TEACH YOUR BABY TO READ
TEACH YOUR BABY TO READ
Can Babies Really Learn To Read?
Yes, They Can!
All babies are Einstein’s when it comes to learning to read. Your baby can actually learn to read beginning at 3 months of age. Research shows that from this early age, babies have the ability to learn languages, whether, written, foreign or sign language with ease. It requires no effort for the developing baby to learn languages. They actually just absorb the language that surrounds them.
Window of Opportunity
Babies have an advantage over the rest of us. They have a rapidly developing brain. This allows them to effortlessly learn and absorb mass amounts of information, all before their 5th birthday. The experts refer to this period of intense brain development as a “Critical Period” or a “Window of Opportunity”. That simply means that during this period of time, it is considered the ideal time to introduce certain things. Skills, such as learning to read, are acquired with the least amount of effort during these periods.
The brain grows through use. By stimulating your baby you are growing and strengthening the brain and its connections, called synapses. These are all very important in the development of your child’s intellect. We can do this by providing rich, stimulating environments for our babies. We can expose them to foreign languages and sign language. We can also teach them to read.
Teaching your baby to read may be the easiest of the above choices. You may not know any other languages. You may not know how to sign and you may not have the time or resources to learn. That is why teaching babies to read is so easy and so rewarding. Since you already know how to read, it is a natural step to teach your baby to read as well.
Babies learn to read using the whole-word method, also called sight reading. Thousands upon thousands of babies have learned to read using this simple and amazing system. Babies that learn to read using the whole-word method, naturally learn the rules of phonics on their own or with very little exposure to phonics lessons. However, we recommend that parents of children ages 4 years and up use a phonetic system to teach reading.
How It Works
Teaching your baby to read must be fun for your baby. The idea is to keep their interest in what you are presenting.
-The first rule in teaching babies to read is to make the words big. Their developing visual pathway does not allow them to read words at the font size we are accustomed to reading.
-Secondly, you have to show them the words very quickly. They are learning at incredible rates. When we teach babies to read, we must keep in mind that they can be learning to speak Chinese, French, Spanish and English with no effort, all in the same day. You must also show the baby the words very quickly. If we try to teach a baby to read by having them stare at words they will lose interest. It takes a split second for your child to process the word you are presenting to them.
-Thirdly, you must speak the word in a clear voice. It is best to use a slightly higher-pitched tone, which comes naturally to most people when they speak to babies anyway.
-The last step for success in teaching your baby to read is frequency. You must present the words often in order for your child to master them. As your child progresses in their program, they will master new words at an incredible rate. In the beginning of your baby’s program, you will need to present a word between 15 and 20 times in order to assure mastery. As your program progresses, your child will master new words after viewing them only 2 or 3 times.
How They Progress When teaching babies to read, we begin with single words. After we have taught between 30 to 50 words, we begin to combine the words to form couplets or word pairs. From there we progress to phrases, sentences, and then book.
We recommend that after your child has learned to read many words that you do introduce them to phonics.
It is very exciting to hear your baby read their first word. Of course, you will not hear your baby reading until your baby can speak. This does not mean that you have to wait until your baby can speak in order to teach reading. As you read this article you are most likely not reading aloud, yet you are still reading.
If you are doubtful that babies can read, go to You Tube and type in babies reading. You will see lots of videos of babies reading as soon as they can speak.
In order to start teaching your baby to read, all you need is a marker and some cardstock. You can begin by teaching your baby to read their name, your name and other words they hear regularly.
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