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Old 09-23-2019, 10:00 PM
 
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Absolutely. Never underestimate the mind of a child. Plant the seed and watch it grow...
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Old 09-24-2019, 02:40 AM
 
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Reading stories to children is so very important. Gives them a context to tell a narrative. Not A is for Apple, etc., but a STORY, like Little Red Riding Hood or The Wizard of Oz. Of course, even reading A is for Apple doesn't hurt, and develops a relationship between the child and the caregiver.
Way before books like A is for Apple are appropriate introducing names of objects and people will set the foundation for literacy with an advanced vocabulary of things they understand even if they can't yet speak the words. The child will understand what an apple is as you cut it up and feed it to them while talking about it, its taste and color. When your baby stares at the ceiling fan, tell them it's a fan and what it does.

Six months is not too soon to talk about everything that gets their attention while repeating its name multiple times. Things as simple as calling a light a light and demonstrating what on and off mean can be fun for a kid who's ready to learn even if they're not ready to repeat the words themselves.
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Old 09-24-2019, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Texas
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What do you think of your experiences

Is reading really useful for children under 5?
Useful?
I dunno.
I just know my daughter LOVED to read and would hole up with books for hours.
She still does.

Reading isn't and shouldn't be seen merely as a means to an end.
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Old 09-24-2019, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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Yes it is very important. I read to each of the kids, but the youngest two I read the most. My daughter would not go to bed until I read to her. Sometimes I was at the hospital late. A few times I drove home to read to her and went back to the hospital.

Our kids also knew where the library is in our city and we visited it often. All of our kids had a library card before they started school.

During the summer reading program we would start them off and they liked it because the library offered prizes. One summer my daughter, a 3rd grader at the time, read thru the entire reading program in the first month of Summer. That summer she also read Little Woman at 759 pages long.

I only keep up with the two youngest reading as they are both in High School and Middle School. Our High School age son is well read also. For him it is more about learning how to do things then for fun. My daughter reads for enjoyment. She loves a good story.
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Old 09-24-2019, 11:16 AM
 
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Our elder son was quite precocious in speech & vocabulary. We never used "baby talk" but were constantly talking to him from his first days on.


It was a different story with Honorable #2 Son. He seemed to be healthy in all respects but never vocalized. After the obligatory consults with specialists, etc, we just had to get used to fact that he was mute....But then one cold winter morning when he was about 5, the wife made Farina for breakfast and set it out in bowls before us on the table....The kid took one spoonful, puckered up his mouth, furled his brow and spat it back into the bowl. He shoved the bowl across the table and growled defiantly "I'm NOT eating this stuff! It's got LUMPS in it!"...We were all amazed and dumbfounded. Finally his mother exclaimed. "You can talk!"..."Of course I can," he answered. "Then why haven't you said anything before this?"..."Because up until now, everything has been OK."


It's important to develop language skills including the concepts of reading and writing early to set up the proper nerve pathways....And you can teach a very young kid to read like Hans the Wunder Horse as a circus trick, but is a 4 y/o gunna read Huckleberry Finn and discuss it in depth as to its social commentary and observations on human nature?


Let kids be kids.
Yeah, I've heard that monks who take vows of silence sometimes blurt out stuff like that after decades.

My thought on children and reading is why assume that it's some kind of unpleasant task that keeps them from "letting kids be kids?" That sounds like an adult view which will cause the child to think that things of learning interfere with fun or life or something.

Children are surrounded by language spoken, sung and written. Allowing and fostering a natural curiosity in that isn't preventing them from being kids and will help create a playful attitude toward learning.

No, your little Wunder Horse isn't going to grasp a depth of meaning (but maybe more than you might realize.) But that shouldn't even be expected and is an ugly comparison. Just let him do his thing.

Sounds like you're projecting an idea that everyone is trying to mastermind a prodigy.
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Old 09-24-2019, 11:28 AM
 
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Yes it is very important. I read to each of the kids, but the youngest two I read the most. My daughter would not go to bed until I read to her. Sometimes I was at the hospital late. A few times I drove home to read to her and went back to the hospital.

Our kids also knew where the library is in our city and we visited it often. All of our kids had a library card before they started school.

During the summer reading program we would start them off and they liked it because the library offered prizes. One summer my daughter, a 3rd grader at the time, read thru the entire reading program in the first month of Summer. That summer she also read Little Woman at 759 pages long.

I only keep up with the two youngest reading as they are both in High School and Middle School. Our High School age son is well read also. For him it is more about learning how to do things then for fun. My daughter reads for enjoyment. She loves a good story.
Oh, the library! My mom talked about being friends with the doctor's daughter who actually had her own library and feeling like she was in heaven.

We built each of the kids their own bookshelves for their rooms. As much as they liked reading time they were also very active kids and taking them to the bookstore was sometimes a challenge.

The other day Daughter and I drove by where it used to be and she said, "Remember when the bookstore was there and if we were good we could each pick out our own book?" I don't know if it was memorable for the new book or because she could manage to be "good" for an hour indoors. LOL
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Old 09-24-2019, 01:26 PM
 
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My mother read to me at bedtime. We had a lot of Little Golden Books. And some books about planets and animals. I could read before kindergarten by being read to.

We read to my daughter every night before bed including after she started school. She could read before kindergarten, too. None of this was forced.

What bothers me are people who use flashcards with tiny kids. Remember that commercial for "My Baby Can Read"? The little girl recites "oh no, said Skwooge oh no kind spiwit " It sounded so forced.

Read to children regularly and they'll pick it up. No need to force them.
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Old 09-24-2019, 05:03 PM
 
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What do you think of your experiences

Is reading really useful for children under 5?
Using your brain and learning how to do just about anything, esp in connection with communication, is useful for all people, no matter their age.
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Old 09-25-2019, 08:51 AM
 
Location: BBC
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My mom read to me and my siblings at bedtime, and I started reading to my kids when they were still in diapers.


With my own children, I'd get them ready for bed, changed, bottle, whatever have you, then I'd say to them, you get mommy a book from the shelf, and they'd select something they wanted.
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Old 09-25-2019, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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My father read to us when we were children. We are all voracious readers to this day. I read to my kids every night after their bath time and just before bed from the time they were very young. It was really a nice time for all of us.

Reading expands vocabulary, establishes knowledge of correct spelling, grammar and punctuation, and stimulates imagination. I can't see how that can be a bad thing, for any age.
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