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Stefie - posted on 12/17/2009
I really don't trust this system.
It is much more important that parents show their children a variety things to improve vocabulary before worrying about reading. Reading is not needed until much later in life. In addition, it has been shown that children who learn to read using memorization such as this program score lower later in life on reading comprehension where as children taught to read using a phonetic system tend to score higher. This is why most school age children are taught the phonetic system now.
Also, I worry about children not learning the vocabulary they might if not relying on one system. My daughter learns about 3-5 new words a day. I don't know if any system can really keep up with that. Another fear, what if children learn to learn words by reading them. This again may hurt the comprehension of words.
The thing that really scares me about this program is that it seems to advertise itself as something you can throw at a kid and they just get it and you can sit back and do what ever. I agree with most experts that say watching mom fold laundry and talk about it is much more educational than watching any TV show.
Please remember that TV is passive learning and that seeing things live and having to interact with them is active learning.
Please think about what you are teaching your child with this system and if it really helps them. Reading at two or three is neat to let parents brag, but really what advantage does it give a child? Reading at four or five is the norm and there are so many other skills your kids need to develop in that time.
Heather - posted on 12/16/2009
Dani loves it to. I had a lot of people that felt like I was pushing it upon her. However, I can't understand why you wouldn't want your child to learn? I think that it is excellent that your child read a word that is not on the video. It just goes show that we are doing something great for them.
Sadie - posted on 12/16/2009
I agree, my two sons love it. My two year old just read a word out loud that isnt on the video. I dont feel like I am rushing their development or pushing them because they really like it, the flash cards are fun and rewarding.
Heather - posted on 12/16/2009
Yes it is. Dani started when she was about 6 or so months old. She is now 14 months old and does all the motions with the video. She also talks more than any child that I know her age. She will pick up a book before she picks up a toy. She also tries to read to us. I also have a friend who used this and her child went straight to first grade.
Rebecca - posted on 12/16/2009
We started Emmaline at 3 months. She is almost 5 months now. We just went up to the 2nd video and I notice when she recognises a word from the starter video she squeels and giggles. My friends daughter is 2 months older then Emmaline and she can point out the correct words already. We actually bought ours off ebay, but we didn't get the all the extras. I definately like the program.
Callinda - posted on 12/17/2009
At that age, babies are not actually learning to read as such, just to memorise words. This is a key difference to reading, as learning to read involves being able to sound out words that you havent encountered before.
But if the babies are enjoying it then I guess there is no harm, so long as it is used as a game and not taken too seriously! I guess you could look for cheaper flashcards that would do the same thing
Melissa - posted on 12/16/2009
Yes, I got it for a Christmas gift last year, and our son LOVES the picture flashcards and picture books (we don't use the DVDs, though). He finds them and brings them over to us now and wants us to read them to him. He has not learned to read at all yet (he is only 14 months old), but he now recognizes most of the pictures and can say the words if he sees the pictures, and has spoken many first words when using them. So I think picture books and flashcards are worth it, but not the DVDs (well, maybe for an older child). But, you could probably find some cheaper picture flashcards at a learning store.
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