Once you've done your research on the pros and cons of teaching babies and have decided to give it a go, the next decision is almost as difficult: "How do I teach my baby?"
The early learning market is growing, with many experts telling you that their approach is the best method to go about teaching babies. The truth is, there is no golden method, because each family and each child is different.
Some families will find that Glenn Doman's flash card method works most effectively, while other families find that their baby responds best to Robert Titzer's multisensory methods. Your job is to find which one or which combination suits your child best. At our sister site BrillBaby, we've compiled a teaching babies' survival kit, designed to guide you through the early stages of teaching your child. To help you get started, we've even put together a list of the most popular early learning products out there, to help you find the right combination of teaching for you and your baby!
If the idea of teaching babies to read seems far-fetched to you, check out the Baby Reading Videos page, where you can see Felicity reading at the age of 12 months. It's common knowledge that babies can instinctively understand and learn languages, so why not extend such development to reading? Many experts suggest that by teaching babies to read, this also relieves the burden on them during their early school years, when they would otherwise have to learn both school subjects as well as literacy at the same time.
When it comes to teaching babies, there are so many topics and words, it can be hard to know where to start! Relevance is key here - by teaching babies with things they will recognize, such as family members, colors, or things around the home, this will allow you to reinforce your teaching outside of lesson times. Try choosing simple words that are most relevant to your baby, like "Mommy" and "Daddy", or his favorite toys!
"For babies, learning is pure enjoyment." Every moment is an exciting and learning one, as everything is new and different to babies. They will therefore find "lesson time" very much like "play time". Although we may take advantage of this to teach them to read, it's important to understand that teaching babies is NOT supposed to be stressful nor hard. Treat it as an opportunity for you to bond with your child, and only hold lessons when your baby is receptive.
If your baby does not seem engaged in a particular method, then try something else. For those who want more guidance teaching babies to read, we offer a fully customizable 12-month curriculum, compatible with our Little Reader software. We've used a combination of flash card, right-brain, multisensory and pattern phonic methods to create a day-to-day guide for teaching babies effectively.
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