Becoming a lifelong reader involves far more than knowing the ABCs. It begins with children becoming sensitized to the sounds of language. The more sounds a child hears, the more words, with all their sounds, he’ll learn to say and eventually read.
You can’t walk down a supermarket aisle today without seeing at least one toddler clutching mommy or daddy’s smartphone. But while very young children don’t need phones, a few just-for-kids tech toys can help children feel connected and round out their pretend play toy box.