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Is My Child Too Young To Read?

Updated on January 1, 2015

A Child Is Never Too Young To Read

As a toddler, he could read with comprehension.
As a toddler, he could read with comprehension. | Source

When my son was only an infant I placed a newspaper in front of him with large print just to see what he would do with it. I was amazed to see his reaction to the print. His eyes grew quite large and his hand went back and forth over the paper. I then presented him with magazines and he would look at the colorful ads with such an intense gaze. At six months, I found that he could sit still with a catalog in his lap and be absorbed looking at the pictures for about an hour.

As he grew into the toddler stage, he would pull a book from its shelf and pretend to read aloud. He would point to the pictures and follow the printed words with his finger. Eventually, as he began to speak, he would read the book aloud with emphasis on certain words he found fascinating. When he turned two, through our nightly bedtime ritual, he actually learned to read by listening to me read books and following along.

I include this story about my son simply to demonstrate what a typical child can do if he or she is introduced to print, using age appropriate learning activities, at an early age. Through close contact with an adult within a nurturing environment a child will learn to love to read.



Books with realistic photos encourage a child's interest in reading at an early age. (Courtesy of L. Harvey, 2014)
Books with realistic photos encourage a child's interest in reading at an early age. (Courtesy of L. Harvey, 2014) | Source

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Reading Begins At Birth

This may surprise you but it is true: reading begins at birth. As you hold your baby in your arms he or she watches your facial expressions and listens to the sounds you make when you speak. The soft rhythmic tones soothe the child and help him understand that voice inflection and tone of voice mean something. Some mothers read to their child while still in the womb. Doctors claim that this helps foster voice recognition while comforting the baby. All this stimulates an interest in communicating and is an easy transition to teaching your baby to read as he or she grows.

A study in 2005 showed that, out of a sample group of 87 typically developing middle-class eight month old infants who experienced shared reading, language ability was that of a twelve month old (in girls). Although the finding is just months apart, this is remarkable for an infant (source: J. Karrass, JM Braungart-Rieker, Journal of Applied Development Psychology, March, 2005). Infants who are read to at an early age (six months and above) prove to have better disposition, and stronger emotional and intellectual aptitude as pre-schoolers.



Young Children Love To Read

Stimulating Imagination and the Love of Reading

Wordless books with simple pictures or images work well in introducing infants to reading. As you read together point out the pictures, colors and use facial expressions to emphasize your excitement and stimulate interest. At this age, eye contact and touch (touching the pages and your face) are very important and it helps baby to enjoy the reading experience.

As she advances to a toddler, use books with rhyming words, interactive pages, silly songs or nursery rhymes as well so that your baby can connect sound to the printed word. Hold your child on your lap and make sure the pictures and words can be clearly seen. Be ready to read books over and over as children tend to enjoy hearing the same story repeatedly.

Use creative learning activities to introduce a book to young children.
Use creative learning activities to introduce a book to young children. | Source

Resource On Teaching Your Child To Read

Encouraging a Child to Read

Young children can also enjoy learning activities as a lead into a story. Be creative in finding ways to make a book come alive through play or simple crafts. In the picture shown, the book When the Wind Blows was introduced through science experiments with wind (simulated, of course).

The child was given the following objects to blow across the table:

  • a straw (the wind)
  • feather
  • wooden craft stick
  • large and small pom pom
  • small sheet of paper

We formed a simple hypothesis, conducted the experiment and made conclusions. It was fun and quite effective in understanding wind as a force in nature. Remember to use age appropriate words in your discussions and to ask open-end questions to encourage critical thinking.

When doing science experiements, let the child feel the articles and material used and allow them to be creative in making assumptions. By the way, the child in the picture to the right is now in elementary school and reads at a ninth-grade level. We credit this to using learning methods listed in this article.

Experiment Details

Hypothesis
Do you think the wind can blow this object across the table?
Observation
Experiment
Pom-pom
Yes - assumption
 
Feather
Yes - assumption
 
Craft Stick
No - assumption
 
Paper
Yes - assumption
Conclusion
Pom-Pom and Feather
Yes
 
Craft Stick and Paper
No
Note: (we used simple terms instead of the scientific words in our discussions, i.e. "solid" vs. density)
We discussed the object’s density, shapes and weight. We changed the paper’s shape to a basic airplane and then changed our conclusion based on the observation: it did blow across the table.
 

