Talk, Read, and Sing - Talking is Teaching
January 2022 - Healthy Habits
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 HEALTHY HABITS! Talking about HEALTHY HABITS with your little one can occur during everyday moments. Simple interactions like the ones listed on this calendar can help boost children’s brain and language development, setting them up for success in school and beyond.

Talking is Teaching has tips and resources to help parents talk to their children, even those who are very young. 

Activities For You & Your Little One
Talking is Teaching Tip:

Come up with a HEALTHY HABITS morning routine with your little one. Talk about all the things you can do each morning to help your body stay healthy and strong throughout the day. “We can stay healthy by brushing our teeth, eating a healthy breakfast, and moving our bodies! What other things can we do to stay healthy?”
Talking is Teaching Activity Calendar
Talking is Teaching Scavenger Hunt
A scavenger hunt is a fun activity to help your little one learn about HEALTHY HABITS! 

Talking about the things we see builds children’s vocabularies and their brains!

Sesame Street's Healthy Habit
Tips From Big Bird:

HEALTHY HABITS include getting a good night sleep! Big Bird offers tips on how he gets to sleep. Watch the video with your little one and continue the conversation by talking about their sleeping routine.

Talking is Teaching Healthy Habit Book & Video Recommendations
Cuddle up with your little one with a book or a video about HEALTHY HABITS! Let your child ask questions or comment about what they see and hear.  

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
Let’s sing about HEALTHY HABITS with Sesame Street! Dance and sing with your little one while you watch Elmo wash his hands. This is a great time to talk about why hand-washing is important and then practice together.  

Just A Little Routine Can Go A Long Way
by Too Small to Fail
“... to very young children, small routines related to basic care like feeding, toileting and bedtimes can help them feel more secure, and can give them the emotional tools they need to more readily handle bigger changes in their lives. Additionally, establishing healthy habits early in life can help ensure that children will continue those healthy habits well into adulthood.”

Good Food For Thought
by Too Small to Fail
“According to decades of clinical studies, good nutrition during the first few years of life are important to normal brain development—providing essential vitamins, minerals, fats and proteins that the brain needs to make new neural connections. Healthful food also provides young children with the energy and strength they need to develop motor skills, language, and even social and emotional skills.”

Parent Cafe
Great Start Saginaw
Extension Extras Parenting Hour: PURPOSE OF PLAY
MSU Extension
WHEN: February 8 at 8 – 9:30 pm


The Purpose of Play will help parents and caregivers discover why play-based education for young children is so critical to their social, emotional, language, cognitive and physical development. This workshop will help participants learn about why play matters, discuss why children today are not having play based experiences at home, examine the value of outdoor, sensory and pretend play experiences, learn about the skills are learned through play and learn strategies to support play experiences for young children.

The Parent Talk System Webinar Series
MSU Extension
WHEN: February 22, 2022 - March 29, 2022 11:30 am - 1:00 pm


This class is meant for parents of kids from toddlers to teens and will explore the following topics:

  • Eliminating unwanted behavior
  • Setting limits
  • Teaching about consequences
  • Giving effective feedback
  • Promoting independence
  • Developing character

Mindfully Feeding Infants and Toddlers
MSU Extension
WHEN: Wednesday, February 23, 2022 12:00-1:00 PM


Food is so much more than just fuel. Mealtime routines not only build strong relationships with people, but also a healthy relationship to food. During this workshop, participants will explore research on parenting styles, mindfulness and temperament and learn how those factors can lead to responsive feeding of infants and toddlers.

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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.