Your baby can read ?

Sabrina - posted on 01/30/2010 ( 27 moms have responded )

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I've regularly seen this "Your baby can read" program advertised on tv and was just wondering if anyone has tried it and what they thought of it?

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Olivia - posted on 02/07/2010

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I bought it for my son, he is 13 months old with Down Syndrome, It was expensive BUT..
I think it was worth the money he may be memorizing it to start, but the basics are there. and if he is only reading at 4 to 6 I'll be happy, (Due to his delay) He loves being read to and likes the videos, if you can afford it do it:)

Cindi - posted on 02/06/2010

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My daughter was born in 2005 with Down Syndrome and I was looking everywhere for things to keep her stimulated. At a baby expo I found this program, but at that time it was only $100 for the DVD's and books. I purchased it and started her watching at 6 months. By 18 months she had a vocabulary of over 200 words and by age 3 I had stopped counting words because she was reading at a DRA level 6 (books I got from a kindergarten teacher at my school) now at age 4 she constantly amazes me with sounding out words she has never seen before!

Tanya - posted on 02/05/2010

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Yes I have. It took me until my daughter was 9mos old to convince my husband to let me purchase it. One of my friends purchased it on her own, bc she couldn't convince her husband that it was a good idea either (the big kit that is advertised on TV is $200). Both of our children are excelling in their linguistic skills phenominally!! My daughter, at her 18mo check up, had a vocabulary of well over 200 words (they suggest that at that age, they should be speaking & comprehending 50 words), and was saying & signing three word sentences. She also was very aware of her & other people's body parts: eyes, ears, nose, cheeks, knees, toes, elbows...etc...and was about to say them & point to them on herself, others & pictures. I KNOW that a lot of that vocabulary & knowledge, as well as color & shape recognition came from the YourBabyCan Read program! It is a WONDERFUL investment & I plan on using it with my next child that is due in May as well. But I will be starting at the age of 3mos. My friend that I mentioned above, her son is speaking like a miniature adult, pronouncing & enunciating properly & is reading at the level of at least a second of third grader!! My daughter is so advance right now at the age of nearly 20mos, that I am probably going to home school her & continue to let her learn at her own pace, while it is fun.



I also have been working with her on sign language, since the age of 4mos & speak a lot to her, explaining things, teaching as a mother. You have to have a balance...you cannot just plop your child in front of the educational videos & expect them to learn. ;)

Anna - posted on 02/05/2010

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I play the video for my 4 month old and he just really loves to see other babies on TV and it helps to learn songs that I can sing to him

Laina - posted on 02/04/2010

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While it's a great idea in theory, research is now showing that kids who were given this program are actually showing reading deficits as they've gotten older. My self being a literacy specialist for grades B-12, believe this is because the program only focues on site recognition. While this is an important part of a child's literacy development, it can NOT be the sole source of literacy instruction. Literacy instruction needs to be balanced and include phonomics awareness, phonics instruction and more. Children can't use site recognition to differentiate between long and short vowels. The English language is too complicated for that. Your best bet is to read to your child, with your child, and let them read to you when they are ready. Spell with them, "sound out" words with them, show them how to break the larger words into smaller words to figure it out, post up words that identify objects as the "your baby can read" shows, and more.



And as far as infants reading, I don't get it. It's too early for them. They are just parroting and nothing more. Wait until they are 2 or three and start with the alphabet and the sounds of each letter. Don't get crazy. There's no need.

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I THINK THAT IF THE BABY IS FOCUS AND VERY ALERT IT COULD WORK WITH PATIENT AND DETERMINATION- i have never used but would like to get it for my grandson.

Kataura - posted on 02/04/2010

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I think that is great, I have been wanting to buy it for my girls as well that are one and two but to be honest the price is kind of high, they also have a payment plan that you can do but I am not sure if i want to give my bank information out like that. I am a really skeptical person but I must say this did catch my attention, by any chance Can I receive a copy from you I would truly be thankful and blessed at the same time if it was possible. Thanks :)

Sharon - posted on 02/03/2010

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I have this program and I didn't use it to babysit my child. I sat down with her, like it says to, and went through the program with her at least twice a day. She was 1 when we started and she loved it and often asked to watch her videos. So we would let her watch it beside us when we were working. We started sign language with her at six months and also used this time to teach her more signs. It greatly increased her verbal and sign vocabulary. She loved the music and still sings the songs to her baby brother. If you're going to use it to "babysit" your child, but if you use the program as directed, it can be another tool in your child's learning.

