Learn to Read baby to preschool. Kids as young as 2 can read

Learn how to teach your toddler or pre-schooler / pre-k child to read. Give your child a head start.
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Published 8/2015 English

Course Description

The first five years matter and last a lifetime. The development of our brain determines who we become and how we behave. By the time a child is three years old, 90% of their brain has developed, and it is now understood that early experiences have a greater influence on development than heredity. Not only that, the literacy skills of a child at age 4 to 5 are a good indication of academic success in primary or elementary school.

This course contains the "Read Before School" reading program - a proven phonics program that has been designed to help parents teach their 0 to 6 years-olds, to Learn to Read. Interested in homeschool for kindergarten? In this course I provide the tools and knowledge to help you implement fun and creative learning in your home environment, helping you to unlock your infant, toddler or pre-k / preschooler's potential in a number of areas. 

I designed this course for my own children, who were able both able to read before they started school. I wanted to give my children a solid reading foundation. If you have been researching the homeschool kindergarten curriculum, this course will help you understand how to develop the building blocks for reading using phonics. 

One of my children was reading chapter books independently at age 3, the other was reading simple texts at age 4. Each child is different, and in this course, I help you to teach your child at his or her own individual pace.

Each step of the program includes an instructional video, along with a video of parent and child demonstrating fun and engaging activities and learning games. Phonics worksheets, flashcards, educational games and wall charts are included as PDFs. All you need to do is download the PDFs, print them off, and immediately start the activity with your child! These practical literacy activities will help your child develop excellent reading and spelling skills, to speak well and be a good listener.

Read Before School Feature List:

  • Covers the topics of letter recognition, phonics, blending, reading short vowel words, reading simple sentences
  • Instructional videos explaining the how and why
  • Practical videos demonstrating more than 30 games and activities designed to implement and reinforce learning
  • Printable flashcards, preschool / kindergarten worksheets, educational games and wall charts provided
  • Phonemic awareness activities, reading comprehension strategies, teaching strategies
  • Fully customisable:the program can be implemented at a pace suitable for each individual child
  • Can be started at any age, depending on the individual child's readiness; whether that be 5 months or 5 years
  • Research based, proven techniques – children as young as 2 can learn to read

If you have a baby, toddler or pre-schooler and want to understand what it takes to give children a solid foundation in the first 5 years of life, then this course is for you. If you want to learn how to use fun activities and develop a love of reading and a passion for learning in your child, then this course is for you. You will have lifetime access to this living, evolving course.

So what are you waiting for? Get it now and put your child on the path to reaching his or her full potential, in the most important years of their development.


Disclaimer: The key message of this course for parents is to include children in everyday, nurturing life, where they are loved, talked with, played with and are well nourished; where they can socialize and explore and are kept safe. The course provides instruction in skill areas which can be applied during the early childhood years. In the course, I provide guidance to parents to check their child's readiness to engage in the activities and monitor the child's interest and engagement. Each child learns at their own individual pace. Some children may learn to read at 2, others at 5, and others later. Your level of success, and you child's level of success in attaining results from using our products and information depends on the time you devote to the program, ideas and techniques used and various skills, as well as your child's innate potential. Since the factors differ among each individual, we cannot guarantee your child's success. Many factors will be important in determining your child's actual learning outcomes and we make no guarantees that you will achieve results similar to ours or anyone else's. In fact, we make no guarantees that you will achieve any results from the ideas and techniques contained on our website or in our products. To the extent that we included any case studies or testimonials on this site or in our advertising materials, you can assume that none of these stories represent the "average" or "typical" customer experience. As with any product or service, some people will purchase our products and never actually use them - therefore you should assume that you will obtain no results from this program.

Despite making no guarantees that our product will make any particular result for you, you are still entitled to utilize our return policy according to the conditions stated within, if you are not completely satisfied. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions of this site for further information.

What are the requirements?

  • Access to a printer (preferably colour). Pen, paper, coloured pencils or crayons. Almost everything you need are regular household items, and you will likely already have in your home.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Encourage the excellent reading and writing skills, speech and listening skills in your baby, toddler or preschooler.
  • Implement fun and creative learning in your home environment, helping you to unlock your infant, toddler or pre-k / preschooler's potential in a number of areas.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for parents (and soon to be parents) of babies, preschoolers and toddlers (0-6). It is presented in a simple, easy to understand format and is ideal for parents who want to give their child a head start to their education, in the most important, formative early years.

