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Has anyone bought the "Your baby can read" set?

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Stephanie - posted on 06/21/2011

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I'm getting my degree in early childhood education, I'll be student teaching in Kindergarten come August, and having spoken with the many experienced teachers I've worked with I can say that a majority of them hate this program. Yes, I'm sure you can make it work and babies "learn to read." The thing is, this is not reading in the sense of literacy. Literacy should develop naturally over time as a child becomes more aware of the print in their environment. What use is knowing the word "parrot" when a child can't take those letters and those phonemic sounds and apply them to new, unknown words? That process of instant recognition and decoding new words using learned strategies is what is essential to building a base for literacy, not this forced nonsense. It's sad, let your babies be babies. They're only babies for a little while.

Delia - posted on 06/21/2011

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I hate to be the doom and gloom girl, but I do believe in being informed whenever possible, and it may interest you to know that changes in the wiring of the brain have been noted in children with lots of screen time prior to the age of 2 years (probably why the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting all screen time prior to that age) and those changes also appear to be related to the incidence of Attention Deficit Disorder. I don't imagine a little video here and there is going to have an adverse effect on your little one, but you can keep it in mind.

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Why would you want a 10 month old 'reading' parrot? Granted, I'm sure it's cute, but really.... what is the TRUE benefit to having a baby capable of 'reading' other than to show off? There is none.



Sorry, whether it 'works' or not shouldn't be the concern. The concern should be the long term benefits or harm and instilling the LOVE of reading and learning (which you can do at any age and for free) is WAY more important than whether your kid could 'read' a few words at a year.... or not til 6ish. Other than the rare exception (on either end of the spectrum).... they all catch up to a point eventually.



Talk to me again when your reading baby is in upper elementary... or middle school. ;)

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I agree with Teresa. TV...even 'educational' tv...is no good for babies. Babies are made to respond to faces and humans, not screens.

Even if your child is an older toddler I wouldn't get the program. It teaches reading using memorization. It leaves out the key components of phonics and comprehension.

If you want your child to read...read to your child. Ask questions about the story and pictures as you are reading. 'Play' with letters in your environment. (Example: ask your child to see how many R's she can find while you shop for groceries) Let your child see YOU reading.

Here is a three part article that I found recently about teaching children to read. http://www.icanteachmychild.com/p/3-5-ye...

September - posted on 06/27/2011

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You can call it arguing but I call it debating :) Knowing what incarcerated means and using it in a sentence means he's been exposed to the word in some way or another and he's only 2.5....I guess we parent differently. I don’t think a 2.5 year old should even know what incarcerated means….but that’s just me.



Edit to add: Sorry to come across as argumentative.

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Robyn - posted on 06/28/2011

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i dont recall ever learning grammar or language rules when learning to read, i remember it all being memorization to begin with and I started reading in kindergarten.my son doesnt speak but when he sees the word he acts out what it is, ie. clap he starts clapping, mouth he opens his mouth wide, memorization or not its a start

Robyn - posted on 06/28/2011

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i have it and its the same as reading to your child. they really couldnt care less about it when you look at them but that information is soaking in. and whats the difference between baby first tv and putting a fish tank toy in front of them. its all stimulation and my son is very aware of it all. consistancy is keyt and if you do it every day at the same time it becomes a routine. banning tv is unrealistic and naive, youll be putting them in froint of the tv later as a last resort on a rainy day or when youre sick and dont have the energy to clean up after every pre school art project which is considered "beneficial" for advancement.

ALICIA - posted on 06/28/2011

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I bought a small set, 5 dvds and some flash cards, at a yard sale for 5 dollars... for my then 3 year old daughter. She had no interest in it. She loves being read to, and now that my son can read, and loves reading to us, he reads to her, and is helping teach her to read, so they have fun together. I kind of feel obsolete, lol! I gave mine to my sister for her kids, but if you can find it a yard sale, go for it. Other wise, it's too darn expensive

Courtney - posted on 06/28/2011

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I only spent a lot on the program because when I bought it from my son it was not sold in stores yet, then couple years later there it was in stores I was like OH MAN are you serious it is avaliable for way less now! UGH...Lol

Jodi - posted on 06/28/2011

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Um, Krista, my kids had that vocabulary at that age without the program..... :\ Just sayin'. Come back in 6 years and let me know how much further advanced your child is than the other kids at school, and THEN I might believe the program works. But not a SINGLE person here has been able to verify that their 7 or 8 year old child is further advanced in their class because of this program, so......if you want to spend money to teach what a child can learn without spending all that money, kudos to you.



