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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.