Teaching Your Infant Baby To Read And Do Math

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lisarenee - March 6

Have you seen the commercial where the baby recites the presidents names while looking at a book?...I thought it was fake until the Principal at the high school I work for said that it is absolutely true and possible. She was reading at younger than a year, and her Mom used the Doman Method.

 

lqtoo - March 6

I'm sorry to sound like a Doubting Thomas and I don't want to be rude, but this sounds like absolute b/s to me. A baby may just be starting to talk at around 10 - 14 months. There is just no way that they will have made the cognitive leap it takes to translate symbols (letters) into meaningful sounds and string them together to read words and sentences. I think your Principle was either mistaken, or was pulling your leg.

 

sdillon78 - March 6

Well, lqtoo, I think you are right. I have seen it happen at 18 months, but little words like DOG, CAT, and such not the presidents..NO WAY!!

 

lisarenee - March 6

I don't know about full sentences. I think it is just a memory thing. Try looking up "How to teach your baby to read" by Doman, and read the reviews on Amazon. My Principal said that it is all in the way you present the information, like large red letters bounce off the retina and not black.

 

ginger6363 - March 6

The baby is not *actually* ready, it more of word recognition by sight. Even if the baby can't speak yet, babies can be taught to recognize the letter via flashcards. I've seen it done. The flashcard reads foot and the baby (9 months) points to her foot, etc, etc. It's kinda like sign language, but the stimulation is just the flashcard. The baby isnt reading but it has been said that babies who are taught this method will begin to read at about 3 on their own---b/c the sight recognition leads to phonetics, etc. It's interesting. I think it can be done, but it takes a baby with extraordinary concentration b/c you have to use the flashcards every day 2-4 times a day.

 

MrsShelton217 - March 6

Actually.... I think its possible... but not so much "reading" It's more or less the baby memorizing different patterns. Example: If you hold up a simple flash card over and over and over and tell the baby that it says "mama", eventually the baby will recognize that particular shape and arrangement of letters or objects stands for "mama". If you do the same thing over and over and over with a different card that says "daddy".. the same thing MIGHT happen. I think it might be legit to an extent... but it's deffinately not "reading"

 

ginger6363 - March 6

*actually* reading that is....see this site: yourbabycanread dot com they show clips of babies/toddlers "reading"

 

lisarenee - March 6

I can not wait to work with my baby! This is why I want to stay home.

 

ginger6363 - March 6

lisa, I hear you. I can't stay home but man, I wish I could. There's so many things I would love to do with my baby, but with a limited schedule, they don't seem plausible!

 

lisarenee - March 6

ginger6363, thanks for the web site. I think it is still plausible on a limited schedule. I think I am just a bit overeager right now because pregnancy has only shortened my fuse for the large population of bumbling idiots I have to share the planet with. I sure how the patients level goes back up higher when the baby comes :)

 

ginger6363 - March 6

I hear that, lisa. I know that I can *somethings* but I don't want to pressure myself into feeling that I have to do *it all* and work full-time, too. There's this myth that mommy's have be the end-all be-all, and, unfortunately, a lot of ladies buy into it. I want a smart, thoughtful child as much as the rest of us, but I won't sacrifice my peace of mind or rack myself with guilt if I don't buy every Baby Einstein DVD out there. I will do the best I can, and I know that the best I can do is prob. a lot better than 95% of the population! Sounds like you've got a plan though. :)

 

lisarenee - March 6

I think I feel pressured to live up to my Mother. You know they say that everyone wants to be a little better parent than their parents were and I just don't feel like that is possible in my case. She is so understanding and so patient, so selfless and non-judgmental. All of my peers growing up were jealous of my Mother. I do not see myself mastering all of those same qualities, so I guess I am trying for some others.

 

ginger6363 - March 6

ahh, I see, lisa. Man, that's awesome you had such a great childhood experience. Your mom sounds great. It must hard to live-up to that standard. But, you don't have to surpa__s your mom, just pa__s down what she did for you :) I had a great mom, but don't get me wrong, there is a lot of room for improvement!

 

lisarenee - March 6

LOL

 

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