Has anyone used the Your Baby Can Read DVD's?

Chantel - posted on 09/29/2009 ( 26 moms have responded )

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I was thinking about getting the Your Baby Can Read DVD's. Gary and I both struggled with reading in school and I thought maybe this would eliminate that problem for my daughter. I would like to hear from some mom's who have tired it though or know of people who have tried it. Is it worth the money? Does it really work?

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Cathralynn - posted on 09/30/2009

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I really have the a problem with the tv aspect of it. Really research the effects of tv on babies. We do no tv before 2 at our house, but seem to be in the minority. My daughter is 16mo and will sit still for hours of book reading. She also flips thru them on her own and can self entertain without being babysat by the tv. Tv effects how babies process new info and how they learn in the future as kids. I suppose if you allow tv watching, "educational" is better than crap. But there really is no educational tv for babies.

Connie - posted on 09/30/2009

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I do daycare and use the Your Baby Can Read. I think if you are going to use video, this is a great set. Just as a child can learn to identify that cat and kitty and gato all mean the same thing, they can also recognize a word "picture" as meaning that as well. While it is not reading, it is picture recognition, when a child can recognize words in text it encourages them to try to work out additional words. By recognizing the word, when they know their phonics, they can then begin to piece it together. My children read at 4. I had a 5 year old that just left for kindergarten reading at a 2nd grade level. I currently have a 3 year old that is beginning to read. I just got the Your Baby Can Read set a few months ago. I do not push it, and I do not follow a rigid viewing schedule and post viewing flashcard/book review. Children get what interests them in their own time and place. I view it as simply providing my children with another exposure to reading materials. One of the most effective, scientifically proven, methods of jump-starting your child's reading ability is through Dialogic (Interactive) Reading. I have an overview on my blog and a link to the 12 page article that details this method, which is to be used for all children in all settings from ages 9 months to 3rd grade. www.yellow77mg.blogspot.com I also highly recommend Leap Frog Letter Factory for learning phonics. My children usually have them down between 18 months and 2 years from this video and teaching. From there we progress to the Leap Frog Word Factory and Code Word Caper. These videos teach actual READING, not just word recognition.

Alegre - posted on 09/30/2009

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I don't know how old your daughter is, but as a Human Development (Early Childhood Education) major I would strongly advise against it. First, a child does not and should not be introduced to the t.v. until they are 2 years of age. Secondly, a child's cognitive ability is not developed enough so that they can hold or store that information. I have not worked with either of my children in "reading" or "letter recognition" and they are 3 & 4 years old. My daughter can visually recognize about 2/3 of the alphabet as well as the sound they make and give an example of that letter in use. I am an advocate of the "Learning through play" philosophy, give a child puzzles with the letters or a "computer" that they can choose to play with, don't sit them in front of the t.v. for something that will come naturally when they are cognitively ready for it. Just an FYI but in European countries children aren't taught to read until they are around 7 years of age because they have found that it really doesn't make you a better student or a "smarter" if you learn to read earlier. I hope that this helps.

Jennifer - posted on 09/30/2009

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Hello,

My daycare provider uses the Baby Can Read program with all the children in her center. From what I see it really does work but your have to be consistant with the program, you can't just sit your child in front of the television and expect them to read without your interaction. My son has just turned 2 and his vocabulary is very good, there are things he says that I am amazed he knows. Even when we go out people are so amazed at his vocabulary. I have to really thank his provider for being so attentive and following through with teaching him. Good Luck, I think it is truly worth it if you have the time to devote to the program daily.

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I just wanted to share some information that I learned about the program...and reading in general. Scientific studies have shown that most children do not have the ability to read (i.e. their brain has not developed enough to make the connections) until they are five or so. Your Baby Can Read is teaching your baby to memorize and identify words, not read...similar to identifying a picture of a cat. Also, studies have shown that children who have been exposed to the program actually have more difficulties in school with reading, and are less likely to enjoy it later in life. Experts have said over and over again the best way to get your children to read and enjoy it is to read with them every day. My son and I read throughout the day, and he often sits through four or five stories (often the same one over and over again) without a problem. He will bring me books to read and has even started sitting and looking at them himself (upside down occasionally!)

