I saw the Your Baby Can Read infomercial during the wee hours in the morning and immediately became intrigued. Seeing babies as young as nine months old being able to read astonished me. How can this be, I thought to myself. My son is 22 months and I would love for him to be able to read and to recall words like the babies in the video!
Take a look at this video…
WOW those babies are amazing!
More about the Your Baby Can Read program (description from website)
Who can benefit?
Designed for Children Between The Ages of 3 months and 5 years
In the first years of a child’ life, tens of thousands of synaptic connections are made each second in the brain, opening the door for increased learning capacity. The most natural time to learn any aspect of language is during the infant and toddler years. There is a “natural window of opportunity” for learning language where it is easier for children to learn to understand and speak our language at a high level. During this window of opportunity, between the ages of 3 months and 5 years, they can also learn the written word naturally and easily.
Dr. Titzer has developed a new method of teaching reading that could change how and when our children learn to read. Normally, children don’t start learning to read until age 5 or 6 years old, but the natural window of opportunity begins to close around age 4 – BEFORE THEY ENTER KINDERGARTEN!
How It Works
A baby’s brain thrives on stimulation and develops at a phenomenal pace…nearly 90% during the first five years of life! The best and easiest time to learn a language is during the infant and toddler years, when the brain is creating thousands of synapses every second – allowing a child to learn both the written word and spoken word simultaneously, and with much more ease.
Dr. Titzer says the current practice of starting to teach reading skills in school is too late and children benefit greatly from getting a much earlier start since a child basically has only one natural window for learning language — from about birth to about age four. During this period it is easier for a child to learn any type of language including spoken, receptive, foreign and written language. The earlier the child is taught to read the better they will read and the more likely they will enjoy it.
Studies prove that the earlier a child learns to read, the better they perform in school and later in life. Early readers have more self-esteem and are more likely to stay in school. Meanwhile, a national panel of reading specialists and educators determined that most of the nation’s reading problems could be eliminated if children began reading earlier.
What You Get
5 DVD Set with Sliding Word Cards
50 Word Game Cards
82 Double Sided Word Cards
5 Lift-A-Flap Books
The “How To” Parent’s Guide
Window Book, Workshop DVD, and Music CD.
My experience with Your Baby Can Read
After seeing the infomercial, my curiosity drove me to contact a Your Baby Can Read representative. I asked if I could possibly try the program and share my experience plus honest thoughts with my readers. The rep agreed and sent me the Your Baby Can Read Starter Kit to review which includes the Parents’ Guide, Early Learning Workshop DVD, Starter DVD, Learn to Read Word Cards (with 1 wipe-clean word card, and 1 erasable non-toxic pen), and the Starter Book. The kit contains everything to get you started and basically gives you a good sense on how the full program works.
I started introducing Your Baby Can Read to my son ( about a week ago) by having him watch the Starter DVD , which includes 22 key words. I had him watch it twice daily, as it is the recommended time for the first month. The first two times my son watched the video I viewed along with him to see how he would react. He paid attention for the initial few minutes and even tried to mimic a few of the actions he already knew (like clap, arms up) . This was very encouraging since he seemed to be taking an interest, but the video lost his attention half way through until the Itsy Bitsy Spider song played. The music sparked his interest again and he began watching for a short brief moment. I tried the suggestions (given in the guide) of having him sit in an upright position, close enough to see the television screen, and dimmed the lights in the room to make the TV appear brighter to help him focus. The only tactic that worked for me to get him more involved was to play along with the actions in the video, such as touching my nose when the word “nose” came across the screen or throwing my arms up as the phrase “arms up” was read.
I do believe breaking the video into several minute intervals through the day (also suggested in the guide) might be a more productive method for teaching my son. I will be experimenting with this technique in the upcoming week to see if it is a better approach to keeping him focused, and to give him more of a desire to learn.
A couple of times per day I’ve been showing him the Starter Sliding Word Cards and reading the Starter Book to him after his bath. The word cards are a HUGE hit. I’ve tried using other flash cards in the past with him, but he did not care to interact. The Your Baby Can Read word cards have a sort of element of surprise as you slide the card open to display a bright picture which helps demonstrate the concept that objects have names. I use a playful voice as I read the card to him and use a swooshing sound as I slide it open. He loves it!
My thoughts about Your Baby Can Read
The program uses a multi-sensory technique to help a child grasp word recognition. The combination of sound, sight, and playful interaction encourages your child to learn whole language and phonics. In my opinion, with proper parent involvement and positive reinforcement, the system is an excellent tool to getting your child on the path to better understanding language and on the road to successful reading.
About Dr. Titzer
Recognized expert, infant researcher Dr. Robert C. Titzer, Ph.D., has a grand vision of making the world a better place by allowing children greater opportunities and successes throughout life by developing reading skills earlier.
A professor and teacher for over 15 years, Dr. Titzer has extensively researched infant learning and development. After teaching in the public school system, Dr. Titzer went on to complete his Masters degree at Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. in Human Performance at Indiana University, where he developed this revolutionary early learning approach with his own infant children.
His research on reading during infant and toddler years captured the interest of educators, researchers, parents, government agencies, and the media worldwide. Dr. Titzer’s research has been published in scientific journals, including the prestigious Psychological Review.
You can try the Your baby Can Read complete program for $14.95 for the first 30 days. The manufacture backs their product by believing you will be completely satisfied with the results from using the program that they are offering a 30 day money back guarantee. Your Baby Can Read can also be purchased in full for $199.95 and you will also receive the 3 free gifts.
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