Your baby can read?

April - posted on 10/08/2010 ( 50 moms have responded )

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I am thinking about purchasing the your baby can read set for my 16 month old daughter but before I buy anything, I would like feedback from other moms who may have used it and if you think it was worth it? This will help me to decide...thanks for the feedback!

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Johanna - posted on 10/10/2010

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I started "Your Baby Can Read" about 2 months ago. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching my 15 month~old learn so much. I do-not believe that you should force anything on a young child! I think that these videos are great for children. Instead of letting them watch cartoons, mystical creatures, fairy tails, or those weird learning shows with funny looking characters, let them watch a realistic learning show. These videos are awesome, and they teach sound as well as the whole word. it is real people and children, teaching your child while you do the dishes! It is absolutely wonderful! she has advanced at an incredible rate over the last two months. She is speaking more and understanding language more as well! she can understand about 30 new simple commands, and sometimes she will come out with something completely new and surprise me. ...:)!! it is so nice to see her learning and communicating so well. Plus she absolutely LOVES these videos..every morning she wakes up and says "baby" refering to the"baby show"!!
Good luck deciding!! and remember it is your choice what your baby watches...no-one can tell you what is best for your child. I think it is defiantly worth the money!! and the time put into watching it!

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Erica, why are you upset? No one is telling you how to raise your son. April asked for opinions on the Your Baby Can Read program and people are giving their opinions on the program and learning in general. If your kids likes the occasional tv show, singing songs and reading books that's great. That's normal. But many people, me being one of them, don't see the value in the Your Baby Can Read program.

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I would just like to add that teaching your kids to sing the ABC's and count is not harmful, but there's no point in doing it. If they can sing the song, but can't identify the letter, what have they really learned? A cute little song. If they can count to 10, but can't comprehend what it means when you hold up three fingers, then what is the point of counting to ten? I'm not saying this to criticize what anyone is doing with their children. A lot of people do these things without understanding the "why" behind it. I just want to point out that it's okay if your 2 or 3 year old doesn't know the ABC song. Don't force them to learn it if they have no interest, because there's no point in it anyway. Teach letters and numbers throughout the day in other ways. When coloring together, write their name and say all the letters out loud. Count the chicken nuggets on their plate at lunch time. It's more meaningful and purposeful.

Carmen - posted on 10/13/2010

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My son is learning from it, but he is just lacking in the talking part, he knows what eyes mouth ears, and some of the songs on it, the main thing that I do not like about it, is how they put all these big words on the first dvd, like elephant, hippopotamus, chimpanzee, when they should have let it be a little bit easier for they're first dvd, but other than don't regret it.

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Fleur - posted on 05/15/2012

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We bought it,but stopped using it. We changed our minds.Memorizing is memory work. Kids need to know how to sound things out. Our son at the time was about a year old. He preferred Leapfrog Letter Factory and now he is 3 he knows so many words. I work with him on sounding out each letter. We didn't get past the 1st DVD when he lost interest. We still use the flash cards but not very often. He went through a destructive phase from 1-3 ripping pages and paper. he tore some of the flashcards. I worked with Special education and repetition is the key,but make it fun. Kids learn through having fun and exploring you don't need the $150 set in my opinion,but that's just my experience.

User - posted on 05/11/2012

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I feel that you should teach reading through the correct steps of learning to read. The Alphabet, Sounds of the Letters, Memory Words, and Phonics. If you want to see the program I use with my kids here is the website www.FirstStepReading.com They also have over 50 free instructional videos online so you can use it for Free.

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@Natasha - I felt the same about my eldest when he was 2 1/2 he didn't really speak at all. In fact, your son is saying more than mine did at the same age. He is now 3 1/2 and is praised for being very well spoken. I did take him to a speech therapist, but it really didn't help us because their approach is to examine how parents interact with their child. If your son's comprehension is high, there isn't really that much to worry about. My son had a very high comprehension in 2 languages, but just didn't talk.

I had put him into day care for a couple days a week at that time and that helped kick start him. He saw other kids his age talking and he started talking a bit more. He was also learning more sign language, and before long he was talking.

So if your son can understand what you are saying and can complete complex tasks (such as giving 3 or more tasks in a single instruction - i.e. "Please put your pjs on your bed, get your clothes and come here and get dressed.") don't worry too much. He may just like to do things in his own time, like my eldest.

