Talk, Read, and Sing - Talking is Teaching
September 2022 - Let's Talk About Sports!
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 SPORTS! Build healthy habits as a family by spending time playing together outdoors. Use any ball at home and let your child make up the rules. Fun outdoor activities like this provide opportunities for your child to boost their creative thinking! It’s also a wonderful way to bond and spend quality time together as a family.

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
Let's Talk About SPORTS!
Talking is Teaching

Have a blast playing sports charades with your little one! Take turns acting out things like shooting a basketball, kicking a soccer ball, and swinging a baseball bat. Then, guess which sport each of you is pretending to play. Guessing games help build your child’s vocabulary and boost their self-confidence! 

Elmo’s World: Play Ball!
Sesame Street in Communities
Let’s talk about SPORTS! Sesame Street in Communities’ article and video “Elmo’s World: Play Ball!” shows young kids how to catch a ball. 

“The Big Idea: Throwing, catching, kicking, and rolling balls all help children develop gross (large) motor skills.”

Read Article & Watch Video: ELMO'S WORLD: PLAY BALL
Sports Time Scavenger Hunt
Talking is Teaching
Let’s talk about SPORTS! Scavenger hunts are a fun way that you can talk with your child about the items around us.  Together, search for the items listed on the scavenger hunt with your little one and use words to describe them. Talking about the things we see builds children’s vocabularies and their brains!

Growing and Learning Through Play
Sesame Street In Communities
It is never too early to start playing with your little one! Sesame Street in Communities’ article “Growing and Learning Through Play” gives tips on how you can encourage play with your baby.  

“Children are wired to play—you can see this from very early in a child’s life. Even at just a few months old, babies’ curiosity about the world around them is evident when they reach for objects, mimic facial expressions and sounds, and giggle and laugh. Their growing brains crave these playful connections, which help to build a sense of safety and trust.”  

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 SPORTS! 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: Kane Brown Sings About Sports! | The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo

Join along with your little one as Sesame Street’s friend Kane Brown Sings About Sports! Musical Guest Kane Brown stops by The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo to sing about baseball, tennis, soccer, and more in this song about sports!

Why Is Physical Play Important?
Sesame Street In Communities
Little ones are constantly developing their bodies in new ways, learning to jump, climb, skip, and hop—skills that build on one another. Developing gross-motor, or large-muscle, skills helps increase kids’ strength, coordination, and confidence. Here are some ways you can help:

  • Introduce a tricycle or pedaling toy.
  • Encourage kids to climb and swing at the playground.
  • Play catch or kick a ball.
  • Get kids involved in individual or group activities such as soccer, jump rope, or swimming.
  • Put on some music and dance!

Small-muscle, or fine-motor, skills are another big part of development. Hand-eye coordination lets kids draw, scribble, and write—all important skills for school. Consider these ways to build fine motor skills:

  • Do art projects that include drawing, cutting with safety scissors, and pasting.
  • Do puzzles that have pieces of different sizes.
  • Provide toys that allow for sorting or stacking.
  • Play with trains or cars that need to be pushed along a track.
  • Create objects by molding clay.
  • Give kids practice with buttons and snaps.

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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.