Do You Think Babies Can Learn to Read?
Dr. Robert Titzer, Ph.D., developed this reading program for babies after researching infant learning and development. His philosophy is based on the idea that we miss the optimal window to teach our children how to read by waiting until kindergarten. He believes the natural window to learn language is between birth and the child’s fifth birthday. Titzer also believes that early reading leads to a greater affinity for reading later in life. A broad range of products support his Your Baby Can Read: Early Language Development Systemsystem.
But, child development experts are of the collective opinion that while young children can be made to recognize or memorize words, the brains of most infants and toddlers are just not developed enough to actually learn to read at the level the way the enticing television ads claim they can.
In fact,The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has filed a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission that infant-reading program's claims are false and misleading.
Still, many parents and nannies swear by this product. For example, Katie from FL says, "I started this program with my son when he was five-months old. He is now 16-months old and reads ALL 50 words, even when I write them on a sheet of paper. Also he reads 10 other words he has picked up from reading books with me!"
Melinda, a nanny from Fredericksburg, PA says, "I think this is an amazing product, regardless of what some experts may say. We started this when my charge was three-months old and he loves it. He just turned two-years old and he has learned all the songs and recognizes most of the words from the DVDs."
Cathy, a mother in FL explains, "This product is great for children who can sit in front of the TV and pay attention to what is going on. We purchased this for my oldest daughter when she was about a year old but she is very hyper and barely glances at the TV so it didn't work for her. She did like the songs and she learned body parts, directions, and colors from the DVDs, just not reading. My youngest one is five-months old and much calmer and she seems to be getting the hang of it. Overall it's a good product for the attentive child and dedicated parent."
Let us know what you think. Do you think this program helps babies learn to read?