Word Treasure Hunts grow into Educational Fairy Tales!



Teach your kids to read and math: word cards and a schedule!


Thanks to Kristina from TeachYourBabyToRead group for sharing this fabulous resource: incredible collection word cards and, the most amazing – the schedule on when/how to use it, what to retire, what to add, etc. Enjoy!!!!

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What's your favorite book


readingOn a TeachYourBabyToRead yahoo group, another terrific discussion of great books for the kids up to two years old. We LOVE reading, so couldn't skip this opportunity to insert our five cents.  Please jump on a wagon and add your favorites!

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Secret Identity Revealed… and more fantastic free educational materials




Larry Sanger - A.P.P.Some of the best resources available at ChildAndMe come from an amazing parent, A.P.P., the man who not only was very kind to share all kinds of presentations, word cards, teaching ideas, book lists, but also wrote extensive essays on how to use it.  Through combination of various methods (both Doman’s and phonics), A.P.P. was able to teach his son to read at the very young age – at two and a half his son Henry could read about a 1000 words!  At the age of three-four his son Henry was reading Declaration of Independence: both, the fact of the boy’s age, and the interest his father was able to evoke in such sophisticated text, are equally impressive.  Materials created by A.P.P. are always well organized, well illustrated, straight to the point… and lots of fun!  They helped my kids learn about a whole variety of subjects that I haven’t even thought of.    And now comes the most exciting part: A.P.P. decided to reveal his secret identity and to dedicate most of his time to creating more exciting (and FREE!) educational materials for kids!  A truly fabulous gift for all the parents dedicated to their children’s development! So, drum-roll….

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My toddler doesn’t like to read!!!


ReadingBabyToddlers are always on the move. Yet, both of my own little ones LOVED books at that age. Though, reading stories wasn’t on their agenda…  eating them (literary) seemed a lot more enticing.   While we didn’t end up eating any books (phew!), reading them together didn’t immediately happen as I was dreaming…

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How did we began learning to read and adding other languages


“How did you begin teaching your kids to read? How long it took? How did you add languages? This is so confusing!”

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Progressive Phonics – free cute phonics books


Progressive PhonicsThis is a wonderful website with free phonics books. Registration is required, but it is free. I skimmed through it – pictures look funny, words – useful. So, if phonics is your teaching to read method of choice or you just want to do both – check it out: Progressive Phonics.

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My kids are reading the cards… but not the books!


Kid Reading a BookI started showing word cards to my older son when he was about 6 months. He wasn't really interested. So, I came up with a thousands of ways to get his attention: we were vacuum cleaning the words, wiping it, jumping over them, doing forward rolls, watching them in the car, hanging in the hallway (see more at Alternative Ways of Showing Cards to An Active Child)… With my first one I was freaking out all the time: “Is it working?”, “Is he learning?”, “Why he is just looking at the pictures in the books and not reading it?!”.

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Signing Times


Signing TimesI feel like a silly writer-character in the old joke, who gets so many positive responses for his own novel, that decides to go and read it himself. I’ve passed on the recommendations to get Signing Times videos to many-many-many parents, who later became huge fans of these videos. Recently I found them on the YouTube: Caterpillar Dreams. I was enchanted: beautiful singing, excellent signing (yep, siGNing), charming illustrations, adorable kids. What more could you expect? But that’s not all! I really love that all the words in the songs are shown as signs, not only “key words”, so a lot more signs are picked up along the way. I absolutely love, that while new signs are introduced, the words are written on the screen, so it aids learning to read as well! This video definitely deserves two thumbs up! (Oh-oh, I should go and find the video with the right sign…)

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