In my world, I think every baby should be taught how to read before they enter kindergarten. There are many products on the market that help parents do just that. And as long as the parents stay consistent, playful and gentle(ie: no pressuring) this is possible in most cases.
But what if you can’t afford to purchase these products?
Now while these products do make it easier on Mom and Dad. However there are cheaper ways around them. However you might have to invest a bit more time. But I would not let finances get in the way of education your young child.
6 Tips How to Teach Your Baby To Read on a Budget
#1 Visit your local library and borrow a copy of the book How To Teach Your Baby To Read
This is a back to basics, DIY How to teach your baby to read program. All you need is some paper and a black and red marker.
One thing you should keep in mind when you read this book, Doman has a very very strict schedule. Don’t feel like you have to do 3 sets of words, 3 times a day each. Figure out what works for your child and go with it. Some kids will set for 10 cards 3 times a day, some prefer 30 cards one or two times a day.
Also don’t worry about his sizing too much. Making your cards on 8×11 white paper is perfect for little ones. Once they are older you can cut that down to half or even quarters.
Cardstock is obviously better, however more expensive. But a huge pack of plain white printer paper can be purchased for fairly cheap.
#2 DVD section in the library or Netflix:
You can find MANY good educational DVD’s at the local library. My library has very limited selection, however they have good video’s like Signing Time, Little Pim English(other languages too if thats what your looking for), and Leap Frog just to name a few.
If you have access to Netflix, that is another good option that has Leap Frog and Signing Time on it as well.
YouTube is AMAZING when it comes to educational videos. There are so many good quality videos that are perfect for teaching your child to read. Create a playlist and show it to your child.
DO make sure you watch the videos first to make sure it is appropriate for your child.
#4 Free Starfall
Check out the classic Starfall.com website. There are lots of great interactive educational games there. They do offer a paid subscription for more content. But the free content is still very good.
#5 Thrift Stores, Kijiji/Craigslist and Garage sales
This is a biggie! I have gotten so many awesome deals during garage sale season, or at the local thrift store. Things that usually sell for $20 or $30 for $1.99, $5, 50cents.
I also check for things on Kijiji before I pay full price. I have heard Craigslist is good in other cities, but its not popular where I live. But check both and see what works best where you live.
Know your prices and keep your eyes open and you will be amazing what kind of treasures you can find.
#6 Join Swagbucks
Check out swagbucks. Its a search page/bar that rewards you with points while you search. Then once you collect enough points, you can exchange them for gift cards. I usually pick Amazon cards. I have earned hundred’s of dollars doing this.
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Have you taught your child to read on a budget? What did you do to save money?