The Multisensory Method Of Robert

UnCategorized Robert Titzer is an infant researcher and the creator of one of the most popular baby DVDs system for teaching babies to read. The baby DVDs and books were first published in 1997. The series’ methods are based on Titzer’s research as well as his own experiences of teaching his daughters, Aleka (born in 1991) and Keelin (born in 1994) to read as babies. PHILOSOPHY Unlike some critics of early reading, Titzer believes that the optimum time for learning to read is exactly the same as the optimum time for learning spoken languages and sign language. "Studies from all areas of language… show that it’s easier to learn the patterns of language early in childhood .pared to later in childhood," he writes. While some may view reading as a task too .plex for young children, Titzer says, "It’s likely the brain will develop more efficiently for reading when the child learns to read early in childhood .pared to later in childhood." Titzer notes that according to a 2002 study by Yale University, "Activating children’s neural circuitry for reading early on is key." How early on? According to Titzer, "The window for learning language begins to close by age four." This implies that children who learn to read after the age of four may not develop the ideal neural circuitry for reading. The age at which reading instruction begins may govern not just a child’s reading ability, but their attitude to reading as well. Says Titzer, "Children who are taught to read earlier prefer to read more than children who are taught at age five or later." Some critics maintain that there are only short-lived advantages to be gained from early reading. Yet, the YBCR website cites several studies that suggest long-term benefits. "Early readers stay ahead of children who are taught later in life," writes Titzer, and "Some research indicates that the gap between early readers and later readers actually increases over time. This is sometimes known as the Matthews Effect, where rich learners get richer and poor learners get poorer." Some critics believe learning to read early harms children emotionally, but according to Titzer, "Children who enter school with reading skills have higher self-esteem than children who cannot read when they enter school." For him, the importance of learning to read early in life can hardly be overstated. "Reading is the most important skill a child learns," he notes. "Reading increases learning skills, and it helps children succeed both in school and later in life." The academic achievements of Titzer’s daughters, both of whom have maintained 4.0 GPOs and skipped at least one grade in school, stand testament to this. Aleka even began her sophomore year of college at the age of 16. METHOD Multisensory teaching can be highly effective, as Titzer explains: "It is a scientific fact that babies learn more about many aspects of their world, when they learn through multiple sensory systems. Every parent knows that when babies are given toys, they will look at them, shake them, and often put them in their mouths. This is how they acquire knowledge about toys and other objects in their environment. They learn through several sensory systems – looking, touching, listening, moving, and tasting." Not only is multisensory teaching effective, but multisensory learning is more fun for babies too. Titzer also believes it is better for brain development: "Infants have tens of thousands of new brain connections forming every second, many going from the different sensory areas of the brain. The more elaborate the connections made in their brains, the deeper their learning will be." Baby DVDs are designed to be played once or twice per day, with each volume shown for one or two months (‘retired’ DVDs are shown intermittently). Each program should lasts around half an hour and has an ac.panying book with around a dozen selected words. Parents are encouraged to say the word and run their finger under the word on the page, or say the word as it is shown on the screen. Parents can also sing and act out songs, and perform the actions (or help their baby perform the actions) represented by words – all of which helps to facilitate a child’s learning. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: