So did you teach your toddler to read yet? And if not, why not?
I’m just kidding, of course.
I wanted to write this episode on encouraging literacy in middle to older toddlers, but the more I researched the more I found the issues go much further back than what you do in toddlerhood.
Then I found – and read! – a 45,000 word essay by Larry Sanger, who taught his baby son to read. I’m not kidding. Check out the link to the video on YouTube in the references.
My two-year-old can’t read yet. Did I miss the boat? Would her learning outcomes have been better if I had taught her as a baby?
Is TV a good medium to teach reading and vocabulary?
What are some of the things parents of young toddlers can do to encourage reading readiness when the child is ready?
We talk about all this and more in episode 3, and there’s more to come for older toddlers in a few episodes time.
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