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Your Baby Can Read! - DVD Set Review

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Your Baby Can Read
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MPAA Rating: NA
Genre: Childrens/Baby educational
Age range: Ages 3 months - 5 years

Your Baby Can Read! - Overview

Your Baby Can Read! is an early language development system for infants and toddlers. Based on the research of Dr. Robert Titzer, the DVDs employ whole reading and some phonics to help babies learn language patterns during an optimal time when their brains are developing rapidly and are intensely focused on picking up language patterns.

According to Dr. Titzer, babies can learn the patterns of written language just as naturally and easily as they learn the patterns of spoken language. Often though, babies are not exposed to enough written language for this learning to occur.

The Your Baby Can Read! system contains five DVDs which are focused on helping babies and kids up to five years old learn to read by giving them a multi-sensory experience with heavy exposure to print.

Your Baby Can Read! - Curriculum

Your Baby Can Read! DVDs are multi-sensory, meaning viewing children will learn through hearing, seeing, speaking, and moving. Kids are encouraged to learn through action as they clap, touch their ears, or raise their arms along with the babies and children on the screen. Children will also enjoy singing along with familiar songs and playing the word games at the end of each DVD.

In each DVD, children are presented with large, clearly printed words. Animation guides children to read the words from left to right, and the word is spoken by a child or adult narrator. The DVD also shows pictures of the word or children acting out the word. Each word is repeated, used in sentences, and otherwise demonstrated to viewing children.

The starter DVD and volumes 1-3 introduce new words and review previously learned words, with the fifth DVD being a review of over 160 words from the DVD set.

Your Baby Can Read! - Guide Review

The DVDs included in the Your Baby Can Read! system are well put together and of high quality. Words shown on the TV screen are clear and easy to read with effective animation that encourages kids to look at the words and read from left to right.

The images that correspond to the words incorporate many infant/toddler favorites such as footage of animals, babies, and other children, providing a fun and interesting foundation for the multi-sensory learning experience. Kids are able to hear the words and see both the word and the object or action denoted by the word. Viewing children are also encouraged to interact with the program.

Many DVDs and TV shows claim to be "interactive," though viewing children often just sit and stare at the screen while their favorite characters blink their eyes waiting for a "response." The DVDs in the Your Baby Can Read! series, however, are some of the most effective interactive programs I have seen. There is still no guarantee kids will interact, but the clear directives are usually demonstrated by babies or kids on the screen, and kids love to mimic other kids. At times, the DVDs move at such a rapid pace that viewing children may not have time to respond to everything, though.

The DVDs are quite intensive and repetitive, so some children may lose interest or get tired of watching before the DVD is over. Dr. Robert Titzer, creator of the DVDs, emphasizes that this is fine, and that kids can watch the DVDs each day for as long as they maintain interest. Co-viewing the DVD with children is a great way to help them maintain interest and learn to respond to the questions and games.

Your Baby Can Read! - What is Included in the Box Set?

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Your Baby can read Really Works! Bella Proved it!, Member karenstlouis

This is the First review I have ever written and I felt compelled to do so because I have never been so impressed about a product before. When I was pregnant I saw the infomercial and thought to myself (This canít be true, a baby reading at such an early age) Despite my hesitancy I still went ahead and purchased the set. I had my baby viewing the videos twice a day from the time she was 3months old. Now I know she wouldnít be speaking at that age, but it was better than her watching TV. Well! At 6mths I was thinking to myself ""is this really working?"" I held up two of the flash cards and asked her to show mommy the word HI...OMG she reached out her hand and selected the word hi...I was so shocked that I swapped the word and asked her to select the word Clap...She did it again! I called my husband immediately and he didnít believe me...when he got home he held up the flash cards and she again picked the right word...I have never seen my husband smile so wide and he looked at me and said ok babes this was money well spent...My baby canít speak but she can comprehend and retain information...there's no looking back now. I am so happy that I invested the money to get this...It may work for some but now for all...maybe it depends on the child, but most importantly it depends on the investment of time the parent shows.

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