Your Baby Can Read

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Hey there,
We'er on day 3 of Your Baby Can Read. I bought this series off Craig's list for $100 new, so shop wisely for it.

So far no reading, but his language skills have made huge improvements.

He tries to wiggle his nose, like the video, and can only wiggle his lips with his tongue popping out every now and then, too cute.

This is a 7month program, unless your child picks it up faster. We mostly bought it to help improve language skills, so, so far it's doing the trick. :) I'm interested how this will effect his phonetic learning.

Take care,
~Fern < mom to 7

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I have used Baby Can Read with all 3 of my kids and they all love it. My oldest (5) has been reading at 3rd grade level since he was 31/2. It does take some time for them to pick up on reading if you don't do the flashcards and word games with them outside of watching the videos. My middle child (3) is behind developmentally but Baby Can Read has been helping her where the speech therapy has not had much effect. I do the Child Can Read program with my oldest now and my youngest (15 mos) loves it more than the Baby Can Read.

My son is in kindergarten and does go to school and I have noticed that he has had some confusion with reading where before he just read without thinking. It's not because BCR teaches them to memorize. If you think about it, all traditional schooling begins with memorization. The reason that I think you see this type of thing is because of the teaching methods used. Traditional learning focuses on abstract learning first (letters, sounds, phonics, etc) and then moves on to a more concrete approach. Baby Can Read is more concrete first (they show the word gorilla then they show a picture of gorilla and the child knows that the word "gorilla" stands for an actual gorilla). Think of it as sight reading. From there the child can deduce that certain letter combinations make certain sounds. A child who begins learning this way then goes to school where they teach letters and sounds first and now all of a sudden he is sounding out letters because that's how they teach reading in school. So where once the child could identify the word "read" he now says re-ad using short vowel sounds because they haven't learned phonics yet to know that the e says its name and the a is silent. If you start your child with Baby Can Read it's almost better if you just home school them because they just use a different teaching method in traditional schools than what Baby Can Read uses. There is a math program I found with a group called BrillKids that has really helped my son because they teach math using the same method Baby Can Read uses for reading. I noticed that my son was having a hard time with math problems that used numerals but did fine with math problems that used pictures or quantity. For this reason, next year I will be home schooling. I'm sure if I left him in school he would eventually adjust and do fine but I just find that the methods used in Baby Can Read and BrillKids seem like a more natural approach to learning and that my kids really respond to it. That's just my humble opinion.

Nikki - posted on 04/20/2010

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Joycelyn, we once thought about getting the program but after extensive research on it we found that, throughout the country moms and parents in general were very disappointed do to the fact that by the time their children got to grade school it slowed them down a lot in their reading and couldnt keep up with the rest of their peers b/c "your baby can read" teaches them to me memorize only and does not teach phonics which is what is the foundation to teach a child properly to read. I hope this helps. We then research "Muzzy" but that wasnt any better either. We just used the introduction to everything method, we talk to her and show her things, she is 21 months speaking in full sentences, knows her abc's and more. Don't trust it, this is my opinion.

Tara - posted on 04/17/2010

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Jared has been using it since my husbands grandmother got it for christmas not reading but is talking in short(3-4 word) sentences

Punzelina - posted on 04/16/2010

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Our son has been on this program for a while, and he loves it. He is reading more than 50 words and really started understanding the world around him quickly, I think quicker than he would have other wise. It's a great program! It's a great way for parents to have something to do with the kids, a way to connect and another way to guide them in their time with their kids.

My son doesn't enunciate well, but he does read and recognize everything. Putting 2 and 2 together really happened quickly with this program. Part of the point of them learning this way is not for reading phonetically, but to develop the communications part of their brain. That will give them a great advantage, along with just the love of learning in itself, doing something than just blankly staring at the tv.

EnJoy it!!! No matter the cost, it is a great investment to instill a love for reading and learning in the babies.

Tisha - posted on 04/15/2010

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I bought this two weeks ago. My little boy talks quite a bit anyways but this has definitely improved his language skills. He loves the videos! He watches them like he is spellbound and participates throughout the video. I think it's been great!

Billie-jo - posted on 04/15/2010

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OMG I hear that my nephews watch spongebob all the time so when he is over his aunts he would see it, now if he is watching a TV show and spongebob comes on after and i turn it off we have a melt down for about 15-20min over it, I have to say it is the dumbest show on and the things it teaches kids are horrable.

Billie-jo - posted on 04/15/2010

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could you send me an e-mail and let me know in a week or two how its going, I've been going back and forth with getting this wondering if it really works, and it is expensive to get it and find out it doesn't work. i would appreciate it so much if you could let me know if its working or not, my e-mail is billiejobn@gmail.com thank you so much I would appreciate it so much.

NATALIE MICHON - posted on 04/14/2010

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I love it! My 21 month old daughter has been consistantly on it for 7 months. We've had it a year, though! I can now place 4 flash cards on the floor and tell her to find a certain word... She is about 90% accurate. But it takes ALOT of time outside of DVD (which needs to be watched 2xs per day).

However when she sees the word DOG... She says "woof woof" !!! ;-D

Tara - posted on 04/14/2010

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We received it as a Christmas gift, and started it in January. My son was 18mo old when we started it. 3 months into it, and he is already able to recognize words - his favorite one is "bubbles". He sees it everywhere, even without pictures. Amazing!

Brandee - posted on 04/14/2010

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I purchased it when my son was 6 months old.. He is 21 months now and can't read, but I didn't buy it for him to read so early and I haven't used it everyday.. I am not with him during the day, so I don't get to control what he watches.. I do know that when Brandon watches it (usually in the car) he says the words now.. He also LOVES the slide out cards and the book that has sliding words in it.. When we get in the car he says "Babies, Watch Babies".. He has always liked it..I could turn it on with him in his play pen and take a shower when he was younger.. He also has started to sing parts of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and does his fingers together during Itsy Bitsy Spider.. I think it was a great investment.. it is better than other programs he could be watching.. I personally can't stand when my nephews watch Sponge Bob!!

Yolanda - posted on 04/13/2010

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My daughter goes to preschool and they use Your baby can read and it is really good.

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Jocelyn,
I don't think it teaches phonics, just the sight words. That part is a little dissapointing, since even a dog, intelligence of a 3 year old, can learn to sight read.

That's why I said it will be interesting to see how he does when it comes to phonetic reading.

For now we're just trying to improve his language skills.

Ryann,
That's encouraging. :) My sister who is currently living with us, ended up pregnant. She's going to stay 1 more year with us, so it will be cool she can try this program out too. :) Maybe her son will learn good vocab skills too.

Take care all,
~Fern < Mom to 7

Joycelyn - posted on 04/09/2010

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Does it teach phonics? I had the opportunity to sample it since I'm in Early Childhood Education and I found it taught more whole words than phonics. But I really could have missed that part since I wasn't interested in using something like this in my program

Ryann - posted on 04/09/2010

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Someone gave us the system as a gift and we enjoy it. We started showing him the videos around 3 months. Jack is really vocal and started forming sentences at 9 months! Even our pediatrician has been impressed with his verbal skills.

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