(cont) If your child is ready and interested in exploring pre-reading and early literacy skills - there are much easier, age-appropriate not to mention cheaper ways to do so. ;) I have two early readers by their own choice. My son was 2 1/2. My DD was 3. We had no special systems. We simply read to them daily. We played games with letter sounds. We sang a lot. We watched their interest and we moved in that direction. When DS was fascinated by the sounds letters made, we made up games that helped him expand upon that - even something like "I spy something that starts with the letter B. B sounds like Buh. Buh, Buh, B. Right! The ball! Ball starts with B. Buh-all." When we read, we ran our fingers under each word and paced ourselves slow enough for him to follow along without going so slow that we lost story continuity. In his own time, he began to recognize sights and how to sound out words he didn't know.
at 1:05 PM on Dec. 3, 2010