I bought the Your Baby Can Read program

Brandy - posted on 09/04/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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and it cost me $200 and my son doesnt seem as interested in it as I thought he would be. I assumed (i know bad mistake) that it would be more like imagination movers or the wiggles (something along those lines) you know fun with dancing and singing but instead its boring and redundant. how do I keep him interested in it? Its a fantastic program but it just wont keep his attention

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Heather - posted on 09/05/2009

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I was listening to a radio program about the Your Baby Can Read program, and just wanted to share what I learned. Children are not able to read until their brains have developed a certain link (sorry that I can't remember the specific name), which for the average child, doesn't happen until 5. Your Baby Can Read is teaching your child to identify words, yes, the same way he/she would identify a picture of a cat, but it's not teaching them to read, in the sense that they'll be able to pick up a book and figure out what it says. Reading is something that develops after your child has learned language - i.e. speaking it themselves and clearly understanding what you're saying. I'm sure the program is great for helping them to develop that skill, but for $200, you can accomplish the same thing by reading to them, talking with them and exposing them to the world. The program also went on to say that if you force reading too early, it can actually backfire in the sense that your child will not enjoy reading when they're older, which can make school and homework a struggle for both them and you. I personally haven't had any experience with the program, but wanted to share what the researchers say.

Imelda - posted on 09/04/2009

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read to him everynight. I dont think those programs work, and if they do its because those moms have sooo much time on their hands. The best thing to do, I think, is to read to him whenever you can.

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Christal - posted on 09/05/2009

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I didnt waste my money on it, instead i made my own flash cards (with big letters) and i made 4 words that go with each activity. like bath time I have Soap, Water, Bath, Towel. and for play time i have Book, Toys, Bunny, Play. for meal time i have Cereal, Spoon, Milk, Fruit. (and so on) and for each activity during the day that we do i bring out those cards and show her one at a time while i read it to her. and then i put them away. she's 8 months old and she looks at the cards when i show them to her. so maybe trying to do something like that might help.

Nicole - posted on 09/05/2009

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I too have My baby can read, My son is 5 months old, But he watches it for like 5 mins and then hes on the go, Not interested. He'll actually cry if I sit there and make him watch it. I'm sure what the deal is but they really should get that all updated, It is very outdated, but hopefully he's getting something out of it through all the noise he makes while its on. I know how you feel though, Good Luck!

User - posted on 09/05/2009

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I bought it also. Although I havent recieved it yet. My baby is 3 months. I think at some point they will become intrested. and if you dont like it you can return it within 30 days.

Constance - posted on 09/05/2009

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Brandy~ Hop ethis helps~ My duaghter has been doing Your babay can read for 1 yr now. She loves them! I don't just sit her in front of the TV, but instead I sit with her and we engage each other as the words come on! ALSO- We love to turn them on, put the volume low, then just play in the TV room, followed up with reading the books. Now she reads the words to me and when she sees letters on things, she tells me what they are! I love that these videos are not cartoon animated and instead are very realistic, daily life action! Keep up the good work! Constance Condie

Kelly - posted on 09/04/2009

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well, babies are not suposd to know how to read. the best start you can give your baby is to read to him everyday and engage with him, not put him inf front of a movie. If you do want some good movies we have had great success with baby einstien. The older kids watch them in french and spanish and learn the new words very quickly and the little ones just love the music and images

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my son was interested in the videos for maybe 10 minutes. and honostly, it bored me to death having to listen to it. i think that sitting down with him and teaching him myself seems to work much much better. the videos are boring...just trying to keep him interested in the videos was work in itself. ill stick with teaching him myself, along with shows such as Word World, Mickeys House of Mouse, and maybe some Ni Hoa, Ki-Lan

Danaë - posted on 09/04/2009

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Hey I bought that program and my son is nine months and he knows the words for ear,nose,mouth, head,hi,elephant, hands up,wave. I also made flash cards with picture of family member and their names and he is able to recognize them. I just followed the directions and most importantly NO OTHER TV!! I notice with a lady that I know who also has the program, (but puts her kid infront of the TV for hours) that the program doesn't work as well as with my son. Plus I read to him every chance I get, especially before bed. So the program does work, read the parents manual it give you a lot of tips

and like the Mrs. before me said you don't need to have all the time in the world to do it. Just make sure that with the time you do have, you make the best of it.

Taccarro - posted on 09/04/2009

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Imelda I have to say that even though the vidoes are not as entertaining as the kids would like the program itself does work for many children and families. I would have to disagree that is because the moms have so much time on thier hands, but because some approaches work better for different children. We all learn differently, even as adults. Also you made a good point about reading to her child and I will say that children often take in much more than we realize or give them credit for.

Taccarro - posted on 09/04/2009

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I bought that program too a while back. I had the same experience but what I found was that he was more interested in the books and flash cards though. He just now at 2 has started to be more interested in the vidoes b/c he has more patience and understanding, I think, about what it is saying. We just kept introducing it to him every now and then... we didn;t want to discard it b/c like you said it did cost 200 dollars! However, I will say that my son may have taken longer to take an interest b/c he has a delay in his speech and is just now starting to talk more Idk. Not to say this is the case with your son, just saying every child is different. But it is very non-animated, which kids look for, but we tried putting it on as his first tv show of the day b/c he is not as inclined to object, instead of switching from Dora to the videos, which will really provoke a behavior! LOL.

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