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Children learning to read when they are nine months old
written by: Carrie Mc Clure Reporter
posted by: Jeffrey Wolf Web Producer
Created: 7/27/2006 10:19 PM MST - Updated: 7/27/2006 10:38 PM MST
DENVER - Imagine seeing your child reading his first words around the same time you witness his first steps, or hear him talk for the first time.
One doctor says his new method of learning can teach children to read by nine months old.
Dr. Bob Titzer is the founder of "The Titzer Method." It's a multi-sensory, interactive approach to literacy education."If babies can learn English or Japanese or Spanish, why wouldn't they learn the written form of language at the same time?" said Titzer.
His proof, he says, is in his students.Denver mother Melanie Zuckert says she and her husband have been teaching the Titzer Method since their 17-month-old twins, Audrey and Aidan, were just six months old."When my kids started doing it, it was amazing!" said Zuckert. "Children are capable of more than what we give them credit for."
The Titzer method primarily focuses on videos, where a word is displayed on the screen as it is said aloud.In a short period of time, says Titzer, children will start to recognize the words they're seeing on a daily basis."It goes from recognizing some blob or shape to phonetic reading over about a six or nine month period," he said.
Titzer says children can start to learn to read by nine months, and can read a book on their own by 18 months old."There are long-term studies showing that the earlier the child is taught to read, the better the child reads and the more likely the child will actually want to read," said Titzer.He says 90 percent of the brain is developed by the age of five, the normal time many children start to learn to read. However, he argues by then, it's too late."When you learn later in life," he said, "you're learning at a low level whether you realize it or not."
Zuckert's twins can recognize about 35 words, and she plans on continuing the program with them. "I wasn't expecting geniuses," she said, "but I thought it was a fun way for us to interact with them and for them to get exposure to the written language as soon as possible."Some early child development experts don't necessarily buy into the idea that learning to ready that early is an advantage.They argue that it was once believed that children who learned to sign had an advantage over children who did not. However, they say studies show that by the time children reach Kindergarten, all of the children, those who learned to sign and those who did not, were on an equal intellectual level.
They say more studies need to be done to prove that early readers will have a long-lasting advantage over kids who learn to read at school.
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