A thought-provoking article by Larry Sanger, founder of Wikipedia.org
“I started teaching my little boy to read beginning at 22 months, and by age four, he was decoding text (reading, in that sense) quite fluently at the sixth grade level, or above.
I’ve discovered that there isn’t a lot written about the subject of baby reading. So I have written a 45,000-word essay on the subject: How and Why I Taught My Toddler to Read…How’d we do it? We used a variety of methods: I read many books to him while pointing to the words, I showed him over 1,000 home-made flashcards (careful: 122 MB zip file) arranged in phonetic groupings, we watched the Your Baby Can Read videos, we used these (150+) PowerPoint presentations I made for him, and we did many other literacy-building activities. All of this was done in a completely pressure-free way; I taught him to say “that’s enough” and immediately stopped when, if not before, he got tired of any activity. (UPDATE: these flashcards are in the process of being converted into a high-quality digital version at ReadingBear.org.) I hope that by publicizing our case, we will raise awareness of the methods available that can, in fact, teach very small children to read with about as much ease as they can learn spoken language or sign language.” -Larry Sanger.
Resources for teaching your baby and/or toddler to read:
Excellent book for teaching your baby to read:
How To Teach Your Baby to Read by Glenn Doman
Blog articles about teaching babies and toddlers to read and why it’s so important:
From Dr. Clare Albright, Psychologist and Parenting Coach.
Here are some wonderful articles from Dr. Richard Gentry, author of Raising Confident Readers: How to Teach Your Child to Read and Write—Baby to Age 7.
About the importance of pictures books over chapter books:
About the importance of teaching your baby and toddlers to read:
His ideas of encouraging reading and writing for older toddlers:
Dr. Gentry’s Blog on Psychology Today: