Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Your Baby Can Read. Don't believe me? It's true!

Did you know that in the first years of a child’s life, tens of thousands of synaptic connections are made each second in the brain? This opens the door for increased learning capacity. The most natural time to learn any aspect of language is during the infant and toddler years. There is a natural window of opportunity for learning language where it is easier for children to learn to understand and speak our language at a high level. During this window of opportunity, between the ages of 3 months and 5 years, they can also learn the written word naturally and easily. Why wouldn't we take advantage of this opportunity? It is up to us mom's and dad's to get our child on the track to learning and to love learning before they go to kindergarten, or even preschool! I found these videos and thought I would try them.

YBCR is different from baby Einstein and other video's of the sort. I believe they have a few key elements the other videos are missing. Many of the baby Einstein videos I've seen for infants simply have stimulating pictures flashing to music. In the YBCR system even the very first video they can start at the age of 3 months is focused on word recognition and reading. I had my doubts whether Etta would sit through the videos for 30 minutes. At first she could only watch about 10 minutes, then 15, then 20, and with in a week she was watching the whole video. Another thing I like about YBCR is that there is a system. It comes with graduating videos and a plan on when and how often to watch each video. Lastly, it comes with corresponding flash cards and books so that you can have one on one interaction with your child and reiterate what they've learned through the videos.

I also believe that part of Elizabeth's lovely personality has come through doing this program. It has helped her learn how to concentrate and focus on something for a much longer period of time. This means that she is not so impatient and quick to lose interest in things. She also is very self entertaining and independent. I love that I can just let her crawl upstairs and when I go up 15 minutes later to check on her she's sitting in her room reading a book or playing with her flashcards. I'm serious! I love that her books are always the first thing she goes for...sometimes just to eat the book...but you can really tell she loves it and is genuinely interested. Learning to read helps boost their self confidence and communication skills as well which Elizabeth has loads of!

I really cannot stress how much I've loved these videos. There are testimonials of children reading anywhere from 9-18 months old! Now I don't know if Elizabeth is going to be reading at 18 months old, but what if she's reading at 2 years old, or three? That's still ahead of the game. Most of all it's time I can spend with her learning, it's time she can spend alone developing a love for learning, and one hour a day I can get things done and not feel guilty I'm putting her in front of the television! There's no downside and nothing to lose. So what are you waiting for...go....GO, go get them!

Elizabeth started the video's at about 6 months. This was taken at 11months, she's gotten even better since then! She reads cards that prompt her to clap, wave, put her arms up, touch her head, her nose, stick out her tongue, touch her ears, her toes, and makes animal noises when she sees duck and dog...etc. She's also started to speak, saying words from the videos. I will ask where's your ball? She'll say baw baw, look around, and find it. Same with her, her, and many other word's she recognizes and understands. She also sings the beginnings of songs. Her favorite is to sing Row, row, row...row, row, row...urr oat, tee da seam!

Grrrrrr! I tried to load my video like 10 times over the last few days and it isn't happenin. So I'll post it without. It was a video where we would put three flashcards in front of us and ask her to pick out a specific word and she would! I think she got like 8 out of 10! Anyway, it's something to think about.

1 comment:

Josh, Cami, Brody and Brooklyn said...

Hey Sarah,
so my sister in law is getting married and I told her how you guys did a wedding cd for your party favor. she loved the idea and we have been trying to find a place that will copy that many cds? what did you guys do? did you get it done or did you guys do it yourself? if you did it yourself did it ruin your hard drive? if you could let me know asap i would appreciate it. thanks so much.