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Your Baby Can Read! DVDs:
- When possible, watch the DVDs with your child and be a great role model by being engaged in the videos:
- Say the words before the children in the DVDs say the words.
- Encourage your child to say the words as soon as they appear on the screen.
- Answer the questions asked by the children in the DVDs.
- Ask your child to answer questions about the words or their meanings.
- Do physical actions related to the words (for example, for the word “pointing” point and describe what you are doing).
- Encourage your baby to repeat the same physical actions.
- Touch the appropriate body parts while watching the videos. For example, for the word “arm,” touch your own arm.
- Also, touch your baby’s arm for the word “arm” and do the other body part words in the same way. While your baby is looking at the word ‘nose,’ touch her nose.
- Gently assist your baby to touch his nose for that word, if your baby is in the mood. It is better if your baby is looking at the word ‘nose’ while touching his nose.
- For the Word Games part of the DVDs, point to the words and answer questions. You can also pause the DVD and give your child extra time to answer the questions.
Please try to make sure your child is not looking at the television at an oblique angle. Your baby should NOT be lying down at an angle to the TV.
- To increase the probability that your child’s attention on learning to read will be maintained over the months, reduce or eliminate entertainment-based television during this time.
- Remove most of the distractions in the room prior to showing the DVD. It may also help to dim the lights to make it easier for your child to focus on the TV. As infant researchers, we would try to remove the distractions from the environment so it would be easier for babies to focus on the experiments. Many research labs are plain rooms with almost no distractions in the room.
- Please read these tips for ideas to help your child focus on the videos.
Your Child Can Discover DVDs:
- Use the above tips for ideas on how to interact with your child.
- Before or after watching the Discover DVDs, act out what you see in the videos. For example, make logic patterns that are similar to the patterns you see in the DVDs.
- Pause the DVDs as you’re watching the videos and explain what you see on the screen. Use real objects to demonstrate what is happening on the screen.
- Pause the DVDs and ask your child questions about what you see on the screen. Encourage your child to sing the notes in tune. Pause the DVDs immediately after note is sung and sing along if you can.
- You may also show your child the DVDs while you are monitoring your child, but busy with other responsibilities. Read our tips on when and how to use television with your child.