2.09.2009

YOUR BABY CAN READ!


Alcoholly has called me twice these past few days insisting that she buy, "Your Baby Can Read!" for my kids. Evidently she saw an informercial where 2 year olds were reading chapter books. She only asks that I teach Luke first so that "he will not be embarrassed when his little 9 month old brother begins reading before he does!"

Indeed, this "Your Baby Can Read!" program really does sounds incredible. Imagine, Charlie will be reading before he is even talking! Perhaps Charlie is reading right now and we don't even know it because he doesn't talk yet.


All joking aside, I'm debating whether or not I will accept her generous gift. The "program" is really a DVD that your baby watches over and over again. After spending months being brainwashed into reading a series of words off the television, your baby can read... a series of words off the television! Amazing!

Of course, I could accept her gift and not use it, but then what do I do when she asks Charlie to read her a book the next time we visit? If Charlie is unable to read the book to her, she'll think her money has gone to waste, or even worse, that he's stupid. The last thing I need is for my little baby to feel stupid just because he can't read by the time he's 18 months old.

13 comments:

  1. starfall.com and playhousedisney.com taught Paul to read some sight words when he was little, too. I had to keep telling people not to be impressed because it was still only pre-reading.

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  4. I love that armageddon TOTALLY spammed you, but at the same time wrote their email in a way to not get spammed by spammers. I'm gonna re write it,

    armageddon.thru.to.you@gmail.com

    hahahhahaha (evil laugh)

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  5. One night, Zach and I totally sat and watched this infomercial for 30 minutes. You could totally do this yourself! Just make a movie with flashcards and play it over and over again. I bet reading REAL books to your child probably has the same effect. Maybe even better.

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  6. I saw this infomercial a while ago. It looks like a neat program, I wouldn't buy it myself, but if someone gave it to Lizette, that is a different story.
    I figure it is cheaper for me to sit down and read with Lizette, than forking over the $200.00

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  7. i've also wondered about this - seems too good to be true, but hey, worth a try!

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  8. Ummm as someone who spent the $200 to get the program- I don't know. I feel dumb Alexis can't read yet. But she hates the DVD.. & it's hard to force her to sit still & keep her eyes on the screen 2 times a day. We are going to try working on the flashcards, books, etc. more & see if that works. I don't know. I need to use it more & then I'll let ya know. I just figure, it can't hurt!

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  9. I think you should let her get it for you then return it and spend the $200 on something you want :) Oh and very sneaky with spamming the Armageddon guy Kelley!

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  10. I like Amber's idea...very tricky. Hmmm, I say that reading books to your child in person will do the same thing if not better because it will be different every time you do it. I'll be looking for the infomercial now since I'm really curious :)

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  11. As a reading teacher, this program completely offends me. My guess is that if a program like this were to work (which I doubt), it would cause a multitude of reading problems later in life, as I highly doubt that it teaches phonemic awareness and phoneme sounds. Children who lack this will not be able to sound out new words later and will end up seeing ME, the reading intervention teacher, later in school. You should expose your little guys to site words and concepts of print and letter sounds. All three of these things are vital for good readers. Give me her email address and I'll set her straight. Don't take her up on her offer. I hate to see this company get any more money.

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  12. Okay this is really long, but I've used these before so I feel like I have a good opinion that you might want to know.......

    I bought these videos for Dominic when he was 1.5 (while I was at Wymount and Erik was my Home Teacher) . There is a book that I read first, its called "How to Teach your baby to Read"...... I think the videos are a great idea BUT ...not worth the $$. After buying them, and having Dominic watch them over and over (not learning to read) I made powerpoints with just one word on the screen as big as I could make it. WORDS THAT HE KNEW WHAT THEY MEANT. This seemed to work better. I did them in sets of 15 and would switch them now and then to add new words. The book will teach you the methodology (is that a word?). Read the book (probably get it at your library) and then use POWERPOINT presentation on the computer to do it (not flashcards at first cuz you won't succeed...its too hard).

    BUT....with that said. I wouldnt' teach your baby to read first. How stupid is that(no really, its stupid...read on)? Their brains are so empty and ready to stuff with tons of information why stuff it with something like reading when they can't use that as a COMMUNICATION tool? I mean so he can read the word cheese....will he be able to write it to you to let you know that that is what he wants? Start with sign language and then when your baby can communicate to you through signing.... begin with the above mentioned "reading program". Tell your Aunt or whoever to invest in the www.babysigningtime.com series for your kids. Luke will love these too. Then venture on to reading after they can communicate most of the signs to you. I started to let Penny watch the signing time vides when she was 6 months old and by 1 year old she could sign over 250 words and speak over 100 words. I actually started Penny on reading words via powerpoint last week and she can already sight-read a few of them. Eventually she will read many more if I keep it up.....she loves it.

    So, I would start Luke with the words (not the videos though), but I would start Charlie with signingtime and let Luke join in that venture for fun (he'll love them...really!). Then when Charlie is ready...Luke will already be reading chapter books so he won't be BEHIND at all. =)

    So, there's my two cents. E-mail or call me if you have questions cuz I really think its awesome.......just not as a first step.

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  13. I saw this infommercial and checked out the website, just to find out that their special offer of $14.95 is just the shipping, but after all it does in fact cost #200.00...which has already been mentioned in the comments. Matt wanted to make the video himself, after all it would be better quality!

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