What if you could teach your child to read before starting kindergarten? What about teaching your child to read before 3? Very young children have the ability to learn how to read with very little time investment and effortlessly. I know this from firsthand experience because I taught my son to read before his second birthday.
To me, the greatest benefit of teaching teaching children to read early is that you are instilling a life long love of learning at the earliest age possible. However, I’ve learned that there are several reasons to teach your children to read early, including cognitive, social, and psychological, among many others. We know that children who read early are more likely to succeed later on. But, sadly, children are not learning to read early in life.
Let’s take a quick look at the grim statistics on grade-level reading in America:
A report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation revealed that one out of three students scored “below basic” on the 2009 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) Reading Test. But an even scarier statistic, is that more than 67 percent of all US fourth graders are not reading at grade level. Come on folks, this can’t be right. By fourth grade, you need to be reading at grade level. If you are not, you are going to have a very difficult time in life. Period. You may graduate high school, but you will not be equipped with the skills to complete a college degree. And we’re all aware of the strong correlation between educational attainment and income in the United States.
First-grade reading ability has been used to successfully predict what a child’s reading comprehension, vocabulary and general knowledge will be in high school. We must teach our children how to read by first grade. But we can and should be teaching them basic reading skills well before then. Our country’s future success depends on it. Your child’s future happiness, ability to succeed as a student, lead a fulfilling life and make a positive impact on this world depend on it.
My undergraduate degree is in psychology so brain research fascinates me. Have you heard of neuronal plasticity? Whenever you learn something new your brain cells are making new connections in your brain. Most of these connections happen within the first few years of life. Many years ago, when I first learned of this, I knew that when I had children I would do everything I could to nurture this natural ability for babies and young children to learn. If you are a parent, you know that children learn effortlessly during the first five years of their lives. Did you know that a 3-year old’s brain is twice as active as an adult’s? If you’re the mother of a 3-year old, as I am, you’re probably not surprised by this fact.
So what can you as a parent do to help your child succeed in life? It’s simple, you must teach your child. You are your child’s first teacher and you must take that role seriously. Teaching babies and young children is fun! Children are born with a natural curiosity and everything is play. This blog is dedicated to teaching young children. I hope you subscribe to my blog to learn more.