Believe me, the early readers don't STAY at the top of the class. So I don't see the point in teaching a 10 month old to "read".



One other thing I will point out, just as food for thought: has it occurred to you that babies aren't MEANT to be learning to read at that age because their brain wiring is intended for other areas of development at that point. So IF you are rewiring their brains to read (or more accurately memorise the written word) at an age when they are not actually supposed to be learning to read......what is not being wired?

Amanda - posted on 06/28/2011

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With those of you that use it, how many of your children 4 & under can pick up a Dr. Suess book (or any book not included in the YBCR program) and read it? This is more memorization than anything. Unless some of these 10 month olds that "read" the YBCR flashcards can read a real book too, it just proves this is a big scam!

Jennifer - posted on 06/28/2011

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Yes, I paid over $200 for the system and I wish I hadn't. If you would like to buy it still, I will sell you mine! But seriously, I wouldn't waste your money. There are far better ways to educate your child. There was even a study that came out not too long ago that basically discredited the whole "YBCR" philosophy.

Hatty - posted on 06/27/2011

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Their are some alternative tv shows which are more beneficial than that of "baby can read" cds. You can try to let your infants/tod watch disney words world or Baby Einstein cds. Such can be viewed in youtube as well. I have a complete compilation of the Baby Einstein and my little girl enjoys learning while watching it :)

Ebony - posted on 06/27/2011

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Good luck on whatever you decide to do it can't hurt to try new things when it comes down to education your child may love it

Ebony - posted on 06/27/2011

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I agree with you, i bought it soon as i had my daughter and she had no interest til 3 but never liked the dvds loved the books and cards if anyone is near by and wants to try the dvds i have no problem with letting go of them

Stephanie - posted on 06/27/2011

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I own volume 1 that I bought at Wal-Mart just to try it out. My 10 month old son doesn't seem very interested at all, but my 3 yr old daughter likes it and can recongnize a few of the words after a few times watching it. I think it works better for toddlers in my opinion. It says to show it to your baby twice a day and do the flash cards twice a day for them to catch on. We do not watch it that much.

Ebony - posted on 06/27/2011

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I did spend that much on it and many who order it from tv do the same i did because i had the excitement of my first child and we don't use the dvds but we stick to the cards i'm not upset about the money it was just the excitement of doing things with my first baby and my child would rather have a book than the dvd

Jenrichardson87 - posted on 06/27/2011

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I saw one comment that said someone spent $300, on this, why would you spend that much money on a couple dvds and cards? My mother got it for my daughters first birthday because it was what I reuqested. I do not force it on either of my children (I have a 16 month old and a four year old) Some comments have said why have children use this when theyll just be 'watching tv' and not 'learning'... But a lot of kids watch tv most the time anyway! My kids are very active, but do have a tv on in their room that is often on educational childrens shows, and when my 4 year old asks, I put in the YBCR dvds. She sits down with the cards and books and actually does a lot of it by herself and she is picking it up!! And I dont put it in multiple times a day or make them do it. I let them watch the movies at their own pace and keep it fun for them. Everyone will have their own opinion, but for my daughter it seems to be working. And even my 16 month old will sit and pay attention to the movies. And while I havent really 'tested' her to see if she can 'read', it holds her interest and gets her curious

Ebony - posted on 06/27/2011

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Exactly the program does nothing that regular flash cards and good colorful books can't i'm not going to down anyone using the program i tried it myself it just didn't work for us every child learns different my child was not learning from the dvd but the flash cards yes

Ebony - posted on 06/27/2011

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Every child learns different i spent $300 on the system and my child hates the dvd but loves the cards every child is different anything extra can't hurt it can only help

Amanda - posted on 06/27/2011

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I have bought it for my son when he was 12 months old he loved the videos and the slide book but other than that the program was hardly worth its price. Heck could have done the same thing myself with a slide show program and some cut and paste :/

