Disclaimer: I'm no expert on this. My degree is in secondary English education, so teaching my wee ones to read is a trial and error system. I do, however, utilize many of the strategies I was trained to use with ESL students and reluctant readers. With great joy, I can report that we have had much success sparking the desire to read in our daughters.
|Create your own labels to help early readers connect words with specific objects.|
|Keep related literature accessible wherever you can.|
Wherever we keep adult literature, I have added kiddie lit as well. I have placed books next to our youngest daughter's potty so that she can read about bath/potty time in the bathroom, again, making a connection to the words.
|Use flashcards as an early reading game!|
Lisa Dejohn's Alphabet Animal Flashcards are, without a doubt, the most beautiful, durable and inspiring cards we own. If you need a lovely gift for a birthday party, grab some at Anthropologie. Once you get your own, consider framing the first letter of a child's name. These cards are THAT good. Trust me.
|Lisa Dejohn's Alphabet Animal Flashcards are wonderful!|
|Munchkin Bath Letters and Numbers are great for bath time learning!|
|Highlights & Wild Animal Baby are exciting and engaging magazines for young readers.|
|Fridge Phonics Magnetic Alphabet Set is ideal for manipulation and letter pronunciation.|
|Write the word next to, and on the back of, puzzle pieces for additional challenges.|
|Teach spelling and reading by making doorknob name tags.|
|Make books accessible and important in your home.|
|Book baskets beckon kids to grab ahold to investigate what's inside.|
We keep another book basket directly adjacent to our 1-year-old's crib. She pulls small board books into her bed to flip through as she falls asleep or to keep her busy when she wakes up from napping.
|Consider keeping a book basket with board books next to the crib.|
|Low-level bookshelves are a great alternative to taller options.|
|Leaving notes presents a fantastic and exciting challenge for early readers.|
|Crayola Dry Erase Crayons are fun for art and letter writing!|
Teaching reading has been such a natural, enjoyable process in our home, and I can't tell you how pleased we are with the results. We hope our daughters grow to love literature as much as we do and know that they're on the right path.
As always, if you have any questions or great new ideas to share, please feel free to post them here. We hope YOUR summer reading was spectacular!