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ReadingKidz is the first app in a series with reading apps for children who can teach very young children to read. This is the first step with words the child knows most in their everyday life.

Here you will find hours of fun learning and reading for children, where children have the opportunity to learn to read and recognize words.

Children can learn to read at a very early age and this helps this app with. It’s fun for kids to learn and they can sit alone with ReadingKidz or they can sit with an adult.

ReadingKidz is developed from reading method whole language in which children see the word as a picture. They will read the word up and see a picture of the word afterwards. Thereby, even very young children also have the opportunity to acquire written language at an early age that will make learning easier for them when they start school.

In ReadingKidz there are several tasks. In addition to reading the cards, there are also matching tasks and spelling tasks that can strengthen them even more in learning words context.

Enjoy

 

Teach your child to read
A small child’s capacity to learn is much greater than that adults as a child’s brain is still developing up to 6 years of age. Your child can learn to read just as easy as they may learn to speak. Also, a child can absorb much more information in their brains than adults, as they are most inquisitive and curious about life. The children who speak multiple languages fluently, have properly learned these reading skills before they turn 6 years of age. In LearningByPlay you can also focus on learning additional languages.

Why should I teach my child to read?
Most people consider reading at an early age to be unattainable, and many do not wish push such development on their children. Why? Maybe because we assume that children can only learn to read and write when starting school. Perhaps, we fear we will interfere with their development by overstimulating their intellect at the expense of their feelings and social skills.

In some cultures, adults intentionally keep preschoolers away from the written language, because they cannot read. Imagine if we did not speak to infants because they do not understand what we say. It would not exactly benefit their speech development. We believe that it is good to stimulate a child’s interest in words and reading at an early age.

We live in a highly developed society where the written language is an important part of the daily life. We do not even think about how often we read every day. Children are getting cell phones and computers younger and younger. They cannot these devices properly unless they can read and write. We live in a society that communicates with chat, search on the Internet, Facebook and SMS. Early reading skills are a must for our children to be able to enjoy and get the most benefit from these forms of communication.

Examples of ordinary average kids who have learned to read

EXAMPLE 1

“One of the pioneers in this area was school teacher Maria Westergaard.
She gave her daughter Nanna the first reading cards when she was fourteen months old.
10 months later Nanna could read independently at the age of two years “. (1)

EXAMPLE 2
“Mariana from Texas learned to read in Spanish while she learned to read in English”. (1)

EXAMPLE 3
“Yuha from Washington DC learned to read Korean immediately after she had learned to read English.
She used her experience regarding how letters correspond to sounds to learn to read Korean
incredibly fast, as it was not necessary to break the code again to learn additional languages “. (1)

How do you give your child a desire to read?
We believe that it is important that the child gets the feeling early in life that it is fun to learn. By using the tasks and reading cards in LearningByPlay with a child a child as a role model for them, they will gain a natural interest in reading. When you tell the child what is written on different signs around the places you go, the child will quickly begin to take an interest in words and ask what is written as they see it. A good idea is to involve the child, when you are writing shopping lists, notes, short messages ect. Make it interesting and fun to stimulate their curiosity.

”Instead of spelling all words, when you are a beginner in reading, you will be able to understand the story by recognizing words in the text a lot easier”. (2)

The children will also gain an interest in reading by seeing their parents read and by getting read aloud. When reading aloud you can point in the text and show where there are important names and words. The child will become aware of the text and not just images.

By the time children reach school age we think we must practice reading with them, however we could have just as well taken the time much earlier in their lives when reading was perceived as a game and not as a duty to stimulate their learning.

Sources:
1) Kjertmann, Kjeld (2002a):
Læsetilegnelse – ikke kun en sag for skolen. København, Alinea, ISBN: 9788723012418.
Kjeld Kjertmann is a PhD and a former lecturer in Danish language and reading at the Danish University of Education. He is a researcher in reading and lecturer in children’s early reading acquisition.

2) Söderberg, Ragnhild (2011):
Læse skrive tale – barnet erobrer sproget. Akademisk forlag, ISBN: 9788750042105.
Ragnhild Söderbergh was a professor of children’s language by the Swedish universities Samma University from 1976-1983 and Lund University from 1983 to 1998. She has mainly researched different aspects of children’s language, including on children’s language development and reading learning.

 

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The inspiration behind
The inspiration for LearningByPlay comes from several sources. First and foremost one of the women has a handicapped son, which is the reason we were inspired to make LearningByPlay to teach children to read at an early age. We also received inspiration from some great books that makes us think about how the world is today and what challenges our children will face. In particular, three scientists have given inspiration to this app: Kjeld Kjertmann, Ragnhild Söderberg and Glenn Doman.

