Brody is 16 months now and just read three words tonight! Jonathan and I started showing him the "Your Baby Can Read" DVD's when he was just a few months old. We got them just to try at first, not necessarily expecting Brody to start reading sooner than most. From the very first time we showed him the video you could tell he loved it. He has always gotten so excited when we turn the DVD's on...so we have continued to play them for him. For awhile we were showing them everyday (like Dr. Titzer suggests) but we slacked and became less consistent after awhile. But the DVD's have always remained his favorites. He doesn't get as excited about anything else on TV or DVD (well, except maybe the Backyardigans). He gasps and screams "Baby!" now when the DVD player turns on, expecting it to be the Your Baby Can Read DVD. There are also flashcards to the program but we certainly have not been following that regimen. I could count on each of our hands how many times we have showed Brody the flashcards. My point being that we have been very slack and easy-going about the whole program, continuing it only because Brody loves it so much. So today when I came across a woman's blog who was completely bashing it, I had to read on. She had seen the commercial a million times (like we all have!) and was telling her readers how she sat down and actually watched it for the first time that day. She went on to say how she wanted to keep her baby a baby for as long as she could and wondering why people would want them to actually read a book instead of just enjoying all the baby babble for as long as possible. Her followers went on to vent in the same fashion. It irritated me to read all the comments as they were all from people who had never tried the DVD's. I did not read a single comment from someone who had given it a try and still thought it was the worst thing to do to a child. I closed the blog and didn't think much of it until later on tonight while Brody and I were playing in his room. I spotted the flashcards and decided to just run through them with Brody since he hasn't seen them in ages. Which at this point I need to add a disclaimer: He has always enjoyed the times we sat down with him to show him the flashcards. He gets excited to see and hear the words from us. It has never been like homework or a chore and we've never had the attitude that he has to sit down and practice his words for any amount of time. We've always just shown them to him when he is playing and he usually choses to come over and take a look at the flashcards. Tonight was no different. As he pushed around one of his toys I began showing him the flashcards. We went through a few of them as usual. I showed him the card with the word, gave him a few seconds to take it in, and then I said the word aloud so he knew what the word was. But, when we got the card that says "eyes" he took a look at it and said, "Eyes!" before he proceeded to point to his eyes! I about fell off the rocker I was sitting on! Had my 16 month old baby just read a word aloud to me?!?! Of course I got excited and praised him, which he thought was fabulous. We went through a couple more without success before Jonathan walked in the door from work. I quickly told him what had just happened as he laid down in Brody's floor and watched us look at some more cards. I skipped to the words that I know he can say aloud so that if he could read them then he could say them to us. He didn't know the first few I showed him and even confused "ears" for "eyes". But, when I showed him the card that read "cat" he said, "Cat" and proceeded to say "Meow! Meow!" Whoa! So I knew I wasn't crazy then. Jonathan had seen and heard it too! I showed him the next word which he just looked at, so I moved on. The next word was "baby." I showed him the card, he looked at it and quickly said, "Baby!" Holy Moly! My child just read three words! We praised him as if he had just graduated from college! He was so pleased with himself and basked in the praise as he ran over to hug me.
My cup runneth over!
Here are a couple of pics from the very first time Brody watched one of the Your Baby Can Read DVD's.