Natasha - posted on 10/15/2010

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Me and my husband were thinking about getting the dvd because i was thinking that my 2 year old should be talking a bit more than what he is...from reading the replys i still dont know what decision to make. I've been doing flash cards and reading with my son and he likes that...I did think about a speech therapist but my hubby thinks im going overboad...my son does say bye, thank you, daddy, mommy...maybe im rushing it....My doc told me that by the time he turns 3 he should be talking more and that boys are a little slower than girls...so i guess ill just wait it out and keep reading and doing the flash cards.

Cara - posted on 10/15/2010

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I don't personally use it but have known people that do and I just don't see the point in wasting all the money on it when I could make all the things myself. Since I am a stay at home mom I just take every chance I get to teach my child (ex: When we read a book we talk about the animals, shapes, colors, numbers, letters, etc in the book. If she brings me a block we talk about what color and shape it is. If she sees an animal we discuss what animal it is and what noises it makes, we talk about body parts such as hands, feet, eyes...) My daughter is 2 and she can't read yet but she is starting to learn her letters and numbers. She can identify many animals and the sounds they make, she can name all her body parts and point them out on other people or animals, she knows some of her colors as well. She has a very large vocabulary for her age and speaks well in sentences, and all of that is from me working with her. I like the concept of the your baby can read program, but I really see no point in spending all the money on that when I can just do the same things with her myself and make it more personalized for her! I did do some research on the program and saw a lot of parents that said that it didn't teach their kids to read but it taught them to memorize things.

Brandy - posted on 10/15/2010

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I bought it and it does work, you have to very dedicated for it and use it everyday more than once a day. My daughter is going to be a year on the 22nd and she loves to watch it. She loves books and will set and look at them for hours. She cant actually read yet but it has helped her speech she can say almost every word on the video, we are still on the first video. I think that it is a great investment and I would recommend it to anyone.

Wytnee - posted on 10/13/2010

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I have the your baby can read and my daughter LOVES it! There are times when she doesnt want to watch it and I dont push it I go over and turn it off, plus shes not a big t.v. person! She loves the pictures in the books though... I dont push this program on her, but sometimes she wants to watch them, when I do the flash cards I point to each letter in the word and say the letter she likes it!!

Cynthia - posted on 10/13/2010

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I was reading some of these comments and saw one that said that they rather have their child watch your baby can read then these cartoons all I have to say is I think cartoons is good for the imagination. I let my 11month old daughter watch sprout where they give cartoons all day for toddlers. She loves it. I don't let her watch it all day because I have hours of mommy and me time. We play hide and go seek and she actually looks for me and finds me where ever I hide, we sing songs, and I read to her.
She knows some of the movements of the Itsy Bitsy spider and knows when the song is over, she knows the movement to this spanish song that teaches her what her finger and palm is. Some days I go on starfall.com with her not so she can learn to read but so she can learn what a cat is, what a guitar etc is.
My daughter was rolling over at 1month, sitting at 3months, crawling around 5 and fully walking at 10months. She talks says stop, yea, yey, cat, dad, she calls me cheya like my family calls me but when she really wants me she says mami, says my sister name kayla, my bro matthew. She brings me her bottle or formula can and says licious (Delicious) when she hungry. I can go on with all the stuff my daughter does that my doctor says she's in the 14-16months stage. But my point here is you really don't need your baby can read they will learn how to read when they are ready. Just try teaching them the basic eyes nose elbow finger toes. and if they know that teach them their letters buy blocks with letters.

Melissa - posted on 10/13/2010

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there is another program called monkisee (monkisee.com) that i am going to get for my daughter for christmas (she will be one 1-3) out of all of the reviews i have read the parents who actually used my baby can read that said it didnt work used the monki see program and said it was more entertaining. my daughter is very advanced and loves to learn new things so i think this will be fun for both of us to use. good luck if you do get it.

Cynthia - posted on 10/13/2010

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Go to starfall.com its free and almost the same thing my 11month old learned how to say cat every time she sees one. =)

Jessica - posted on 10/13/2010

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Not worth the money, My child found the movies to be very boring, and he never wanted to read the books, I tried. PLUS it doesn't teach phonics, just memorization.