Kjeld Kjertmann
Kjeld Kjertmann has a PhD, and is a former lecturer in Danish language and reading at the Danish University of Education. He is a researcher in reading and lecturer in children’s early reading acquisition. He has written the book: “Reading Acquisition is not only a matter for the school” (translated into English). For many years he worked on spreading knowledge about how children can learn to read in a comfortable and natural way before the school’s formal reading instruction. He highlights the benefits of letting children learn the written language with their parents or close adults and on their own terms.

Ragnhild Söderbergh
Ragnhild Söderbergh is a Swedish professor, who has written the book: ” Reading writing speaking – the child conquer the language”(translated into English). It’s about how even very young children can learn to read and write. According to the renowned linguist, very small children can learn the written language in togetherness and interaction with reading and writing with people. Söderbergh tells in the book how she has taught young children to read. Among other things she tells how she presents the children for a word card with near and dear words. The child learns to recognize word-pictures, and by building up a stock of word pictures the child eventually breaks the alphabetic code.

Glenn Doman
Glenn Doman, who recently passed away, was a trained physiotherapist at the University of Pennsylvania in 1940, and founded in 1955 Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential (The Institutes). He has studied for several years in brain development and is the author of the most widely read books about the brain’s potential. He has written the book: “How to teach your baby to read” where he described the methods to teach young children to read. He has worked with children for over 50 years and had a lot of success stories with children who have learned to read early – indeed many brain-injured children are taught to read by his method.

The world is changing
Developments in the world require that you are good at reading . Almost every industry today requires that employees can read. Many cannot get an education, if they cannot read.

Even industries that have not previously required academic skills now require good reading and writing skills. It is no longer enough to show that you are good with your hands. For example carpenter, bricklayer and electrician training require strong academic skills in reading, writing and mathematics.

Everything is done on the computer today, for example knowledge, learning, banking and more. There will be more and more self-service and it requires that you can read. It is a requirement to be able to read and write.

FACT
International studies have shown that
“academic skills” are important for success in the labor market.

In the last few years there has been a significant change of attitude. Researchers in early reading, whom are also parents, have begun to spread the message that preschoolers can easily learn to read, and they have told others about their great results to give motivation to other parents.

We have also had great pleasure sharing these reading methods with our own children and we hope that you will also do the same.

Britta and Gitte

Sources:
1) Kjertmann, Kjeld (2002a):
Læsetilegnelse – ikke kun en sag for skolen. København, Alinea, ISBN: 9788723012418.
Kjeld Kjertmann is a PhD and a former lecturer in Danish language and reading at the Danish University of Education. He is a researcher in reading and lecturer in children’s early reading acquisition.

2) Söderberg, Ragnhild (2011):
Læse skrive tale – barnet erobrer sproget. Akademisk forlag, ISBN: 9788750042105.
Ragnhild Söderbergh was a professor of children’s language by the Swedish universities Samma University from 1976-1983 and Lund University from 1983 to 1998. She has mainly researched different aspects of children’s language, including on children’s language development and reading learning.

 

Disabled children
The inspiration for making LearningByPlay came from a disabled child. By examining the circumstances surrounding of the development of disabled children, we found out that anyone can do something for the development of their child.

If you have a disabled child, you can get great benefit from Readingkidz. Through a lot of years, there have been examples of even severely disabled children that have been given the ability to read. It is possible to learn to read even if you cannot talk.

Glenn Doman from the United States has dealt with the development of disabled children for over 50 years and has written among other books: “How to teach your baby to read” and “What to do about your brain-injured child”. These books are highly recommended to read if you want to do something for your disabled child.

 

Teach your child to read
– read also outside ReadingKidz

Books:

  • Select a book or a page in a book that you and your child really like to read and have read many times. It is best if there are big letters in the book.
  • Select some key words in the book and write them on some cards (carton 5×15 cm).
  • Show the cards to the child and then ask the child to find the same word in the book.

Memory game:

  • Write some cards with anything you have at home, which the child knows well. You can also choose your family members. Example: mom, dad, chair, table, TV…
  • Take pictures of the people and things that you have chosen to write on the cards
  • Print out the pictures and make cards that have the same size. Make it all in heavy cardboard or laminate the cards.
  • You can now play memory game with the cards. Your child will love to turn the cards with pictures and words which shows for example mom, dad, doll, teddy bear, toys and more.

House game:

  • Write cards with different things in the house (5 x 15 cm).
  • Put the cards on the selected items (start with no more than 5 cards).
  • When you have practiced a while on reading the cards, you’ll remove them again.
  • Place them on the table with the word down and let the child choose a card.
  • Now the child must put the right card on the right things.