I used good unsuccessfully. baby always got attracted by other things.
This is a discussion on teaching baby to read within the General Parenting Discussion forum, part of the Growing Up & Parenting category; Has anybody tried any of the below methods? 1) Glenn Doman - by sight/memorise 2) Sidney Ledson -by phonics Any ...
Has anybody tried any of the below methods?
1) Glenn Doman - by sight/memorise
2) Sidney Ledson -by phonics
Any comments on them?
I used good unsuccessfully. baby always got attracted by other things.
I'm using a mixture of phonics and sight reading. My boy is 3 and he can recognise quite alot of words in a simple story book for 5yo.
There are some basic words called sight words which they should be able to recognise by sight. Once they can master those, phonics will help them with other words.
That's exactly the method I would like to use but dont't know how.
Can you let me know how you did that ? Where you get materials etc.
When did you start "teaching" your child?
i'm using Glenn Doman.. shes not so interested with the words but with maths and encyclopedia, she can sit through the "session". My bub is 10 month old and has just learnt to say "rain", "baby" and "bible".. hehe!!!
I purchased little reader and little Maths from brillkids.com. After a week of their sessions, my 21 month old can count to 10 and read 10 action words and 12 animal words. I recommend their programme to all parents who dont't wish to fumble over flashcards like I did before I got to know about brillkids.com!
[quote=jojoki;315714]hi tika i'm quite interested in the brillkids too, can you tell me more about it? its done on the computer right? Issit expensive? I remember seeing it somewhere and yes it seems really interesting.[/qu
you can purchase it from Smart Baby Can Read | Early Years Learning Reading Education. They have 3 types of payment. Monthly payment (like installments), every 6 months payment and 1 time payment (lifetime usage). I chose monthly payment for myself. Its all in USD so take note. Whether its expensive i can't say cos i'm not sure whats your spending power like. You can visit the website for the full details. Click the category 'Store" on top left (i think).
yup its done on pc/laptop. They have many other languages (arabic/japanese/malay/mandarin, etc) for your child to learn too. You can even RECORD your own words and add your own images for your child to learn a particular subject.
I recorded my own voice with all the images of our family members. By 3 days my child could tell who is who in my family and extended family. Its that excellent lahhh this software. No regrets buying it at all.
Little Maths also damn power. You can edit the images to suit your child's liking. For example, my dotter likes Iggle Piggle from In the Night Garden, so i switched their simple shaped images in their course to Iggle Piggle. Now my dotter squeaaaals each time she does her Little Maths.
Hope this helps!
wats d duration for using laptop to teach baby to read? Will baby eyesight be affected if looking at d screen for a long period of time?
with little reader and little maths, you are not suppose to let them sit and watch it for hours. LittleReader is about 2 minutes long. Little Maths about 1 minute long.
Most of the time your child WILL ask for more. You can play it again if your child really wants more but you MUST stop BEFORE your child loses interest.
I doubt it has detrimental effects on our children's eyes. If it does, this programme would not be so popular in the Western countries. Im sure ang mohs will be the first to complain if its bad for their kids.
actually mommies...I can only tell you what my dotter has gained from the programme so far. But if you ask me questions like whether it affects the eyes or not .... i'm truly in no position to advise you. My reply was just an assumption.
best would be for you to contact brillkids.com directly or visit their website for more info.
There are pros & cons to computer programs.
Convenient to use. No preparation needed. Minimal supervision.
No human interaction. Child unable to observe lip movement in proper speak, may end up with speech difficulties. Prolonged use might be bad for the eyes.
It's up to individuals to weigh the pros and cons. I mix abit of all the methods to find a suitable routine my boy enjoys. He gets real flashcards, he watches some cartoons and educational programs on phonics and sight words, he gets to practice with physical books, etc. At least I know he's not on the TV all the time
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With LittleReader and LittleMaths, it's true that its convenient, no prepatory work needed and definitely no fumbling over flashcards. However, you are required to sit with your child as he/she goes through the 1 minute lesson as clicking of the mouse is needed. You can't expect your 1 year old to know when to click the mouse. If your toddler can do that, my gawd you've got a genius in your family.
