Teaching a baby to read is not rocket science. There is no mystery, special techniques or special methods needed; no special equipment or reading ‘scheme’ required. There is no one method such as phonics or whole word methods which is any more effective than another.
Reading schemes and trendy methods which go in and out of fashion are there to make money for the writers and proponents of the method and to make teachers lives easier. They are not for the benefit of the young reader who needs time and one to one input from an adult who can read and knows what to do to help and encourage the blossoming reader.
What is needed is a blending of all the different ways and methods which all have a part and to be responsive to the individual learning style and preferences of the child. Who better to do this than a loving parent who knows the child best of all.
Teach baby to read. It is the best bonding experience possible. What is better than snuggling up with your child with a book to share and enjoy together? Even the tiniest baby will respond to the sound of your voice and their brain will be stimulated and ‘primed’ to receive language which is essential to successful reading.
It is also the greatest gift you can give your child. It will give them an essential skill. It will equip them for a successful future and to take their place in the world as a literate adult.
So relax, take your time and teach baby to read. Have fun together. Enjoy the experience and allow baby to learn at their own pace. But never give up and remember- little and often is one of the keys to being successful at anything rather than a long slog which becomes a chore. Before you know it your baby will be reading fluently and enjoying one of life’s greatest pleasures.