Final Word For Young Readers And Parents

A rule of thumb is to have fun introducing your child to print using simple creative activities. Don't push them to read by using rote methods. Although many parents have been successful in teaching a child to read using structured methods , it is best to introduce print within a relaxed non-academic environment. I wrote an article on simple home made books for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers that are sure to help encourage the love of reading. These books are quite easy to make and will last through many readings together.

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      Nell Rose 15 months ago from England

      Hi, my son loved his books when he was little, like you, I gave him magazines and colored books from an early age, by the time he was four he was gabbing on like an adult! lol! great hub, nell

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      RTalloni 21 months ago from the short journey

      Came back to review this and add it to my home ed Pinterest board, as well as share it again. Your updates since I last read this post add a lot to an already useful and well done hub.

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      Meshack Bwoyele Keya 2 years ago from Vihiga County,Western Kenya

      Am fascinated with this story. You earn the name @teaches12345 not just like a name but it tells that you are a great teacher. In fact reading can begin in the womb. If you play certain words from a cassette to an unborn child then it will find to read such words easily when it is born.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Some kids seem to be born knowing how to read; don't they? It just seems like such a big thing for such a small being but I agree it can never be too soon and they have books suitable for tiny babies to be trusted with that can't eat the pages. So why give them toys when you can give them a book?

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Techygran, your granddaughter is going to be a true leader as the matures with such a great love of reading. She has a great attitude about learning! Thanks for your comment and visit.

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      Cynthia 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      I enjoyed reading this very interesting hub. My younger (of 2) granddaughters learned to read when she was 2, partly from hearing her mother read and help her older sister learn (she was 4)-- she was like the infant you described, fascinated and curious. She is a short little girl so teachers are usually amazed at her various abilities (she is one of those well-rounded kids). I must confess that I was a little dubious when she learned to read so early (she also walked at just over 9 months). However, she has lots of confidence as a result of that early success, and she is unquenchable in wanting to learn new skills. Voted up and shared!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Brite-ideas, how creative to use music to teach reading. I love it! Thank you for adding interest to the content with your comment. Hope all is well at home today.

      Susan, I am an admirer of Home Schooling parents. I used to teach within a co-op in the midwest and they produced highly talented, intellectual, creative leaders. Good to hear it was a success for your child in the art of reading.

      Barbara, just hearing the sound of letters will help a child connect print and make sense of reading. Great job on instilling the love of reading with your child.

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      BarbaraCasey 3 years ago

      Reading to babies helps build word recognition. I started reading to my son when he was 1 month old. My son couldn't read at 3, but he could recite back a favorite book's story almost verbatim, as I was reading it. He was speaking in sentences at a very young age, because language and naming things were part of our daily life. He's a reader and good writer now, thanks to this early exposure. And it wasn't like work... no flash cards, etc... it was just part of what we naturally did.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love to read about encouraging the love of reading in children. I read to mine starting when they were just babies and both have grown up to love reading. Our first son surprised me at an early age 5 by reading a library book out loud, one he wasn't familiar with. He knew the words and just read it. Our second son didn't want to learn to read because he wanted me to continue reading to him. Once I assured him I would continue reading aloud to both boys, he decided it was okay to learn and, indeed, was reading well within several weeks (early age 6 - we homeschooled). Both have very strong language arts skilled and excel in all things academic even now, as adults. Helping and watching my children develop reading skills was probably the highest point of all the high points in raising our kids. Thanks for encouraging others!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Excellent page! New moms will love this one. For every child (I have 4 sons) I became a better teacher! by the time I had my fourth, I had it down. lol. For him I used almost a Karaoke technique...a bouncing pronunciation of words as we read the story but in a monotone voice ..my goodness he loved it. My fingers would follow the words like that bouncing ball you see on a Karaoke screen. Of the four boys, he learned the fastest. I hadn't used this technique before, because quite frankly I hadn't thought of it. It just came to me with him to make it more like learning a song. I would of course break each word into syllables as well. He's 14 now, great grades and reads well. I may have finally gotten it right on son number 4.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Imitii, I appreciate your support and feedback. Reading is always a boost for children of any age. Be well and keep safe.

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      Imtiaz Ahmed 3 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      teaches12345 reading your post I am sure that you can be very good mother. And it was nice knowing your tricks to teach young children to read. Thank you very much. Voted up. I will visit you often!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Ologsinquito, I've heard other parents rave about that book. Your children are proof that it works. Good that you know the wisdom of starting them young. Enjoy your holiday dear friend.

