Talk, Read, Play

Talk, Read, Play is a unique educational campaign. It takes neuroscience studies about brain development in young children and simplifies it to a message every parent and caregiver can use to help support a child’s early development: Talk, Read, Play with your child every day.

This initiative is heavily supported by Mayor Sly James. Read more about his involvement on his blog.

Why is the Talk, Read, Play message important?
Research has found children born into low-income families heard roughly 30 million fewer words by the age of three than their more affluent peers. This word gap leads to an alarming achievement gap — in school and life — between poor children and those born into more well-to-do families. The strength of a child’s vocabulary, built by the words they hear, directly impacts their ability to read. Studies show that Talking, Reading and Playing with a child every day is proven to increase that child’s vocabulary and school success.

What are the benefits to children and to the community?
Talking, Reading and Playing with a child every day helps with brain development, self-esteem and vocabulary, which is a key predictor of a child’s ability to succeed in school. School success leads to positive outcomes within our community: greater high school graduation rates, more skilled and contributing citizens and a reduced need for welfare.

How is Children’s TLC getting involved?
On Thursday, November 13th we held our Talk, Read, Play kickoff by providing resources to our families during a book exchange. Parents and caregivers swapped books with other families or the Children’s TLC Take One, Leave One library. Parents also signed up to participate in a reading activity in their child’s classroom. Stay tuned into our Facebook page for photos and events as we continue to participate in Talk, Read, Play.

What can I do at home?
Here’s a simple activity to help get your family involved with Talk, Read, Play.

1. TALK about he weather. You can share with your child words that describe the cold snow, the wind and the changing leaves, and the warmer clothes we all need to wear. Maybe there will even be a warmer day for comparison.

2. READ The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats – get it here.

3. PLAY in the snow. Make tracks in the snow like Peter in the book. If it is too cold to enjoy the snow, bring it inside. You can fill a small plastic container with snow and let your child explore. He or she can feel how cold the snow is, tell you what color it is and make a tiny snowman in the container.

Special thanks to Genevieve Rhodes, Children’s TLC parent and volunteer, for helping to coordinate activities and implement the campaign in our classrooms.

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