Melissa - posted on 10/13/2010

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I think if you want your baby to read early, the program can help but honestly, it will be harder for you as a parent to have a precocious child. When I was little I learned to read early using Hooked on Phonics and it worked very well. The problem came when my mom would talk to my aunts about something I wasn't supposed to hear and would spell the word. Unfortunately for them, I was extremely good at reading and spelling, so there wasn't too much they could keep from me. Then when I wanted to know things, I was able to look things up on my own. Let just say I wish that I could have remained naive and innocent about certain things. Just think about that before buying. I wanted to get it for my daughter, but I decided to wait a couple years.

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From what I understand, that program is pretty expensive. Personally, I wouldn't spend the money on having my kids stare at the tv more than they already do. Both of my boys (3 1/2 and 22 months) love books, because we read them every day. They also see me reading other things, and I think they get that mummy loves to read (which I do).

My 3 1/2 yo is starting to read on his own. Not a lot, but he knows his alphabet and has started putting letters together. The first thing he ever read was a STOP sign. Out of the blue he said, "S-T-O-P stays stop!" from the backseat of the car. He also can do simple mathematics.

Use every opportunity to count, spell and read to your child. That is a much better way of getting them to read than a dvd could do. It will not only help them learn to read, write and do math, but it will help instill a love of learning which is far more important.

All in all though, it is your decision on whether you buy the program or not. It would depend on your individual situation whether you have the time to teach your kids yourself, or need help with it because of work or other time constraints. They all learn to read and write eventually, and learning how to read at an early age won't really matter in the long run... so enjoy your daughter and go with the have fun approach.

Megan - posted on 10/11/2010

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My daughter has learnt way more from me then any tv show or dvd could possibly teach her.
When we sing the ABC's and Numbers we are actually looking at the numbers and letters as we say them so it is not like we are just aimlessly saying them without any comprehension of the actual letters/numbers. Much like when she is getting dressed and we say left leg, right leg, left arm, right arm etc. Not to mention the emotional learning and manners. Your baby can read does not teach a child manners!
It is just my opinion like many others. YOU are the best teacher that your child can have at this young age.

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I just wanted to say that every time I see one of those infomercials for Your Baby Can Read...I have to change the channel. I wouldn't ever judge anyone for using the program, but I just don't see the value in it. Like someone else said, it teaches by memorization and there is more to reading than that. Comprehension is HUGE and there's no way a child that young can comprehend much outside of the simple things in life. I also think it forces kids to grow up in a way, faster than they should have to. There have been studies about babies who used programs like this and it's been shown that they are no more "better off" educationally than other kids who learn to read later. Good luck in whatever you decide :)

Kimmie - posted on 10/11/2010

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I have it for my two year old and it works great yes you have to do it everyday but i got it for him when he was about 18 months and only did the frist disc a week for only 3days and he already knew the whole thing the second disc again i dont do it everyday i do it about 2-3 times a week but he does pretty good with it, although its a lot of the same stuff as he first disc so i started the 3rd disc and he only knows the words that are on the first two discs so yea it works but again its something you have to do everyday. ITS WORTH IT I THINK!!!!

Lady Heather - posted on 10/11/2010

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I don't really see the point because of the lack of comprehension thing. My daughter's language is coming along fine and there's no point in her reading a bunch of stuff she doesn't understand. I started reading at 3 years old because I was just good at that stuff and my big sister was doing it. Did it help me any? Not really. I got to kindergarten and I could read like a seventh grader but I couldn't understand most of what I was reading. Kind of pointless. I was an advanced kid, but I don't think it was because I read early. I think I *chose* to learn to read early because I was advanced. If every kid used this learn to read thing, I doubt you'd see any difference in comprehension or skill in later years. I guess if you find it fun, then that's cool. Certainly not something that I think would be beneficial later in life.

April - posted on 10/11/2010

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I HAVE NEVER USED IT, BUT I DID THINK ABOUT IT. BUT I WANTED MY KIDS TO LEARN ON THEIR OWN TIME, NOT BY ME OR ANYONE ELSE.