      Pico, I enjoyed your story. It's amazing how much children can learn when you make it fun. Good job! I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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      John 3 years ago from New Brunswick, Canada

      Totally in agreement here. I remember when our twin boys were toddlers before they could speak. I was keeping them quiet in the lobby during church services with another man. Just for fun we asked them to point out letters of the alphabet on a display write up. They amazed us. They knew them all yet couldn't say more than three or four recognizable words.

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      This is excellent advice, and the book you featured, Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons is incredible. I think it's the best $20 I ever spent, and the copy you show sells for much less than that. My daughter was reading at four and my son was reading at 3 1/2. It take from 15 minutes to a half hour a day to do these lessons. Voted up, shared and pinned.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Cygnet, I am so glad to hear your story as it validates the findings on early readers. I hope parents always take up this habit of reading to their children, it is fun and helps them to achieve success in learning.

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      Donna Brown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      I enjoyed teaching my daughter to read. I started the day she was born and we enjoyed our time together. As research suggested, she is extremely confident, well adjusted human being. She was reading at second grade level when she started kindergarten. Her kindergarten teacher loved that! I don't remember her ever having to sound out a word. What a joy reading has always been for both of us!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I agree, Joe, starting at birth will give a child a great start on reading. Hope you are having a great day.

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      Joe 3 years ago from north miami FL

      Never too young to read in my opinion. Great hub, not surprising though. You have so many followers due to your great writing.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Ubani,

      Kathleen,

      Rachel,

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. I am so glad to hear how reading has changed and added to the lives of those you love. It is worth starting them at an early age! Blessings.

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      Rachael O'Halloran 3 years ago from United States

      hubber scores are fleeting, it was 99 a couple of hours ago. I signed off to go pack up our house for our move and now it is 85. So when it is up, it is nice and when it is down, I don't give it a second thought. lol

      Thanks

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      Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      My five year-old granddaughter started reading a couple of months ago like someone just flipped on the lightswitch! My daughter has been reading to her since birth.

      Hey - look at your hubber score! Good for you!!!!!!!!!

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      Rachael O'Halloran 3 years ago from United States

      I introduced all my children to the importance of books as soon as they could hold one, about 3 to 4 months of age. My oldest was the only exception - he was 6 months because I followed the baby books' advice. After the 1st baby, the baby books were the only books that got shelved, all others were fair game.

      By 7 months my oldest was interested in morning TV shows where they read part of a story from a book - sort of like Gene London, Pixanne and Sally Starr type shows when I was growing up.

      By the time I had 5 children, each started to recognize words earlier than the last child. As each entered nursery school at age 3 1/2, they knew their alphabet and numbers, but not all were putting real words together. Entering kindergarten, they were reading and writing.

      Now they are all grown and gone, they have introduced each of their children to books the same way they were as children. All 5 of my kids are "readers," two have authored technical papers for industry and one is a teacher. All grandchildren (with the exception of our newest who is now 3 months old), are readers and love to read.

      Besides teaching basic language skills early, I firmly believe we can't teach a child to read too soon....it is never too soon to start. Even if they don't "get" what you are saying, the colorful pictures and the sound of your voice will draw them in so they will soon "get" it.

      Thank you for this wonderful hub.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 3 years ago from Lagos

      A very useful hub for parents and would-Be parents. Learning should start right from infancy. You did a fantastic job here.

      well done.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      VVanNess, I'm afraid the present curriculum approach is geared towards academics and rote learning. I do hope teachers will continue to find ways to stimulate creative thinking in the classrooms. Great comment!

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      I love this idea and plan to do the same with my children! As a teacher I feel like I have had access to knowledge that so many others have not, including the idea that children begin learning from birth. And that learning should be encouraged rather than stifled.

      Beautiful article! Nice job!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      JP, you have the right idea: teach them early to enjoy reading even if it is just looking at photos or pictures. Enjoy that sweet child.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Sally, great way to boost reading by telling them they are good friends. So true!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Rock, thanks for the comment and support of this topic. Reading is a skill that will improve everyone's life enjoyment. I applaud your foresight in teaching this to your child.

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      JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      Even at an early age, I already encourage my child on reading. I provided him with books even when he was still crawling. There really is an advantage. Great hub once again!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      teachers12345 completely fascinating Hub - I am a great believer in teaching children to read a soon as possible. I would tell my children that books should be treated as if they were good friends, for as long as you are reading one, you will never feel lonely! Thanks for encouraging reading - it really is something which all parents should be pro-active about - as the standard of both reading and writing, especially in the UK seems to have rapidly declined over the years.

