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Talk With Me Toolkit

Early Learning Specialist
Smithsonian Institution
Preschool (0 to 4 years old), Primary (5 to 8 years old)
Teacher/Educator, Curriculum Developer, Museum Staff
Language Arts And English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Arts :
Smithsonian Staff
Early Learning Specialist

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.

Talk With Me Toolkit's collections

 

MYSELF and My World: The Skin I'm In

<p>Talk with Me!<br /></p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.  These collections feature captivating real-world photographs as well as intriguing paintings and other artworks to observe and discuss. Hands-on activities and books complete each collection. Simple instructions appear right in the collections, so you can jump right in. See what interests your child and get started. There’s a lot to talk about!</p> <p>To read more, see, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Usable Knowledge site, <a href="https://www.gse.harvard.edu/uk/author/bari-walsh/517480">The Brain-Changing Power of Conversation</a>.</p> <p><br /></p>
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MYSELF and My World: My Body

<p><span class="default-formula-text-color"></span></p> <p>Talk with Me!<br /></p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.  These collections feature captivating real-world photographs as well as intriguing paintings and other artworks to observe and discuss. Hands-on activities and books complete each collection. Simple instructions appear right in the collections, so you can jump right in. See what interests your child and get started. There’s a lot to talk about!</p> <p>To read more, see, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Usable Knowledge site, <a href="https://www.gse.harvard.edu/uk/author/bari-walsh/517480">The Brain-Changing Power of Conversation</a>.</p> <p><span class="default-formula-text-color"></span></p>
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MYSELF and My World: A Trip in My Community

<p>Talk with Me!</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.  These collections feature captivating real-world photographs as well as intriguing paintings and other artworks to observe and discuss. Hands-on activities and books complete each collection. Simple instructions appear right in the collections, so you can jump right in. See what interests your child and get started. There’s a lot to talk about!</p> <p>To read more, see, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Usable Knowledge site, <a href="https://www.gse.harvard.edu/uk/author/bari-walsh/517480">The Brain-Changing Power of Conversation</a>.</p>
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MUSIC: Create and Improvise

<p><strong></strong><em>Talk with Me!</em></p> <p>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.</p> <p>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!</p> <p>This collection explores Music. All children, including young children, have musical potential! For more information, check out the National Association for Music Education and their statement on music in early childhood here:  <a href="https://nafme.org/about/position-statements/early-childhood-music-education/">https://nafme.org/about/position-statements/early-childhood-music-education/</a>.</p> <p><em>This series of four Smithsonian Learning Lab collections is funded as part of the <a href="https://music.si.edu/smithsonian-year-music" target="_blank">Smithsonian Year of Music</a></em>. #SmithsonianMusic <br /></p>
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NATURE: Who Lives at the Shore?

<p><em>Talk with Me!</em></p> <p>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.</p> <p>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!</p> <p>To read more, see, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Usable Knowledge site, <a href="https://www.gse.harvard.edu/uk/author/bari-walsh/517480" target="_blank">The Brain-Changing Power of Conversation</a>.</p>
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NATURE: Who Lives in the Dirt?

<p><em>Talk with Me!</em></p> <p>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.</p> <p>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!</p> <p>To read more, see, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Usable Knowledge site, <a href="https://www.gse.harvard.edu/uk/author/bari-walsh/517480" target="_blank">The Brain-Changing Power of Conversation</a>.</p><p> </p>
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AIR & SPACE: Can it Fly?

<p><em>Talk with Me!</em></p> <p>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.</p> <p>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!</p> <p>To read more, see, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Usable Knowledge site, <a href="https://www.gse.harvard.edu/uk/author/bari-walsh/517480" target="_blank">The Brain-Changing Power of Conversation</a>.</p>
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AIR AND SPACE: Air Moves!

<p><em>Talk with Me!</em><br /></p> <p>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.</p> <p>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!</p> <p>To read more, see, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Usable Knowledge site, <a href="https://www.gse.harvard.edu/uk/author/bari-walsh/517480" target="_blank">The Brain-Changing Power of Conversation.</a></p><p></p>
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AIR & SPACE: A Visit to the Museum

<p>Museums are great places for seeing and experiencing new things. Your young scientist will love taking a trip to visit an air and space museum, astronomy museum, or planetarium. </p> <p>Your child may be excited to see airplanes, rockets, astronaut gear, or learn about our solar system. There are lots of opportunities to talk and have fun together. This collection provides strategies and activities for adult caregivers visiting the museum with a child.</p><p><strong></strong></p><p><em>Talk with Me!</em></p> <p>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.</p> <p>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!</p> <p>To read more, see, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Usable Knowledge site, <a href="https://www.gse.harvard.edu/uk/author/bari-walsh/517480" target="_blank">The Brain-Changing Power of Conversation.</a></p>
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ART: Colors, shapes & lines all around

<p><em>Talk with Me!</em></p><p>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.</p> <p>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!</p> <p>To read more, see, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Usable Knowledge site, <a href="https://www.gse.harvard.edu/uk/author/bari-walsh/517480" target="_blank">The Brain-Changing Power of Conversation.</a></p>
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