When you’re outside, try playing this game with your child. Give them a place to stand and have them estimate how many steps they are from you. When they walk back, count their steps together aloud. Try all different distances!
When your child is learning to walk up and down stairs, hold their hand, and count each step you take. This helps them become familiar with their numbers and it’s fun!
Have your child look for doubles of letters or numbers on signs and license plates. You can say, “Can you find two E’s on one sign outside?” Take turns and see who can find the most.
Have your child choose a topic for a story, like “cat.” Make the topic into a magic word by adding an action like clapping. Then you tell a story and every time they hear the magic word they clap. To make it harder, add another magic word and action to the story. Take turns. Let… Continue reading Make a topic into a magic word
As you do laundry, let your child know what you’re doing: “I’m putting white clothes in the washer so they will be clean.” As you say the words, point to the objects (clothes, washer, soap). When they respond, continue the conversation by talking and pointing.
During a diaper change, tell your child a silly story about the tallest little child in the world. While you are at it, stretch their arms over their head as you stretch out your words in a playful tone. (The taaaaaaallest baaaaaby in the wooooooorld!)
Almost everything is new to your child in their first year. So describe what you see. “There goes the yellow school bus. Beep beep!” Let them see, hear, smell, and even touch things, if possible. Notice what they’re interested in and have a back-and-forth chat. “You see the big tree? What else do you see?”
Advocacy at the National Urban League National Conference Sam recently attended the National Urban League National Conference in Houston, TX. He met with more than 60 national, state, and local leaders. He asked them one simple question: If we don’t make Birth to Three a national policy imperative, can we reverse poverty in America? Sam’s… Continue reading New in October from Gift Connect: Advocacy in Houston, Carnegie Lullaby Partnership, and more.
GIFT CONNECT is officially a Vroom partner! Vroom is a free app with science-based tips and tools to help parents and caregivers give children a great start in life today – and an even better future. We couldn’t be more excited to partner with an organization that so closely aligns with us. Advocacy On June… Continue reading New in September from Gift Connect: Program Updates, Vroom Partnership, and more.
Birth to Three Ambassador, Stellar Mengele, Leads Successful Training Program On May 20, 2023, GIFT CONNECT Ambassador, Stellar, conducted a training session with over 1,000 parents and over 1,000 children under the age of five. Everyone left the training feeling empowered by the Birth to Three Movement. “We’ve learned and grown in parenting from the… Continue reading New in July from Gift Connect: Recent Kenya Event, Vroom Partnership, Lullaby Playlist