Krista - posted on 06/27/2011

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I also have to disagree with all of you. My son is 17 months old and has been watching the Your Baby Can Read videos since he was 9mnths. He has learned alot from those videos. Granted he does hum and dance with the songs but he also loves learning about different things. I have never used the flash cards either I just let him watch it while Im doing dishes or folding laundry.
He says Hi, ByeBye, Drink, Bankie, Dada, Mumma, Nana, Ma-ma(grandma), ganda(Grandad), Lindsey. Manda. Bite Bite, Montey(Monkey)
He also can say different phrase: What is that?, Bite Bite
Nite, Nite, Uh uh.... and a few others that I can't seem to think of right now.
,He can recognize many different animals: Monkey, Pig, Lion, Bear, Dog, Kitty, Elephant, Zebra, and Cow.
and he can shake his head yes and no.
He is very smart. I am definitely not strict on making him watch these videos, like I said its only when Im doing some cleaning.... AND we don't use the flash cards I help him everyday learn something new. We go outside and play also. He also plays in his room to. So for all of you that say that these videos don't work, don't dis them until you actual try them. If you don't think spending $300 on a set of videos then find someone that already has the discs and copy them(which is what we did)....

Ebony - posted on 06/27/2011

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I'm not saying i use it for vocabulary i use it to re-enforce what i am teaching her and i use the flash cards instead of dvd my daughter reads at 5 but on top of what i do with her she was in a good head start program

Amanda - posted on 06/27/2011

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YBCR has absolutely NOTHING to do with a child's vocabulary! That falls on the parent and how much they talk to/with the child and work on different words. I think this is a complete scam! My daughter was speaking complete sentences at 10 months old, grant it, they were things like "I want my cup", ect...

Ebony - posted on 06/27/2011

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I like to teach my child myself because i go through the sounds of each letter and break it down which is helping her get through sight words but YBCR she still uses the cards not so much the video

Michelle - posted on 06/27/2011

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It worked really well for my son. We started at an early age with the video portion. I posted a home video clip on YouTube titled "my baby j can read" posted by chrisaokiyama. It didn't work as well for my friends kid. I think you get what you put into it. We use the books and flash cards a lot. Please take a look at our clip on YouTube and feel free to comment. The Baby Can videos were my saving grace at times. It allowed me to cook dinner while my son kept his attention on the program. Also my son is turning 2 this month so I purchased a few of the preschool prep Dvds hoping he would do just as well. So far it doesn't hold his attention as well as baby can. I will continue with both just because It's educational and we sit and watch together. Hope this helps.

Ebony - posted on 06/27/2011

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yes i think they take something away from it wish i would of waited for walmart to have it because i still go through flash cards and books but will they read like the babies on tv i don't think so but we all learn different

Charolette - posted on 06/27/2011

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I did not buy that program. I actually purchased a program called PreSchool Prep. I love it! It comes with everything to help you prepare your child for preschool. The dvds are colorful and engaging for toddlers. My son is only three and can identify all his shapes. He even knows the difference between squares and rectangles, as well as, circles, ovals, and cylinders. I would not say that any program is going to take the place of you teaching your child, but it is nice to have an idea of what to work on with your child. I am very pleased with this program.

Byrenda - posted on 06/27/2011

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I used it and it is excellent. You dont only have to use the videos. There are flash cards as well. Its very important to stimulate their minds, which is what most baby and toddler toys are based on, so I dont see anything wrong with my baby can read. I allowed my son to watch a video a few times a week and did the flash cards most of the time. And now he is three years old and reads as well as my 10 year old who is a very good reader.

Shawna - posted on 06/27/2011

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My dad gave me money for the baby well he is 29 months now but we still call him the baby well I got it at walmart because it was cheaper than on TV and sometimes he is interested and sometimes he is not but does he read well no not really.

Ebony - posted on 06/27/2011

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I did buy this for my daughter soon as i had her and no babies can't read but i still use it and it has helped her with reading as she prepares for kindergarden not going to say what i spent on it but i would wait til bout 3 and get it from walmart but it does no better than any other reading system practice makes perfect. Flash cards and good books will do the same job.

