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Are Your Baby Can Read DVDs teaching kids to read?

Does 'Your Baby Can Read' work for kids, this is often questioned by many parents and they are constantly looking for answers or more clues. Whether in Your Baby Can Read reviews online or discussing about tips for teaching kids to read with neighbors or friends, we always want to know more about it. We also heard of Your Baby Can Read scam, resulting us to be a little bit skeptical rather than confidence, thus we didn't purchase the DVD copies of this educational material for Austin.

Not long after new year, my sister and her family came visiting and she bought us a whole set of 'Your Baby Can Read'. Austin who had just turned 14 months was placed on experiment since he was old enough to watch TV (in our opinion). At the same time, we are keen to find out more effective method in teaching kids to read. Being conservative, we began by the suggested screening time as mentioned in the parent DVD and run the starter DVD of Your Baby Can Read twice daily for a month. For the first week of screening, we sat with Austin, repeating the words flashed, going after the commentator. We also helped him to touch or point to body parts and engaged in activity such as 'arms up', 'wave' and 'clap'. To make sure that Austin obtains the optimum flash, we play the DVD right after his breakfast and lunch so that he sits on his high chair on upright position, the optimum height to best see the words.

LS_Your-Baby-Can-Read Austin is unlike other typical kids, he tends to 'hide' what he knows and what he learns. More of a thinker, Austin is less expressive when it comes to sign language or even smiles. For instance, whenever the word elephant is flashed on screen, his eyes tend to look upon the piece of his elephant puzzle on the floor. He started to connect between the words and his toys. This is a positive association we noticed.

Your Baby Can Read introduces words and phonics

After about 3 weeks screening the starter DVD, he showed less interest compares to first two weeks. Nonetheless, we appreciate that he never fusses whenever Your Baby Can Read DVD is playing on screen. As if he had mastered the words, this indicates that he is ready to move on the next DVD - Your Baby Can Read V1. With the voices and actors pretty similar to previous DVD, the vocabulary here has expanded to include verbs with 'ing', as well as the basic of phonics such as 'key' and 'monkey'. Within a few days after showing Austin DVD 1, he started to repeat the activities he learned in the starter DVD. These days, he claps voluntarily whenever we utter 'clap' or 'clapping'. When Austin first said to me "arms up", I was astonished being unexpected! Putting on his clothes and taking them off are a breeze as Austin cooperates with his arms up and arms down. Same goes to diaper changing, surprisingly he is okay laying flat to be swapped with new one, and reacts when we ask him to raise his legs up and down. We also benefit from the phrase ‘open your mouth’ that get Austin to consciously observing his food and opening his mouth to be fed.

With introduction of animals like tiger, chimpanzee, gorilla, giraffe and more in Your Baby Can Read DVDs, we're thinking to take him to zoo this weekend. We still believe TV is a non-interactive means in learning to read or teaching kids to read,thus we always interfere during the screening to interact with him. Reading to Austin is fun, we enjoy doing that, however introducing Your Baby Can Read adds variety in cultivating his reading habit. It is no secret that Austin loves books and he can 'study' by himself, so we hope Your Baby Can Read helps him to reach the reading milestone faster and earlier!



0 #7 Jod 2012-03-22 05:37
Sorry for spelling errors- late for work :-)
0 #6 Jod 2012-03-22 05:36
Look at words you dont know - what do you do if you havent memorised them? Thats what kids need too.

And as almost half of the adult population of countries like Australia cant even read well enough to follow a cooking recipe we know that this method doesnt work- its what most still use in schools. See 'sight words' and sending home readers they have to memorise etc. Its all part of something called a whole language approach that only works for about 5% of children.
Its why most governments are no overhauling the education system - eg in the UK all primary teachers now have to get full training in the methods that word. And that means STOPPING doing what is being sold by this product- memorising and guessing.
0 #5 Jod 2012-03-22 05:34
I think you may have misunderstood what I was saying.

Children are eager to learn at an early age so this is def when we should be teaching them to read and spell. The point is that this program doesnt do that- and actually encourages parents to stick their children infront of a tv.
Parents can read, sing, talk to them and get the same benefit of the program (more) 4 free.

If children dont learn to read and spell with confidence early then they lose that love- as we all do when we cant do something or find it really hard. So parents should avoid that and help children carry on loving reading (not just books but actually reading them themselves) throughout their lives!

This program does NOT teach children to read and is based on a method that is very out of date (because we now how to prevent reading difficulties) as it is purely memorising whole words - that isnt reading.
0 #4 Paul B 2012-03-21 23:59
Jod, you may be right, but I've only ever experienced kids being eager to read from an early age. My kids, my nieces and nephews, and a few others. I do think if the joy is represented immanently with a consistency of reading books with and to kids, they develop a curiosity and hunger for learning on their own. Whether they keep that hunger through adulthood may be another matter entirely.
0 #3 Jod 2012-03-21 04:40
No they dont begin to participate naturally. Yes, read to them and be excited by literacy. But that will not teach them to read any more than this product will.

You CAN get children excited about wanting to learn to read and spell for free- before they start school. But to do this they need phonemic awareness development, and to learn about our English alphabetic code. This product does neither. Its a memory gimmick. Why spend money? As you said Paul- parents can read to their children and enjoy literature- this will be a great start- and free. But if they actually want their kids reading? Dont waste your money- do it for free by learning how.

Look at the government reports about how children need to be taught, along with research. Or google 'speech sound pics' and watch free videos. They need to start by being able to hear sounds in speech, and then learn how to represent them on paper (spelling) and decode them on paper (reading)
-1 #2 Paul B 2012-03-21 02:10
Too good to be true? I still think the best way to encourage your children to not only learn to read but to want to, is to read to them and engage in enjoying literature with them from a very early age. They will begin to participate naturally.
0 #1 Reading Whisperer 2012-03-15 06:46
This program is under review by the Federal Trade Commission for false advertising. Babies cant read. And whats worse, his program can prevent around 20 - 30% of children from reading. There is no phonemis awareness or phonics included- and of course all research shows that children of this age shouldnt be watching tv for the amount of time they recommend. To see why this doesnt work, can harm your child- and what to do to get them reading and spelling before they start school, for FREE, google 'Read Australia' or the ezine article 'Why the your baby can read program is under review..' Youll get the research and evidence. Do NOT buy this program if you want your child to actually read and spell. Learning words by their length and shape is memory- not reading. YOU can do it for free.

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