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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.
at 11:41 AM on Jun. 5, 2009