Do you believe that your baby can learn to read even before they can talk? It’s possible!
Your Baby Can Read!, an early language development system, was developed by Dr. Robert Titzer, a dad who taught his 9-month-old daughter to read words, even before she could speak them. Dr. Titzer extensively researched infant and learning development and created this program as a result of his vision of “making the world a better place by allowing children greater opportunities and successes throughout life by developing reading skills early.”
Thanks to the Parent Bloggers Network I had an opportunity to try the Your Baby Can Read! system with my children. This program consists of 5 DVDs and are especially appealing to the 2-4 year old crowd, however they claim to be created for even a 3-month-old in mind.
I was excited to show the dvds to my little ones, but couldn’t help but be just a tad bit skeptical. Josh, just shy of 4 years-old, loved the Starter disk… He was so excited at the possibility of learning to read, that he diligently reminded me to allow him to watch it every day, for several weeks. You see, the program works best if you show each disk a number of times a day for up to a month, in order for the information to “stick” before moving on to the next.
The Your baby Can Read! system includes lots of neat stuff. Each dvd contains many fun activities and engaging dialogue, and shows words that correspond with the spoken word and a picture. The dvds are full of songs, with the words shown karaoke style, so the child will associate the words sung with the spoken word. A series of flashcards are included, as well, each showing a picture to match the word.
In addition to showing each disk at least twice a day, you are encouraged to reinforce what the child is learning by practicing with them using the flashcards. I found this time to be a great time to teach the signs for each of the words as well.
I’m going to be honest here. While I believe the videos could aid in teaching a baby to read, my younger two kiddos would not sit still long enough to even make it through an entire dvd. (They won’t even watch a full episode of their favorite shows – They would rather watch their older siblings!) Even Josh lost interest after a few weeks. He is able to recognize a few words, but is that because I work with him every day or is it because of the Your Baby Can Read! dvds? Hard to know, for sure.
This program definitely could work for the little ones who enjoy watching shows with children engaging with others, a variety of animals, shapes, and colors. The key to Your Baby Can Read! is that it will aid in teaching your child whole language and phonics’s using a combination of sight, sound, and interaction.
I truly believe that there is nothing that beats one on one time with your baby, or that any thing can take the place of a human teacher… YOU can teach your baby to read! But, you may want to check out Your Baby Can Read! to help.