First, let me first give you a big, warm welcome to my blog! Thank you so much for visiting my site.
This blog is designed as an education blog to:
- Advocate for teaching young children during their critical period of development, and
- To show you how I taught and continue to teach my young children not only how to read but so much more.
This blog chronicles my journey in teaching my young children to read, do math, learn music, learn Spanish and so much more. Here’s a link to a post I wrote about a typical day in our home.
This blog also discusses current research and strategies on teaching young children, as well as reviews of educational products.
So, should we really teach young kids to read?
YES, I am a firm believer that we should teach young children to read.
By the way, I’m talking about very young children here — babies and toddlers.
Okay, but can we really teach babies and toddlers to read? Absolutely, babies and toddlers can learn to read.
If you’re not convinced, just take a look at YouTube and you’ll see many instances of very young children reading.
I know from firsthand knowledge that little kids can learn to read since I taught my son to read before his second birthday, before he could even really talk.
Here is a video of my son reading at age 3:
I believe that we should be teaching young children to read for many reasons. But my personal take is that there are two excellent reasons to teach young children to read:
(1) Learning is Effortless for Young Children: during the first three years of life a child’s brain is developing at a phenomenal rate. Learning to read during this critical period is virtually effortless and there’s very little time commitment involved, where it’s going to take much more effort and time to learn to read as a child gets older; and
(2) Learning is Play for Young Children: there is no distinction between learning and play at such an early age; everything is play! When you teach your young child with love and joy, you are instilling in them a life-long love of learning very early in life, instead of the attitude that learning means work.
If teaching your baby or young child to read intrigues you, then I encourage you to read on and to begin to teach your young children.
Don’t forget that you are your child’s first and best teacher! Let’s get started.
To Your Children’s Future,
Mom and Author of Mom, Teach Me To Read