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Help Us Win Big on March 21st

Chattering Children can earn prizes on GlobalGiving’s Bonus Day this Wednesday, March 21! 

Get ready to give and share our emails and posts so we can get as many donations as possible on March 21.

  • The first 20 $50 gifts will be matched by a Chattering Children donor!

  • Gifts of $10 or more make a big difference.

  • We have raised over $8,000 toward our $13,000 goal to help children with hearing loss in DC.

Help us fund our project and earn bonuses! Give. Like. Share.

1. Like and Share our Facebook posts about the project on YOUR Facebook page.
3. Forward this message or email the link to Chattering Children’s GlobalGiving projectto your family, friends, colleagues and anyone who you think might be able to support our project.
4. On March 21, help us win bonus prizes and matching gifts!

Using St. Patrick’s Day to Build Your Child’s Language

One of our speech language pathologists, Lauren Walence, shares ways to have fun with your child on St. Patrick’s day while incorporating new vocabulary and building language skills. Read below:

A great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is to have a little bit o’ fun with your kids! Using sabotage can be a valuable strategy when expanding your child’s expressive language skills. What is sabotage? Sabotage is a way to stop anticipating your child’s needs, play dumb, and give your child time to think about how they are going to communicate what is happening in their world. Allowing a mischievous leprechaun to leave a few surprises while your child sleeps will provide them with rich language opportunities when they wake up and talk about everything the leprechaun switched around. Here are some easy, festive ideas:

  • Green milk for their cereal
  • Use a doll’s shoe to make leprechaun footprints across the counter
  • Sneaky temporary shamrock tattoos
  • Hide gold coins and talk about where they were found
  • Move furniture from its ordinary spot or turn it upside down!
  • Hang rainbow streamers in your child’s doorway
  • Swap a Cheerios bag with Lucky Charms cereal

Once you’ve found all the leprechaun’s tricks, take the time to make leprechaun pancakes, see recipe here: https://www.craftymorning.com/st-patricks-day-lucky-pancakes/  Cooking together is a great way to input new vocabulary, build language skills and bond with your little one. Don’t forget to read a St. Patrick’s Day book before these festivities to give your child context as to what a leprechaun is and what mischief they get into!