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Section 1: Introduction
Section 2: Proof
This program works - it helps parent unlock children's individual potential.
Section 3: Read Before School: Your child's early reading success

Discusses the important factors that will contribute to your child's early reading success. Timing and motivation,

creating a fun learning experience, positive reinforcement, teaching methodically and sequentially.


Learn about the different learning styles, limitations to discovering your child's learning style in the early years, and how this course caters to each learning style.

Lesson scheduling
Section 4: Steps 1 & 2. How to Teach: The Short Vowels & Consonants

Understand which letters are the vowels, and learn how to teach their phonemic sounds to your child.


Understand which letters are the consonants, and learn how to teach their phonemic sounds to your child.

Section 5: Introduction to the Practical Videos and Resources

The Resources and Worksheets contained in this lesson are designed to be downloaded and printed. Some of the documents are in black and white, others in colour (if the document is predominantly black and white, with only the logos in colour, these can be printed in black and white). Some of the documents are worksheets, others are flash cards and other aids, which need to be trimmed to size before being used.

Prior to using the resource, we recommend you read the “materials list” and "instructions” at the beginning of the video, then watch the accompanying demo video. In the demo video, you will see how the resource is being used, and whether or not it needs to be printed in colour or trimmed prior to use.

We recommend you laminate the individual letter squares, vowel and consonant strips, alphabet chart and flash cards before use, but this is not essential.

Section 6: Steps 1 & 2: Games and Activities

In this lesson we demonstrate how to encourage your child to do more than just listen to stories. We demonstrate asking open ended questions - who, what, when, how, why, suggesting and wondering to encourage your child to examine pictures and think about what the story could be about before they read it / head it read to them.


Have fun with your child drawing on a big chalkboard! Draw pictures, write the letters, make the associated sounds. Let your child colour in your pictures, scribble, and practice drawing the letters. Children learn best when activities are interactive and fun, and unstructured play is a great way to get kids to learn without realising they are being taught! We demonstrate how to use open ended, unstructured play with pictures and words to familiarize your child with letters and symbols.


In this video, we demonstrate how to strategically place cards with letters on them amongst your child's toys to "discover" the letters as they play.

Each time your child comes across a new letter, talk about the letter names, sounds, and mention some words they recognise which start with the sounds .As your child advances, ask them to tell you some words they know which start with the sound. This activity builds familiarisation with phonemic sounds, and can be used throughout the course to reinforce learning.


In this video we demonstrate the phonemic sounds of the alphabet. You can use this tutorial to refer back to, in order to ensure you have the correct pronunciation for the consonants and short vowels. If you are working through the sounds with a young child, ensure you are adding some fun to the exercise - remember that the best learning takes place when your child is happy. Pull our some puppets, or socks on your hands in place of puppets, some soft toys, or plastic animals and get creative with some fun voices. Your toddler will enjoy being taught by a toy so much more than plain old mummy!


In this video, we demonstrate how to use the flashcards provided with this course to teach your child to identify the initial sounds in everyday words.


This video demonstrates how you can use the vowel and consonant strips to teach your child the short vowels and the consonants and their phonemic sounds. The vowel and consonant strips are small and portable, making them the ideal "handbag item" for learning on the go. You can stick the strips on your child's high chair table, or table at which your child eats their meals (using clear tape to protect it from food), and in other frequently used places around your home.


In this video, we demonstrate how to play a game that encourages your child to identify the first phonemic sound in a word, and find the letter that matches that sound.


In this video we demonstrate the types of conversations you can have with your child while he or she colours in the colouring in sheet, to encourage your child to think out letters and their sounds. There are learning opportunities in the simplest activities, and this video shows you how simple it is to turn simple colouring into a lesson in graphemes and phonemes for your toddler or preschooler.


In this video we demonstrate a fun and effective game to help your child identify and match phonemic sounds to their written letters.


In this lesson we demonstrate how to use the "individual letter squares" to play "memory" - a classic, fun game in which you and your child will try to find matching pairs of letters. The player with the most matching pairs at the end of the game is the winner.


We demonstrate how to play this classic game to encourage your child to think about the initial phoneme in everyday words. This game is generally suited to children aged 4 and above.

Section 7: Let's build a fantastic course!

