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« on: August 16, 2016, 01:33:16 AM »

Hello everyone! My daughter is 2 years old, and I´m about to start teaching her to read using the Little Reader. As far as I know, the majority of the parents use LR before their children are 1 year. My question is whether this program may really work for my 2-year daughter, or is it too late? What can I do to force the learning? Should I combine the LR with showing her handmade books (where the picture pages and word pages take turns, and which are demostrated at high speed)? Thank you!

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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2016, 02:06:55 AM »

It's never too late to start but you should never force learning. Learning at this age should be fun. What I found helpful was limiting screen time to only two  20-30 minute sessions a day and all screen time was either Little Reader or an early learning DVD such as Signing Time,  Your Baby Can Read, or Muzzy. I also read out loud a lot during the day and made personalized books for them.

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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2016, 04:16:58 AM »

I agree.  Don't force the learning.  Instead you want to work to cultivate the learning.   I didn't do baby reading with my first two.  I did start introducing reading strategies to them when they were three and two.    They are now 7 and 8, and I assume they read around a 5th  grade level.  I guess they might read higher levels, but we mostly do those higher levels as audiobook follow alongs.  My main goal is just cultivate a love for reading at this point.  They read a chapter book every day or every other day. 

Tips and strategies to cultivating learning:
-Teach to the child. What every way your child like to learn, go with it.  Do they love to sing and dance?  There are plenty of sing song videos out there that will introduce phonics and sight words. 
-By an HDMI cord that lets you flash the LR onto your TV screen.  This step is worth it. I have one for my iPhone to attach to the tv.   Take advantage of high chair time.  Let the child eat finger foods while doing LR.
-Limit TV time to only educational stuff.  I am not particular about the amount of screen time in the early stages as long as you choose the materials wisely.  Basically anything where the words are in clear bold lettering and are emphasized strongly aka Baby signing, Monki See, Bible Basics for Kids (Youtube), Your Child Can Discover, Meet the phonics, Meet the sight words, etc
-Apps that focus on phonics and sight words. 
-Label, label, label.  Label everything you can in your house.  Slowly add labels though for practicality and emphasize them everyday. 

Most of all don't get frustrated.  My daughter was about 4 when she began to read fluently on her own, and when that happen, it just took off.  She is my biggest reader, but it took two years before I saw any results from everything that we did.  Every child is different, and often times, they don't like to show what they know until they are ready.

Enjoy you early learning adventure!



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