian

Contact your local library to learn about the FREE resources available to you and your child.

Birch Run - Thomas E. Fleschner Memorial Library 989-624-5171

Breckenridge -  Howe Memorial Library 989-842-3202

Bridgeport - Bridgeport Public Library 989-777-6030

Chesaning Township - River Rapids District Library 989-845-3211

Frankenmuth -  Frankenmuth Wickson District Library 989-652-8323

Hemlock -  Rauchholz Memorial Library 989-642-8621

Merrill -  Merrill District Library 989-643-7300

Saginaw - Public Libraries of Saginaw 989-755-0904

  • Butman-Fish Library 989-799-9160
  • Rudolph C. Zauel Memorial Library 989-799-2771
  • Ruth Brady Wickes Library 989-752-3821

Saint Charles -  Saint Charles District Library 989-865-9371
Sing & Dance with Sesame Street
Sesame Street: Heroes in Your Neighborhood Song

Elmo is singing about the heroes that live in our neighborhood. Sing along with your little one as they learn about these special people.

Social Emotional Resources
Talking is Teaching

Children who develop strong social-emotional skills are able to build meaningful relationships in their community. Learn more about important ways you can support your child's social emotional development with these resources from @2SmallToFail.

Parent Cafe
Great Start Saginaw
Online Parenting Classes & Webinars
Can Council
Call to register at (989-752-7226 or register ONLINE.
MSU Extension Webinars
STEM Passport App
STEM Pipeline
You and your child can explore STEM in the Great Lakes Bay Region (GLBR) with our new mobile app. The Great Lakes Bay Region STEM Passport is a learning resource for 19 different hands-on, dynamic STEM organizations in the community. Now locating them is easy! The app is a great resource to access information about current STEM-based activities and events in the region.

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*This newsletter was supported by the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five Initiative (PDG B-5), Grant Number 90TP0055-01-0090TP0002, from the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

**Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Office of Child Care, the Administration for Children and Families, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.