J.H. asks from Maitland, FL on March 24, 2009
Need Recommendation for Language Program
I am interested in purchasing a language program for my 18-month old. I have heard about "Your Baby Can Read" and "Leapfrog Learning DVDs" has a similar program. I saw many more in Barnes & Noble today and am feeling overwhelmed with the choices. What I am looking for is a program that will help with language development. I would love to hear what programs others have used and your feedback. Thank you so much!
J.C. answers from Daytona Beach on March 25, 2009
We used the Leapfrog DVDs. My kid really got the most of these DVDs. She now looks for words and puts them together, its amazing. We used the other products to inhance these DVDs. The clickstart, leapster and word launch. It's amazing how quickly she's picked up how to spell and sound out words. Also, pbskids.org is great if you have a computer. Good luck!
S.W. answers from Miami on March 25, 2009
The best and most effective way to teach a child to read and learn language is to read to them. While on your lap...
However, since the dawn of the computer age, I did purchase Jump Start Kindergarden, which teaches reading, math and also basic computer skills. There's no getting around it for their generation!
M.M. answers from Orlando on March 25, 2009
I've heard amazing things about the Dr. Titzer Your Baby Can Read program. We do a similar program by Glenn Doman and enjoy it, but it is timely as you have to make(or buy) the materials vs. having the ease of just using the dvd. Looking back, I may have done the Your BAby Can Read dvds just for my own convenience. However, I would recommend that whatever you do that you do it TOGETHER and don't just use it as a babysitting tool.
S.K. answers from Miami on March 25, 2009
I used Time2Learn.com with my son and he has a great vocabulary. He's also bilingual in French and English. The program is all online and very attractive to the kids. It's in English, French, Spanish.
You can also use starsfall.com when he's older, it's free.
I'm a linguist and you can ask me questions if you need to.
K.M. answers from Orlando on March 25, 2009
I have a 21 mo old daughter. I bought Leap Frog's Letter Factory a few months ago as well as Preschool Prep's Meet the Letters, Shapes, Colors, Numbers and the Meet the Words 1,2 and 3 (Amazon.com).
She knows all of her letters, shapes, colors and numbers as a result of these as well as what the letters sound like (The Letter Factory DVD teaches the phonics as well as letter recognition.) I highly recommend all of these. Also, I would encourage you to read the comments on Amazon.com about these products. I think it will help you to find what you are looking for.
L.C. answers from Tallahassee on March 25, 2009
I think interacting with your child, reading, providing examples of the words and concepts is just as effective (if not more because you're bonding as well) and cheaper. Those DVDs are around $300 I think and from what I've seen, they don't really stimulate active learning. It's very passive.
R.R. answers from Boca Raton on March 25, 2009
Hi - we love the LeapFrog DVD series here too. My son easily knew all his letters and their sounds by two - we never pushed him to learn anything.. it was just something he always loved. He is now almost four and still loves all of the DVD's and we just got him the Leap Word Launch game that he is enjoying. I plan on working with him on reading over the summer. We also read to him on a daily basis :)
T.R. answers from Miami on March 25, 2009
Your baby can read is a Great program. My son started using it around 9 months and his vocabulary is expanding very fast. He is 15 months and he is saying over 14 words. He is able to identify different body parts. He is far more advanced than other kids his age. He already says his own name. He started saying dada at 4 months. I think his rapid development is due to a combination of factors. We read to him everyday and talk with him throughout the day in English and Spanish. Good Luck!!!
M.P. answers from Orlando on March 25, 2009
My daughter is 17 months and we read to her everyday. I did purchase the Leapfrog Learning DVD's a couple of months ago and have started with the Letter Factory; however we do not watch it, we simply play the DVD for her as we don't want her sitting in front of the TV quite yet. It's working just as good as far as I'm concerned. She's already sounding out letters while listening and on her own throughout the day. I bought the whole set (which consists of five DVD's) from Amazon.com and paid only $40 plus S&H which is a really great price. So far these DVD's are great and I recommend them!