Sunday, April 11, 2010
Hana Can Read
......ok, not yet..but we're hoping very soon!
I've always been skeptical about infomercials that say they have the tools to change your life. You know if it was soo life changing...... why would everyone NOT have this product!
Now......every since I watched the "YOUR BABY CAN READ" infomercials a few years back I've been intrigued, but guess what??.......That's how they get you.....with intrigue! They peak your interest until you cave in and buy the product, with little more than the HOPE that your child will reap some unproven, subjective benefit. Children are natural "copy cats" if you will. That's HOW THEY LEARN IN THE EARLY YEARS!!
Now I know what you're thinking.....If you know all that miss-missy....why the photo above??
I'll tell you why...and the culprit's name is DAD! .......well German to be exact...but let's go with Dad. He surprised me last month with the YBCR set (awwwww how nice and cute of him!!). I don't really think too much of the program.....but Hana sure does love it! When she is watching, it's like she's in a trance! One song in particular she loves, loves, loves!
Now that I am the proud owner of this happy, singing, set of learning fun...I'll give it a go and let you know how this turns out.....but before we get all giddy and think this product will make our babies smarter consider this..........
"By pushing children, especially boys, to read early it can make them hate to read. There are studies that suggest that children who read too early, especially boys again, can have eye tracking issues, causing problems with dyslexia or something similar. Basically our eyes are meant to go across the page to read a sentence after we're about 7. Pushing before then may be straining the eyes and the portion of the brain developing for that. (If you decide to let your child read before 7 they suggest keeping the sentences short so that they're not reading across the page but just one or two words at a time.) Reading early does not mean that they are smarter. By 10, everyone seems to catch up and it's the ones who love to read that succeed, not the ones who started at 2.
Focusing too much on reading rather than active play can cause damage to portions of the brain that are developing at this time connected to balance, play, etc. In other words, a 2 year old doesn't need to read. But a 2 year old does need to learn to walk along a wall balancing, to bounce a ball, to kick a ball, to pour from one cup to the other, etc. The brain develops these areas before it develops those areas used in reading, and there's some studies that suggest that when you push one area of the brain before it's ready then you cause underdevelopment of other parts of the brain, or problems later on."
Well..., that's all people! I don't think I will PUSH my baby to read, but just continue to read things aloud and talk to her, and if she finds the program interesting so be it!
link to the info....