Parents are children's first reading teachers. As such, parents have wonderful opportunities to prevent their preschoolers from developing reading problems. How? Parents can start early and teach reading at home in fun, joyful, and informal ways.
Here's a link to the full text of "Teach Your Preschooler to Read!" my guest post appearing 01/17/2011 on the highly acclaimed Reading & Other Learning Disabilities blog by Howard Margolis, EdD and Gary G. Brannigan, PhD:
(Read my recommendation for Reading & Other Learning Disabilities below.)
Quick Tips for Parents of Preschoolers:
Fun, successful literacy activities like these benefit your child. They also benefit you. They strengthen bonds and feelings of affection. They increase love.
Recommended for Further Reading
I highly recommend the Reading & Other Learning Disabilities blog for all readers interested in learning disabilities. Here's a sampling of recent posts:
Reading Disabilities: Why Rush To Intervene?
How to Get Parent Training for Children with Disabilities
Stonewalling the IEP
Tip: The Right Amount of Homework
Comment from a "Reading & Other Learning Disabilities" blog reader regarding my guest post:
"I would like to see Raising Confident Readers made available to all new parents through their pediatricians. Waiting till a child goes off to school to begin to learn to read means giving up the best time to develop the preliminary skills of reading." Gaby Chapman
Dr. J. Richard Gentry is the author of Raising Confident Readers, available on Amazon.com.