I interact with my dotter everytime we use the programme so its incorrect to say there's no human interaction.
LittleReader: We eat with our mouths. (image of mouth appears)
me: Mouth! where's your mouth misha? (dotter will point to her mouth). That's right! Where's mommy's mouth? (dotter will point to my nose. i'll make a funny face and say) That's mommy's nose! (dotter will giggle.)
Parents can repeat the words and child CAN observe parent's lip movement. Plus your child (and yourself) will gain the correct pronunciation of words from the programme (not every parent is a trained teacher and knows phonics inside out.)
Like mentioned earlier, its 1 - 2 minutes long per lesson. Twice a day. That makes roughly 5 minutes of screen time a day, which is definitely way lesser than watching cartoons and dvds, be them educational or not.
To sum it up, many brillkids parents say there's more Pros than cons to LittleReader and LittleMaths, myself included. They have a 14 day trial software for skeptical parents.
But even after all that has been said, at the end of the day, its always up to you to decide whats best for your child.
Tika, you sound more like marketing than recommendation already. hahaha. I'm just presenting the POSSIBLE side-effects of ANY computer program for all parents to think carefully before they decide on which method they think is suitable for their child. When your child is looking at the screen and you are talking, do you think your child will look at your lip movements? I doubt so. Children will be more attracted to the screen. Unless the screen is turned off and you are facing your child directly, they won't observe your lip movements. This is taught to us by a speech therapist when I attended courses on teaching special needs children, but it's the same basic logic for all children. Maybe you should do some reading up about this. You will not know the true effects of the program until your child is older (when they reach the verbalisation age where they should start talking properly).
I've tried the trial last night. Something similar is actually available in SG at a cheaper price. But it's in DVD format, not downloaded from online & there's a chinese version for chinese parents who want to kick off chinese learning also.
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I'm using "Your baby can read" series of DVD. Like Tika, I also try to sit with my son and repeat the words and ask him questions like "where's your nose?"
He's 13.5mths now. He can recognise some words. Just can't say them.
yes me too, the only dvds i got for my baby is Baby Signing Times. I sit with her through the session and interact with her as we watch together. Great bonding time and I love all the songs. (songs for going outdoor, wind, flower, rain, ball) we LOVE music thus for everything we do, we have a song for it that we both recognize ( and can sign)
My 11 month old can say quite a few words (around 10 words, eg ball, baby, bible, duck, rain, book, milk, please) she can say her own name (though i dont know if she knows its her name)
I would like to teach her reading and I think brillkids seems like a good method I would like to try.
Tika, I can totally share with you your excitement in sharing a good product which you feel can benefit your child greatly, especially when you are seeing results. And thanks for sharing!
"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love" 1 Cor 13:13"
Hahaha. Like yourself, I'm only imparting what i know. And since jojoki and mommypooh asked me about this particular programme, my response will be about the particular programme. I have personal experience using it for a month, which may not be long enough to some for me to pass judgement, but its definitely longer than one night of trial. On top of that, a friend of mine first told me about brillkids.com when i noticed her 1 year old could read 40 words.
Also, actually i'm pleased to tell you that my child does look at me when i speak to her (maybe yours doesnt). How else could she respond to my questions and point to my nose?
And thanks for your concern about what i know or do not know but i think you need to take up on your own suggestion. But this time read carefully ok? Like i said earlier, logically speaking, the programme is way healthier (only 5 minutes long PER DAY) as compared to watching educational dvds and cartoons (at least 20 - 30 minutes per day).
This is a forum for sharing afterall and I'm sure we all appreciate stonston's sharing input about ANY computer programmes having detrimental effects on phonics and eyesight. However, I feel LittleReader and LittleMaths does not fall under the same category as the other comp programmes because its super minimal screen time.
I believe the main purpose of flashcards (both e-flash and physical cards) is for our children to recognize the words and hence they are suppose to look at the cards first and not our mouths. FLASH cards are supposed to be flashed at a fast pace. If our child has to look at the cards, then our mouths, at the correct flashing speed, they'd go kok-eyed man.
