The New York Times online had a very useful article titled In a World of Ads, Teaching the Young How to Read Them that I highly recommend.
It discusses the federal educational effort, directed at children in grades four to six, but children following our Montessori at home curriculum should be able to start by first or second grade, via the website admongo, which is well worth a look.
The idea is to teach children what language in commercials and advertisements actually means. The site takes a middle of the road approach to the concept of commercials and advertisements that you can modify in whatever direction you prefer at home.
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