Creating Educational Computer Videos

Marissa - posted on 04/27/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hi fellow mommies!! Anyone ever tried making their own educational videos and flashcards on the computer? (see link for example)

http://www.ehow.com/how_7773682_develop-...

I'm curious if anyone has actually tried the "Your Baby Can Read" system with those commercials on TV. You can really make your own similar content pretty easily on the computer!

I'm amazed at how my 3-year-old has picked up letters when I make short videos or slideshows for him. Even writing his name in big letters in Word has helped him learn to recognize his name.

Anyone else have any similar things they've done with their kids?

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Marissa - posted on 04/27/2011

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I agree with you on the actual program, although some people seem to swear by it. I think it's a little intense for kids that age - and teachers I know have said the same thing about it hindering reading skills when they are older. That's why I like to work on specific skills on our own with the computer to expose him to letters, images, photos of things we've taken on trips, etc. He has picked up the computer incredibly quickly. But of course TV and computer "games" are no substitute for reading a book, getting outside, etc! I am a big fan of variety and using different media with moderation and parental involvement :)

September - posted on 04/27/2011

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No. I make flash cards with construction paper and we send a lot of time reading books, listening to music, dancing, going for walks and so on. I would never use the "Your Baby Can Read" program. We allowed our son to be a baby and have always made learning time fun while spending quality time together. I wanted to enjoy the infant stage as much as possible and never wanted to rush it along, which is what I think the “Your Baby Can Read” program encourages. Why the heck would you need to know how to read when you’re so young anyhow? It actually hinders their ability to actually read once they starting learning how to in school. My Mother in Law is a Kindergarten teacher who has nothing but bad things to say about that program. I don't think you need a tv or computer games to educator your children, but that's just my opinion. :) I'm glad it's working for you though.

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