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Getting Your Toddler Starting To Read Can Be Fun

By Garolyn Bowen

It is a well know fact that young children with an active exposure to language have many social and educational advantages over their peers. One of the best methods to beginner reading is learning at least 100 sight words so that your child can begin to form easy sentences.

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Little Reader Blocks make this "task" both fun and educational. These bright 3" cubes are color coded: green/nouns, blue/verbs, red/pronouns, yellow/adjectives and white/prepositions. As your child begins to recognize several different words you can begin to separate those blocks from the group and have the child make a simple sentence - or you can make up the sentence for him and ask him to read the words.

But, before your child can read independently, he/she will need a set of skills called emergent literacy skills. These skills include - having a large vocabulary of words and knowing how to use them as well as understanding that words are made up of smaller sounds (known as phonemic awareness) and understanding that” marks” on a page represent letters and words. Your child will also need to know the letters of the alphabet. Using these Little Reader Blocks in your child's educational development will help lay a foundation for later independent reading.

As a parent or teacher it is important to never under estimate the importance of books and reading aloud to your child. Sitting down with a child one-on-one or in a group will also help bond your relationship with the child/children. Reading to your child/children will help them make the transition to more advanced reading.

Between the ages of 1 and 3, your child will have triumphs as well as many reading challenges. You, as a parent or teacher, can help your child in this transition as you read stories about other kids and how they handle situations they, themselves, face each day. A child will relate well to another child who also has things that are hiding under their bed, potty training issues, sharing toys and books with other children and much more.

Author: Garolyn Bowen is the owner of this article. Please e-mail me at for permission to use this article.

Garolyn Bowen is the owner of All I Can Imagine, a website that sells the Little Reader Blocks mentioned in this article.

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Retired administrative assistant with an AA in Accounting and diploma in Web Site Design. Owner and operator of All I Can Imagine - a website selling children's learning and fun toys. After retiring in 2006 designed website and became a volunteer with AARP as well as an usher at a local fine arts concert hall. I am an amateur musician.