Teaching My Baby To Read

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My name is Jennifer Bardsley.  I am a stay at home mom who writes the “I Brake for Moms” column for The Daily Herald.  Before that, I was a former K-4 teacher in Northern California.

My goal for this blog is to help you ensure that your child is academically advantaged, regardless of age, ability, or socio-economic level.  My dream is to start a national conversation about how massive parental involvement could be the magic bullet towards helping all children in America achieve academic success.

Thanks to AP credits, I graduated from Stanford University in three years with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology.

I went on to earn my Professional Clear Multiple Subjects Credential with CLAD emphasis from CalState Teach and a Masters Degree in Education from The University of Notre Dame de Namur. I also have a Washington State teaching certificate.

Every child deserves one-on-one instruction, and that experience can begin in your home.  (Please note that I do not actually think that babies can read!)

Too often the message parents hear from the media is “Read a book to your child.”  Well yes, that’s obviously a good idea, but there is so much more that parents could be doing.

My Where to Start page will give you ideas for toddlers and preschoolers, and my Afterschooling page is for Kindergarten on up.

Teaching your child at home does not mean you are a Tiger Mom.  It means you care about your children and are preparing them for future success.  Developmentally, all children are unique and will learn at different rates, but there is no reason you can’t give your son or daughter a head start!

If you have any questions, or would like to contact me, please feel free to email me: teachingmybabytoread at gmail dot com

P.S. I am very happily represented by literary agent Liza Fleissig, of the Liza Royce Agency, LLC.


  1. brindanaidu says:

    Keep writing! I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award. http://gottasaythanks.wordpress.com/the-liebster/

  2. pamelaholko says:

    Many grandparents have a role here. Especially these days when so many of us provide regular daycare for grandchildren. I write too with tips on activities, meals and snacks and outings to be shared with young grandchildren. Grandparents don’t need to provide expensive toys and outings to entertain young children, simple ideas are often the best where time and conversation are shared.

  3. Denise Mostowfi says:

    What a wonderful website! We will always remember you for being such an amazing K/1 educator for Erin. I’m so glad to know that your passion for educating children lives on! You have such a gift. By the way, Erin is hoping to major in creative writing in college!

    • Yay! Thank you for stopping by. As I recall Erin always wrote stories about animals when she was five. 🙂 I’d love to read what she wrote now. When it’s college essay time I’d be happy to take a look before they went off.

  4. I have nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award! http://julieanndove.com/ I hope you enjoy the questions:)

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