Britney - posted on 10/11/2010

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i have the your baby can read starter dvd and my son loves it he is 8 months also even if he is learning he is having fun so if your child enjoys it go ahead i mean keeping them happy and safe is our most impotant jobs as mommies right :)

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I worry about the long term. It's more important for a child to comprehend what they are reading then to just read. You can see on their commercials that the child who was reading Charlotte's Web clearly doesn't fully comprehend the segment that she is reading; and why should she, a 2 year old doesn't have the ability to understand abstract thought or action.

I think it's more important to teach a young child how to properly show emotion and to learn how to act and react around others.

There is nothing wrong with introducing words and new things. But I don't think it should be a major focus.

Children learn how to read in the weirdest ways, I learned from playing video games and my sister refusing to read the plot to me. But I almost never sat down with a chapter book until I was forced to in school. I hated it until I found Fantasy books. Now I read constantly.

It's just hooked on phonics all over again.

Erica - posted on 10/10/2010

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And i dnt put him in front of the tv all day and i put on the video mayb once a week but he like wonderpets maya/miguel this dino show and we hv mommy and me time we read play go out. Listen to all different types of music went to the aqarium

Erica - posted on 10/10/2010

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Well I was at a yr so dnt tell me other wise. ALL CHILDREN DNT LEARN AT THE SAME PACE. And my son enjoys the video and it entertains him while I cook clean and I dnt need and professionals telling me how to raise my child. So with that I will end bc I'm done with this debate

Kymberly - posted on 10/10/2010

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I don't plan on getting it because I can't see putting my child in front of the tv ALL DAY or even twice a day just to teach her to "read". I think its completely pointless and I don't see the need. Babies are meant to be babies and whatever happened to reading to your child every day and listening to music?? It's the same thing but your child is interacting with YOU, NOT the tv....If I were you I wouldn't waste my money :/ but that's just my opinion!

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Yes, thank you, we are all entitled to our own opinions. Mine is that Your Baby Can Read is pointless. This opinion was formed after some research and discussing it with my mom who has her degree in Early Childhood Education. But you may do your own research and talk to other professionals and come to a different conclusion. That's what makes this world go round.

By the way, it's totally possible to be "potty trained" as an infant. So here is some info if anyone gives you flack for that ever again. =) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elimination...

Erica - posted on 10/10/2010

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It all up to the parents if they want to buy it no one can tell u what to do with ur child so goodluck

Erica - posted on 10/10/2010

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Im just saying everyone is entitled to their opinion but shes basically saying my mother is stretching the truth about me being potty trained and all im saying is children are not the same they all learn different im not mad just being me i dnt hv no hair on my tongue sorry if pople take it wrong on here. But i like it but i dnt force him i let him be a baby and when hes ready. Like i didnt make him talk he did it on his own he crawled at about 2months and then at 4months and hes really good now and he stand by himself i didnt push him . This morning he gave me his book i guess saying for me to read to him. We read a story every night do our abcs and other children songs and he gets a kick out of it

Erica - posted on 10/10/2010

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Well no one is going to tell me how to raise my son bc kids arent different and im always reading to my son and have mommy and me time but i do need a few mins of moomy time so i put the video on and he enjoys it or the wonderpets. And i was out of diapers i use to rip thm off and use the potty and my mother did not force me she let me be a kid and im doing the same i dnt force him to anything i dnt rush him to grow up i wish he could stay a baby but i knw he cnt and im enjoying every step and milestone he accomplishes

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Funny thing.. Your baby can read... are dvd's.. proffesional child developement studies have shown that its harmful to their developing brains.. As parents.. we're the ones that teach our children what we want them to learn when they're ready for it. If you do push it they will have future learning disadvantages in life. And having a child potty trained before 1?? Not so sure parents exagerate on that subject. A child does not have baldder control that early in life. My son was potty trained at 16 months. Completely. He never had Your baby can read and he's talking just fine and he's now 21 months. Your children will learn best from you.. Buying that would only be a waste of money.. when you can sit with your kids and read to them and spend quality time with them.. they will learn better! :] Dont confuse memorization with smartness... flash a card with a word that the child hasn't seen yet..and he wont know what it is.. if I showed the same card over and over to a child.. of course they're going to memorize it! Soo my advice is teach them yourself... :] Good luck!