Before moving on, I'd like to ask YOU to help ME to help you! You can do this by leaving a star rating and comments! This will help me better understand what my students think of my course, and will help me when I am creating more content. If you love my course, don't be shy... tell the world how you feel. The more good reviews (4 and 5 star) I get, the more people will see my course on Udemy, and them more children will benefit from getting a head start to their education. If you think there is room for improvement, you can open a discussion or contact me directly – this will enable me to discuss your comments with you to gain a deeper understanding of your thoughts. Remember, you have lifetime access to this course, and it is always evolving. I take each and every comment seriously – I can give you more of the good stuff, and make changes to improve on the not so good stuff. So please, leave a star rating and comments, or drop me a line with your suggestions now or at any time during the course!

Section 8: Step 3. How to Teach: Blending

In this video I teach you how to determine whether your child is ready to progress to Step 3, and I introduce and explain blending. Mastery of Step 3 is essential, before moving on to Step 4.

Section 9: Step 3: Games and Activities

We demonstrate the blending sounds for all of the letter combinations in the Blend Charts. This activity should be tailored to the age or stage of your child - you will likely to add more interest, in the form of fun voices, clapping, using puppets or toys to make this activity more engaging for younger children.


In this activity, we demonstrate the conversations you can have with your child while they are colouring in the "Colouring Butterflies" activity sheet. Upon watching this video, you will understand that the activity needs to involve more than your child colouring in to be an optimal phonics learning experience. Conversation about the letters and their phonemic sounds are essential to helping your child understand the link between graphemes (written letters / letter combinations) and phonemes (the sounds these letters and letter combinations make).


This great little activity is one that you can take with you in your handbag wherever you go! Place a vowel card beside a consonant card and ask your child to pronounce the blend. Place another consonant over the last one and ask your child the new blend. As you child becomes more and more advanced, challenge him or her to beat their "record" inside a specified time limit, or by beating a previous record of correct blends in a row!


In this activity we demonstrate how to play Lucky Dip - a game which involves plainge the vowels in a bowl or bag and the consonants in another bowl or bag. Your child will take one letter from each bowl and place them on the table, side by side, face up.

Ask your child to sound out the blend. Once they get it right, switch the order and ask them to sound out the

new blend. Return the vowel to the vowel bowl/bag and keep the consonant aside. Repeat with another vowel and consonant combination.


In this activity, we demonstrate the conversations you can have with your child while they are colouring in the "Rainbow Icecream" activity sheet. Upon watching this video, you will understand that the activity needs to involve more than your child colouring in to be an optimal phonics learning experience. Conversation about the letters and their phonemic sounds are essential to helping your child understand the link between graphemes (written letters / letter combinations) and phonemes (the sounds these letters and letter combinations make).


You child should have lots of fun with this game! Lay out the letter blend rectangles in rows on a table or the floor. For younger children, lay just a few rectangles out - perhaps only 6 or 8. As they become more and more confident, you can introduce more letter blends, and finish with the large number we play with in this video.


This is a favourite of many of a number of the children who have learn to read using this program. Upon watching this video, you will know how to use the Phonics Bingo sheets to play this fun, and sometimes loud, game - get ready to block your ears when your child excitedly shouts BINGO!


Put your thinking cap on to come up with some special treats that your child can "unlock" by correctly pronouncing the letter blends. This is a quick and easy game for those kids with a shorter attention span - particulaly toddlers.

Section 10: Step 4. How to Teach: Reading Simple Words

After completing the lecture you will understand what makes up a mono-syllable short vowel word, and how to use phonemic sounds to pronounce these words.

Section 11: Step 4: Games and Activities

In this video I deliver tips to help you make the most of daily story time with your child when they are at Step 4 and 5. Tips include: pointing to words, alternating reading, asking open ended questions, making comparisons to draw attention to similarities and differences in the story, and asking your child to summarize parts of the story, to develop higher order thinking skills.


In this video, we show you haw to play Crack the Code. This fun game involves writing a word on a piece of paper (use the 3 letter, short vowel word list for inspiration), and draw the matching picture on the other side. Place the side with the word, face up, in front of you.

To “unlock” the picture, your child must sound out the phonemes and successfully blend them on their own.

When they do so, turn the paper over so that they can see the picture on the other side. This game will help your child to use pictures as clues to help piece together the "letter puzzle" - an essential part of decoding in the learn to read process.


