Danielle Dobbs, developer of Imagic Programs
Danielle Dobbs, Author and developer of Imagic Programs

   

IMAGIC PROGRAMS

  • FOR BABIES
    The Imagic Reading and Language Kit:
    English only, English/Spanish, English/French, English/Hebrew
    (Other languages will follow based upon demand)

  • FOR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES
    The Imagic Reading Kit works very well with students with learning disabilities because it is based upon a global approach as opposed to phonics.
  • FOR 3-YEAR OLDS AND UP
    The COPY-WRITE READING KIT - Complete reading kit based upon the Montessori method of teaching
  • FOR 2ND GRADERS AND UP
    The Imagical Power of Etymology
    Increases vocabulary and reading comprehension like no other method on the market today!

 
 
   

ANSWERS FROM THE AUTHOR ABOUT TEACHING BABIES TO READ

  • WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THE WORD IMAGIC?
    Imagic is a combination of the word imagination, because I believe that reading brings imagination, and the word magic, because I believe that all babies are born with an unlimited and magical learning potential.
  • WHY DID YOU WRITE READING BABIES?
    I wrote this book to heighten the awareness of parents about the learning potential of their babies and to advise them to take advantage of the wonderful learning abilities of their babies. Parents need to take this window of opportunity to teach them reading and languages because everything is fun and easy for babies.

  • WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND?
    I received a degree in Psychology from the university of South Florida in Tampa. When we learned in college that chimps could be taught to recognize words, I was convinced that babies could do as well, if not more! I have tutored French for many years and have found that the younger the student, the easier it is for the brain to assimilate those skills. My best students are babies!

  • WHAT IS "READING BABIES" ABOUT?
    The subject of my book is about learning and timing and when is the best time to teach a child to read and learn to speak a second language. My research and personal experience have lead me to conclude that if babies can learn to speak by age three, then babies can learn to read by that age.

  • ON WHAT BASIS DO YOU MAKE YOUR CLAIMS?
    Learning to speak involves having to recall what a word sounds like and having to match it verbally which requires a lot of physical effort, while learning to read involves simply word recognition, thus it is a passive activity. People have now accepted the fact that babies can be taught sign language as early as 6-month old. In sign language, communication is taking place without physical effort except for hand and body language.

  • WHAT SHOULD PARENTS DO?
    Teach their babies to read now! Parents are wonderful teachers and since parents are good with reinforcing their babies' efforts to learn their native language, they can also teach their babies to read and speak a second language.
  • WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THAT BABIES CAN LEARN TO READ
    I have taught our daughter to read while she was a baby, as well as teaching her French. By the time she was one year old she could read (recognize) well over 100 words and by three years old she was an avid reader and could read fluently first and second grade books with the right voice inflection.

    Her case is not unusual. Many babies can achieve the same results given the same opportunity we gave our daughter. The idea of teaching babies to read does not seem so far-fetched when one considers that ALL babies learn to talk within the first few years of life and this is far more difficult than having to recognize some words that spring out of books in enchanting stories.
  • YOU SAY THAT BABIES CAN DEVELOP A LOVE OF READING - HOW DO YOU DO THAT?
    The ultimate goal of teaching babies to read is not to teach the mechanics of reading but to develop a love for reading. By exposing babies to enchanting stories, babies will develop a love for books, because stories transport the reader to incredible places and adventures.
  • SOME PEOPLE MIGHT SAY THAT YOUR DAUGHTER WAS GIFTED, HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO THAT?
    I strongly believe that nurturing has a greater effect in making children gifted than genetics. If parents are interested in helping their baby reach their full learning potential, I do consultation in the home and teach one-on-one how to stimulate your baby and provide a learning environment.

    I believe that all babies are born with the capacity for brilliance
    and as such I consider all babies gifted.

    All babies are born with the insatiable desire to learn and for babies all learning is fun and easy!
    If anyone thinks that only "gifted babies" can learn to read, then I will speak for 99.9% of all babies who achieve the incredible task of speaking by age three. By achieving this incredible tour-de-force, which many people take for granted, I say that all babies are born gifted!

    Learning to read early offers many benefits:
    Early readers perform better in school!
    Early readers develop higher IQs!
    Early readers develop better confidence and self-esteeem!

    Facts about gifted children:
    Gifted children receive early stimulation which makes the brain grow!
    Gifted children's verbal skills are due to exposure to reading early in life!
    Gifted children's superior cognitive abiliy is due to early reading!
  • TEACHING BABIES TO READ IS A REVOLUTIONARY IDEA, ISN'T IT?
    Teaching babies to read may be a revolutionary idea in the sense that reading in the adult's mind is an "academic" activity, but this is actually fun for babies and it the best time because at that age everything is easy. We all have been brought up with the notion that reading and writing are two tasks that we learn in school. I maintain that these two tasks should be disassociated so that reading (the written language) is taught at the time of language development (the verbal language) and the process of writing taught later when the fine motor skills are better developed.
  • WHERE CAN PARENTS LEARN MORE ABOUT TEACHING THEIR BABIES TO READ, AND SPEAK A SECOND LANGUAGE?
    I recommend they first read my book "Reading Babies". I offer telephone consultations as well as consultations in the home to show parents exactly how to teach their babies to read and acquire a second language.
 
 
     
 

 

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