Krystal - posted on 02/03/2010

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I have been doing this with my kids (three and a half years and 14 months) for about nine months. I'm telling you that it does work, but it takes consistency and patience just like anything educational. It is so fun to see my 14-month-old clapping and waving his arms when he sees those words. There is a lot of word memorization, but, eventually, they figure out the phonetic patterns so they can begin reading other words that they've never seen before. The theory behind teaching them to read is the same as how we learn to talk. The child sees an object or action and then the parent or someone/anyone says what the object is or what they are doing and then the child repeats it. The only difference with the reading portion is that they show the word first and then the object. I guess it solidifies the fact that they are learning to read words instead of just saying them. It's very basic and very simple. I guess it is the simplicity of the teaching method that makes so many people disbelieve its ability to teach a child to read. I recommend it, just be consistent with it or else they will forget a lot of what they learn. I took a break from it for a month during the holidays and my daughter (3) forgot a lot of the words that she already knew. Before we took that break, she knew over fifty words! She knows about half that now. Also know that my daughter gets distracted very easily. I just keep trying. I guess you could say that her little step backward during that month-long break is just like when kids forget a lot of stuff that they learned from school over summer break.

Amanda - posted on 02/02/2010

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I don't believe in it I was told when I was taking my early childhood classes for my degree not to support it and it wasn't good to start teaching your child to read that early.

Heather - posted on 02/02/2010

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My daughter is 6 months old and we watch the starter video about once a day together. I repeat what they say and do the actions they do. It is not in place of teaching her the ABC's or learning how to read it's just a nice addition. We read to her every night and several times a day. I think it all helps as long as you are interacting with your child and making it fun !!

Amber - posted on 02/02/2010

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That program advertised on t.v. is word recognition.. the babies are taught to memorize what words look like and sound like. They aren't taught sounds and /or how to put the sounds together to make words and sentences. Big mistake in my opinion.. some parents love it, and that's great.. but I won't go near it.



Instead- Read to your baby as often as you can - every chance you get. Recognize sounds and letters on the street, talk to your baby often and red books yourself.



I read a great book called " Einstein never used flash cards" and it is amazing! it talks about how parents are too eager to create brainiac kids and therefore, resort to overstimulating and seeking out instant effects instead of allowing their children to learn through play.



It's written by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Michnick- its' definately a must-read!

Shantelle - posted on 02/02/2010

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We tried this and it is a good program but you have to have ALOT of time to commit to it. For exapmle, the child has to watch the tape 2-3 times a day and it works better if you are there being very interactive with the DVD.

Alisa - posted on 02/02/2010

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Your Baby Can Read is an amazing program. I got it when my daughter was 4months now she is almost 11months and knows the whole 3 steps. Its amazing but you dont have to waist all that money if you dont want to. You can make your own flash kards, read to your child at least 20minutes a day, there is other free shows on tv that are educational! This is more for lazy parents that make TVs their sitter! As long as you have a schedule and time to read to your child there is no way to spend all that money.

Becky - posted on 02/02/2010

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Remember, burning/copying cd's dvd's or anything for that matter is against the law. Sure the chances of getting caught are slim, but it does happen.

Aletha - posted on 02/02/2010

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I actually purchased the program about 4 months ago. My son is 19 months old and he loves the videos. Although he can not "read" he does recognize lots of words and trys to say them. I must say that it has helped him to start talking. He even know knows the melodies to Old MacDonald, Twinkle Twinkle and other nursery rymes enough to start humming them when he wants to sing. That is my cue to either put the video in or to sing with him. He likes to grab his videos and say "Mommy, School", and that is another cue for me to put the videos in. They are expensive. I suggest if you have a DVD burner find someone with a copy or go to the library and see if they have a copy and just burn yourself a copy of the videos.

Becky - posted on 02/01/2010

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I've heard and read horrible reviews on this product. Since you're just buying a bunch of flashcards with pictures and words on them, why not just make them yourself? Take pictures, glue them on flashcards and write the words down.

