Is My Baby Can Read a good investment?

Brandie - posted on 04/28/2010 ( 34 moms have responded )

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I was sent an article that said about children using those programs tend to have problems once in school. It stated that the children are only mocking what they see instead of comprehending what they are reading, in turn making them slower in school. Let me know what you think.

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Charlie - posted on 04/30/2010

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Personally i really wish people would stop rushing their kids to grow up so fast , play is a vital part of a childs development , As a teacher i would most certainly agree that your baby can read presents a myriad of problems and often results in the child having to re-learn how to read correctly using phonics instead of memorization .



It is also important to note that just because a child "learns" early will not make them smarter or increase their IQ , in fact children who are pushed too young to learn often become bored and distracted in a school environment when other children are learning age appropriate lessons , this can result in children falling behind in class .



A child wanting to learn early on their own accord is one thing but pushing them to learn is detrimental , i have seen it time and time again .

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It's funny, I was just thinking of that program not to use but how it must work. I realized when I practiced with my daughter with number and colours. I realized that she was memorizing the situation as oppose to understanding what colours or what numbers meant. Anytime, I thought she understood what green meant. I would change the media and I was back at square one. I thought about the program and realized that if you are using a particular card they are memorizing the letters as symbols and if you are using the same ones over and over again of course they will learn that one. It is the same with the books. I realized my daughter was memorizing the words for those pictures because we are using the same book. But if you were to change the books and have similar words they will not be able to read it. At least that is what I think.

Charlie - posted on 04/30/2010

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Actually my child isnt in class im referring to my students who are "pushed" into learning , like i said if your child is interested on their own accord then fantastic if they are being pushed into learning it is my experience in teaching these children in a school environment that forced early learning is in most cases detrimental .
Please take note of the difference between a child who does so willingly and a child who does not willingly participate , babies have so much more to do and learn than academics , that comes in time , but each to their own .

Dont take it personal , its what i have witnessed as a teacher , she asked for my opinion and i gave my personal and professional advice .

Jamie - posted on 04/28/2010

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This was my concern too. I have not used the program but used hooked on phonics for Kidergarteners with my son. He is 5 and is reading very well. We just work at it each day and at least I know that he is really learning to sound out words so that when he finds one he doesn't know he can work it out on his own. We also work on definitions so that he knows what the words mean and spelling so that he can "see" the word in his mind to help him know that meaning. Some words we do memorize but we also have to be able to work out new words, it doesn't appear that the program teachs that but it does show the kids spell out words. Of course it is a commercial. Good luck.

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Karen - posted on 12/18/2010

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sight reading can hold them back in the future as they need to re-learn how to sound out words etc i didn't use any program for my daughter didn't even read books to her (she wasn't interested at all) she hated all children's songs except row your boat and all she would do is play with her teletubbie toys and in the garden (i didn't let her watch much tv) the result was she is a fantastic reader and an early talker great vocabulary and is very bright no program needed no "extra help" from anyone save your money kids will grow up to be whatever they will be no matter what

my daughters grandmother would cry about her lack of interest in baby talk and insist i was a bad parent for saying duck to her instead of quack quacks but hey its how she learned if you told her mooo cows she would look at you like you had gone nuts! and teach you to call it a cow i don't think any program really helps a child unless its the one the school uses because if it isn't when they get to school they will have to unlearn and learn again

the only thing you could try is flashcards with no words at all on them that way your teaching them but not over teaching them

Lyndsy - posted on 06/04/2010

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Like Joanna, I have a degree in school psychology. From that perspective, I think that it is a geat program based on the fact that it presents words in a variety of ways (cards, books, video) and also provides a lot of repetition. Reading to your child is one of the most important things you can do to help him or her become a good reader, but I think that Your Baby Can Read is a fun way to supplement reading time. While it is not recommended that babies/toddlers watch tv until age 2, the dvd's aren't like putting your baby in front of Nick Junior or whatever children's show happens to be on. They focus on the words, but keep the presentations fun and fairly short compared to the amount of tv time an infant would get by watching a couple of kids shows each day. The dvd's certainly should not replace reading time and exposing a child to language and words from an early age, but I also don't think that they would be considered harmful.
We were given Your Baby Can Read as a Christmas gift. My daughter was 6 mos old when she began the program. Admittedly, we don't follow the schedule of when she should watch the different dvd's. She rarely watches the dvd's more than once a day and we don't always watch it daily. All kids learn at their own pace, and they should only be watching the dvd's if they are interested. It should be fun and not something that they are dropped in front of. Watching the dvd's with your baby is helpful and gives you the opportunity to really make the words relevant for them by connecting them to what they alreayd know about their world.
Because I am currently the mommy of one little person, I only know how she has responded to Your Baby Can Read, but I do think that our use of the program has helped her learn quite a bit. She loves the sliding cards and the books and sometimes interacts with the words on the dvd. She can identify several body parts and tell us what sounds a few animals make. She can also identify the words on quite a few of the sliding cards and is constantly labeling things around her (as best as she can at 11 mos!). I would not consider her to be a reader based on any of that at this point. She simply knows the words she recognizes by sight. Whether or not she will be able to truly read at an early age I can't say, but we will continue to use Your Baby Can Read as long as she enjoys doing it!