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      John Coviello 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thanks teaches. Coming from a family of readers, I have encouraged my young one to read from a very young age using similar techniques as you outlined in this Hub, and it seems to be paying off now that he is five. He appears to be ahead of a lot of other children his age in regards to his reading abilities.

      Reading really is a critical life skill since it's not only important to be able to read, but also is a way of obtaining a lot of useful knowledge. Thanks for sharing these useful ideas about how to get very young children interested in reading and how to develop their reading skills.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Avian, you sound like a well rounded person in spite of your late start in reading. Your mom did the right thing only advancing you one grade, socially it would have been difficult. Have a good day.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This makes a great deal of sense to me. My mother wouldn't teach me to read before school, but I don't recall her reasons. However, once I was being taught, she supplemented and enhanced my reading material greatly. I was always way ahead of the class, so much so, that boredom set in. Mom conceded to let me skip one grade, but not the four that was advised. She said that I wouldn't be emotionally ready.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Lyric,

      You are so right on the learning/reading stages of a child. Under one is pushing it, even under four years of age. I believe reading children simple books with realistic pictures is the best at this stage.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Teaches, voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared on FB. Great resource as always. Great tips and useful information. It's never to early in my opinion. Of course, under a year old is pushing it, but it never hurts to read to them. Even when they listen, their learning. We all know that a child's attention span is small at best. but I feel that getting them interested is important.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Suzette,

      I love to hear about people giving books as presents, what a wonderful way to encourage the love of reading. As you have proven, they wil develop the love of reading at an early age. Thank you for adding value to the content and your nice comment. Enjoy your week.

      SG. what a great role model you are to your children! They are blessed by your love of books. Be safe and well.

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great hub! It is never too early to encourage a child to read. When my niece and nephews were born, their birth present was a book. They can look at the pictures or have the book read to them until they actually begin to read. Reading, to me, is the most important skill to have. Your ideas are creative and so important in getting children to read. I can't say it enough - great hub!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I read to our daughter a lot when she was young. Now I am reading to her daughter who is 22 month old now. She has her favorite book, which she will go get for me, and we read it around bedtime. This calms her down and gets her ready for sleep. This is a very useful hub, voting up, useful, interesting and sharing in many places! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hello Levertis! You raised your children well, the art and love of reading is the best gift you can give a child. Thanks for sharing and supporting this topic. Have a wonderful week.

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      Levertis Steele 4 years ago from Southern Clime

      Seeing a child getting hooked on reading is a very rewarding and exciting experience. I exposed my children to reading when they were babies. They chewed their plastic books, hit the pictures with their hands, and stared at them as if they expected them to react. When they were old enough to understand what I read to them, their attention spans began to grow well. I enrolled them in a book club that sent them books periodically. They soon began to point to books when they wanted a story. Many of the books were torn apart, but they soon learned to respect them.

      When he was older, one son had difficulty mastering math concepts, but he excelled in reading. A psychologist told me that he had a questionable high score in reading in comparison with other areas. I explained the reason (early intervention and continued motivation).

      Now, a few decades later the grandchildren, lower and upper elementary, are earning reading awards every year. One grandson read over two hundred books in 9 months, and a granddaughter is proud to have recently begun chapter books. Books as gifts, instead of toys that are not needed, are great motivators. Early exposure works wonders!

      What a wonderful hub! I will share.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Miss Olive,

      As a fellow teacher, I know you love it when children catch on to the joy of reading. It is indeed fascinating to watch them learn the skill. Enjoy our weekend, dear lady.

      Mary,

      I too read to my child while potty training. Now, like his dad, it is a habit (and in the bathroom still!). I know the elementary schools must have been very appreciative of such wonderful books. Take care and be safe. Blessings.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I used the time I spent in the bathroom waiting for my young child "to perform" to interest them in reading. If a child is a good reader, they will do well in all other subjects, I think.

      My four children were all avid readers and did quite well in school. I carefully kept all my children's books for many years. Now that they are grown, they had no interest in keeping them, so I donated them to our local elementary school. The school was pleased, as they have many children from poor families who can't afford to buy their children books.

