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Let's Talk About Math!

By Too Small to Fail

Children begin developing an understanding of early math concepts through the everyday interactions and conversations they share with their caregivers.  These early math skills have a big impact on a child’s school readiness, both in math and beyond. Parents can play an important role in building math skills by making the most of daily routines and activities to show children that math is all around them! There are so many fun and creative ways parents can help their little ones develop important early math skills while bonding and having fun together.

Too Small to Fail, along with Univision, recently released a Spanish version of our Highlights early math guide. In this interactive guide, parents can find simple math activities they can do and conversations they can have with their children anywhere—from the grocery store to the laundromat. So talk about numbers, count out loud, and use math words as you go about your day! With every conversation, you are building your child’s early math skills.  

In Case You Missed It

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The LaundryCares Foundation, in partnership with Too Small to Fail and Libraries Without Borders, launched the country’s first-ever summit on promoting literacy through laundromats. The summit brought together national literacy organizations to explore the unique role of the laundromat as a venue to support children’s literacy development and increase access to books. This event builds on TSTF and the Coin Laundry Association’s National “Wash Time is Talk Time” partnership to distribute children’s books, parent-child conversation posters, and family tip sheets through 5,000 laundromats across the country.  Families spend an average of 2.5 hours during each visit to the laundromat, so laundry time is a great and often overlooked opportunity for families to engage in language-rich activities.

As part of the summit, LaundryCares held a Family Fun Night at the World’s Largest Laundromat in Berwyn, IL—thanks to the generous support of store owner Tom Benson and his family. As they did their laundry, families participated in literacy-rich activities like story time and sing-alongs.

Too Small to Fail at SXSW EDU

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Too Small to Fail’s Deputy Director, Jane Park Woo (pictured second from left), recently participated in a panel at SXSW EDU about the role of art in early learning. She discussed the importance of music in developing children’s language, social-emotional, physical, and cognitive skills. Sharing music and singing together is a great way to introduce children to new words and sound patterns. It creates a rich multi-sensory environment where children’s brains build important connections. Plus, it’s a wonderful way for parents to bond with their children!

Parents can support their children’s brain and language development by incorporating music into everyday routines. Check out our Spotify playlists, the lullaby guide we created along with Carnegie Hall, and our “Sing With Your Baby” tip sheet to help you sing and dance with your baby all day long.  

Tip of the Week

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Exploring and creating art can be a fun way to boost children’s early brain and language development. It provides children with opportunities to be imaginative and creative, and engages their brains on many different levels.  Art time supports hand-eye coordination, creativity, and visual learning, among other developmental skills. It can also be a helpful way for children to express their feelings.

Provide age-appropriate materials like paper, crayons, markers, paint, or clay to encourage your child to draw and create art. Ask your child specific questions about her artwork and share back-and forth conversations about what she’s creating. You can ask, “Can you tell me about what you’re drawing? What colors are you using?” Try to focus your conversation on her process of creating the artwork rather than the final product. By talking about art, you are supporting your little one’s development and laying the foundation for a lifetime of creativity!

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