Julie - posted on 05/06/2010

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I am a teacher, and in my opinion it is not a good investment. Here's the thing...I think so many parents today put so much pressure on themselves and their babies/toddlers to learn to read and be competitive with other children. Let them be babies and enjoy your time with them. So many parents want to stick their child in front of a tv or a computer (Sesame Street, Baby Can Read etc) and expect them to learn.

The children who learn, and who love learning, are the ones that spend quality time with their parents, interacting with books and educational toys-TOGETHER!

The #1 best thing you can do for your child is to read to them every single day, even as tiny babies. As a baby, it is a way to calm them down and spend quality quiet time with them. They learn to listen to your voice, and develop cognitive abilities. When they learn to talk, sound out the words while you are reading to them, and point out pictures and the words. Honestly, if you read to them every single day, you will be amazed at what they can learn. Use products such as Leap Frog when they are toddlers. These products are truly interactive and if you take the time to sit with them while they are doing the activities and talk and sound out the words, they will learn! I also used singing CD's in the car, where the ABC's are sung, words are sung etc. My son knew how to count to ten in Spanish by age 2 using CD's, as well as knowing his ABC;s etc. We had a ball singing the songs together, and made up additional verses with silly words etc, thus spurring imagination.

My son is now 12, at the top of his class, and loves school and learning. If you incorporate hands on activities into learning that you can do together, your child will learn so much better than they would with some silly "reading" program!

Jules
www.alittlebiteoflife.net

Carolyn - posted on 05/05/2010

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I am a great believer in Phonics - not any expensive program, but one simple book called 'Why Johnny Can't Read and What You Can Do About It' by Rudolf Flesch. He explains the concept of phonics, as well as fallacies of other methods, and after that has the complete lists of words for teaching. I would risk my child being bored in their first school year to know that they could read - and spell - properly, rather than relying on the various inferior methods used in most schools today. One-on-one is also the most effective way of teaching reading. It will take about 1-2 years to complete this program properly.

But I would only actively teach letter sounds to children younger than about 4, and then just incidentally during reading to them. Magnetic letters are also a good way to introduce the concept of letters making words. Reading to a child certainly fosters an interest in learning to read for themselves, as well as being a great bonding time with parents/carers....and a rest for both, after the child is too old for daytime sleeps!

I am the mother of 5, now grown, and have 6 grandchildren, and have also assisted other children who were having problems, in one case increasing the child's school assessed 'reading age' by 2 years after 4 months of phonics. He was so much happier afterwards, too, because he no longer felt like a failure.

Charity - posted on 05/05/2010

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My father in law bought these for my daughter and she loves them. She already knew some of the first 20 words or so that they go over, but she now is recognizing different items that they describe. I love it to because I am not just allowing her to sit in front of the TV to watch just anything she is sitting there watching something that I find beneficial to her learning process. Children at this age are such sponges they are constantly picking up things and I think the dvds are good for this.

Debra - posted on 05/05/2010

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I of course agree with Joanna Sinha. Nothing is as good as good old fashion interaction with humans in everyday life.

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I think it's a waste of money. The best way to help your child read is to get him/her interested in books. Children like to learn, and they'll do it naturally, through play, interaction with mum, dad, other people, being read to, being outside with nature etc etc etc. Libraries have lots of activities, music is great.

Why this great rush to have your babies grow up??

