How to Teach Your Baby to Read | Beginning Reading Program

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Hi moms, today we will talk about Beginning Reading Program. Teaching your infant to read is now more and more high priority for folks now because it becomes clear that learning how to read at a early age offers numerous advantages for the little one once he or she begins school. Studies have consistently found that teaching a child to read and helping children develop phonemic awareness prior to entering school can significantly enhance their development in reading and spelling. However, in regards to teaching babies to see, there are two main teaching methods.

These two main ways of teaching a child or child to read are the whole language method, and the phonics and phonemic awareness method (the phonetic approach), which must be the preferred teaching method in assisting children figure out how to read. Some prefer the entire language method, while others utilize the phonics approach, and there are also educator that use a variety of different approaches. With the Look-say approach of whole language learning, a child begins with memorizing sight words, and then taught various strategies of finding out the text from various clues.

The whole language method produces inaccurate and poor readers compared to students of the phonetic approach. Utilising the whole word approach, English is being taught being an ideographic language such as Chinese. One of the biggest arguments from whole-language advocates is that teaching an infant to learn using phonics breaks up the words into letters and syllables, which may have no actual meaning, yet they don’t acknowledge the fact that once the child is able to decode the word, they are able to actually READ that entire word, pronounce it, and understand its meaning. So in practicality, it is a very weak argument. English is definitely an alphabetic system, and unlike Chinese, it’s no ideograph like Chinese characters, and shouldn’t be taught utilizing an ideographic approach.

I always say that when your infant can speak, then you can begin to instruct your baby to read. I won’t mention any names here, but I do believe most parents are probably aware of one very popular “reading” program, which really is a whole word approach. Using this method, your baby simply learns to memorize what without actually reading the words. There is no scientific evidence to claim that teaching your baby to read using the whole word approach is an effective method. In fact, there are many studies which may have consistently stated that teaching children to reading using phonemic awareness is a highly effective method.

Teaching phonemic awareness to children significantly improves their reading a lot more than instruction that lacks any focus on phonemic awareness. – statement created by the National Reading Panel [1]

I actually do believe the debate on the effectiveness of teaching a child to learn using either the entire language or phonics method is settled by the statements produced by the National Reading Panel. They reviewed over 1,960 different studies to create their conclusions.

Actually, while my spouse was pregnant with our first child, I started doing extensive research about them on how best to teach my baby to read – after birth, of course. Similar to parents I also found the favorite whole word teaching approach being heavily marketed. Seeing the infomercials got me quite excited actually, seeing the babies on TV “reading “.But after trying it out, it occurred if you ask me that the our baby wasn’t actually “reading”, but actually “memorizing”, and I considered to myself, how are my children supposed to see newer, and more complicated words as they grow older lacking any appropriate approach to decoding those words? This really is where my long and extensive research into phonics and phonemic awareness began.

After much time of research and learning around I really could, I felt comfortable enough with our simple phonemic awareness teaching method, that my spouse and I began giving brief 3 to 5 minute lessons to your daughter, aged 2 years and 8 months. Within just a couple of short weeks, her reading ability (and After all actual reading ability, not memorization) was astounding, even for me because the parent who gave the reading instructions. Friends and family alike, were simply flabbergasted at what our daughter was capable of reading just 2 years and 11 months. Please watch the video above, made up of clips of her reading randomly created sentences for reading fun.

I merely can’t imagine this kind of progress possible with the whole word approach – just consider the tens and a huge selection of words a child will have to memorize!

Our son is fast approaching this where he will undoubtedly be in a position to speak, and i will be utilizing the same simple step-by-step method to teach him to read. Thanks for reading this article about Beginning Reading Program and see you next time.

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Notes:

1. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. (2000). Report of the National Reading Panel. Teaching children to read: An evidence-based assessment of the scientific research literature on reading and its implications for reading instruction (NIH Publication No. 00-4769). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

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