How To Teach Your Baby To Read

Having the ability to read well is vital to a child growing up today. Learning about the world and expanding the horizons of that world is easy when a child loves to read. Children who get an early start never look back.

Can Babies Really Learn to Read?

Babies are linguistic geniuses. They absorb language from birth onward effortlessly. The baby quickly starts to understand words. We can present those words orally, as we normally do, but also visually. The baby will absorb words and comprehend those words if we present them in a way that is appropriate for brain growth and development.

Why Teach Your Baby to Read?

It’s Easy

The younger your child is, the easier it is to learn. Parents are the best teachers for their children. It only takes a few minutes a day to change a child’s life.

It’s Fun

Children love to play with their mother and father. Learning is the highest form of play to a child. Parents love to see what their children really enjoy and to help them pursue it.

It Develops Language

Babies can often read words long before they can speak. These words expand their vocabulary and stimulate the language areas of the brain.

It Grows the Brain

The brain is growing fastest in the first few years of life. The brain grows by use. Reading is an excellent way to grow the visual pathways of the brain.

It Makes a Child “School-Proof”

When a child goes to school already reading well, good teachers applaud and encourage the child. When the child has a poor teacher, reading independently will help the child to make up for this.

It’s Important

Reading is essential to life. Book worms are life-long learners. It enriches their life. They learn better, faster, and with more enthusiasm. A child who can read independently has opened up the world of learning.

How Do I Teach My Baby to Read?

Our reading program is not a first-grade curriculum imposed upon an 18-month-old. Instead, it is a carefully designed program with the frequency, intensity, and duration that is appropriate for the brain growth and development of the baby or young child.

  • This is a relaxed, joyous process where parents learn to be sensitive to how the baby learns and how to feed that happy hunger.
  • Mother learns what her child enjoys and creates a unique reading pathway just for her child. This brings mother and child closer together.
  • Teaching a baby begins with understanding why babies and young children learn the way they do.
  • When parents understand the philosophy, the techniques are simply common sense.
  • Parents who skip the “why” often do not succeed.

Focus on Timing

Timing is everything for the baby. Mother must choose those moments of the day when the baby (and mother) are happy, well fed and alert. The morning time is golden for the baby.

Create a Learning Environment

A quiet environment without distractions and noise are essential. The baby has superb attention, interest, and concentration for everything in the environment–so everything is competing for that attention.

Avoid Devices

Yes, there are many apps or tablets with words now, but an app is not mother and it is not father. The thing your child wants most is your attention and your enthusiasm.

Be a Teacher

Your child will spend the rest of his or her life in front of a screen. You only have a few short years – right now – to be together and enjoy each other in a meaningful way.

Focus on Timing

Timing is everything for the baby. Mother must choose those moments of the day when the baby (and mother) are happy, well fed and alert. The morning time is golden for the baby.

Create a Learning Environment

A quiet environment without distractions and noise are essential. The baby has superb attention, interest, and concentration for everything in the environment–so everything is competing for that attention.

Avoid Devices

Yes, there are many apps or tablets with words now, but an app is not mother and it is not father. The thing your child wants most is your attention and your enthusiasm.

Be a Teacher

Your child will spend the rest of his or her life in front of a screen. You only have a few short years – right now – to be together and enjoy each other in a meaningful way.

Try an Experiment

If you need more proof that your child is ready to start reading, try this quick and easy activity. For this experiment, you only need a large, red marker and white poster board cut into 6” by 22” strips.

In very large, clear print, write the names of 10 objects in the house (window, refrigerator, door, wall, picture) – whatever seems most interesting. Hang the word cards around the house in the appropriate places.

Now take a tour and tell the baby, with enthusiasm, what each label says. Take this tour 2 or 3 times a day. After 5 days put those words away. Change all the labels and observe what happens.

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How To Teach Your Baby To Read

Since 1963, when the first edition of this ground-breaking book was published, millions of parents around the world have read the book and countless babies have been started on a pathway to intellectual excellence as a result. Of course, we have updated it along the way. The third and latest edition covers everything you need to know to understand why it is so important to teach your baby and the common sense program to do so.
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The Deluxe Program

The Deluxe Program contains what you need to get started teaching your child to read:

• Large word cards suitable for an 18-month or older (for younger children, you can start by making the cards yourself)

• The children’s book Enough, Inigo, Enough

• A Certificate of Achievement to award on the day your child reads the first book!

To guide you through the program, you’ll find both the book and DVD of How To Teach Your Baby To Read.