Erica - posted on 10/10/2010

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When i have to clean or cook or i wnt a few mins of me time i put it on or wonderpets and it keeps him entertained and i dnt think thats pushing him

Erica - posted on 10/10/2010

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I was a fast learner and i wasnt pushed i started picking out words at 1 and out of diapers b4 a yr my mom let me be a kid justl like im doing with mine. But even as a newborn just born he was trying to lift his head roll over

Erica - posted on 10/10/2010

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Well i dnt push him im letting him be a baby but he enjoys it also bc of the songs. It entertains him while i clean or cook just like the wonderpets and he likes law and order he can be asleep and hear the theme song and then fall back to sleep

Amanda - posted on 10/10/2010

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The cost is a big investment. I have this too and overall I like it and it is somewhat entertaining. Like someone else commented though you are suppose to have them watch it at least two times a day. I haven't done that but I still plan to keep the system and use it. I like to quiz my oldest who is 8 on the words when they flash quickly on the screen. I concur you need to learn the fundamentals of learning but seeing it is very important to remember anything you learn I don't think anything is wrong with remembering vocabulary. I think lots of things add to the learning experience and this is just one of them.

Kendra - posted on 10/10/2010

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My view on it is this, what ever happened to children being children? We are so worried about getting our kids a jump start on education that we forget some of the best education comes from just being a kid and playing, getting dirty, hanging out with our friends, etc. Children haven't been able to read at 8months for hundreds and hundreds of years and they have done just fine. I don't doubt the excitement of seeing your young child identify a word on a flash card but why are we having them learn how to read the word hand when they are just figuring out what a hand is? But that is just my opinion and you know what they say about them, lol.

Erica - posted on 10/10/2010

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I dont push my son my son he's gonna 8 months old I don't make him do anything he does not wanna do he love when I read it to him been doing that since he was in my tummy and the Abc's and 123's

Erica - posted on 10/10/2010

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Its good get it. I got it for my son my son been talking since about 2 1/2 months saying mama and that was his first word. He also says hi no mama nana uh oh oh yeah yes dada lalala etc. And he's gonna be 8months. They sing songs I recommend it highly

Lynda - posted on 10/10/2010

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My step son was forced to learn early by his grandfather now he is in high school and has been suspended 3 times in 2 months as he hates learning and doesn't want to be there. Children should guide their parents in what they want to learn each child is different and will learn in different ways my 4 year old is a visual learner I know this as she got a sticker with a duck on it from the lady who took her ultra sound she now refers to it as the ducky doctor. Her other doctor is the apple doctor as there was an apple in the garden on one of our visits. She enjoys singing and dancing so we use this to create times for learning such as singing shapes colours the alphabet and numbers. Each child will learn when they are ready pushing them will only build resentment and an unwillingness to learn and participate in learning activities.

Lydia - posted on 10/10/2010

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i recently read some research about all those "teach your baby math, reading, languages etc" that's going on and basically in most cases all those activities are for no great value for the baby it's just for the parents to show off. and if parents are too demanding on the early learning stuff it actually even turned into the opposite - the kids hated it and refused to learn. the point was that: learning needs to be fun. trust and security in relationships were showing more influence on positive learning experience than any programs. why? because it gives the baby the security and courage to go out and discover new things. so i guess if the set will be fun for both of you do it, if not just relax and have a good time with your baby... they anyways learn and discover.

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Don't get it. It teaches by memorization. Reading is WAY more complex than that. It can cause more problems down the road.

Kimberly (Edwards) - posted on 10/09/2010

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I think it is silly I mean really Babies aren't supposed to read that early! There babies!I have a 3 year old and a 6month old and they are very smart they can't read but that is what K-3 is for lol! besides who wants to deprive the kids of "See Jane Run"!

Megan - posted on 10/09/2010

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I thought about it at one point but when I really really thought about it I decided it was a waste.
My daughter loves music so we sing the alphabet and numbers. She will ask to sing the alphabet actually! And she will repeat after us! She will repeat the whole alphabet and up to number 15!!! She turned 2 in August!
Just find something that she likes to do and make learning into fun and games!!!

Donna - posted on 10/09/2010

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although it is always good to find something to do with your child, the studies show that early readers show no advanced skills by the age of seven or eight....so if it is something fun to do, then great, but as an educational activity, it had limited value.

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