When we wish to teach and correct our child's pronunciation (if its really so incomprehensible) then that is when we sit down face to face in front of them and let them see our lip movement, using the physical flashcard as reference.
I used to use Your Baby Can Read and many other programs (DVDs & computer) also. All through trial & error to discover that they learn faster with lesser screen time and more human interaction. Experiment with all sorts of flashcards and DIY learning materials before deciding on the routine we now established. It does not take an educated person or even a teacher to do this cos even my maid can do it. Where did she learn to pronounce properly? Through listening to the phonics CDs and DVDs I bought for my son!
The program Tika is recommending may seem perfect for her gal. But it only teaches to recognise words by sight. It does not cover phonics which I feel is a life long skill to learn (even till now, I do depend on phonics to read new words or names). Plus the thread starter's interest is using a mixture of methods to teach reading like I'm doing.
What may work for others may not work for your child. I'm not saying that my method is perfect for your child too. You need to learn to weigh the pros & cons as parents and develop your own methodology which you & your kids are comfy with.
You need to spend time interacting with your child to realise it. Short cuts like using a planned program with suggested 'paces' may not be suitable for all kids. Some learn slower, some learn faster. Go faster for brighter kids so they dont't get bored. Go slower for slower kids so they can catch up.
If you are really keen on teaching your kids to read, try reading Mummy Tamarind's blog. www.tamarindvillage.blogspot.com. She's a full time working mum who taught her 2 kids to read (IN ENGLISH & CHINESE) with just 15 minutes of pure interaction time a day. She uses mostly books (inexpensive ones) or free websites online. Her blogs have all the book titles, where to get them and the list of websites plus their reviews too.
I'm quite sure 15 minutes of interaction time with your kid would be more precious than 1 minute of screen time. I know my boy enjoys reading with me & it's a lifelong habit I'm instilling in him with physical books and the love for READING. Kids nowadays dont't appreciate books because of the computer. I dont't want my kid to not know how to appreciate good books!
BTW, making your kids look at lip movement does not mean you force them to look at the card, then look at you, then back to the card. You are suppose to flash the card in front of you & they will capture your lip movement from the corner of their eye (not really corner cos it's suppose to be just above the flashcard). Observe them carefully. They will sometimes look at your lips intensely when you are talking to them or others. That's why the flashcards are usually in contrasting colours for them to take a 'mental picture' but their focus is on your lips. I've video taped myself teaching my boy & you can follow his gaze & notice that he's always looking at my lips. Frequent face to face interaction like this also helps improve self-confidence & social skills.
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Satellite, sent you a PM regarding your questions.
Hey, who highjacked my thread!
Tika, can I take it then that brillkids are NOT using phonics to teach children? BTW, it is spelt daughter, not dotter....but if you are trying to be "trendy".. it would be a sad world indeed if our children grow up to be "trendy" as well when it comes to writing. (Isn't it ironic that you're trying to teach your child to read yet you spell things incorrectly on purpose)
To other mothers out there who would like to teach their children to actually read (by sight - which I admit can be very good for learning Chinese characters) there is really no need to waste money buying flashcards online or off. (Have you actually seen the cost of some of these - outrageous and I never had flashcards when I was little and I read just fine!)
I borrowed Glenn Doman's books from the National libraries and the details are all in there.
It is a nice start to teach simple words. But ultimately I feel one really need to learn phonics to be able to really read new words that one has never seen before.
I dont't know which system is the best for my son for phonics as I have yet to try any of them. I've been given some suggestions and will have a look at them.
On the matter of using the computer/tv to teach, well I now use it for entertainment mostly. So my son and I watch nursery rhymes, sesame street and muppet show on it. We even browse our photos on it.
May use it if I can produce better pictures online but still prefer it in card form as then reading/learning can be done anywhere, anytime. Also, I feel it is important for him to learn things the traditional way also incase his computer breaks down one day!
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