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anyone ever try the baby can read videos/books?

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Asked by amy31308 at 9:49 AM on Jun. 5, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Ive havent yet but ive put some serious thought into whether it actually works or not. The idea sounds genious. That would be great if my 13m/o daughter could read to me instead of the other way around, wouldnt it??

    Answer by Kateybug08 at 11:04 AM on Jun. 5, 2009

  • No No NOOOO!
    Any child can memorize what word comes next on a video or what a few words look like. That's not proper reading though - it's sight reading. And studies have shown that kids who learn to sight read first are at risk of falling behind their "phonics first" peers and many never catch up.

    If you want to risk it to give your child a "head start" or so you can brag, then save the money and make your own flash cards. You too can discover the joy of a child who can read a word off of a flash card but not anywhere else - simply because the card has a stain. Yes - that has happened. It's one of the reasons schools dropped the signt reading programs and went back to phonics.

    If you want to teach your child to read properly, teach her to recognize the ABC's. Then teach the letter sounds. Then teach how the sounds work together to make a word. If you want a video to help you, try the ones by Leap Frog.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 11:41 AM on Jun. 5, 2009

  • I agree with Kaycee14, your child isn't really reading just memorizing. Plus I've heard it can cause all sorts of developmental problems because your child's brain is suppose to mature in certain way and this disrupts it and makes your child's skills really dis proportioned. For example have you ever met people who are really smart in one area but has absolutely no social skill ? Any ways yeah it can disrupt their natural way of learning and if you want a well rounded child this doesn't help.

    Answer by michelle0228 at 12:20 PM on Jun. 5, 2009

  • don't waste your money. i'm assuming your child doesn't sign checks, read contracts, etc. so he/she doesn't need to know how to read. it is like trying to teach a 3 month old to walk. what is the point? reading comes between 3 and 6 and that is fine. (and for everyone that tells you the BS about kindergarten readiness, tell them to cram it. the point of kindergarten is to get prepared for school. you don't need to prepare a child for kindergarten!)

    Answer by trepsica at 12:25 PM on Jun. 5, 2009

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