Teaching your baby to read does not involve long drills and lots of work. It is surprisingly easy to do. Here are four great ways to teach your baby to read.
The most traditional method of teaching babies to read is flash cards. The flash cards have the word written in a large font, usually in red, because red attracts babies’ attention. The flash cards can be hand made by the parents or they can be purchased. The advantage of the ready-made cards is that they contain a full color picture on the opposite side that strengthens the association between the words and what they mean. While parents can do this themselves, searching for pictures can be time consuming.
The flash cards are kept in an area that is frequented throughout the day, such as the changing station, and shown a few times throughout the day. It generally takes about 30 seconds to show your baby a set of cards. This is a small investment for such wonderful results.
The second fun method for teaching babies to read is to use letter play. You can accomplish this with foam letters, alphabet blocks or magnetic letters. You can quickly and easily create words on demand for your baby’s ever growing vocabulary. Learning is play for babies whether they are playing with words or shaking a rattle. They are looking for lessons everywhere. By playing with letters, you can satisfy your baby’s curiosity to know everything while gifting them with literacy.
The third way you can teach your baby to read that is a lot of fun is with a dry erase board or a chalkboard. Keep it in a location that is convenient and write your baby notes. You can tell your baby that you love them, or that you think they are special. While you are holding your baby in your arms you can write them a note and then read it out loud as you point to the words. Babies love to hear about themselves and this is a lot of fun for both of you.
Lastly, get some baby videos that teach your baby to read. These are a whole lot of fun. Can you believe your baby can learn to read while watching TV? It is happening all over the world. Parents are realizing that controlled amounts of quality television can give their children the gift of literacy. It doesn’t get any easier than that.