When Little Miss J is older, I will teach her to read – JD, 4
I think reading is important. I think it has a part to play waaaaaay before notions of letter recognition and preschool literacy come into view. What do you think?
From birth, both our children had soft picture books that we’d look at together, and from about four months old, we started having reading time, pointing at the words as we read.
JD’s an early reader and I’m torn when it comes to the whole nature/nurture debate, but I do know both kids were able to enjoy reading from very small, so why not? And why save books only for bedtime – why not enjoy them all day long?
This week we received three Little Learners books from Parragon Publishing, each offering different experiences for children aged 0-2 years:
- I Can Share has pull out flaps and looks at the simple things children learn to do, such as say hello and goodbye
- Night Night shows some of the common items associated with the bedtime routine, with each one clearly labelled
- Touch and Feel Animals features a range of farm yard critters, with textured surfaces, such as a wooly sheep’s coat or smooth duck’s beak
Little Miss J (6.5 months) seems to love them. They’re all printed on thick card so there’s no danger of paper cuts and she seems delighted that she’s allowed to grab and play with them at an age where most things are constantly being moved out reach.
She truly engages with them – she looks at the pictures, she touches the pages, she watches my finger trace the words. It’s a lovely experience.
No, I don’t think she’ll be reading on her own next week, but she’s forming an early love and appreciation for books and the written word. How great is that?
Disclosure: we were sent the three Little Learners books free of charge for review. No payment was received. All reviews are 100% honest.