Dear Your Baby Can Read Family,
Parents, how did you know that your baby was reading?
A researcher suggests you may have been fooled by your baby – that your baby was using mimicking or imitation skills instead of reading.
A new study was released by a traditional reading specialist and her colleagues. She made the statement that “These children do not have the developmental capacity to learn how to read.” Parents in her own study disagreed with her and stated that their babies were reading. However, she dismissed their results by stating that “parents may have interpreted imitation and mimicking as an indicator of word learning.” About 78% of the moms and 75% of the dads were college graduates. Her study primarily measured material not covered in the Your Baby Can Read! (YBCR) program such as naming the letters of the alphabet, the child’s name, or words that the babies hadn’t yet seen. Read our response to the study here:
Since the study was released, some other traditional reading specialists are making strong statements such as:
“[Babies] generally don’t understand narratives or stories until the age of 3 to 4,” according to Dr. Frank Manis as quoted on www.philly.com. The story said that children “don’t acquire the skills to translate printed words into verbal words until the age of 4 or 5.” “This means that children don’t generally learn to read simple books on their own with adequate understanding until the age of 5 to 6 years at the earliest,” Manis said.
Who are the experts at whether or not babies are reading?
Decades of research show that parents are experts at determining their own children’s language and cognitive abilities. While some traditional reading specialists continue to deny that infants can read, YBCR families know that babies can and are learning written language naturally just like they acquire spoken language.
We need your help. Please take a moment to respond to this note.
We are looking for families who are willing to share their child’s reading success with the Your Baby Can Read! program on their local TV news stations or with local newspaper reporters.
If you are interested, please contact us for a template that can be modified or used as a guide to tell your family’s early reading story to the press and media. Email Jackie Taylor for more information.
We ask that you write a brief description about your child’s success with our program and together we can contact your local media outlets.
See our Parent Advocate web page for more ideas on how you can become a parent advocate for early learning.
Please feel free to post your comments publicly here.
Thank you for your support!
The Entire Staff at the Infant Learning Company