has anybody ever tried that BABY CAN READ video? and does it work.

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Lauren - posted on 03/31/2010

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i haven't tried the program, but i have to say, i've already taught me two year old how to recognize every letter of the alphabet, his numbers, and his shapes all using the same technique. We bought him one of those etch a sketch kinda things, but with a pen and he ended up wanting us to draw things on it for him. So, I just started writing letters and numbers, etc. Its pretty much the same thing as flashcards simply because of the repetition. He now spells out words to me out in public and asks what it says or points out numbers and shapes that are everywhere from the bathroom to street signs. I would agree with some of the other posters that if you just spend the time, I think you don't have to waste the money on something so expensive. Good luck!

Jill - posted on 03/08/2010

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Agreeing with the post from Wanda. As part of my degree and profession I have a pretty good background on reading and language development. What these videos teach is more symbol recognition and sight words. For example, a child at this age that recognizes "cat" as cat is really not much different than them recognizing an actual picture of a cat. They have memorized the shape of the word. True reading is based on phonetic and phonemic awareness and comprehension. If you want to help your child develop prereading skills that will give them an advantage read to your child everyday, point out words in books, show them how each letter makes its own sound, have them go on a "sound hunt" finding things around the house that start with a "b" sound, play rhyming games. And none of these things require you to purchase a "system." Also, research has shown that so called "educational" videos do not give any lasting edge to children that have watched them (Journal of Pediatrics, August 2007). Remember, the main purpose of these videos is to make money for the developers.

Stormy - posted on 03/05/2010

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We got it for our daughter when she was oh geez maybe 6-9 months, and now she is going to be 2 yrs June19, her voccabulary has went through the roof!! I think she is "Reading" like a 4 yr old, but thats just what I think, iam not a teacher or any thing, but she is above her age level with this. Another reason we got it is because we are going to homeschool our kids, this is such a jump start. The guy that invented it, when his oldest daughter was 16 she was getting ready to go to colloge!!!! I think that is wonderful. Anyway good luck on desiding :)

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It's a lot of memorization, since they don't teach any phonics, there's no actual reading. If you have the time you can save youself the money and make up your own set of flash cards or buy a less expensive deck at a store.

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Jill - posted on 04/11/2010

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If you go to Amazon and type in Your Baby Can Read, there are different sets there. You can get ones with vol 1-3 dvds only, all the dvds, or sets with the flashcards, books and everything else thats included. Price ranging from about $50-$165. But like someone said, you could make your own flashcards, or write words on an etch a sketch to save money. I don't think the dvd's are a bad thing to get. It shows the word on the screen, says it, and then shows a live picture of the word. After a couple times, my son was interested. And he liked the songs on the dvd's too.

Jill - posted on 04/10/2010

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Yes I got this for our son and we started the program when he was 9 months old. At first he really wasn't interested...but i would put the video on once a day, and then down to a couple times a week. All he wanted to do with the flashcards was chew on them. HOWEVER...he is 2 now and, his vocabulary is very extensive! He knows and understands language SO well! He has been saying sentences for awhile now, and the other day he read from a book! I think the videos did help him; he became more interested in them around 11 months onward. I only have him watch them every now and then now. I bought the whole set after the trial period-and it basically came out to 3 payments of $66. But you don't have to get the whole set. There are some smaller/cheaper sets on Amazon too :)

Hollie - posted on 04/03/2010

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I have it and I do think it works. My son loves his tv and movies. He is really busy and loves to play outside, but when he has to be inside he loves to watch movies. I got him these movies (and yes they are expensive and there are a lot of stipulations to returning them) and he loved them. He especially loves the little kids on the movies. He is always more interested to do something that a little kid is doing rather than an adult. I think he really likes it and it is beneficial. I let him watch it while I take a shower or make dinner so he can just lay down and relax. I would recommend them. I actually have a video I took of him while he was still watching the first dvd. The words eyes, nose, and ears come up on the screen and he knows what they say on the screen because when he sees them he does what comes next on the movie.

Corey - posted on 04/02/2010

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My friend ordered it for her little girl and returned it right away. Plus there were so many stipulations to it actually being returned. The shipping tag need to still be attached and i do believe the the package couldn't even have been opened and the trial period is really even less days than the t.v. says it is. She said you can find cheaper stuff in the store that does the same thing and the t.v. version is a rip off.

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I haven't tried it, but I have to say it seems like nothing more than teaching your child exactly the same things you can teach if you take the time. My daughter is 2 and learning new words constantly, more because she's ready and interested, I don't believe in forcing reading on children too young to comprehend it. I can understand why people want their children to read early, but to me I'd rather let my daughter be a kid while she can.

Kareemah - posted on 04/01/2010

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My son is 31/2 yrs. old and attends group day care. His group recently started the Baby Can Read DVD's and Flash cards, and let me tell you those kids are reading. I happen to pick my son up early one day from school and the teacher was in the middle of a lesson, my son is three and he was reading sentences and spelling three syllable words. His teacher Dora (yes, thats her name, LOL) really works with the kids and parents, she sends short stories home and lets the kids borrow the dvds and flash cards to study at home. It works when the child is interacting with what he/she is seeing on the videos and flash cards and not with just playing the videos and letting your child sit in front of it.

Clare - posted on 04/01/2010

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We love PBS especially Sesame Street and whatever that show is that has the characters made out of letters.

Casey - posted on 04/01/2010

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I have not tried that, but there is a website, www.starfall.com, that kids can learn to read on for free. Both of my kids loved it, and it works!

Donna - posted on 04/01/2010

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I have and love it! It has help my son with e speech delay and my daughter that is 17months has learned alot from it!

