Thursday, May 29, 2008

Teaching Your Baby to Read

A few people have asked how I get my kids to read early. I hope you really want an answer, because here's the technique.

I start with the letter O. We just look for O's everywhere. Zero's count and so do circles. Once they have that down, I start with the first letter of their first name. After that, I usually move through the letters of their name. So with my oldest, Emma, I taught her E, then M, then A. Next get index cards and write the child's name, Mom, Dad and maybe Baby.

Periodically (at least once a week) get the cards out and review with the child. Add more flash cards as he/she is ready. You can even let them pick. Just ask, what word do you want to learn. It's good to also read alphabet books, focusing on the sounds the letters make. Before you know it, your child will be sounding out words on their own.

The most important thing is just to keep it a no pressure, fun environment. The more fun learning is, the more they want to do it!


Nancy said...

I don't know how my mom did it, but we were all able to read by 4 as well. I remember reading chapter books before kindergarten. I like your technique. I think the biggest thing some moms forget is to read with your child, and have them follow along.

Alisa said...

I might try it, I should care more. I feel like a bad mom. I figure they will learnd to read, they will stop sleeping in a crib and they will be potty trained, but I never am in a huge rush to accomplish much of it. I think part of it is that my kids are spread so far apart in age that when I am working with the older one on reading the younger one is too young to start it yet- I guess there is no such things as too young. Maybe I'll give it a try. I hear they all catch up by 3rd grade, but there have got to be benefits to early learning.