BRAIN FACT: Brains Of Infants And Toddlers Are Too Immature To Be Taught To Read

Monday, November 15, 2010

The brains of infants and toddlers are too immature to be taught to read. Children at these ages can only memorize. It is most advantageous to teach actual reading when the brain has matured. Young brains benefit most from being read to, having fun interactions with people, and playing with real objects.

Frequently I am asked about the, “Your Baby Can Read” program. It is always great to use this as an opportunity to explain how the developing brain really learns. I am thrilled to let you know, The Today Show reported that experts agree that this program is not valuable to developing brains. Watch here!

It will be wonderful when everyone is aware of the knowledge we have to help all children develop best!  This can be done so easily even during busy everyday life. Sharing real brain development activities and information is made easy with, The Brain Development Series.


7 Responses to “BRAIN FACT: Brains Of Infants And Toddlers Are Too Immature To Be Taught To Read”
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Melissa Taylor said...

Shout it across the world! Stop the madness!!!

November 15, 2010 at 2:26 PM
Anonymous said...

Came over from Janet Lansbury's site.

Amen and alleluia to your message here.

Nice product line.


November 15, 2010 at 3:11 PM
Deborah McNelis said...

Melissa and Barbara, Thanks for all of the great comments and ENTHUSIASM!!

The word about REAL brain development is getting out!

November 15, 2010 at 7:12 PM
Lisa Sunbury said...

Thank you. I'm happy to have this information to pass on when parents ask me about Your Baby Can Read.It's exciting that this information is finally going "mainstream" and so many parents will potentially be exposed to the current research because it's being featured on the Today Show!

November 15, 2010 at 9:16 PM

I don't have a personal opinion about Your Baby Can Read program, but as an educator I have met quite a few children who learned to read before they were 4. My husband was able to read by the age of 3, and I, myself, was able to read by the age of 3. Both of us did not follow any particular programs. I, as a child, just found letters very interesting. So, whereas, I appreciate the message: I find it very interesting, and, Deborah, I truly appreciate you sharing it wiht us, I wish that there were very clear definitions in the extract of what "literacy" and "reading" meant when the professionals from top universities referred to them. I am sure that I am not the only person who knows people who learned to read before the age of 5.
I personally bought the program and did not find much value in it, but to me the video looked more like someone wanted to destroy the reputation of the program and the founder of the program, rather than being objective, comparing it with other programs in the market (You Baby Can Read is not the only program out there) and giving some valuable accurate information.

November 16, 2010 at 2:42 AM

So good - I have to repost!!! Way to go!

November 16, 2010 at 9:56 AM
Anonymous said...

So happy to read this research finally making it out into the mainstream. Just because it is possible does not mean it is a good idea. Let's support our children in genuine deeper level learning, give them context for their language learning, a strong foundation to become highly literate thinkers not flash card memorisers!

March 16, 2011 at 11:32 AM

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