you can read
Jodi - posted on 05/08/2012
My kids can read too. We just did it the traditional way. There is absolutely no evidence these programs make any difference.
The fact is, kids can't learn to read when they are babies, they are cognitively not capable. A child can only read when they are capable of comprehension of what they are reading, which really doesn't occur until much later. Your baby will only be memorising.
If anything, it could possibly be detrimental to other areas of development. Unless you have some basic understanding of developmental psychology and neuro development of infants, I won't get into it, other than to say that there is evidence that it may actually activate areas of the brain that should be activated for other areas of our language and communication skills (and the scaffolding of those).
But hey, you already spent your money. I'll stop there.
Michelle - posted on 05/08/2012
I haven't bothered with all the expensive "things" that we "need" to have for our babies to learn. I have always sat down and read books with my kids.
My 2yo can already count to 10 on her own and say most of the alphabet. She can draw faces with eyes, nose and mouth. I find if you sit down and make learning fun they will excell at anything.
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