User - posted on 06/27/2011

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Putting aside personal experiences I think what we should do is see what the actual research says. The Your Baby Can Read Programme is currently under invesitgation by the Federal Trade Commission for false advertising because babies cant read. The program helps toddlers learn to memorise word shapes at best- the main 'plus' for this program is the time spent with parents. But you can do that for free - and using strategies that WILL get your young child reading and spelling early. If you visit the facebook page /ReadAustralia youll get free links and info- and can teach them yourself at home for free. There is also a link on there to an article about why the programme is being investigated, why it can actually be more harmful than good- and what you should be doing. Mainly helping children learn the alphabetic code and how to represent the sounds of our spoken words. Its what readers do when looking at an unfamiliar word- you break it down into the sounds. If you didnt know how to do that youd be stuck on every single mew word. As will children learning to memorise whole words in this programme. They wouldnt know the difference between 'horse' and 'house' as the shape is the same etc.
So check out the facebook page facebook/ReadAustralia and do not buy this product. They will have to rename it soon anyway- you can call something 'Your Baby Can Read' when they cant. Your toddler can memorise word shapes perhaps. It certainly cant teach a child to read - and certainly not to spell- and is based on the 'whole language' approach that has been discredited for years.
So do your research- you need to see what literacy specialists say. The man who has made his fortune selling it isnt even a professor of anything relating to literacy.

Jennifer - posted on 06/27/2011

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i havent checked the link but here is the long and the short of it. The children learn to memorize the words on the cards. They are not learning phonics so when they come accross a word that needs to be sounded out they cant as they dont know letter sounds. thumbs down from this RECE

Pavitra - posted on 06/27/2011

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I started using it when my son was 6mths. He is 26a months now and can pick up new words very quickly and read two-three word sentences. Must. It esp if your kid is less than 10mts.

September - posted on 06/27/2011

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I'm not fretful, it's your kid not mine, I'm done here, my opinion is clear and so is yours :)

Courtney - posted on 06/27/2011

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His exact words so maybe you would be less fretful that a 2.5 year old know what the word incacerated meant. My son: "Mommy honey was in incarceration!" Me: "Incarceration!? Well what does that word mean?" My son: "MOM it MEANS HE WENT TO JAIL!!!" Me: "why did he get incacerated?" My son: Because I am the sheriff and I saw he was pushing ironman and pushing is not a nice thing to do so he went to jail" Me: "ummm, okay well... you are right we are not supposed to push." My son: "yep so he had to go to jail for not being nice to ironman" OH NO THAT IS SOOOO HORRIBLE OMG I should get him to a psychtirst right away because he knew what that word and what it meant and was playing sheriff and put honey in jail for pushing ironman, my child is doomed.

Lisa - posted on 06/27/2011

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I agree with all of you in some way or another, I have 2 nephews (brothers) the younger 1 was doing puzzles at 8months of age while the older 1 couldn't do them at 2.5yrs old I do think they are born that way, using programs like "my baby can read" can be good for some people but it's not for everyone. As for your childern knowing words and asking you about them I think no matter what the word at least they are asking you and not someone else, even if the word is something they shouldn't really know about at such a young age, kids minds are expanding all the time and it should always be embraced no matter what the situtation and at least you can let them know whats good and not! If that was my child I would be proud, just for knowing the word!!! Sometimes childeren come out with the funniest things, all is I'm saying is I think kids need to be let free to a degree to just be kids...

Courtney - posted on 06/27/2011

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There is nothing wrong with him knowing this and in fact shows his ability understand language beyond his scope and comprehend what it means.

September - posted on 06/27/2011

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You can do whatever you want Courtney, he's your child. Of course children will be exposed to such words but knowing what it means and using it in a sentence at 2.5 years old is far from impressive imo.

Courtney - posted on 06/27/2011

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Well what am I supposed to do put ear muffs on him so he will never hear the world and learn words we might not agree with? should I lock him in the house all the time and stick ear plugs in his ears at night when he goes to bed so when we watch our shows he wont hear anything and maybe pick up on a word? it is not like I taught him that word or encourage him to use it...I am not going to be embarassed because my kid knew a word that in fact is somewhat impressive he knew what it was even though you are right he probably shouldn't know it, but I am not going to get mad at him for using that word because it was not profanity and doesn't mean anything bad, even the nicest of kids shows has the bad guys going to jail because they "littered" or didn't tell someone bless you after they sneezed something silly like that... it is not like he told me the toy was incacerated for commiting a grusome murder...

