Your Baby Can Read

>> Wednesday, February 3, 2010

In case you don't have a television, I am talking about the Your Baby Can Read learning program. It is supposed to do just as the title says, teach your baby to read. The commercial shows babies clapping when the word clap is shown to them and so on. Then it shows toddlers reading.

Jazlyn knows her letters and most sounds. She can't read. As this commercial came on today I wondered how it makes her feel. She knows that she can't read yet so when she sees a baby reading I wonder if that is a blow to her self esteem. Maybe she doesn't comprehend it. I'm not sure, but I don't want to bring it up to find out. Anyone else with an older child who can't read ever thought about this?

If anyone has ever tried Your Baby Can Read or if your best friend's mom's cousin's daughter has tried it please let me know if it is legit or not.


Stephanie February 3, 2010 at 9:43 AM  

Hey! I don't have any kids yet... but I do have lots of nieces and nephews and grew up working in a daycare, teaching little kids to read before they reached kindergarten. I've seen that commercial on and talked about it with my hubby. His thoughts are that kids have the capability to memorize a certain amount of information. So those babies probably can identify those word combinations and read them. But they aren't learning individual letters and sounds so once they've reached their limit of word memorization, they will start to slow down. Like right now they look like they are progressing but later they will have to slow down so they can learn what letters make what sounds so they can actually sound out words and read. I've seen my nieces and nephews read at all different ages. And from experience in teaching reading, building a strong foundation with letters and phonics will go a long way.

Sorry this is so long! I have seen that commercial on a lot and every time it comes on my hubs and I have a conversation about it. Your sweet Jazlyn will put it all together and learn to read when she's ready to!

Melissa February 3, 2010 at 2:10 PM  

Thanks for your input Stephanie. I've always thought the same thing, how can they really learn to read without knowing the phonics?

Anonymous,  February 3, 2010 at 3:19 PM  

I homeschool, and my daughter is 6-1/2 and it has taken her a little longer than it took her brothers to start the reading process, but I think she's 'getting it' now. I also have a friend who's son didn't learn to read until he was 11 and he has won awards in poetry reading contests and has soared academically, so truthfully-don't worry about it. They read when they are ready. I truly don't think babies are supposed to read that early and that commercial drives me nuts. :-)

Confessions From A Working Mom February 4, 2010 at 1:41 PM  

I have a friend who tried this with her daughter when she hit about 12 months-- and claims it works! My mom, who is a special needs pre-K teacher, says just reading to your children on a regular basis will do the same thing... and always reminds me that all children learn on a different pace.

Confessions From A Working Mom

Christy February 17, 2010 at 4:52 PM  

Hi I'm brand new and this entry definitely caught my eye, because I think it's just something you shouldn't worry about. Reading is important, but when you stress about your toddler or BABY reading, I think it's just a rediculousness that the proganda of tv commericals has put on parents (because there's obviously not enough pressure, stress, and guilt on us already over things we CAN control and CAN'T!). Reading will come. I homeschool and my 9 year old was reading at a 2nd grade level at 5, yet my 6 year old is still in the process of learning to read, but I'm not worried because I know he has the desire to read, he is reading at a good level, and I'm teaching him and being an example because I read in front of him for my own enjoyment as well.

I think simply sitting down and reading with our children, sounding out letters and words with them....far more important!

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