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NATURE: Who Lives in the Dirt?

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Having conversations with young children contributes to their thinking and language development. All conversations are good, but research shows that the quality of words children hear matters more than the quantity. Further, what’s best is an exchange; in other words, talk with children, not at them.

The Talk with Me Toolkits give parents and caregivers thematically organized high-quality, authentic materials to make children their conversational partners in discussions that matter. Each online toolkit features captivating videos and real-world photographs, as well as intriguing paintings and other artworks to observe and discuss through conversation prompts.  Hands-on activities and books complete each toolkit. Simple instructions appear right in the toolkits, so you can jump right in. See what interests your child and get started. There’s a lot to talk about!

To read more, see, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Usable Knowledge site, The Brain-Changing Power of Conversation.

NATURE: Who lives in the dirt?

Talk With Me Toolkit

Look Closely

Talk With Me Toolkit

Dirt

United Nations University

Ants

ABC News Australia

Earthworm

National Geographic Kids

Talk: What do you see?

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Watch: What is dirt?

Talk With Me Toolkit

Look Closely

Talk With Me Toolkit

Leaf-cutter Ant

NMNH - Education & Outreach

Geomys Douglassii, Richardson.

National Museum of American History

Green June Beetle, Scarab Beetle

NMNH - Education & Outreach

Squash Beetle

NMNH - Education & Outreach

TALK: What do you see?

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Play: Get outside! Look down!

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Play: Wiggle like a Worm

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Play: Dig in the Dirt

Talk With Me Toolkit

Play: Find Worms!

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Play: Dig tunnels!

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