Kristy - posted on 04/01/2010

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I have this sysem and it works. When I can get my little ones to sit down and watch the DVD's the really enjoy the songs on it and learning new words. It doesn't push them into anything, it very easy to follow and its educational. My 3 1/2 year old is Autistic and since I started him and my 21 month old daughter on them, they both have picked up new words and are talk more. They haven't started reading the words yet, but then it takes time, they don't learn everything over night. Both my kids love books and really enjoy looking at the pictures while you read them they story. They even flip through the pages back and forth making up their own versions of the story. So why not teach them to read. My boy goes to a special preschool for speical needs children and both of the teachers agree that it would give him a head start by the time he gets to kindergarten if he is already reading then he will be able to focus in more on the social aspect of it and less on the academic. Reading opens up a whole new world for your kids, why not teach them at an early age? If they are ready they will pick it up,

Clare - posted on 04/01/2010

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I'm not sure if it does or not. My thoughts on it are why push your kids to do things when it's not time for them to do it. We just let our daughter do things when she's ready. She's not going to be this little forever and I'd like to enjoy the way she is now. Yeah I'd love for her to tell me what she wants clearly, but she's not even 2 yet.

Tammi - posted on 04/01/2010

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I have to agree with Jill's post. I am an lower elementary teacher who has also worked in preschools with children from 1-4. This program is teaching children to see a pattern not words. Children have to learn what sounds the letters make in order to really read. I think the idea of teaching them young is great and it can help them out later in life. My 6 yr old who is kindergarten is reading at a much higher level then the other children in her class because we worked on the sounds of letters early in her life and she is able to sound out big words that she normally wouldnt be able to do at this time in kindergarten. my 2 yr old is now learning the sounds that lettters make but i dont see her reading anytime soon..although she thinks she can! so dont waste your money you can teach her to read yourself with fun ideas to teach sounds hope this helps

Kat - posted on 04/01/2010

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Yes, they're not actually "reading" during the first few months of saying out the words, they're sight reading, I was told. They memorized the shapes of each letter/word and then later on learns to individualize them.

Melissa - posted on 04/01/2010

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My brother in law bought these for my daughter when she was about 1 years old. I started playing them for her but is only interested in them for a short period of time. The program basically focuses on memorization because you play the same video 2x a day for a whole month! Unless your child is glued to the tv I don't think it will work. Coming from a teaching background this is not the way children learn properly. They need the experience of reading a real book. Your baby will learn to read if you read them the same book 2x a day for a whole month plus get that bonding time with you as well. My daughter is now 2yrs old and no longer watches the videos. She speaks very well for her age and recognizes letters and numbers. But this is due to reading real books with her. I'd rather her grow up loving to read books then watching videos!

Jana - posted on 04/01/2010

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I ordered it for my daughter and to use in my daycare. The majority of my kids around between 1.5 and 3. They really seem to enjoy it and it is helping them to say more words. I don't know if they can actually read yet. That will be determined.

Emmy - posted on 04/01/2010

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I think its more memorisation. My daughter can memorise a whole book and sit there and 'read' it but i know she is not reading it and has just memorised the book.

Sarah - posted on 03/31/2010

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I bought it for my son starting at 3 months old and it has been soo worth it! He enjoys it and I never have to force him to watch it, at 6 months old these were the only books he would sit still and let me read to him before bed, he will be 2 next month and he still enjoys the books, flashcards, and the movies he rather watch Thomas the train now so I wish I never let him get started on all the other cartoons out there, but once i put My baby can read videos on he can't help but sit and watch. At 9 months he started reading and recognizing the words, he keeps learning more and more words!

Monisha - posted on 03/31/2010

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We bought it when our son was 2 - last year and he loved it. It really helped with his vocab as well as picture and word matching. Even now he loves going thru them. I would recommend it ...definitely. We r getting a lot of mileage out of it. Now that he is talking non-stop (!!!) we use the picture cards for imaginative games.

Emi - posted on 03/31/2010

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i have tried that program with my children and the same time, flash cards from Carson Dellosa and Starfall along with book reading. I might say that your baby can read is good but I would never waste the money on it( my friend gave it to us as a gift). Starfall works beautifully. Your baby can read is good if you want to put the baby on his chair and have a break your self. Flash cards are excellent too. you get to talk to your child and spend time with him. I have tried all those and I can say that all my 3 boys started to read before they talked just from flash cards and starfall. com

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I wouldn't waste my money. Whether it works or not it is a money making scam. You can teach your child to read (or just about anything else you want them to learn) for free.

Jessica - posted on 03/07/2010

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I do have the program too, we bought the trial back so we only have the first 6 stages. but it does work, you just have to stay on top of it, the package does come with books so you can sit down and read with her. but like i said you just have to stay on top of it, because its one that if you dont then its really just a waste of your money and time.

Stormy - posted on 03/06/2010

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I just had Renea watch the video 2 a day, and when we had time and/or i rememberd that we had the flash card we did them. I kept the flash cards in the diaper bag so if she got bord when we were out and about i would have some thing she liked

Heather - posted on 03/05/2010

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keep in mind that if you do the trial offer, it's only 14.95 for so long, and then they will charge you the other. . . 200, i think is what it is.
ive heard good things about it, but if you dont have the time to work with your child everyday on it, then it wont work.

Melissa - posted on 03/05/2010

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I was wondering the same thing. I have an 8 month old son. I have heard alot of good things about the program, but im not sure if its really worth the money. I might do the trial they offer

Melissa - posted on 03/05/2010

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I was wondering the same thing. I have an 8 month old son. I have heard alot of good things about the program, but im not sure if its really worth the money. I might do the trial they offer

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