5 Myths About Early Reading Exposed
Janet Doman on 0 Months To 5 Years, Teaching Baby To Read

It's only natural to have questions, and throughout our decades of working with parents and kids, we have heard parents voice out their questions and concern on nurturing their baby's full potential and teaching their baby to read before school.

In this post, we'd like to help answer the common concerns that parents universally have about the program giving a child future difficulties or expectations in school.

We hope this post helps answer your questions :)

Top 5 Common Myths About Teaching Your Baby to Read

Myth #1: Children who read too early will have learning problems

The Fact: In none of the children we know personally, nor in any of the children we have read about who were taught at home, have we found this to be the case. In fact, in the vast majority of the cases precisely the reverse is true.

Myth #2: Children who read too early will be nasty little geniuses or have problems being well-adjusted socially

The Fact: We do not hold that early reading will solve all of the problems which might beset a child, and we suppose if you looked far enough you might find a child who was an early reader and who for other reasons also happened to be a nasty kid or the kid who was not well-adjusted socially in school.

We are also quite confident that you could find many, many unhappy and badly adjusted children among those who cannot read when they start school.

The point we're trying to make is teaching your baby to read is all about giving your baby the opportunity to educate herself. In no way can we expect this program be a "one-stop shop parenting solution", and neither have we ever claimed it to be.

In fact, we have always said that YOU are your baby's best teacher, so since you are teaching your baby everything else, why not teach reading too?

Because if your baby is capable of learning to read as has been proven by millions of babies over the world for decades, why stop her from learning?

What we have simply done is put together the easiest and most effective way so you can give your baby the gift of reading--and have fun at the same time. We have never tried to take over the holistic parenting role, and we never will.

Myth #3: The child who reads too early will cause problems in the first grade

The Fact: This is not wholly a myth, for it is partly true. She will cause problems at first. Not for her, but for the teacher.

But any teacher worth her salt can handle the advanced reader in less time and with less effort than the time and energy it would take to cope with the child who can't read. In fact, the easiest problem that any sensible first-grade teacher has to deal with is what to do with the child who can read. The most difficult problem for her, and the most time-consuming, is the child she can't teach to read.

But what do we do about unimaginative teachers? That is the real problem, isn't it? In fact, it's a problem for all the children in any class that has a poor teacher, whether or not the children in her class can read.Having said that, even if all this were not true, would anyone seriously argue that we should prevent a child from learning in order to keep her at the average level of her classmates?

Being able to read has helped him to enjoy school.We taught our child to read at six months after reading the “How To Teach Your Baby To Read” book. He was a super reader at age two. Being able to read well has helped him to enjoy school and appreciate all the teacher presents to him.

There are no early struggles or negative feelings about school and learning. The program has helped to develop a close mother-teacher relationship with my children.

~ Plano, Texas

Myth #4: The child who learns to read too early will be bored in first grade

The Fact: This is the fear that concerns the vast majority of parents. To state it more accurately, what we are really asking here is, "Won't the child who has learned too much be bored in first grade?" The answer to this is that, yes, there's a good chance she'll be bored silly in first grade just like almost every other kid in first grade.To assume that the child who knows the most will be the most bored is to assume that the child who knows the least is the most interested and therefore the least bored.

If the class is uninteresting, all will be bored. If it is interesting, only the ones who are not able to understand will be bored.

Myth #5: Learning to read early won't make every baby a genius

The Fact: This is actually true, but again, just as we have never claimed that teaching your baby to read is the one-stop parenting solution that will solve all of the problems that beset a child, we also don't like to say that this is a recipe for genius.While teaching a child to read during the first six years of life DOES produce a highly-capable child with a potential for genius, this isn't our primary objective.

What we teach children to love and desire, will always outweigh what we make them learn.

~Jim Trelease, early education author

So, it's not just about teaching a child how to read; but to instill in a child the desire to want to read. And when a child wants to read, she is capable of educating herself.

Nobody can deny that reading is the heart of education. The knowledge of almost every subject in school flows from reading. A nation that doesn't read much, doesn't know much.

This very simple act has been known to:

  • * build listening comprehension, which feeds reading comprehension
  • * provide positive reading role models
  • * stimulate listeners imagination
  • * introduce a child to meaningful literature
  • * enlarge vocabulary and attention span

Teaching a baby to read early may not be a recipe for genius, but she will grow up to be the child that has a more extensive vocabulary, and will be familiar with sounds, words and books. Most importantly, the child comes to school more ready and eager; simply brimming with desire to learn.

The most WONDERFUL experience in life

The most WONDERFUL experience in life is teaching your 2-year old how to read, and watching her LOVE to read, really read books, at age 3. Sure, it will make your baby much more intelligent, but just as important, you will have such sweet memories of those special times with your child cuddled on your lap, reading aloud to you.

~ Tim Headley, Houstan, Texas

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