Has anyone used the YOUR BABY CAN READ program?

Rhiannon - posted on 12/27/2008 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Has anyone used the YOUR BABY CAN READ program? My parents would like to buy it for my 22 mo old son. Does it work? Is this too late to start at this age? Anything that can help me out? Thanks, Rhiannon

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Kelly - posted on 02/06/2009

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I have the program! I disagree witht he first two posts. My son is 19 months and my other son is 2 months. I just got done with the fist DVD and will be moving on the next. My son absolutely loves the program so far. It has got him talking more and he follows along with the video. I do no like him to watch TV so this is an alternative. Also, the whole set comes with learning cards and books. He loves them. He knows he must do them with an adult so it gives him special time with a parent. He absolutley LOVES it! You interact with the DVD so it is fun.

Bisa - posted on 02/05/2009

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Actually, I would disagree with the two responses. I use to work at a Church daycare/ youth center that started teaching children to ready by 2 and a half. At this age the class rarely lasted more than 15 minutes and it was always high energy, fun, and loud! The Children generally learned how to read by 4 or 5 years old. Some skipped 1st grade some did not but they all did fabulous in school! In fact I worked with these kids close to 10 years and lost track of them when I moved to Texas....but because of facebook they found me! How awesome is that? I can say these children are doing absolutely fabulous (ok they are not children anymore). Most are Seniors in College, (OMG...one is in Harvard), otheres are working on Masters, etc... I am so proud of these kids (I still can't stop calling them kids). Not only was education important in this program I worked for but Social skills were just as important and I felt this made a difference in their upbringing. OK I am starting to ramble now because it is way past my bedtime and my son will be up way to soon.



I also wanted to mention all of these kids went to public school in the inner city once they left the daycare. (I know I have made basic grammar errors but I am trying to finish this post so I can get much needed sleep)

User - posted on 01/25/2009

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I couldn't agree more! Read to your baby/toddler/child for enjoyment each day. Point to the words as you read. Pretty soon they will start to mimic and take over this modeled reading process. Let it happen naturally. Children who have intense intervention reading programs appear to have a head start for a little while but I can assure you that by grade 3 and 4 all the others will have caught up to them and they are no longer as clever or advanced as they thought they were. This can have a huge effect on self-esteem and future development. Most children learn to read...just let it happen naturally and don't be in a hurry.

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As a homeschooler I can honestly say that there is no reason to try to teach a child that young or younger to read. I have looked at that website and I believe that the videos of babies "reading" is somewhat creepy. There are many developmental neurologists who think that these programs "teach" a child how to use a lower level of brain functioning to memorize what is expected of them and more stress and harm can be caused than good. Think about it this way, if you send your child to school already knowing how to read they can become very bored and frustrated in a class where every one else is still learning the ABCs...and don't count on a school teacher to have the time or patience to keep your child at the elevated pace. Not trying to discourage you from teaching your child. I'm a homeschooler and I value anything educational.

If your parents want to buy this pricey program I would take them up on the offer but with a realistic expectation that your almost 2yo is not at the age where they need or even should experience learning to read. If you can make it fun and no stress, no expectation, it could be fun. It could also be a good thing to have around for when your son gets older. Keep in mind that reading and writing go hand in hand. One is rarely learned effectively without the other. Being too young to write letters and too young to expect it developmentally, I would get the program and save it for preschool age.

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