      Voted UP and shared.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 4 years ago from Texas

      Aren't young children absolutely fascinating to watch? I ADORE babies and although I teach middle school I have always been intrigued by early child development. Your hub was such a great read (as always) and many children could perform so much better if given the tools and opportunities to expand their respective skills of reading and communicating. The comments on this thread were another great read of testimonies and experiences. Each child is unique and may face different challenges but their abilities can be underestimated, regardless, pacing needs to be taken into consideration. Read 'to enjoy' is a great approach and one I try to instill in my students. By the way, I often ask my avid readers if they have always loved reading and most of them say they always have and that their parents read to them from the beginning. Thanks again for a great read and for inspiring others to facilitate reading in young children.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hello Vinaya,

      Parents sometimes feel the pressue from outside peers, societal norms, etc. to push children to "perform" and if a child is not ready to learn, it will delay their absorption of important concepts. Good for you in trying help your nephew and his mother to know the difference. Always good to have your come by for a visit. Be well and strong!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Today my two and a half years old nephew began school. I have always told my sister, don't enroll him until he is 3 years and she believed since her child reads alphabets, it is the right time. I'm sharing the information you have provided in this hub with my sister. Perhaps she will understand learning process better.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hello Girishpuri! Hope your week is going well. I always say that reading is one skill that will make a child a leader in his world. It opens so many doors! Thanks for your comment and the value added.

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Thank you Dianna, here i agree with you, learning begins from infancy only, however it is important to understand the various stages of learning as per the child's growth and educate accordingly, as usual very useful hub, thanks and God bless.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Nyamache, I am glad we agree on the "fun" learning. It is how children learn best. Thanks for your visit, votes and support of the hub topic.

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      Joshua Nyamache 5 years ago from Kenya

      Children should not be pushed to read rather they should be introduced by parents in a friendly way that the kinds find it fun and interesting.

      This hub is useful. Voted up and more!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      You gave me a chuckle with the pretend reading- I do remember those days! Good job on providing your kids material of interest to them .. Whatever it takes!! Thanks, Triplemom.

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      TripleAMom 5 years ago from Florida

      Hey teaches, love this. Reading is so important. I love the stage where they pretend to read when looking at pics. Some people may say, "My child isn't interested in reading", but has the child found something that they enjoy reading. I found that my son was not interested in the "boring" stories he was learning to read with at school but when I found GI Joe, Star Wars, and Lego reader books, he was thrilled and read everything he could get his hands on. He is still a good reader. My two girls also.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      2besure, fundamentals are crucial in paving the way for success, especially reading. So enjoyed your visit here and thankful. Blessings and prayers sent up for you!

      Ignugent, I appreciate your comment and support if the article. I love it when those little ones, like your nephew, spark to reading.

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      ignugent17 5 years ago

      This is very inspiring to all parents or even teachers. I remember when my nephew is just 4 and he is trying to read the words on the menu. It is very nice to see his eagerness to read.

      Thanks teaches12345 for sharing this. Voted up and more!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I love the saying, "Reading is Fundamental!" It is very fundamental to your child's development on in every area. I always had a full library of kids books a home a ritual of reading to you child is very important as well as them seeing adults in the home reading. Great article. Thanks for reminding us the importance to books and reading is to our children.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hey, Mama Kim! I too would echo your thoughts, if only parents knew what a few minutes a day would do to a child's quality of life. Thanks for your views and support. Blessings.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      I love the story about your son ^_^ If only everyone knew what minutes a day could do for their child.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I am not surprised that you 20 month old can read with such great early encouragement from his family. It's pretty impressive! Thanks for your support and sharing, Janine.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      With both my girls, I read to them from pretty much the beginning. My 3 year old loves to read and also is just beginning to learn how to read some of the words. My 20 month old also loves to read and will repeat back many of the words read to her. So I totally agree with your article on the importance of reading to children pretty much from the beginning. Of course I voted up and shared too.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Iamaudraleigh, glad you stopped by here. Your mother was way ahead of it all and it looks like her loving efforts were rewarded. Thanks for the read and vote. BE well and safe.

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      I thought this was a great article! I never think it is too early for a child to read! My sister learned arly because my mom read to her within the womb! Voted up!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello Goforthejuggler! Good to hear how some people's early reading skills led to such a great career. Thanks for stopping in here. Take care.

