According the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, “Your Baby Can Read!” will be going under due to false claims about teaching infants and toddlers to read by watching DVDs and quizzing them with flash cards. Curious about why this expensive program makes no sense? Watch the video above. It is a little old, but the arguments still stand.
Want your kid to learn how to read? Here are three important things you can do:
- Talk to your child. Engage them in conversation, even if they can’t yet respond to you. Taking the kid out for a walk in the neighborhood? Talk about what you see. Stuck in the house on a rainy day? Do “gallery tours” and talk about the art or family photos you have around the house.
- Read to your child. All the time. I once sat for a neighbor who had not one children’s book in her house for her nine-month-old child. Not one! So, I sat and read to the child from the only thing available: People Magazine. Not the best choice, but at least it is something! A love for books can start at a very young age. Even at six weeks we were reading to our son, and encorporating books into his bed-time routine. At one-year-old he refused to go in his stroller without a book. So what if he was looking at it upside-down? Even at that age he knew that reading is fun.
- Read in front of your child. Kids learn by modeling. If they see adults reading, they will want to also. So don’t feel embarrassed about reading 50 Shades of Gray in front of the kid. It is for their education!
With a library card, all of these techniques are free. No expensive gimmicks necessary. The next time you see something like “Your Baby Can Read!” that seams too good to be true, ask yourself if it is any better than the time-tested techniques that also happen to be free. It probably isn’t.
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- asonofadam said: I admit I didn’t watch the video, but my 6 year old reads close to a 2nd grade level because yes I read to him, in front of him, I have him read to me. He’s at the point that he reads too well for his age. Causes questions we are not ready for.
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- midwestern-momma said: Preach, sister, preach. A-Men.
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