I saw a segment on it on tv, and they had some children who had done the program as babies at like 5 or so, and they couldn't recognize the words from the same program anymore. The guy doing it seemed really embarrassed, I believe he was the creator of the program. It apparently is not related to high academic achievement later in life, at all.
Even if it does work, I don't want any part of it. I don't think it provides any benefit. I was a very early reader, so I'm not opposed to it at all, for the child who is inclined in that direction. As a mother, you can tell when your child is really ready to begin learning to read by just reading to them, answering their questions and listening to them. When that happens, it flows naturally, and it is true learning. My fave quote is: "Learning can only happen when a child is interested. If he's not interested, it's like throwing marshmallows at his head and calling it eating."
at 6:15 PM on Jun. 5, 2009