Jae - posted on 06/27/2011

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I agree with September. I never used the program with my daughter. Yet by the time she was two she came up to me and told me about a chrysalis, something I didn't even know. She learns things from some TV show (usually animal planet) but mainly because of the way me and my family interact with her. Not to mention if your child is "talented and gifted" then that was probably something they already had in them, it didn't happen because of the program. when my daughter was 18 mo. old she learned how to use every safety measure we put up, from the refrigerator lock to electrical outlet covers to safety gates. Many times intelligence is just something they inherently have. So we nurtured it. As I said, I myself teach my daughter phonics as I was taught and she is ahead of her class in reading. This happened because of my interactions with her, not some program.

Courtney - posted on 06/27/2011

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Okay great, for you. I wasn't even reffereing to your comment to begin with anyways and wasn't even trying to argue with you. I like your baby can read and I think it is helpful, but I still teach my son stuff on my own, this is just another tool I throw into the mix and I use it my way and I am pleased with the results...seriously I didn't want to aruge with you so why are you arguing with me?..And why would my son knowing what incarcerated means be embarassing? It is not a profane word or anything.

September - posted on 06/27/2011

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Having a Master's in teaching does mean something Courtney it means when she say's those reading programs are harmful she's correct. Also she does not teach our son my husband and I do. Personally I would not be proud that my child knows the word incarcerated in fact I'd be a bit embarrassed. I guess where I'm trying to go with this is you don't need a programs like "your baby can read" in order to have an intelligent child. I am a firm believer that those types of programs are damaging not helpful or beneficial...but that's where we disagree and that's ok...we're two different people. Oh and by the way phonics and hippocampus are two things all children learn when learning to read otherwise they would not know how to read. Our 2 year old asked what our counter top was made of the other day....just sayin :)

JOANN - posted on 06/27/2011

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MY BROTHER BURNED ME A COPY OF THE ONE HE HAD RECEIVED AND IT WORKS SO WELL, WE DONT EVEN USE IT ANYMORE. MY OTHER NEPHEW IS DOING GREAT

Courtney - posted on 06/27/2011

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No I was not reffering to your comment. And Congratulations to your mother-in-law with her Masters in teaching, but that doesn't mean anything, as I said in my comment every kid learns different and at different paces, HER way of teaching may work for your child but may not work for mine, just like hooked on phonics, and hippocampus may work for some kids, but not for others, same with your baby can read, It was working for my child, but I don't really follow it the way it is supposed to as I said in previous comments, but I believe he did gain a large vocabulary from that and speaks very well for his age (he will be three), he knows words I didn't even think he knew let alone the meaning of the words and the fact he uses them in the correct context...For example the other day he was sitting and playing with his toys and he came up to me and he goes mommy honey (the name of the toy) is in incarceration, and I just looked at him and I go well what does that mean, and he goes MOM it MEANS HE WAS IMPRISONED and is in JAIL! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. And he has an incrediable memory that my husband I joke we will have to start having a statute of limitations for because he remembers things very well (he remembers toys he had that has been gone for about a year now and remembers promises we made to him from two weeks ago), he knows his birthday, how old he is, he can count to 20, and he knows his abc's. All I ever have on at my house is Nick Jr. and baby can read. he doesn't sit in front of the TV either I just have it on (mainly I have it on as a way for me to keep track of time when I am doing things since it is like okay ms spider is on it is 9:00am etc etc) he just watches it whenever otherwise he is in his room playing with his toys or him and I are playing together and with our daughter who is 6 months...So Idk if it is just because that is how he is or if the program is helping because that is all that is ever on at our house is two things baby and nick jr. until he goes to bed.

September - posted on 06/27/2011

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Courtney if you're referring to my comment I'd like to address a couple of things. First off the program DOES NOT teach a child to read it teaches a child how to memorize. In order to learn to read, not only does memorizations play a role (which by the way is not really a very advanced skill, our son could recite his ABC's before he turned 1 because he memorized them) but there is also phonics, hippocampus, recognizing sight words and so on. These things cannot be taught to such a young child and in fact when using "your baby can read" with such a young child, can actually make learning to read even more difficult in the long run as I mentioned in my last post. My Mother in Law has her master's in teaching and I'm pretty sure she's knows a damaging reading program when she sees one. The program is horrible, it’s a known fact! So what if it does what it says it's meant to do...that doesn't mean it’s a good thing.



