If only parents would realize how precious these early years are and would engage their babies by reading to them, many of these problems would be moot points. It really is such an inexpensive fix. Read to children, it builds their brains. Instead we spend money on programs that teach them phonics, but they rarley are read to. Why should they want to read? As Jim Trelease, author of The Read Aloud Handbook, say, kids have favorite books, not favorite phonomes.
We have use the MonkiSee Baby Reading Program with our youngest and the results have been nothing short of amazing. At 4 1/2 years old she is reading well above her grade level. She loves to read and insists on reading to me instead of me reading to her. When we come across words she is not familiar with, she always asks what they mean. How did she learn to read? By being read to and using this program for a few minutes a day. The investment was small and the rewards are huge. She reads to herself every day as a form of entertainment. We get most of our books at the library, so our only cost was this kit.
We should encourage all parents to read to their babies beginning at birth. It is a sure prescription for improvement.