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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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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.

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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What Will I Learn?
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.
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  • 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.
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 48 Lectures Collapse All 48 Lectures 01:39:56
1 Lecture 00:52
Read Before School: Your child's early reading success
3 Lectures 07:29

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.

Preview 03:09

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.

Preview 02:57

Lesson scheduling
Steps 1 & 2. How to Teach: The Short Vowels & Consonants
2 Lectures 04:06

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

The Short Vowels

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

The Consonants
Introduction to the Practical Videos and Resources
1 Lecture 00:37

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.

How to use the practical videos
Steps 1 & 2: Games and Activities
11 Lectures 21:49

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.

Daily Story Time for Steps 1, 2 & 3

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.

Big Chalkboard

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.

Letter Discovery

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!

Alphabet Chart

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.

Vowel & Consonant Strips

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.

Find My Friend

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.

Colouring In

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

Go Fetch

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.

I Spy
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1 Lecture 01:09

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Step 3. How to Teach: Blending
1 Lecture 01:54

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.

How to teach: Blending
Step 3: Games and Activities
8 Lectures 18:15

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.

Blend Charts

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).

Colouring Butterflies

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!

Blend Friends

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.

Lucky Dip

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).

Rainbow Icecreams

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.

Preview 02:36

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!

Blend Search

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.

Treat Treasure
Step 4. How to Teach: Reading Simple Words
1 Lecture 00:43

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.

Reading mono-syllable, short vowel words
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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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