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Charlene - posted on 10/15/2012

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Baby Can Read is absolutely wonderful!! For anyone who says it doesn't work has not worked the program. My grandson is 2 years old now, but at six or seven months old he began to say "arms up, arm down". That was the beginning. Now his vocabulary is great. If he sees words like "cow, ears, eyes, giraffe, even hippopotamous---he actually reads them. My friends are amazed. He knows his numbers, colors and all the little songs. The books were really used, some props were torn, I taped them back together. When I went looking again for the "Baby Can Read" and couldn't find it in Walmart or Target and various toy stores, I was utterly disappointed to learn that the authors had pulled it. Then I heard about the lawsuit. FOR WHAT? It works because we worked the program every morning and evening. Memorization or whatever, little Jayden literally looks for words on TV. He says, "look Nana, tiger, or lion or cow or umbrella." Gotta find a new one and make an investment for my new grandaughter cause she's five months olds now and the time is now.

Chantel - posted on 10/02/2009

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Wow, thank you for sharing that Adrienne : )

and thanks to everyone elso who as responded as well.

Adrienne - posted on 10/02/2009

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I'm enjoying ALL of these responses about this topic. I was tempted, as well, to invest in this program, but money kept me from doing so. I may invest sooner, now that I've read so many positive feedbacks about it. My son is 4, but I don't think it's too late to get any child started. My son was diagnosed with autism, yet his IQ is average. One of his symptoms is a severe speech delay. We've allowed him to watch signing videos (a company called "Two Little Hands Production") and his signing vocab is over 500 words, which has also increased his verbal vocab. Mind you, when he was 2 1/2, he could only grunt. We read every night a minimum of 6 books (he picks them out) which last about 30 - 45 mins. per night before he passes out. He has his own library card, now. When I returned a late book & paid the fine, I was informed we had checked out (during the summer alone) well over 300 books. I had no idea!

Whether it's a DVD, PBS, CDs, books, newspapers, mealtimes, running errands, family nights, etc...spending DAILY time with your children is what increases their education. Just declare it as SACRED, then journal the results so you can see the progress yourself. In one school year, you will have bright, well-balanced, better behaving, possibly attached, smarter, friendlier children in 12 months time.

With our growing one, none of this could have been accomplished w/o a whole LOT of
prayer. It's better than the strongest OTC or prescribed drug w/ NO side effects; except a HIGH appreciation for God and a strong belief in miracles! Enjoy your children, parents, and let them enjoy you, too!

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Personally I think it's a waisting of time and money. I do have the program and none of my 2 kids really likes it.

Chantel - posted on 09/30/2009

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My daughter is not allowed to watch tv, but I thought that if this program would help her then it might be okay. But if I were to get the you baby can read program then i would only let her watch the dvd's, not other tv programs.

Connie - posted on 09/30/2009

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I would just like to add that I agree that TV is not for children younger than 2. I believe that trying to process the too rapid movement of most television does rewire their brain for the negative (this is proven to also happen in adults who play several hours of video games a day). I do not allow any TV until 16 months and then only as necessary to keep the toddlers occupied while I fix lunch (not more than 1/2 an hour daily). A toddler will normally NOT be interested in TV or it will only grab their attention for a few seconds. I will say that the Your Baby Can Read is a slower paced video that is more suitable for younger viewers' processing abilities. Like the Little Einsteins videos. I use the Your Baby Can Read more for my 3-4 year olds to reinforce what I teach. Through play. I too have heard that reading in many countries is not touched until 7-8, but they get it immediately because they have absorbed so much prior to that. Unfortunately, in the U.S., we red shirt children who don't have the basics down BY kindergarten. Preschool skills must be taught through play, fun, and geared to the specific interests of the child. If that is done, then they ABSORB the knowledge. Your Baby Can Read are fun videos with children doing interesting things that the kids really enjoy viewing. In the process, they learn something.

Terri - posted on 09/30/2009

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Isn't reading recognizing/memorizing letters anyways? Like Mcdonalds or target signs they all know what store they are going to by recognizing the sign. Is that a bad thing? I don't think so... I do daycare some kids are interested some are just not in learning period. some have long attention spans some do not... Reading outloud is a very important developement skill. Right now I have two under two, I have one who will sit and read books and do flashcards and can say the words, one who does the I'm interested in this card for two secs and then I'm off into my own little world. he also has his own language and talks up a storm-in his own language. But he walked first, is the more outgoing child too. The other the "talker" has incredible upper body strength, the manual dexterity to open things he should not, and speaks and mimics word for words short complete sentences. I think any reading you do will help a child. Not necessarilly that system. I got these great flashcards at a Learning Tree store, they have words AND pictures. we work on them and then when he has mastered them I add more from time to time. The first card besides dog he learned was "circle" a plain black circle for the picture with the word, and he traces it with his finger. that surprised me. Guess what cards he stumbles on? Colors. hmmmm? I think with kids with lower attention spans you do whatever will work to get them to "learn" take advantage if you find something that gets them to stop and listen, it will only work a short time though be warned.