Joanna - posted on 05/05/2010

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Well, I might be able to offer a slightly different opinion. I have a 9month old, but I am also a doctoral student in school psychology and have worked in prevention and interventions primarily around reading disorders for many years. I first heard about this program and thought it was a bad idea, mostly because I don't think babies should be watching any television programming until they are 2, and then only 30minutes tops. However, I was given this set by a friend who has a two year old and used it with her daughter. I let my daughter watch it and was shocked by how much she enjoyed it. She actually starts giggling and dancing when I turn it on. I never had nor do I have the hope or intention of teaching her to read before she is developmentally ready. Also, I think I compromise a bit by always sitting and playing along with the video when she watches. As for later in school, word recognition is a large component of reading, not everything but also nothing to be scoffed at. The biggest mistake parents and teachers (and our school system in general) make is to push kids to think that they should be reading earlier than is developmentally and cognitively appropriate. Also, it would be a mistake to use a video program of any kind without also introducing your child to books and interactions with adults using literature. But this little show can be a nice addition to those interactions. I would not pay a lot of money for it though. You can get the same effects using flashcards as people have mentioned, or just pointing out common words and letters as you go about your day (i.e. grocery store, walks, around the house, etc.). We live in a world filled with printed words, and getting kids to notice them (i.e. word and letter recognition) is one of the building blocks of literacy.

Rebecca - posted on 05/04/2010

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Thanks Debra. You are the first Teacher that has not told people it will be bad for their child. also think it is a good Idea.

Debra - posted on 05/04/2010

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As a former teacher and now parenting coach, I would say that it is a good investment. When used along with other methods it can provide a strong foundation for learning. Children not only learn by different methods, different children learn by different methods. Expose your child to "language" in various forms (the best one being conversation/reading) and watch them grow!

Debbie Aka Robin - posted on 05/04/2010

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Hey Brandie,

Usborne books has a great reading series called the Very First Reading. I have the first two and use them with my two year old. It is a combined reading set of books and you read some and they read some. My grandson loves the first one called "Pirate Pat" They only introduce a few sounds in each book. I am going to order the next two now at www.kidsbookscanada.com. You should check them out. I think you will like them. Cheers!

Evelyn - posted on 05/04/2010

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First of all, I don't think anyone here currently using the program can correctly answer your question. They can't see into the future and tell you if it was good or detrimental to their child. I would go with a professional opinion which so far only seems to be from Loureen who is a qualified teacher and has experience. To each their own, but I believe a child should learn to play, socialise, etc.... academics comes later. We haven't pushed our daugther one bit and having just turned 2 she completely understands English and Spanish, counts in both languages, has a huge vocabulary (which takes me totally by surprise sometimes), can answer some simple questions in French (how are you, name, etc) - by the way this is because my mother tongue is Spanish, we speak English, and French is important here in Montreal. Anyways, all this to say is that she learned these things from playing with other kids (older), we talk to her she totally understands (no baby talk), playing and figuring things out on her own. I wouldn't push her if someone paid me! She will eat dirt and learn on her own that it doesn't taste so good just like she'll learn which shape fits through which hole in her toy.

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I'm not too sold on the idea that you need a "system" to teach your kid to read. I might be wrong, but it seems like just integrating reading into everyday life is just as effective as plopping out money on this kind of thing. My son's not yet five and he's reading through Berenstain Bears and Dr. Seuss books on his own...he's curious and wants to learn everything, so he has ownership of his learning. That's just how his brain works, so I don't think I can take credit for it. Curious if we ever have another child to see how that works, but I'd rather pass on programs and gimmicks even if our second isn't as interested in learning.

Tiffany - posted on 05/01/2010

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My grandma bought the "your baby can read" for my baby girl when she was 3 months old, I started to use it the day I received it. At first she loved watching the video's but she wouldn't focus on the books, then around 6 months she stared to focus on the books more. But this program requires ALOT of dedication. You need to really stay on top of it and read the books and do the cards and watch the video with your baby several times a day. honestly around 6 months I kind of gave up on it. It was so much effort especially because she started crawling. I show her the video a few times a week and read her all types of books several times a week. I would say if you REALLY dedicated and gung ho about teaching your child to read early and have the patience (which I thought I was) then this is an awesome program but otherwise its a waste of $300. I wouldn't have bought it but since it was a gift I like it and try to use it. She's almost a year old so i'll probably start a routine using the "your baby can read" system.

Mary - posted on 05/01/2010

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save your monry read to your child. how too teach your child too read make up your own cards.

