I was up watching an infomercial where parents plunk down $200 for a video-flashcard system to make their babies “read”.
This deeply disturbed me on many levels. Word barking is not reading. That’s called decoding. Whoopdy-doo.
Back when I was a classroom teacher sans small children, I attended a workshop by reading guru Jim Trelease, author of THE READ-ALOUD HANDBOOK. His suggestions are basic. Read to your child. Daily and often. Go to the library and bookstore. Never use “no bedtime stories” as a punishment.
One of his suggestions threw me against the blackboard. Something SO simple every parent can do, if they have a remote control.
Turn on your close captioning or subtitling option. Kids in the Netherlands don’t receive formal reading instruction until the age of seven and most can read before entering school.
All television there is close-captioned. Think of it as a talking book.
So, jab, jab, PUNCH, American Academy of Pediatrics. My guilt is lessened when my Moose’s eyes are glued to his beloved Elmo as the words dance across the bottom of the screen.
Best of all. It’s free.