Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Fascinating things you see on TV...

So I was listening to the TV the other day and heard all of this miraculous chit chat going on. Finally tearing myself away from Twitter to give my full attention to the TV, I realize that it's an Infomercial about learning to read. No big deal right?

WRONG! This commercial showed babies under 3 learning how to read with their program. Uh-huh, under 3!

The program is called Your Baby Can Read. It appears to combine repetition of song videos that have words written on the bottom of the screen with flash cards. I suppose the idea is to repeat the songs and words enough that the child recognizes the word shape along with the picture, eventually learning to read the word.

Does it work? I don't know. I haven't tried it and don't know any children under that age to try it with. Would it be worth a try? Certainly, especially if you are a stay-at-home mom or dad with time to engage the child in a routine. Even if you don't have a baby, this commercial is amazing.

Do I believe everything I see on TV? NO, but I do know from experience that my dear son learned Spanish numbers and letters before English because he heard me studying out loud. He was 6 months into Spanish before he learned the same in English.

Children are amazing creatures and capable of feats unknown!


Jennifer said...

Children really are amazing! I don't know if that program works either :)

Thumperdd said...

I really wish I knew someone personally that had tried it. How exciting to see a toddler reading!