Monday, March 02, 2009

March Is National Reading Month

March Is National Reading Month:
Read Across America Day, March 2nd
Babies Can Read Too!
Dr. Robert C. Titzer Verifies Babies Benefit
From Learning Oral and Written Language Earlier Than Age 4

updated 10:08 a.m. CT, Mon., March. 2, 2009

SAN DIEGO, CA - March is National Reading Month and there is no better time to address the need for children everywhere to be introduced to the early learning skills which will play a critical role in their lives. Babies as young as 9 months have the ability to read. Not only is this natural, it is an essential part of development, says Dr. Robert C. Titzer, an expert on infant research.

For over a decade, Dr. Robert C. Titzer has been teaching babies and toddlers all over the world to read. He started teaching his own daughter, Aleka, to read at 9 months. By the age of four, she was reading at an 11th grade level. Dr. Titzer says the current practice of starting to teach reading skills in school is too late and children actually benefit from getting a much earlier start. "Each child has only one natural window for learning language -- from about birth to about age four. During this period it is easier for them to learn any type of language including spoken, receptive, foreign and written. The earlier the child is taught to read the better they will read and the more likely they will enjoy it. My own children's lives have been dramatically enriched as a result of their early literacy."

Dr. John W. Oller, Jr., co-author of "Milestones: Normal Speech and Language Across the Lifespan" and a distinguished professor at the University of Louisiana, concurs. "The main thing to note about Dr. Titzer's work is that it demonstrates that infants can learn to read before they can talk and well before 17 months. It refutes the long-standing nonsense that reading is merely converting print to speech. That theory cannot explain the reading comprehension of Aleka Titzer at only 9 months. This was before she could talk."

Numerous infant studies prove that the earlier a child learns to read, the better they perform in school and later in life. Early readers have more self-esteem and are more likely to stay in school. Meanwhile, a national panel of reading specialists and educators determined that most of the nation's reading problems could be eliminated if children began reading earlier.


Dr. Robert C. Titzer is a prestigious infant researcher, professor and teacher. He taught his own children to read as babies using a proprietary learning system he developed. Dr. Titzer is an expert in the area of infant learning with work published in scientific journals such as Psychological Review. He has spoken with U.S. Senators and leading U.S. Department of Education officials on the importance of early learning. He has appeared on numerous television broadcasts around the globe. Titzer regularly does free Early Learning Workshops for parents of infants and toddlers.

Kristina Junger-Godfrey
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