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|Learning to Read|
These days we live in a world saturated with electronics, and for the most part that is a very good thing. But in this digital age, it is important to be a discerning parent when choosing and using apps and e-books for your beginning reader.
Reading apps serve as good supplements for acquiring early reading skills. They are most helpful in teaching basic, necessary single items, such as alphabet knowledge and sight words. They also offer a wide variety of phonics practice through games and other interactive activities.
There are a lot of popular and widely-advertised programs that lead you to believe that they can "teach" your child to read. This is where a parent needs to exercise good judgment. Be sparing in the use of programs that do the reading for the learner. Consider these drawbacks for a beginning reader:
Please remember that traditional print books still have their place, and they should be the primary resource for any reading program. Think about the advantages that books can provide:
Learning from electronic devices is here to stay, and it is not necessarily a negative practice. Quality apps can help a child learn many basic items necessary for reading. Quality books provide an opportunity to practice and strengthen reading strategies. Parents and educators just need to use wisdom and balance with both resources when it comes to helping their beginning readers.