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What are Tiny Tips?

There are multiple ways to help with your child’s cognitive, physical, language, social, and emotional development. Singing, Talking, Reading, Writing, and Playing are the five foundations on which literacy is based. 

Tiny Tips are here to help give ideas on ways you can implement these practices wherever you are - in the car, at home, running errands, even getting ready for bed. As your child’s caregiver, you are the biggest supporter of their learning.

Why We Play

  • Play helps children think symbolically and develop oral language skills.
  • Play encourages role-playing, problem-solving, and sequencing. 
  • Play is a way children practice and reinforce learning.

Why We Read

  • Writing, even scribbling and drawing, helps children understand that print has meaning.
  • Reading exposes children to familiar and new words every time.
  • Reading oftentimes fosters opportunities to ask questions and discover answers.

Why We Write

  • Writing, even scribbling and drawing, helps children understand that print has meaning.
  • Writing activities help develop children’s fine motor skills as well as their hand-eye coordination.
  • Writing teaches kids that what is seen (the written word) and what is read (the spoken word) are the same thing. They begin to make the association.

Why We Talk

  • 15,000 words children need to have in their listening vocabulary.
  • Talking is the best way for children to learn new words. 
  • Talking about a book helps encourage a child’s creative and critical thinking.

Why We Sing

  • Singing slows down language so children can hear the smaller sounds in words.
  • Clapping along to syllables in songs helps children hear rhythm of language--necessary for sounding out words.
  • Putting words to music can help us remember things more easily.