A guest article from Alexandra Brown, who has spent eighteen years in education and is the Founder of Buzz! Buzz aims to provide unique and fun learning experiences for parents and children to enjoy together.

A friend asked me the other day whether she should buy some books to help her three year old learn his letter sounds. It got me thinking about the importance of teaching this skill at this young age and the method that I would recommend.

Children at this age have a natural interest in books and text. It is this that we need to cultivate and not irradiate. In my experience formal teaching too early can stamp out this literary fire and set the child up for a reading struggle rather than success. So do I think formal teaching of this skill is the way forward? To this I have to say no but this does not mean that phonics learning and reading itself should wait until school. So what would I recommend and what have I found works?

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