Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Learning to Read
I'm listening to an extended discussion on Talk of the Nation about the Baby Einstein videos, whether videos increase infant intelligence, and how best to teach children to read. You know, I learned to read by the time I was 3 or 4. My grandmother taught me; she'd sit with me on her lap, and read me the Sears, Roebuck catalog. It doesn't take a video to teach a child to read, in fact, it's almost certainly counter-productive. It takes a parent or other adult, some kind of reading material, and a small child. You could probably teach a child to read from the sports section of the newspaper.