"Your Baby Can Read" is this a good product??

Roxann - posted on 07/17/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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Ive recently seen ads on the tv for this product it claims to make your baby able to read starting as early as 6 months using flashcards and pictures... anyone have it ???

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Shennandoah - posted on 07/21/2009

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My parents bought this program for my daughter who is now 1 yr old. She has been watching it since she was 9 months old. I dont follow the program completely because I think that it is strict! We watch the DVD's once or twice a day and we play with the flashcards. I involve her older brothers in it so it is more of a game. She smiles & laughs whenever the DVD starts so she seems to like it. She does follow a couple of the words so far.

User - posted on 07/20/2009

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I personally think this is a very very BAD idea! It is not phonics based--it is based on whole language and word memorization, therefore your child will not REALLY be reading. Just recalling words he has memorized. this makes it very difficult when he is really ready to begin reading it will make phonics introduction harder and confusing. The ability to read is based on a knowledge of how letters work together. when you understand this you can read just about anything! On the other hand, one can't possibly memorize every word in the english language and when you come across words you don't know it becomes and arduous task to figure it out. The introduction of whole language to the school systems is a major reason there are so many illiterate kids graduating from high school every year--even though they have realized their mistakes and gone back to phonics reading. I would suggest if you want to take advantage of the synapses in your child's developing brain, to work on things like colors, numbers, geography, sign language and other similar memorization based skills!!

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Holly - posted on 07/21/2009

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i bought it and just started it yesterday- i like the idea and my son is 6 months and likes the videos and i already read to him every night

Jamie - posted on 07/20/2009

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I don't really know if it is a good product or not. I looked into it, but seems kinda expensive to me. Especially when the things they do on it are the same methods that I have been using myself on my son. He is two and is already reading some words. And all I ever used was flash cards and just time spent with him, I just don't see the point in spending the money on it myself. But for all those who have that is wonderful and I hope it really does work how they say its supposed to.

User - posted on 07/20/2009

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My daughter is only 6-1/2 mos old so can't tell if this program is helping her read yet. I do think it is having some affect. We started showing her the DVDs around 3 months old (about every other day). By 5-1/2 mos old she says hi when you say hi to her. Then she started saying yeah. Now at 6-1/2 months of age she says hi, yeah, yummy, and mama (or mommy). I think it is helping her language skills at any rate. Take from that what you will :)

Arwen - posted on 07/20/2009

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I've seen more and more parents go for this, but every last professional study done on these--that I've seen--be it by teachers, doctors, or child developmental experts are pretty much against it. The kids that are given this program do the same on average as other kids when they get to school. I agree with Rose: focus on colors, numbers, shapes, and things like that. Identifying the blue triangle is just as impressive as pointing to their bellybuttons when they see the bellybutton flashcard.

User - posted on 07/20/2009

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I think it depends on how you view reading - is it just "word recognition" or is it important to you that your child learn how the letters SOUND and MAKE the words?

For me, it is critically important that my children learn the letters and sounds before they learn how to "read" - so this is a product I will not be purchasing or using. I plan on teaching my children to read using Phonics, rather than just teaching them to read by sight.

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Could be. :) I don't think you are doing anything wrong, so please don't feel you have to justify anything. :) Babies and little kids are total sponges. They will pick up on and learn from what they are exposed to. Nothing wrong w/ that.... unless your baby has big sisters that teach him banging his head on things is funny.....

Chalanda - posted on 07/17/2009

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Quoting Teresa:



Quoting Chalanda:

You know because when you show them the cards they do the hand movements or motions. 






Oh. :)






I never said there was harm in trying.  I just don't see the point and was sharing that point of view.



 



I value all the opinions  i can get on this topic. :)





 

Chalanda - posted on 07/17/2009

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Quoting Teresa:



Quoting Chalanda:

You know because when you show them the cards they do the hand movements or motions. 






Oh. :)






I never said there was harm in trying.  I just don't see the point and was sharing that point of view.



 



I value all the opinions  i can get on this topic. :)





 

Chalanda - posted on 07/17/2009

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It is just like learning another language. The younger the child, the easier it is for them to learn. Its just like the studies that show one baby received limited language and parents have rarely spoken to them and another baby was exposed to alot of language and was being spoken to often. The baby that was exposed to vocabulary had more vocabulary. I would think that it is the same thing with this program. I don't know...give me feedback please!

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Quoting Chalanda:

You know because when you show them the cards they do the hand movements or motions. 



Oh. :)



I never said there was harm in trying.  I just don't see the point and was sharing that point of view.

Chalanda - posted on 07/17/2009

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You know because when you show them the cards they do the hand movements or motions. To each is own, but there is no harm in trying.

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I wouldn't bother wasting the money. How would you know a 6 month old could read anyway? They can't talk yet. ;) Kids will read when they are ready to read. My twins started at 3.5 and I never bought anything special (just regular books). I just read to them.

Chalanda - posted on 07/17/2009

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I am using it, but I am not stopping my child from having fun and enjoying life. He watches the dvd in the morning and at night. Only twice a day and Dr. T (the maker of video) says if baby gets frustrated, don't force it just let them view it in shorter sections. It doesn't take away from fun...do everything you would normally do just make time for one or two viewings a day and work with the book and word cards are just like spending time reading with your child anyway (as we are suppose to do anyway). My son is 6months and actually enjoys watching it, especially because it is so interactive and I have to be involved. It is way better than those mindless shows out there.

Sabrina - posted on 07/17/2009

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I have not bought it. But I was thinking of getting it for my older ones. The process they use is the same that they use in the ESE classes to teach them to read. But for the babies I would never use it. I want my kids to have fun and enjoy life. They can worry about reading when they are older. I cant see why parents want their kids to grow-up so fast. If they are smart then good but why force it on them. But for any mom who wants to use it I hope it works as good as they say.

Chalanda - posted on 07/17/2009

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I actually bought it. I started using it about 6 days ago, so we'll see! It's not just flash cards and pictures. It's a series of dvd's also. You have to use the starter dvd, the starter flashcards, and the starter flap book for atleast one month and then go on to volume 1. There are 3 volumes, each with its own set of flash cards and books, and then a review dvd. He also tells you to cut down or stop your tv watching while baby is on the program or watch tv when the baby is sleeping.

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