In past years it was thought that children should probably begin learning to read at about six years of age. But this opinion is being re-thought and educators are thinking that if a child starts to learn to read at an earlier age they may learn to read better.
There is a wide diversity in each child’s individual learning speeds and styles. A child’s interests and temperament also play a major role in helping parents decide when it is best to begin teaching their child to read.
It is important that children see their parents reading; it is also important to read to your child every day. By doing so parents will learn if their child is intrigued by the new ideas in the stories that are read to them. Parents need to pay attention to learn if their child exhibits a genuine interest in the stories they are reading.
If you find your child is showing interest in the stories and the new ideas then he/she is probably ready to begin learning to read. It is a fact that some four year olds can’t wait to begin reading, yet other children as old as eight are not developmentally ready.
Each child is unique and spending time with him/her will help a parent know how to proceed. Even before you introduce a book to your child there is a toddler learning toy, Little Reader Blocks, that your child can play with – and during play, begin to recognize the first 100 basic sight words. These toy blocks are available on our website, All I Can Imagine.
You will get the following 3″cube cardboard building blocks:
3 green noun blocks (18 nouns)
5 blue verb blocks (30 verbs)
5 red pronoun blocks (30 pronouns)
3 yellow adjective blocks (18 adjectives)
2 white preposition blocks (12 prepositions)
If you are a teacher or run a day care center and order three or more sets let us know you read about the Little Reader Blocks on our Blog and you will receive a discounted price.