Angie - posted on 05/01/2010

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I have the program. I started my son on it not long ago. He is already 3 and has picked up on alot of the words. The videos are fun with alot of farm animals and songs. The cards and books that come along with the program really help him understand the words and we always make games out of them. The program uses phonics as well. Comprehending comes with being able to compare the words with what the words are. I think this program does a great job in this area. You can try it for only 14.00 and if you don't like it. My son and I have enjoyed it as has my grandaughter. Although I do wish I had started it when he was a bit younger : )

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I think constantly immersing your children in books - reading to them daily, will help with their language, conversation etc..... In turn this will give a love for reading/learning.
Children read at different rates - some research has shown the later a child learns to read, the better and often these are the children that flourish later on.

My children learnt at different rates - one was able but didn't want to. The other was soooo keen, but is struggling still at 6 - slowly, slowly getting there.

Natalie - posted on 04/30/2010

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You can accomplish the same thing using the book "How to Teach Your Baby to Read" by Glenn Doman. The method is the same and has been around for some time.

Charlie - posted on 04/30/2010

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Oh no i totally agree , it doesn't matter where a child is schooled as long as they have a great guide and teacher and enough social interaction , i have a friend who's daughter is home schooled and it is completely the right thing for her !

Rebecca - posted on 04/30/2010

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That's fine Loureen. I didn't mean for that to sound like it was your child. I meant it in general. I was just giving my opinion on the positives of home schooling.

Rebecca - posted on 04/30/2010

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My son plays all he wants. He watches the show because it's fun!!
If your child is bored in class perhaps they need a different lesson, something that suits their level. That's what home schooling is all about- working with the child's level and when they want to learn.

Rebecca - posted on 04/30/2010

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I have the dvds of your baby can read and it works the same as reading to your child everyday while pointing to the words. It also teaches comprehension and phonics.

I think the article is wrong, this particular system is good. My son has only been doing it for 1 1/2 months and he has learnt more than just reading. He has learnt his body parts and zoo animals. As well as picking up a few words he can say and singing and dancing to the nursery rhymes.

I think it is totally worth it. I don't have any books that go with it but he enjoys me reading books that have those words in them and I also made my own flash cards.

Since my son has started it he picks up books and looks at them all by himself. He enjoys them so much more than he did before.

My mother in law home schools all her children and I showed her every thing I do with him. She said that is basically how she taught all her children to read and she said they were all reading very well and reading new words and sounding them out before they were school age.

You do have to do more than just letting them watch the dvd's though. People say they read to their children while pointing out the words and their children also learn reading before school age. Repetition is the key. Read the same books over and over. If the child wants you to read it again they are just trying to comprehend it so read it again. It's how they learn.

If you want to trial it find a torrent of it and test it before you buy.

Deedee - posted on 04/29/2010

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i also have done american sign language with my daughter since she was under a year and this too she picked very easily, even before she could talk, we communicated in this manner. Obviously they understand things beyond our comprehension.

Deedee - posted on 04/29/2010

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my mother bought this for my daughter when she turned two, and within three weeks she could already say, reconize and understand 22 words. i would say that it is rather spendy but it does work! As for hindering your child later on in life because you used this product is almost a joke to me. unless your child already has some kind of learning disability, which therefore has nothing to do with this product. Our children learn many words and meanings to those words everyday on their own just by being around their parents , siblings,friends, teachers ,etc. their brains are like little sponges picking up on things as they go .

Lyndsay - posted on 04/29/2010

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My sons old pediatritan was a Baby smart doctor and has his own book out and gave me a few pointers. He wanted me to get index cards and draw pictures on them and also write the word on them and have him choose what he would like to eat or drink. my son was 5 months old and could tell you what he wanted. and he is 5 years old now and is already starting to read. so it is a good thing to buy but if you want to save money buy index cards and draw pictures on them and write words on the back.

Morgan - posted on 04/29/2010

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I dont see why people are rushing to have their LOs grow up so fast.

Jamie - posted on 04/29/2010

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And I too used baby signs with my son. He is now learning American Sign Language.

Tracy - posted on 04/28/2010

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From what I've heard from teachers, it's not a good investment. All they learn is recognition not the letters and sounds. Hooked on Phonics is WAY better. And as Nicole says, signing is great too. In fact, that can be a tool later in life if there are hearing impaired people in your child's life.

Nicole - posted on 04/28/2010

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I use baby's first signs and I love it!!! My daughter is only 10mo and she has started to sign back! I dont see why it would be a problem if you incorperated it into your childs life and not just let them watch the video.

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