I have been struggling with how to teach DD to read in two languages and have been asking friends with older kids, looking at stuff on-line, etc. On a whim, I was at Barnes & Noble yesterday and looked in the Spanish kids' book section for something. Most of it was flash-card type stuff aimed to teach word recognition, but I found some workbooks that billed themselves as the Spanish version of some English pre-school learning series.
So, I went over to another section and looked at the English learning books. There were DOZENS of work books to help pre-school-aged kids learn to draw lines, recognize shapes, learn how to color pictures according to a specific key, distinguish opposites, etc.
My serious and not-meant-to-be-snarky question is: who are these meant for? Are they for homeschooling or other situations where parents choose not to send kids to preschool/pre-K or are a lot of people out there sitting their kids down with these kinds of workbooks regularly? Honestly, if I weren't the only person responsible for teaching DD to read in Spanish, I don't know that I would have even stumbled on this workbook industry. So now I'm curious.