Jasmine - posted on 02/01/2010

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I am a teacher so at first i was skeptical of the program. I already work with my son he already knows his abcs and can count to twelve. I decided to try it any wys and my son enjoyed it. I really did belive that he was just recognizing the words at first untill we went out and he was reading the signs on the street. I don't believe this is a miracle or quick way to teach but it's like any thing else it takes time and work. I still bond with my son and teach him other things. He KNows his sahpes and colors and i know that's not all because of the video. If i can give my child a jump start then why not.

Melissa - posted on 02/01/2010

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ive seen this on tv and was already skeptical, now after reading the posts im sure its a waste. From what im gathering its just teaching your kids to memorize these words. Its called my baby can read but if you picked up some random book will your child be able to read a full sentence. NO. So how is this "teaching" your baby to read. Im glad children are having fun with it, but its not actually teaching your baby to read, there are so many kids learning shows on television as it is, so why im not wasting my money. I also want my child to learn from an adult rather then the television.

Charlene - posted on 02/01/2010

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I have to disagree Tracy.

I know a couple of kids that have used this and now are struggling because this program doesn't teach phonetics, it's just memorization.



Also, it is recommended that you avoid letting your children watch too much tv before they are two.

I personally think it's a waste of money. If you are that concerned about getting your child to memorize (not read) words, why not just make your own flashcards or buy some at the dollar store?

It's a lot cheaper and that way if your child doesn't take to it, you aren't out 250$.

Tracy - posted on 02/01/2010

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I love it too! my little guy started this program at 8months...now he is 13months and knows 13 words!!! it really works! i say get it...its not going to do any harm.

Tiffany - posted on 02/01/2010

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I bought this for my daughter and it was expesive. and some may think its not worth the money but my daughter is 18 months old we started her on it when she was 10 months. now she knows at lest 20 words by sight because of it she even pick up the songs that they sing on there. i think this program is amazing and i know it has changed my childs life ..... you also have to read to the child... i mean if you go to the store and by some books and read to your child ever day twice a day it probably work as well... i really dont know but i can say that it has help my child in learning and reading words.

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Yes! We're doing it! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee it! I've made several copies of it and given to her school and friends. I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee it! My daughter at 22 months knows 10 to 12 words. I believe there is NOT quick fix to education. Education is a life long journey, there is no magic bullet.

My goal was to give her a LEG UP in life. It look her about 6 months before she could recognize a word, but then it clicked. I see this as only ONE peg in the larger puzzle. Sure when she's 4 or 5 in school, they will do phonics. This doens't take the place of the way to traditionally learn to read, this program is about giving a BOOST...that's it! A boost.

If you are crazy or unrealistic, then you will hate the program. This is not going to make your kid into Einstein, only God does that. This is not going to make your child skip 3 grades. REMEMBER...take this approach - this is a reading program that is a TOOL. One tool in a larger step in his/her life. My daughter is in daycare and she's learning her colors, numbers, etc....knowing these 10 words helps her, but its just one peg. Its not all I do. I coach her. I talk to her. I engage her while watching Seasame Street, etc....

I say BUY IT. If you have the right thinking! What the program does is get the child EXCITED about reading and learning. This is one step in the learning puzzle, but it doesn't replace you. If you see this as ONE good step, then buy it. If you are expecting miracles, then I say leave it alone and go find your miracle in the golden ocean made of gold in Timbuktu!

My best tip: I have a video player in my car; a cheap Audiovox from Walmart. So, she watches the video when we travel to the grocery or to school or the mall. I'll show it to her before we go to bed; they need to watch it one to two times a day! But even watching it only about 10 to 20 minutes has helped my daughter.

I say buy it...when has extra learning hurt anyone!!!!?

Theresia - posted on 02/01/2010

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My son didnt want anything to do with the tv until he was 2, by then I had already thought him abcs and colors, he could look at a picture and tell you what it is. You could do that yourself. I made flashcards and showed my son, and told him what they were and what they did. he learned it pretty fast. Plus it was more of a bonding experience than just sticking in front of the tv. Plus that cost about $250.00 which if your child does not respond to it, you dont get back. Thats a few months worth of diapers. I also read to my son ALOT.

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This is the summary of what I've posted on the other threads...

I'm a teacher. The program is only memorization and reading is more complex than that. Phonics, comprehension and fluency are also equally important. You are doing your child a disservice if you don't teach all components of reading.

To see the full explaination look for the other thread.

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there is already a thread about this. You will get many conflicting ideas about "Your Baby Can Read". I, and many others here think it is a waste of time and money but there are other mums who swear by it.

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