I met a man the other day that is the father of four children. He has 5-year-old twins and wants to get them interested in reading. He was asking me for some advice, but there is something to be learned from his story.
He said his twins are not interested in much more than playing and he wants to get them excited about learning to read. He was asking me if I think teaching them phonics would be fun for them. While teaching children to read according to rules of phonics at the age of 5 or 6 may be fun, I doubt that they will want to put their toys down and rush over to see their workbooks. Parents can make things more exciting and interesting and successfully teach their children to read, but there is nothing that can replace the ease of teaching babies to read. Here is what else he had to say.
He went on to tell me that he got some reading videos for his now 7 year old boy when he was a baby. He claimed that he would put those on for the baby and that is it. He didn’t use flash cards; he just had his boy watch the reading videos. He said his son was interested in them and went on to read on his own.
Today he is reading anything and everything and his dad never taught him any of it. He learned while watching TV. The father is realizing that he should have also done this with his younger boys, but he didn’t.
The window of opportunity for teaching language is from birth to 5 years old. That is why it is best to teach your baby to read before they are a year old. It is just so easy. Wouldn’t you like to know that your child is watching programs that have such a wonderful benefit to them?