Does My Baby Can Read Work?

United States
August 20, 2009 10:15am CST
I would like to know how many mommys actually tried this method to teach your baby to read? And if it really works? How old can you start and is there an age limit (too old) on when you should not start this program method?
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@deebomb (15322)
• United States
20 Aug 09
I don't know any thing about "My Baby Can Read" but I do know from experience that if a child is not ready to read then nothing will help. We got the Hooked on Phonics some years ago for my grand kids they were 4 and 2. The 4 year old picked it up right away, But when the 2 year old was four He couldn't get it not until he started school did he get it. From the time he was 4 we worked with him learning the alphabet. His little mind just wasn't as ready as his older sister's was at the same age. When I took him to registrar him for kindergarten they gave an option of have the kids tested to see if they were ready to learn. Well he wasn't. He wan't mature enough to have a good school experience. So we held him back a year and it made a world of difference. They explained that with any learning it is like walking. All kids start at different ages and maturity. As someone else said reading to your child is a very good idea.
@UmiNoor (3666)
• Malaysia
21 Aug 09
Hi deebomb, I find that usually girls learn faster than boys. My nephew doesn't talk until he's 2. Before that, he just gestured. Then when he started to talk he couldn't stop. I guess different children start learning differently but from my experience, I think girls usually start learning to talk and read earlier than boys.
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@deebomb (15322)
• United States
21 Aug 09
That may be UmiNoor, but until their little brains are ready no amount of time will get them to learn.
• United States
20 Aug 09
I just want to throw it out there that actually reading, as in actually putting all the sounds of words together to actually say/read words is NOT possible at the age of 1 or before. It's hardly possible at the age of 2. It starts getting possible around the age of three, that's why there is so much emphasis on reading in preschool classrooms. Before then it's just a lot of memorization and cues to understanding what words mean. Those programs annoy me because they're preying on so many vain, ignorant people for nothing but money.
• United States
23 Aug 09
I don't know if it works or not but how DUMB is it to call people ignorant and vain to want to give their children a head start. First the early development of the recognition of words, sounds of words and phonics in general will help later with reading. So how ignorant could it be to want that for your children's educational development and what does vanity have to do with it?
@UmiNoor (3666)
• Malaysia
21 Aug 09
Hi Queenperk, I have never heard of this program. I didn't enroll my children into any program at all. I taught them all to read myself and they manage to read before they are 5 years old.
• United States
21 Aug 09
I had this infomercial recorded on my DVR and I kept rewatching it, just amazed at this program. But, I went and asked my family members what they thought about it, and whether or not I should buy it. They said that they watched something on it, that it was a scam, that your child is not actually reading, but just memorizing. I saw 6 month olds on the screen that were saying things, and I just dont get it. I think that if it would even work a little bit to help your child speak, you would have to devote a lot of time every day with the videos and cards. Like my family said, I think also that it is kind of a scam and it is just memorization of pictures and words.
@jashoaf (298)
• United States
20 Aug 09
My daughter-in-law started this with her 2-month-old. They watch the movies, or portions of them, and they play with the cards and words. I don't know how long she spends on it daily; I know we talked about very short spans and not looking for reponses too early. I do know she devotes a specific portion of each day to it - it is thpart of their family time. The baby is 4 months old now, happy and vigorous and outgoing. He is attentive to the movies and is beginning to recognise words and know the objects. She is thrilled. I tried the older material with my 4 year old granddaughter who is behind in her skills for her age, and does not get any regular learning time at her home. I can't get her the slightest bit interested in it. From the little I know, I would say there's no such thing as too young as long as you are not pushing for genius. I think the daily regimen is as important to learn as the material itself. The fun time will add to the love of learning, which is the key to success. Too old.... probably depends on the kid and the time you have to spend.
• United States
20 Aug 09
I have not heard of it, but my son learned how to read before he was in kindergarten. I am hard of hearing so I use the closed caption on the tv when I watch, so others don't get blared out by the volume i would need. My son would watch his shows also with it on and then started using his magnet letters to spell what he saw. His memory was out of this world spelling large words like the names of dinosaurs. Then he was reading the books at bedtime to me.
@CRSunrise (2964)
• United States
20 Aug 09
Is this a movie or a book? I've never used it before. However, I'm thinking if you start reading to a baby at an early age, even though they're not really paying attention, they are "learning." Wouldn't this method help them pick things up quicker when they are learning. They'll be like, "Hey, I know this!" lol