Edit to add: I would call them educated comments...not negative comments, thanks.

September - posted on 06/27/2011

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No but our son has a ton of books that we read daily and that seems to be going quite well :) Those "educational programs" are horrible...all of them! My MIL is a teacher and has nothing but bad things to say about them and I trust her, she said it really only hinders the child in the long run. Spending one on one time with a child doing things like reading, arts and crafts, cooking, coloring, playing outside are far more beneficial and enjoyable imo. :) I won't brag well maybe a little...our son is 2.5 years old and is amazing to say the least and has never used any of those types of programs and never will.

Amanda - posted on 06/27/2011

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I bought the set and my 3 month old fell in love with it. It’s the best thing I could have done for my child. That was the only tv she was allowed for the first year, and every time she heard the intro music playing she got very excited. By 6 months old she could mimic gestures in the DVDs. By 9 months old if you asked where eyes, ears, mouth nose and where other parts were, she could point to them. She first said her ABC’s at 13 months. Around 1 ½ she had a vocabulary of around 200+ words. At her 2 year doctor checkup her doctor said she is 1-2 years advanced in speech, and might be considered “talented and gifted”. At the age of 2 she can read and knows 30+ out of her 50 states. I never forced this program on my child, I simply introduced it and she showed signs of interest and I worked with flash cards with her and she loved it. It’s no different than your child loving a sport, you keep them active in it right? I am investing my time in to her education. I know kids should be kids, and she is one. She loves doing normal toddler stuff too. But Baby Can Read is to thank for her being so bright at such a young age.

Patricia - posted on 06/27/2011

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my kids r too old for that but i would think they would've forgotten all of it after they learned. it may be very helpful in speed reading and comprehension, that comes later. i always labeled everything when teaching my children to talk. my daughter counted 1 to 10 when she was 2 and i don't know where she learned it. lol! she is amazing at memorizing and so creative in writing, meal preparation and poetry. her reading is slow but mine is too. however i want her to be able to keep getting better cuz it's a highly competitive world out there. my son would not have been interested at all, ha! they're so different. and he's a grade A student... good luck! it's hard to make a decision but as long as it's not to impress others and only for a fun way of learning then go for it. but ultimately it's between you, God, or whatever power you believe in, and your husband. loving and constructive that's my mantra! :-)

Gina - posted on 06/27/2011

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The program has not been out that long for anyone to have a full age school-child. And if they did have a full age school child they might not even be on 'COM' to begin with. People are replying with their experiences. For you to demand someone with grade school child to show response might not happen. But when our kids get to that point in life we'll let you know!

Gina - posted on 06/27/2011

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My son uses the 'your baby can read' system. Not because I want him to be forced into reading but because alot of the childrens tv shows now have gone to crap. He loves the system and his favorite part is the flash cards & books! He loves reading anything he can get his hands on and has about 130 different books he reads from. He started the program around three months old and he is now two years and two months. If you're a busy parent who could really use that 45 minute break to just sit down and relax this works wonders. The child is attracted to the video and interacts with it as well. If you take notice everyone saying negative things has yet to try the program. We love it, best of luck to you!

Claudette - posted on 06/27/2011

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No offence but how do you all think you learnt how to read by recognizing words throw repitition and memory it only makes sense.

Melissa - posted on 06/27/2011

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Yes. I bought it when my daughte was barely 1 and she loved it! She is 7 now and is at the top in her class for reading skills. She is actually reading with 3rd graders but is only in 1st grade! We passed it all onto a friend with a young boy and she says that he loves to read.

Jae - posted on 06/27/2011

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I never did and never would. It just seems to me like teaching them to memorize rather than actually reading. I was taught to read during the Hooked on Phonics days and I can honestly say that helped me and that is what I work on with my daughter. She just graduated kindergarten and was the best reader in her class because unlike what her teacher was teaching them, I taught her how to sound the words out if you don't know them. We also read books together every night. We are currently in the middle of reading "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". Before that we read "Peter Pan". My daughter would rather curl up on the couch with one of her books rather than watching TV. This program seems more like a hindrance rather than a help.

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