Talk, Read, and Sing - Talking is Teaching
April 2021
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 ABOUT WEATHER!
Let’s Talk About Weather! Talking about the different seasons and weather with your little one will develop their early science skills. Ask your child, “How can you tell it’s spring? What clues do you see? Hear?”

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

WEATHER VIDEO
Let’s talk, read, and sing about the weather! Sesame Street in Community offers tips on things to do with kids on a rainy day. This includes letting them help with household tasks, which is an opportunity to build skills.

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

TIPS ON TALKING ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT

Teaching children about the environment is an opportunity to help them appreciate the world around them and make a difference in protecting it. Use this tip sheet to talk, read, and sing with children about the earth and show them ways we can all do our part to keep it healthy. 
LITERATURE & MEDIA RESOURCES
ASK A LIBRARIAN: Looking for more bedtime books & music ideas?

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
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES
TOO SMALL TO FAIL
GETTING OUTDOORS FOR LEARNING AND FUN
by: Too Small to Fail

“For many of us, the month of April brings warmer weather and with it, plenty of chances to get outside and enjoy outdoor activities with young children. The fact is, outdoor play offers many opportunities for parents to promote learning in infants and toddlers and prepare them for school.”

WEATHER ACTIVITIES
STEM @ SVSU
EXPERIMENT: RAIN CLOUD IN A CUP
Pre-Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

Amanda from STEM@SVSU shows how clouds fill up with moisture and once they are completely filled, create rain or precipitation.

CHIPPEWA NATURE CENTER

WEATHER SCAVENGER HUNT

Look high and low to find the items on this week's weather scavenger hunt. Print or save the scavenger hunt and take your child on adventure.

PLAY OUTSIDE
PLAY AT THE SAGINAW COUNTY PARKS
Saginaw County Parks and Recreation Commission is a county-wide organization that operates six parks throughout the county. These parks provide over 550 acres of parkland, including 18 miles of hiking trails, two boat launches, four fishing access sites, a swimming beach, picnic shelters, and many diverse recreation programs.

Parks & Hours:
  • Imerman Memorial Park - 8am - Dusk
  • Price Nature Center - 8am - Dusk 
  • Ringwood Forest - 9am - Dusk 
  • W.H. Haithco Recreation Area - 9am - Dusk
  • Veteran's Memorial Park - Open Daylight Hours 

WALK OR BIKE THE SAGINAW VALLEY RAIL TRAIL
The Saginaw Valley Rail Trail is one of Saginaw Counties gems, stretching 11 miles from St. Charles to Saginaw. It incorporates a number of natural features including: seven bridges over various rivers and creeks, The Shiawassee State Game Area and many wetland areas. The Rail Trail also offers an equestrian trail, trail shelters, restroom facilities at the Van Wormer parking lot, viewing platforms and benches.

TAKE A HIKE AT THE SHIAWASSEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
The Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge is a 9,870.35 acres that includes hiking paths and a Wild Life Drive (open for the summer).
Points of interest:
Wildlife Drive (opens June 1)

LOCAL RESOURCES
NEED HELP? CALL 2-1-1.
*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.