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Your Baby Can Read

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QuestionAt what age should a child start the program?
AnswerIn 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!
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QuestionWhy should parents teach their babies to read?
AnswerIt's easier to learn language skills at a higher level earlier in life than it is later in life. Babies and toddlers learn to understand language and speak naturally simply by listening to language. When babies hear a second language, they learn to understand and speak the language naturally without an effort if they hear the language frequently enough. If babies are allowed to see the language, they can also learn written language just as naturally. We would never imagine waiting until age 5 or 6 to speak to children and I believe if we looked at the written form of language in the same way as we do the spoken form, we would not wait until age 5 or 6 to allow children to see our language. Early in life, children learn the patterns of language more easily than they do later in life.

If babies and toddlers are allowed to see the language at the same time they hear the language, they can learn the patterns of the written language (phonics) just as naturally and easily. Generally, when people learn the patterns of language early in life they learn the language at a higher level than people who learn by rules later in life. We currently wait until more than 90% of the brain is developed (around age five or six) to teach reading. By that age, learning to read becomes a difficult skill that is learned by rules (instead of learned naturally by seeing the language and figuring out its patterns). Reading is fun for babies and toddlers.

QuestionWhat are the videos about?
AnswerThe videos allow the children to see the language at the same time they hear the language in a fun, interactive way. The videos use animals, other young children, and songs that are interesting to young children. The main idea behind the videos is that we try to help the children develop an association between the written words, their sounds, and their meanings. Over time, the babies figure out enough of these associations so that they learn the sounds that the letters make. [Please read the question and answer about phonics for more information on how we teach phonics.] We also have a 10-minute Parent Segment on each DVD explaining how to use the videos.

QuestionHow does it work?
AnswerBasically, we use an interactive and multi-sensory approach. The children are allowed to see the words at the same time that they hear the words. Since children learn language faster and easier during infancy than any other time, we take advantage of this window of opportunity to learn written language as well as spoken language. So, the infants are able to see and hear words instead of simply hearing the words. Additionally, we encourage the babies to participate by saying the words and by doing physical actions that help the children learn the meanings of the words. We encourage the babies and toddlers to clap, wave, point, touch body parts, and so on. This kind of interactive, multi-sensory learning has been shown to be superior to simply presenting the information in one sensory modality and it is more fun!

QuestionWhy should parents have their babies watch educational videos instead of watching entertainment-based videos?
AnswerTime, Newsweek, and many other magazines have had in-depth reports on infant brain development. Most conclude the same thing – there is a window of opportunity for stimulating infants' brains when babies’ and toddlers’ brains are developing very rapidly. Babies and toddlers have tens of thousands of new connections forming in their brains each second. According to theories of brain development, young children who see the language at the same time they hear the language, see and hear about the meaning of each word, and do physical actions related to the words should have many new synapses connecting the visual cortex with the auditory cortex, somatosensory cortex, and other language areas of the brain. These connections are far more likely to have a lasting value than watching other baby videos. For instance, in some very popular baby videos, babies watch colorful bubbles floating around while listening to unrelated sounds.

During a half-hour video, babies have millions of new connections forming in their brains – most of them are not useful when they are watching most TV shows or videos that have only a small educational component. Over time, these connections form the actual physical structure of your child’s brain so it is extremely important which videos that you allow your child to watch. Additionally, there are longitudinal studies showing positive effects of early stimulation, including higher IQs.

QuestionDoes your video series teach phonics?
AnswerYes. We specifically teach phonics as well as whole words. We have sections of the videos that teach phonics. Many infants have learned to read phonetically at very advanced levels with this system because they picked up the patterns of the written language all by themselves. Remember, infants and toddlers naturally learn the patterns of our spoken language by listening to people talk. Three-year-old children may say, “I swimmed yesterday.” instead of “I swam yesterday.” because they figure out the pattern of adding an “ed” onto words to make them past tense. Young children who watch our videos may learn the patterns of the written language or phonics after they learn to read several dozen words. This happens because after they learn to read many words, they will pick up the patterns of the language. In other words, they will learn to recognize that words beginning with the letter “d” make the ‘d’ sound after they learn some words that begin with the letter “d”.

QuestionWill older children benefit from the videos?
AnswerYes. There are long-term studies showing the earlier the child is taught to read, the better the child reads – even when IQ and socio-economic factors were controlled. The children who were taught to read earlier read better than the children who were taught later – even after many years indicating that it is similar to learning a second language where it is easier to learn at a high level early in life than it is later in life. We have had many children who are five or six years old who learned to read using our videos. Often, children who are age four or older will go through the videos at a faster pace than babies and toddlers. This is explained on the Parent Segment of each of the DVDs.

QuestionDo children like watching your videos?
AnswerIn general, babies love watching our videos. We have many hundreds of comments from parents saying that their children prefer our DVDs over other entertainment-based programs with little educational value. Our videos are interactive which makes them more fun for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. We also have songs, poems, animals, and children in the video. Everything is presented in a fun and interesting manner so most children love the videos. Additionally, parents don’t need to feel guilty using these videos because they know that the child is actually learning useful language abilities rather than simply being occupied by a TV show while the parents are busy.

If your child is not watching the videos you could try the following strategies. Make sure that your baby is in an upright position, close enough to see the television screen, and comfortable. You may want to have your infant seated on your lap and gently encourage your baby to participate in the activities presented in the video. Depending on the age of your child, you may want to have your baby seated in a highchair and feed your child while she or he is watching.

We strongly recommend that you cut down on the amount of TV that your child watches so that when you put the reading video on, it will be a more novel activity. Sometimes, it helps to have the child watch the videos early in the morning, before or after a nap, or after physical activity. We also suggest that you remove distractions from the room before watching the DVDs. Many parents only use our videos in the car so that the child can benefit from riding in the car.

QuestionHow long do you recommend that infants watch the video?
AnswerThat depends on many factors -- how many words the baby already knows, the baby's interest in learning new words, the baby's age, and so on. Beginning readers should watch about two times a day or about one hour per day. Remember, this is instead of watching other TV shows or videos that generally have little educational value. Your child can watch while riding in the car or while you are busy around the house so that watching the videos will not take time away from other important activities.

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