Have you ever used the "Your Baby Can Read" learning system? I have a 3 month old baby and he seems not to pay much attention to it and I know that I need to do more then just put it on and expect him to learn on his own. I would like to know what other mothers who have used this system have done to make it more interactive for the baby.
Try searching Mothering.com Forums for "Doman." You'll find lots of threads, and not much enthusiasm, for Doman's program.
Mountain mama to two great kids and two great grown-ups
There's been quite quite a bit of discussion of the program here. This is a list of threads on it.
You'll also find a lot about young children and reading in my noncommercial page of links to articles and websites by experienced homeschooling parents and educational specialists - preschool and kindergarten learning activities.
Oh, just get rid of that program! Really. . . the biggest blessing of getting rid of cable was getting rid of that advertisement. As your baby grows older, if you want to prepare him for reading success, there are lots of ways to do it. Reading nursery rhymes, paying attention to the sounds of the words, breaking words up, being silly, and enjoying books together is great. You can look for phonemic awareness activities if you wish to get more structured. For now, just enjoy your baby!
Mom to three very active girls Anna (14), Kayla (12), Maya (8).
I agree w Amy , my babe is almost 3 and has read like 4 words on her own and studies show children are not at a disadvantage, not matter what time they learn to read.
On the other end, my close friend does it with her daughter, also almost 3, and if she doesn't do it for a week she forgets all of it. Children have the capability to self learn how to read, when they are ready, forcing them to learn sight words delays development in other areas. Newborn to toddler age is a time to spend lots of time with your baby and help develop her social skills :).
I agree that leaving reading for later ages works better - although I'd say even much later unless the child expresses interest earlier. Here's a thread that's full of ideas, and links to lots of other ideas, on how reading can be introduced and learned:
"So I am not a homeschooler but my DD wants to read."
I never used the My Baby Can Read program so I can't speak to that. What I have found helpful are just introduce sight words here and there so my son (now 4yo) can start learning to recognize how words look. As he starts reading, I've found that knowing a few sight words really improves his reading fluency. So maybe that's something you can consider when your baby is a little old? Here are the links in case you're curious what I'm using: Dolch sight words and sight word games.
The Doman Stuff is different than the "My Baby Can Read" DVDs and infomercials. The Doman stuff emphasizes interaction and sight words which seems like it should work to me. I recommend the books by Doman. Good Luck.
Why would anyone want their baby or to toddler to read? Ok, it is cool when your tot can recognize words but I think and I know it sounds judjementall but I think this wish comes from first time mothers feeling inadequate and feeling the need to do something to remedy this. Kids will show when they are ready to read when they show interest in letters that are in the books, your own shopping notes and ect.
Thanks so much for those links. I stumbled on this thread and haven't ever considered that my "baby can read", but in following just a couple of those links I feel absolutely vindicated in my activities and interactions with my 25 month old. We spend lots of time together exploring the world, and very little on intentional socialization with other kids or structured learning. I'm so glad to see that I'm not alone or neglectful for resisting those common practices.
Just found this news article from The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood: Reclaiming Childhood from Corporate Marketers :
Your Baby Can Read program shuts down due to the cost of legal pressures
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