Providing The Tools For Early Readers

EDUCATION | | October 21, 2008 at 4:34 pm
Having a daughter who has kept us on our toes with the speed with which she learns stuff meant I have always been on the lookout for the tools to help me. Essential tools (workbooks, reading books, media and cards) from the fanciest bookstore to dollar stores, has been explored. Brands like Leap Frog, Kumon and Hooked On Phonics have always been highly regarded. They work and have a deserved reputation in the early childhood education arena. Sometimes the options may be pricier but I consider if the child shows the initiative (I never believe in forcing a child to learn) then education is always a worthy investment. Miss J, my elder 3 year old, reads well but I was shocked when I learned that at 18 months she knew the alphabet. I have since then been trying to get her tools she needed to keep her stimulated. It has been an uphill battle as she is tough to keep up with. Now my younger daughter Miss B, at 18 months, can read the alphabet too. We invest heavily in early readers and try to focus on the themes that the children enjoy (currently Dora The Explorer). I must admit that I am a bit disappointed in the quality of some though. Usage of words like “yeah” and “gonna” have no place in quality learning. Surrounding yourself with the tools needed to satisfy the thirst for knowledge is essential to broadening your child’s horizon.

Above is a video from the Blogher Outreach Conference. The interview is conducted by “Hooked On Phonics“, a leader in Early Education.
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    Purvi says:

    Hi Nirasha,
    What tools seem to work for you for reading with the girls..I guess I am impatient where if one doesn’t work I move onwith Raunak..He has known he alphabet for a while but he seems to be more interested in somersaults than sitting in one place for 1 mins..:)

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    Mommy Niri says:

    Hi Purvi,

    I scope everything from dollar stores to the local bookstores. I think it is important to wait for kids to be ready as they hate feeling that someone is controlling them (surprise surprise). Both girls had the alphabet down by 18 months old so we just wrote simple things like their names etc and they seemed to learn that fast. I also invested in sightword books and cards. Alter alphabet, and sight words, reading became easier as we just fill in the words they don’t know. I also got phonic books with their favorite character (for now Dora) it is a great inspiration. Give it time. Mine won’t sit still for storytime unless she is reading the book.

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