DISCLOSURE: This post may contain affiliate links, meaning I get a commission if you decide to make a purchase through my links, at no cost to you. Please read my Disclosure Policy for more information.
If you’re searching for a program to make teaching your child to read as simple as possible, Little Reader is just what you need.
About BrillKids Little Reader:
- Little Reader has a comprehensive curriculum that cover 3000 words in 180 categories with daily lessons over 12 months leading your child from single words to complete stories.
- It is easy to use. All it takes is just five minutes, once or twice a day, over five days a week, and it is as simple as pressing play.
- Little Reader utilises proven techniques, incorporating flashcards, phonics, and multi-sensorial methods making learning to read fun and engaging.
- Each lesson is unique, showing different pictures, fonts and sounds of the same word to broaden your child’s experience, and to make lessons more interesting.
- You can also personalise the lessons with your baby’s name, personal photographs and videos, and your baby’s favourite words.
- Once you complete the curriculum, you can download more files for free from the BrillKids Forum.
- Little Reader also offers a Chinese curriculum for those who want to teach their children to read Mandarin.
See also: Download the accessory Little Reader flashcards we made (free!)
Little Reader is available from the BrillKids online store. Get 10% off your purchase when you use the following discount code: BKAFF36716.
Little Reader Languages:
Little Reader is also available in the following languages:
- Chinese (simplified and traditional)
Why Start Early?
- Children to learn to read early end up smarter.
- Starting early makes learning to read easier.
Why do some experts say babies can’t really learn to read?
Here’s what Dr Richard Gentry, former university professor and elementary school teacher, and author of Raising Confident Readers, has to say:
Some experts don’t understand the importance of early ‘word reading’. Baby/toddler readers likely go through a different set of steps for organizing the reading brain circuitry than six-year-old non-readers who learn to read from formal instruction in school. Some experts don’t recognize that babies pick up reading easily from developmentally appropriate interactions with parents and they have special language capacities from birth to age three, just as they do with learning multiple languages, enabling them to do remarkable things with learning to read during this special window of opportunity for brain development. Most of the experts who are skeptical think real reading begins with phonics and they don’t recognize that given the right exposure, toddlers can intuit the rules of phonics over time just like they intuit the rules of grammar which are necessary to speak in sentences.
Our Experience with Little Reader
We used Little Reader to teach my son to read from age 1. When he was 2, he could recognise words and read them aloud to me. By the time he was 5, he could read Peter and Jane: Adventure on the Island from the Ladybird reading series. This has been the result of his early exposure to reading with Little Reader. If I had another child, I would definitely use Little Reader again.