When is the best time to prepare babies for reading?

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Pregnant mom talking to baby in womb.What has this to do with reading?  Babies who have been spoken to often pick up the sounds of their native language.  They learn the patterns of sound that make words and sentences.  They learn that when there is a pause in the sounds, that is a good time for them to respond (with babbling at first).  They learn vocabulary.  When the time comes for them to connect sounds, intonations, pauses and vocabulary with written letters, they are way ahead of children who have limited exposure to oral language.

It’s fair to say that the groundwork for teaching a child to read begins in the womb.  –Mrs. K



2 responses to “When is the best time to prepare babies for reading?

  1. Pingback: Familiar Reading – Why your kids bring home books they can already read (and how to make the best of them!) — That fun reading teacher

  2. There is a great article in the NY times this week. The American Academy of Pediatrics is advocating that parents read aloud to their infants from birth. There are 62000 members, all of whom will be reminding parents to read to their babies. I like to point out objects to the baby. I point my finger and touch the picture. Sometimes the baby will grab on to my hand and point with me. Another fun activity is to shape the hand of the baby so the finger points out and guide the hand along. There is nothing as cute as a little baby hand identifying a ball or a dog on the page!


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