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      Joshua Patrick 5 years ago from Texas

      Good stuff here. I've been reading as far back as I can recall. It's the reason I was reading at a 6th grade level in 4th grade, and it's why I am a writer today!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Reading is one skill that I encourage all parents to teach children early to love. It doesn't take much but it will make all the difference as they enter primary school. Thanks, RTalloni!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      A stellar look at encouraging little ones to read! Reading is such a gift and I'm glad to see this post encouraging parents to read to their babies and toddlers with ideas to help young children learn to read.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Louis, thank you for the comment and interest in the hub topic. I agree that children take a higher interest if they have been actively involved in making books. Take care.

      Yssubramanyam, you are so right; education begins in the home under parental love and nurturing care. Your visit was a welcome and I appreciate your coming in to read the hub. Have a great day.

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      yssubramanyam 5 years ago from india, nellore. andhrapradesh

      i like this hub..

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      yssubramanyam 5 years ago from india, nellore. andhrapradesh

      education starts from home, mother is a gifted teacher to child, keep teaching with full of love..good hub..

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      LouisAlbert 5 years ago from Taipei

      This is a great article. Thank you. Wow! I'm especially interested in making books with my boys now because they love to draw. They should be especially interested in "reading" the books they've personally created. Thanks again.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello, Mary. I have not heard of that series, but I will look it up as it sounds interesting. My guess is that they use visuals to stimulate the understanding between print and sound at this age. Thanks for your add to the hub topic and for sharing with others. It's a pleasure to see you.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Rahul, yes, children are quite open to concepts and learn quickly before primary school entrance. Parents need to take advantage of this fact to instill a love of learning through daily interaction. You have added some great insight to the hub and I thank you. Take care and have a great weekend.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Sheila, Your grandson proves that early introduction to reading instills a love of learning. What an accomplishment for a three year old! Thanks for coming by and for your support of the hub. Take care.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I have a 9 month old Great granddaughter whose mother is working with her to read. She loves to be read to. My granddaughter bought "My Baby Can Read", and is using that. It's too soon to tell if that will help. Are you familiar with that system. I always enjoy your Hubs. Very informative. I voted this UP, etc. I will share this on FB and with followers. Goodnight.

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      The very extent of the word.. reading is clearly shown in your hub!

      First of all- my compliments to your child.. very skilled and talented :)

      Now about the brilliant scientific message you give... I am very elder to my sister and had a relevant part in her toddler and infant grooming years... the knack of observation ( reading everything they see, hear, touch, feel )... is so powerful in this phase that I was awed by tiny little actions of my sister... She could read when ma or pa were sad or happy.. and even came forward to console..

      There is a lot I can add but I would like to just say that... The child in his first five years is the greatest observer in the world.. and we need to expose them to arenas which develop there holistic abilities

      Great Great hub Ma'am

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      SheilaThomas72 5 years ago from Eustis, Florida

      Great article! My grandchildren have learned to read early as well. My little 3 year old grandson can already read better than an 11 year old boy that I'm mentoring at the local public school. Thanks for encouraging moms to introduce reading at a very young age.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Levertis, good point on the plastic books being easily washed and safe for infants. Your comment on the types of books and the tendency to read the same is typical of young children. My child would always ask for a certain book every night as a bedtime story, Mojo The Dragon. My husband and I knew it by heart!I appreciate your insight on the topic. Thanks for stopping by and have a great evening.

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      Levertis Steele 5 years ago from Southern Clime

      The plastic books are great for babies and toddlers to enjoy, even if they taste them. They can be easily sanitized.

      Many parents get upset when their small children show interest in only a certain category of books, such as, books about dinosaurs. I was one of them. My son did not care for any others. His pediatrician advised me to buy him as many dinasaur books as he could read. I did, and as he grew, his interests widened. Now, he is 30-years old and enjoys good books. I did not begin pre-reading skills before the births of my children, but I helped them to develop a love of reading before they could grasp a book. I read stories with gladness, interest, and excitement as appropriate, and the babies would lie still and listen, kick at the air with excitement at my tones, and reach for the books that offered such delight.

      As parents explore with their children, they discover many things about them that help parents to guide their children's reading development and add new strategies as the needs arise.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thank you, Vellur for your visit to the hub. I appreciate your comment on developing reading habits, it's something parents should encourage early in life for a jumpstart to learning. Always a pleasure to see you, my friend.

      Angela, thanks for coming by here. You have a great weekend.

