Teaching kids how to read does not start in school. It starts as early as 10 months when a child can already sit up, listen, and look attentively at pictures. Nevertheless, it is still good for expectant mothers to read stories to their babies while still in the womb. There is nothing wrong with this but when it comes to early education for children, you can start reading stories to a child who can actively interact with pictures and things that you say. Although they may not be able to speak comprehensible words, little children can already understand what you say and what they see. It is just a matter of months that they will be able to make up the sounds that they hear and speak if themselves.
The early years of your child is the period of great opportunity for you to start their home education by reading them stories. You can be as creative as you want and find ways to show them pictures and objects which they can touch and feel. Although you may be preparing for your kids schooling in the next couple of years, you can make your child’s first time at pre-school easier by already teaching her some age appropriate lessons through creative educational materials. We all know that kids can already identify shapes by just giving them toys in which they can categorize objects by its shape.
There are several lessons that are easy and that can be immediately understood by children as young as 10 months old. Reading is not the only method you can use to teach them. You can start giving your child some instructions especially when she is already able to walk. Start by asking her to pick up a toy or push a button to turn off her toy. These are just some simple instructions that can already help you assess learning abilities of your child. Once she is ready for pre-school education, then she will be able to easily understand instructions and obey her teacher. This is also a good indication that your child does not have a learning disability. Take time to know your child better by interacting with her and knowing her likes and dislikes.