This is a great little activity to get your little one to put his or her thinking cap on! Your child can have a go at filling in the missing sounds on the worksheets themselves, or you can act as their scribe. Either way, we are sure your child will love this activity!


This is virtually a guaranteed hit game. Most children will love using a robot voice and robot arms while they sound out the phonemic sounds of words. This game can be adapted to suit many ages and stages. For young toddlers, you can say the sounds first, they repeat them, then you say the word, and your toddler repeats. For older or more advanced children, you can write the words down, and they can sound the letters out using their best robot voice.


In this game, you will wriite a word on a piece of paper (use the 3 letter, short vowel word list for inspiration) and draw a matching picture above or below it. Place the paper, with the word face up, in front of you.

Ask your child to sound out the phonemes. /h/a/t/. Once your child sounds the word out (either correctly or incorrectly), turn it over to see if they have "cracked the code"!


In this exercise, you will learn how to play yet another simple but fun pronunciation game with your child. This game helps your child understand that words are made up of phonemic sounds. Get ready for some fun and laughs!


This video demonstrates how you can use the word families lists to teach your child to sound out simple short vowel words. Only one letter changes at a time in these lists, so it gives your child a"safe"way to feel the accomplishment of reading many words! Word families can be used to teach children to decode by analogy by using a word they already know to figure out a word they don't know (this is the strategy used by adult fluent readers).


In the video we demonstrate the classic game of hangman, and how you can play it with your child to get them to figure out what your selected word is. You can swap the hang man with a differnt object such as a flower or a car if you prefer!


This is another fun game, almost certain to be a hit with most kids! There are 3 levels of difficulty to choose from, or you can make you own adaptation if you'd prefer! This game involves lots of car noises by you and your child, 3 toy cars, and lots of sticky dots with letter drawn on them. as you “drive” the cars along the

table or floor and park them in the parking spaces. Depending on the level of difficulty required, your child will either read the word, unscramble a jumbled word,or make their own word. Get ready to have some brooom brooom fun!


In this game, we show you how to play Word Scramble - a game in which your child will need to think carefully about the jumbled letters in from of them and how they can be rearranged to form a word they know!


This activity should be attempted when your child is nearing mastery of Step 4. In this activity you will create a prize list with your child.You will then practice sounding out the words on the provided word list with your child a few times a day. After 3 or 4 days of practice, if your child feels ready to give it a go, ask your child to read as many words as they possibly can on the word list. When they have finished, add up the number of words they pronounced correctly. Look at the corresponding prize level on the prize ladder and award the prize.

Section 12: Step 5. How to Teach: Reading Simple Sentences

In this video I give a brief introduction to how you can support your child when moving from tackling simple words, to reading complete snetences.

Section 13: Step 5: Games and Activities

In this activity, your child will need to put the "missing letter" blocks in the correct gaps, to complete a "block sentence". You can write the sentence down for the most basic level, tell your child the sentence for an intermediate level of difficulty, or provide the missing letters without telling your child what the sentence is for the highest level of difficulty.


In this activity, you will make a sentence out of blocks, and your child will need to sound out the phonemes to decode the words then read the full sentence to you! Children who have mastered level 5 may like to create their own sentences.


In this activity, you will create a sentence using the letter squares and ask your child to read it. Once your child is nearing mastery of Step 5, they will be able to spell the simple sentence you give them on their own.


This game uses incentives of your choice to encourage your child to spell words. "Read Before School Dollars"are provided for you to give to your child each time he or she spells a word correctly. At the end of the session, or the end of the week, your child can "go shopping" with their earnings - choosing which prize/s from your list they would like to "buy" with their earnings.


In this video, we demonstrate how to use the what's missing worksheet - a worksheet designed to encourage your child to use pictures and their reading skills to find the missing word in the sentence.

Section 14: Thank you
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Instructor Biography

Prue Madden, Owner of Skillsmosis e-learning

Prue Madden is a digital strategist, visual narrator and online entrepreneur. She is the founder and owner of Bold Text Media Digital Marketing based in Australia. With eight years' experience in senior management positions at global marketing consultancies in Japan, China, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia, experience in childhood education, a double degree in Commerce and Asian Studies, fluent speaker of Indonesian and over 9 years of running businesses online, Prue continues to combine her love of learning, technology and her drive to create, to continually evolve in the digital space.

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