Why buy stuff to teach your baby to read?

Are you thinking of buying some videos and flash cards to teach your baby to read?  Before you spend any money, read this:

Baby reading programs unnecessary – chicagotribune.com.

It’s always good to remember the saying, “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”

If you’d like some ideas for how to help young children enjoy books, and how to build a good foundation for when they start to learn to read, try some of the following (also available in our links for parents and teachers):

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy
Learn about the skills that children need in order to become readers.  Find ways to develop these skills, including suggestions for books to read to your child.

Get Ready to Read
Print out one of the literacy checklists to help make your home, classroom, or day care a place that encourages reading.

Read to Your Baby
Learn all about the benefits of reading to babies, and find tips on how to make reading enjoyable for your child.

Downloadable Early Literacy Research from LINCS
Scroll down the page to find Publications for Parents.

My blog post on choosing books for babies (featuring the advice of author Barbara Joose).

Updated information on Every Child Ready to Read @ your library will be available soon.  This initiative was the source of the activities to do together with your baby on our Summer Reading Program sheets in previous years.

-Miss Sarah

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