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Using Every Day Moments to Inspire Early Math Skills

By Too Small to Fail

Using Every Day Moments to Inspire Early Math Skills

Early math, like early literacy, helps build a foundation for later learning that prepares children for success in school and beyond. Many studies have shown that children who are exposed to math early in life do better in school and apply the math skills they learn to other learning. In fact, it appears that math—more than any other subject area—is a better predictor of future academic success.

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Talking is Teaching in Tulsa

By Too Small to Fail

Talking is Teaching in Tulsa

In March 2014, Too Small to Fail announced its first local campaign in Tulsa, Oklahoma, titled “Talking is Teaching”. The campaign was developed in partnership with the George Kaiser Family Foundation, as well as several other community organizations, businesses and individuals that are dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in the local Tulsa community and elsewhere. 

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A Special Thanksgiving Message

By Too Small to Fail

A Special Thanksgiving Message

As we prepare to take a day or two off from our busy work lives to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends, the staff at Too Small to Fail would like to take this opportunity to express gratitude for the work of our partners, colleagues and friends. We couldn’t do what we do without you.  

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Gratitude for Every Day of the Year

By Too Small to Fail

Gratitude for Every Day of the Year

Were you taught to count your blessings as a child? Turns out, this is important advice for young children and adults alike. While rituals like Thanksgiving serve as a great opportunity to express gratitude within families, new research is showing that teaching young children how to express gratitude on a regular basis is an important skill that will benefit them their entire lives.

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A Little Routine for Life-long Health

By Too Small to Fail

A Little Routine for Life-long Health

All humans are supposed to be creatures of habit, but children really thrive on habit and routine—even when it appears otherwise! Children deeply benefit from routines that establish healthy habits like regular sleep, nutritious meals eaten around the dinner table, and an organized home. This is because daily and family routines help children develop the cognitive, emotional and social skills they will need to succeed in school and beyond.

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Hocus-Pocus, Time to Focus!

By Too Small to Fail

Executive Function

If you watch several preschoolers for a while, you may notice a difference in the way they focus on activities like dressing themselves or stacking blocks. Some may have long enough attention spans to quickly complete the tasks at hand, while some may get frustrated or distracted and give up early. The ability of young children to manage tasks like these is related to what researchers call “executive function” of the brain—the ability to control impulses, to concentrate for long periods of time, and to master complicated tasks.

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Fathers Are Not Just For Playtime

By Too Small to Fail

Father Are Not Just For Playtime

The role and meaning of fathers has changed over time. Fathers are taking care of children now more than ever before. In fact, the time that fathers spend weekly on child care has more than tripled since 1965. And the traditional term “father” more broadly now refers to trusted male figures (e.g. grandfathers, uncles, and mentors) who also play a vital role in the growth and development of a child. Just like mothers, fathers help very young children develop skills that benefit social, emotional and cognitive growth.

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Why Talking Math Matters

By Too Small to Fail

Why Talking Math Matters

Counting steps to the mailbox. Pointing out how much bigger a tree is compared to a sapling. Identifying the shapes of houses, road signs or other objects around you.  These are all ways that parents introduce math concepts into the learning of very young children. Early math can be fun and easy, and both parents and children benefit from the shared experience of talking about the math that surrounds us.

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A Village Turns Out to Close the Word Gap

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By Too Small to Fail

From hospitals to churches, community centers to early learning facilities, many dedicated people across the country are working to close the word gap.

This past year has been an important one for Too Small to Fail. We’ve built new partnerships and made many new friends along the way. The truth is that many dedicated people are working on closing the word gap around the country—from hospitals to churches, community centers to early learning facilities—but our emerging work together has helped to elevate the importance of talking, reading and singing to children from birth in order to build young brains and change the future of America. And we’re starting to see great results.

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Univision Focuses on Early Learning During Education Week

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By Too Small to Fail

Univision Focuses on Early Learning During Education Week

All this week, Too Small to Fail media partner Univision and its affiliate stations across the country are participating in the network’s fourth annual Education Week, a multimedia campaign on education that spans across television, radio, digital and community events.

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