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Birth to 20 Months #1

January 23, 2010 Leave a comment

This blog is about teaching Ella to read so it would be well to go over some of the things we have been doing since we found out we were going to have a new baby.  The first thing we had to do was get over the shock of having a new baby, of course.

Once I got over that and started to think about all that we would get to experience again as Ella grows up, teaching her to read was one of the early thoughts.  Being much younger and less experienced with Lauren and Hayden, I wasn’t nearly as focused as I plan to be with Ella.  The excitement continues to build as she ages and approaches the time when she can start learning the phonograms and reading.

The obvious first step was to begin reading to Ella en utero.  Reading is good for children so I figure the earlier the better.  There is a lot of discussion on the web about the value of reading to babies en utero. Here is a link to one page:  http://www.earlymoments.com/Age-Graded-Literacy-Tips1/Prenatal-Child-Development-Tips/.   Do a Google search for reading en utero and you will see many more pages.

First Book Read to Ella

Once Ella was born, I started reading to her regularly.  If there is one thing that any parent can do to make their children better prepared for school and learning, it is reading.  It is not difficult and almost anyone can read picture books written for children so there is no reason not to do it.  I didn’t read any books to Ella in the hospital, but as soon as she came home, I started reading.  Snuggle Up, Sleepy Ones is worn and tattered now because it has served time as Ella’s favorite book more than once and has been read many many times.

I believe I have mentioned this before, I created the reading program and started this blog partially because I want parents to better understand how they can help their children learn to read.  The most basic and important thing parents can do is read to their children regularly.

Reading is great and is what I have always focused on most heavily, but nursery rhymes are fun as well.  The books we had saved from Lauren’s and Hayden’s childhood in anticipation of our grandbabies included a few nursery rhyme books.  I still have many nursery rhymes memorized, but the books came in handy as a refresher.  Hayden and I spent a lot of time together with Ella saying the nursery rhymes.  For a while we imagined ourselves hosting a nursery rhyme show on our deck with Ella as the host.  We talked about creating videos and posting them to YouTube, but never got that done.  Maybe we will do that once Ella starts learning them herself.

More discussion of this in the next post…