      Paul, thanks for proving that early introduction to reading is a lifetime enjoyment. I so appreciate feed back on hubs like this. You enjoy your weekend and be safe.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 5 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      This is an excellent useful hub which everyone should read. Reading should begin at the earliest age possible, and your ideas are excellent. I can still remember the names of the stories which my mother read to me when I was very young. Voted up and sharing.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Great hub once again!

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      A great hub, I read it beore am reading once again, sharing and voted up.Developing the habit of reading is very important. You have given excellent ideas to get a child started off with reading.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Your nephew is off to a great early start. Just the availability and exposure to books will stimulate interest in reading at this age. Thanks for the visit and support. Be well!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I guess your early start in reading helped to spark your writing interest. I read many comic books as a child also. I just watched The Avengers movie last week! Thanks for visit and support. Take care.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Diane, I also miss working with little ones. They bring so much joy to us through their innocent lives. With all your experience you should write a book to guide teachers. I would find it interesting. I do thank you for your support and insight. Keep looking up and stay safe, dear friend.

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      Excellent hub. I really enjoyed the story on your son. The earlier you start teaching your toddler to read, the quicker he will develop a love for reading. My nephew just turned two and his playroom is full of picture books as well as educational toys and games.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, I think its great when children learn or try to learn very early on, I remember my first comic that my mum bought me, It was the start of my reading and I have carried on ever since, great hub! cheers nell

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      Diane Minton 5 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

      Thank you teaches 12345 I finished two years of graduate school in Early Childhood here in Evansville back in 2007 Dec, and got my Bachelors at WKU in 1978 plus I have 25 years experience with my area. I have health problems that keep me home now but I miss those kids, just seeing children out playing ball or riding bikes makes me sad. I have to stay home, as per Dr. so I have to live with it. I miss the children s hugs at the end of the day and the I love you's they always said when getting on the bus. I have to quit, I am getting sad even more just writing to you about it. Thanks for ...thanks for welcoming me and any comments I make to your discussion!! Write me anytime.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      It's so nice to see you here, Diane. Your insight is a great add to the hub interest. The potential for learning is always there, as you say, parents/teachers only need to give it a little push. Be well and safe, my friend.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Victoria, you and I have the same hopes for kids today. I see many college students who do not read well. I do not totally blame the parents, but wish they would have had an early start at home.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello Sunshine (boy do I need your "sunshine" today! The rain is constant here.) Thank you so much for the support and for sharing. Interesting that our hubs help others when we least expect it. Take care.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hi Kelley. I would love to hear your research on boys vs. girls in reading levels and skills. During the primary years, they do balance out, but my son and his began reading almost as toddlers. My granddaughter loves to read as well, but I think we expect it from girls. Thanks for coming by here and you have a great weekend.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      This is great! They're never too young. I hope that kids today are getting this kind of attention from their parents as far as reading goes. It's so important. Great hub!

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      Diane Minton 5 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

      I think not, I had a four year old in pre-K class back in 1990 who could write all of her alphabet and read from a very simple book, she was a tiny thing! I can't remember her name but she was in class with my daughter that I was teaching and boy did I love the preschoolers, and HeadStart kids. Migraines prevent me from teaching now but I wish I could teach them online! I thought I had one of those jobs a few months ago, but it was getting appointments to go to their home, Oh well, but yes definitely they can read at any age, the potential is there and with a lot of interest from a parent, grandparent or caregiver/teacher it is plausible and nothing is impossible with a child who is bright and has a hunger for learning! I love these kinds of questions!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I was just talking to a friend today about how old chidren should be when they learn to read. You provided some very valid points. I'll share this with her! Thanks!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Hi teaches12345, this is a fantastic hub that I wish I had read before having kids. As a child development researcher I know how important reading is to kids but I didn't learn much about the differences in how many boys vs. girls learn to read. I think just introducing books and displaying a joy of reading is more important than rote memorization. Voted up! Take care, Kelley

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Peggy, it would an ideal world if all children were introduced to reading early in life. For now, we must encourage others to take an active role in reading with children as early as possible. Thanks for stopping by and for your votes of support.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      You so nicely demonstrated that early reading opportunities gives a child a leg up on continued reading and learning for the rest of his/her life. Nice job! Up, useful and interesting votes. Ideally, all children should have this same opportunity!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks, Teacherjoe52!

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      teacherjoe52 5 years ago

      Thank you.

      I looked it up and it is very useful.

      May God bless you on your adventure of being a mother and author.

      I am sure your books help other mothers.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hope you find an answer and can proceed with your ideas for writing books.