This program is not just a waste of money, it can actual HURTyour child's long term sucess.
(1) Anyone can make flashcards and use them to teach a child to recognize words. Why pay $300 for it? Besides, recognizing the word is NOT reading.
(2) Any child can memorize what word comes next in a video. This is plain old memorization and again, is not reading.
(3) Studies have shown that kids who learn to sight read (memorizing what a word looks like) before they learn phonics (how to sound out a word) quickly fall behind their "phonics first" peers and struggle to catch back up. Once a child learns that the way to learn to read is to memorize what a word looks like, he sees no point in investing the time and effort it takes to learn phonics. But English is a phonic language - if you want to be a good reader, to have an easy time learning new words, easy time with comprehension, then phonics is the way to go.
at 12:17 AM on Jun. 25, 2009