Can babies really learn to read at 1? They can, they do, and they love to.
Create the right environment and offer your child lots of loving encouragement and you will not only help her to build a strong foundation to early literacy but you will also inculcate a healthy reading habit for life.
How do you teach a baby to read?
In a nutshell, it all boils down to:
- Read lots of books to your baby
- Play word games with your baby
- Interact and bond with your baby
- Have fun with your baby
“Some experts don’t understand the importance of early “word reading.” Baby/toddler readers likely go through a different set of steps for organizing the reading brain circuitry than six-year-old nonreaders who learn to read from formal instruction in school. Some experts don’t recognize that babies pick up reading easily from developmentally appropriate interactions with parents and they have special language capacities from birth to age three, just as they do with learning multiple languages, enabling them to do remarkable things with learning to read during this special window of opportunity for brain development. Most of the experts who are skeptical think real reading begins with phonics and they don’t recognize that given the right exposure, toddlers can intuit the rules of phonics over time just like they intuit the rules of grammar which are necessary to speak in sentences.” – Dr Richard Gentry
- Early reading – the benefits of starting early
- Early Literacy – How Important is it to get an Early Start?
- When it Comes to Learning How to Read – Earlier is Better
- Early Literacy: Even More Reasons to Start Early
- Successful Kids have a Strong Foundation in the 3 R’s
- More about early literacy
Teaching Children to Read:
- BrillKids Little Reader – Complete system for teaching young children to read using computer software, books, and flash cards.
- Click ‘N’ Kids – Fun online programs for teaching children how to read and spell.
- Glenn Doman Method – Teaching babies to read
- Your Baby Can Read – Revolutionary, multi-sensory early-reading program that encourages infants and toddlers to naturally learn the written word at the same time as they learn the spoken word. Studies indicate that early readers are more confident, have higher self-esteem, and generally do better in school and in life. Your Baby Can Read teaches babies, toddlers and preschoolers written language during the window of opportunity for learning language.
- Brilliant Minds Montessori Reading and Writing Kit – developed by Dr. Meredith McCurdy for her students at Brilliant Minds Montessori in Sanford, FL. Dr. McCurdy is a Certified Montessori Teacher and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Syracuse University, a Master’s Degree in Child Development and Education from the University of London, England, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of London, England. Dr. McCurdy is licensed and certified by the State of Florida in Child Care Center Management. Dr. McCurdy’s research into the cognitive-developmental processes of the preschool years has been published in The Journal of Child Study.
- McGuffey Phonics and Reading – this is like the “Peter and Jane” series in an App format
- Brainzy – online resource with fun games to help children develop their reading skills
- ABC Mouse – Early learning academy with full online curriculum from preschool through kindergarten
- Disney Phonics Quest
- Reader Rabbit – Phonics Reading Software
- Leapfrog – letters, words, phonics, reading learning DVDs
- Jump Start – Knowledge adventure teaching reading, spelling, as well as other subjects
- Hooked on Phonics
- Reader Pens
- Hooked on Phonics – series of Youtube videos teaching phonics.
- Progressive Phonics – free site but registration required.
- ABC Fast Phonics – free site teaching children to read with phonics.
- Starfall – free site teaching children to read with phonics.
- Oxford Owl – free site with resources to support children’s literacy development
- Speed Reader-X – Online program for learning how to read faster with greater comprehension.
- Jones Geniuses – speed reading program.
Online Stories, Digital Books and Books:
- Read Along Story Books for Children – apps with fun stories for children to read along.
- Speakaboos – online access to hundreds of children’s classic literature in a digital format. Beloved characters and treasured stories are given new life through amazing celebrity performances, beautiful illustrations, and original music. Speakaboos helps children develop literacy skills using technology in a safe and fun environment.
- Story Time – Free Online Children’s Books.
- Magic Keys – free online Children’s books.
- Kids English Books – free site with ready to print children’s picture books with audio.
- Mrs Jones – free site with ready to print mini books for emergent readers.
- Recommended Books for Children
- Read.gov – free access to the classics online.
Tools and Materials:
- Fry’s Hundred’s Word Lists
- Merriam-Webster Children’s Dictionary
- Oxford Junior Illustrated Dictionary
- Disney’s My Big Book of Words
- My Big Word Book
- My Big Book of Words
- Big Words for Little People
- Sight and Picture Words Big Book
- National Library Board E-Resources
- The Story Home
- Light Up Your Brain
- Kids Learn Out Loud
- Audio Stories for Kids
- Phonics: Encouraging Literacy in the Home – Resources and Easy Tips
- Literacy Resources: Read Write Inc
- Whole words versus phonics
- Teaching Phonics the Montessori Way
- Teach Your Baby to Read
- Doman vs BrillKids
- Glenn Doman Tip for Teaching Reading
- Glenn Doman Tips for Flash Card Use
- The value of reading out loud
- How does reading aloud develop literacy
- Expanding Your Child’s Reading Vocabulary
- Reading: Whole Words and Spelling
- Reading: Whole Words and Phonics in Practice
- Babies CAN Read
- Teaching a Toddler to Read
- Click N Read Phonics
- Learning to Read with Reader Pens
- I Love Reading: Book and CD ROM Pack
- Your Baby Can Read DVDs
- Step into Reading Books
- Leapfrog DVDs for teaching children phonics and reading
- Interactive Books for Reading
- iPhone Apps for Reading
- Jones Geniuses Reading Program
- Speakaboos – online classics for children