Talk, Read, Sing and Play with children every day. Each of these activities plays an important part in early brain development.
The U.S. Department of Education states:
“However, many families lack access to the types of resources that can help them make the most of these language building experiences. This creates a gap in the quantity and quality of words that children learn, which directly impacts their opportunities to succeed in school and later on in life.”
How can we stop this 30 Million Word Gap? How can we spread the word?
Many organizations promote the benefits from “Talk, Read, Sing, Play” initiative and they all have posters and images.
Print these posters out and paste them all over your library, bring them to daycares, classrooms, coffee shops, playgroups, children museums, religious establishment.
Speak at local organizations about how the library’s mission includes literacies, storytimes, programming, services, and partnerships that support this same mission.
Talk it up yourself! Explain the importance of “Talk, Read, Sing, Play” ideas to parents, caregivers, community organizations and collaborators.
Below are organizations that promote “Talk, Read, Sing, Play” and have links to their free posters.
- Growing Wisconsin Readers: tips, brochures, images, posters, collaborative partners (English/Hmong/Spanish)
- Reach Out & Read: tips, book lists, research (Englihs/Spanish)
- Talking is Teaching: videos, math too!, tips, brochures (English/Spanish)
- Baby Need Words Every Day (ALSC): flyer, booklist, poster, press release, talking points for librarians, flyer (English/Spanish)
- U.S. Department of Education: posters and brochures (English/Spanish)
- Read Aloud 15 Minutes: posters, flyers, tips, book lists (English/Spanish) ← My favorite for posters
The Talk. Read. Sing.® App from First 5 California provides parents and caregivers with a new language-boosting activity each day.
Love. Talk. Sing. Read. Play. This app has been developed as a Families NSW project in partnership between South Western Sydney Local Health District, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, Sydney Local Health District, Families NSW St George Child and Family Interagency and Resourcing Parents.The Love Talk Sing Read Play app contains information for every family to help their children learn and develop.
-Submitted by Anne Hamland