Nicky - posted on 09/30/2009

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HI, My sister used it with her daugher from 3 months and I have used it for my son from 6 months. My niece could recognise words at 1. she has just turned three and can read anything you show her. It is a wonderful programme. My son is still small but loves watching it and is picking up words and actions so fast. He really understands me and I love this programme.

Tanya - posted on 09/30/2009

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Just read up on it a bit more. In South Africa there is a book available which has been proven to work calle BABYGYM... it works on the concept that we all needed to do certian things like tummy time .. crawling etc to do well in certian ares later in life...these form the neurons etc. . . I unfortunately do not hav ethe book at work but will come back to you .. What she says is that Children find it hard before 7 to read or rather "paperwork" because it take s7 years for the eyes to properly develop and thus straining them before this coul dpossibly damage by delyaing skills later in life.. I know it sound totally opposite but We have heard it before... Il come back to you with the extract and you could maybe prove/ disprove it by readinng up on it somewhere els..

Kelly - posted on 09/29/2009

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We do have the my baby can read, we have been using it for about 4 weeks and our son is 12 months he is starting to get it. I think it would work faster if he did not watch other tv too.

Monique - posted on 09/29/2009

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I stuck with the schedule and saw progress. yes i did all the video. he is 3 I wish I started earlier he doent like to sit for me m I have to get my 10 year old to act silly for him to pay attention

Monique - posted on 09/29/2009

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I have tried it I love it how old is your child the younger the better I believe .I believe it is worth the money. Just be sure you make time to use everthing you get .Laugh,Play enjoy your child .My son can recongize some words and is still making progress .I have to continue daily make time.I have no complaints only on my behalf.

Shemika - posted on 09/29/2009

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Quoting Chantel:

Has anyone used the Your Baby Can Read DVD's?

I was thinking about getting the Your Baby Can Read DVD's. Gary and I both struggled with reading in school and I thought maybe this would eliminate that problem for my daughter. I would like to hear from some mom's who have tired it though or know of people who have tried it. Is it worth the money? Does it really work?



I HAVE. WITH MY 2 YEAR OLD AND MY 5 MONTH OLD. I CAN'T GET MY 5 MONTH OLD TO SIT DOWN THAT LONG, EVEN WITH THE MUSIC. BUT MY 2 YEAR OLD IS DOING GOOD. SHE WAS ON IT FOR 3 WEEKS AND IS SAYING THE WORDS BEFORE THEY SAY THEM. I THINK IT REALLY WORKS. IT IS WORTH EVERY PENNY.

Jaime - posted on 09/29/2009

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I don't agree with that at all, because a friend of mines child could read a 3rd grade reading level book when she was 3 1/2. (Books that she had never seen before) Good luck!

Jaime - posted on 09/29/2009

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We did, and do lol, but when I was about to pop (with another baby) I got a little lazy about it, and he went for about a month without, and that really set him back, but he is back on track now. Also, my son loves it sooo much that he wants to read the books by himself, even when I am not reading them to him. Resist the urge to give in and give the little ones the book! They get destroyed, and I haven't found a way to replace specific parts (I think they only sell it as a whole). Also the program is good about teaching the little ones things they need to know. My son knows all his body parts, and lots of animals that he wouldn't know if we hadn't gotten the program. Lots of songs too. We taught him sign language as a way to help him sign the words before he could say them, and that has been a great help as well, so he has been able to comunicate for quite awhile.

Jaime - posted on 09/29/2009

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We got that program for our kids when my son was 10 months old, and he is reading a little and talking alot (he is 17 1/2 mo). But most of all, he loves it, and has an amazing attention span. I think it is because of that program. He can sit with me and read 4 childrens books all in a row. He also loves to watch the dvds, and sits through the whole thing, and sometimes wants to watch them again! Even if it didn't work (it does for him), he loves it, and that alone makes it worth it!

The only thing about it is that if you don't have the time, or the resolve to do it all everyday, don't waste your money, cause it won't work. Hope this helps!

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