No! No! No!
At best they are a waste of money. Your child MAY learn to memorize what some words look like and certainly will memorize which word comes next in the video.
At worst they will harm your child's future academic chances. This program does not teach READING. It teaches memorization. Kids who learn to sight read first quickly fall behind their "phonics first" peers and they rarely catch back up.
If you want to help your child, teach phonics, not sight reading. Don't bother with flashcards or sticky note labels all over the house. Teach the alphabet. Then teach letter sounds. Then teach how those sounds work together to form words. For help, try the Leap Frog DVDs... "The Letter Factory" and "The Talking Words Factory", and www.LetterOfTheWeek.com. Get the Fridge Phonics game. Have contests out shopping to see who can the most A's, point them out in books. Above all, keep it FUN... no boring drills.
at 11:44 AM on Apr. 23, 2009