Sometimes I feel like I need to spend money so that my kids can have educational materials that will give them a heads-up in life. But that really isn’t true.
Many of the most meaningful learning opportunities are completely free. Take Morning Messages for example. (More info here.) Writing a daily Morning Message with your children is one of the easiest ways to teach them to read.
In this first example you can see my four-year-old is working on: phonics (dentist, it, fun), sight words (are, is, be, to), and the sentence pattern “We are going.” That’s a whole lot of learning in five minutes of mommy and me time!
My eight year old son is already a competent reader, so he doesn’t need a Morning Message to reinforce phonics. A little help with other friendly reminders can’t hurt though. 😉
Sometimes Teaching My Baby to Read reviews rebooks or materials that cost money, but I hope that readers understand how committed I am to my mission of helping families from every social and economic background give their children educational advantages.
You, paper and a pencil can take your kids far!
Truly, the most important learning tool you can give your children is YOU!