How Our Talking is Teaching Campaign Works

"Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, and 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 - like describing things while walking outisde, or singing songs together during bath time. Using books, parent videos, text messaging, social media, and information from expert partners, Talking is Teaching empowers parents and caregivers with fun and easy ways to improve thier babies' learning.

Talking is Teaching: Early Literacy

What does it take to build a stronger reader? This is a process that begins during the earliest days, weeks, and months of a child's life through rich, stimulating back-and-forth interactions with their caregivers. Parents responding to their bay's babbles, coos, and gestures is n early form of communication that serves a critical purpose. And when parents share books, conversations, and songs with their children, they are heling to build a foundation for them to become strong readers and writers when they enter school.

Parents can help children building early literacy skills right from the start! Check out our resources for fun tips and ideas to make eveyday moments opportunties to nurture growing readers and writers.

To help your child understand what preschool will be like, play make-believe with dolls or toys. With the toys, practice what the preschool routine could look like, from driving to school and drop-off, to snack time and craft time. This can also help prepare your little one for the new routines of starting preschool. Ask, "What part of preschool are you excited about?"

Quality Interactions Make Small Moments Big!

When you read with your child every day, you are helping to boost their early language and brain developement.

Talk, Read, Sing Together Every Day

From bed time to meal time, check out our tips for incorporating talking, reading, and singing into your everyday routine.

Talking is Teaching: Early Social-Emotional

A large body of research shows that children with a strong social-emotional foundation demonstrate stronger academic achievement, and are more likely to graduate high school, go to college, and fare better on overall wellness and other positive long-term outcomes

Support Social-Emotional

Your child's behavior says a lot about how they are feeling at that time. The way they express thier feelings depends on their age and development. Babies may cry when they are hungry, uncomfortable, or tired.

Small Children Have Big Feelings

When you talk, read, and sing with your child in sensitive, loving, and responsive ways, you build their brain and help them develop the social-emotional skills they need to succeed in school and life.

Setting Limits With Love

When parents and caregivers set limits, they teach their children the skills they need to resolve conflict, treat others with care, and manage their emotions. Find out how to set limits with love in the early years.

Talking is Teaching: Early Math

Children learn language through relationship and in context with the world around them, so this campaign also seeks to highlight key concepts in early math to encourage families to incorporate activities and language-rich conversations about numbers, counting, shapes, spatial relations, and patterns into their daily lives. When families explore and talk about early math concepts with young children, they not only build importanve early math skills, but can also boost children's reading ability.

The great news is that math is all around us. Check out our featured resources for simple ways to introduce early math concepts to your child during everday activities.

Let's Talk about Math

This interactive guide features fun and easy math activities that you and your child can do anywhere, from driving in your car or shopping for groceries, to doing laundry or setting the table. Read them, listen to them, or watch them as videos!

Talk, Read, Sing about STEM!

From birth, children are curious. You can build on that natural curiosity by developing their interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). It can be as simple as counting your baby's toes during bath time, asking your toddler a question about the sky, or encouraging preschool-age children to construct towers with blocks or other objects!

Count By Numbers

Your child is beginning to develop an understanding of math - even before she can say number words out loud. Once she can say number words, she can begin to match the words to set size and then count the set. For example, "Look at the spoons. There are three! One, two, three." You can help her do this by counting out loud together.