10 Tips on Choosing a Toddler Reading Program

Woman with a thinking expressionThere are a number of children reading programs out there, are you at a lost at which one to choose?

I’m going to share with you my tips in choosing a great toddler reading program.

I’ve jumped on the baby reading program bandwagon when I hardly knew anything about teaching a kid or anyone to read. Back then I simply thought it would be so cute if my baby son could read, and it might be giving him a head start as claimed by the baby reading program that I bought when my son was merely 7 months old.

After trying for a few weeks to let the computer teach my baby to read, I stopped. I thought perhaps he was too young and I would restart him all over again at a later stage. Well, I didn’t. Instead, I came upon another children reading program that opened my eyes to what teaching reading to kids is about.

I am so glad that I came upon the second reading program. Teaching my son to read as a toddler is turning out to be one of my most rewarding life experiences! I could see results after each lesson, and his progress is growing so fast as we went through the reading lessons.

So I’m sharing with you now a list of 10 tips (not listed in order of importance), of what I would look out for if I were to choose a reading program for my toddler all over again:


1. No computer, no TV, no screen time. I would not want to sit my son on my lap and let the screen teach him reading again. I rather have print outs that I can go through with my child at our own pace.

2. Let me be his first teacher. I don’t want to be his lap cushion even though back then I thought that was quite a good idea. Now, I want to be actively involved in teaching him.

3. Each lesson should be short. Preferably under 10 minutes.

4. Clear audio clips pronouncing the letter sounds. As I look for videos on pronouncing letter sounds, I have heard variants. I didn’t learn phonics as a child. So the program must include clear audio clips to teach me the proper letter sounds so I could properly teach my child.

5. A strong and empowering introduction. To clearly share the benefits of early childhood reading and give me the confidence as the parent, to teach my child to read at home.

6. Quick response from the author. When I am in doubt, I want to be able to contact the author, and have the author helps me out with questions I have regarding the reading program.

7. An easy and systematic teaching method. When the teaching steps are laid out clearly, I am empowered to teach my child. After all, I am not formally trained as a teacher, and I need precise teaching instructions. ;)

8. Be learning synthetic phonics. The toddler should be learning letter sounds, decoding words and blending letter sounds to pronounce words. This way, even if my son is to encounter unfamiliar words in future, he can decode the words on his own. But if he were to learn to read by memorizing word shapes, he might have difficulty in doing so.

9. Increase bonding and interaction between parent and child. Because I am the one teaching my child how to read, there is more quality time spent in learning together. And as I observe my kid’s reactions to what I am teaching him, I am able to respond to him appropriately.

10. Result and progress are obvious. If the teaching steps of the young children reading program are solid and sound, the parent should see results after each lesson. I don’t want to be teaching my son for weeks without a hint of whether he is even registering the lesson, like I have experienced with my son during his babyhood using the baby reading program!


These are the 10 tips that I hope you will find useful when assessing the children reading programs in the market. If you have any thoughts or more tips to share, please get involved in my site by leaving a comment below! I would love to connect with you!

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