So I just started Sam and Sean on the Your Baby Can Read program (thank you grandma moore). We will be using the program over the next several months and I am very curious to see if it works. The concept is simple and I think there is some real potential here. In the past we have tried Out Of The Box, that involves the parents hand writing a series of flash cards that are presented to the child on a regular rotating schedule focusing on the whole word concept, however it really didn't keep Sam's interest (please note that I know several children who use this program with great success and the kids love it). The Your Baby Can Read program, for starters, revolves around watching the DVD(s) twice a day... bonus for Sam who loves videos... and also incorporates flashcards, interactive books, slide cards and music.
On first impression I am impressed with the quality of the flash cards, books and other materials. The videos are simple but engaging and interactive. Sean is 2 and I will admit that he has been getting a bit distracted near the end of the video but Sam seems to enjoy it... especially watching the kids. Sam is 7, and although a few years older than the recommended target age of the Your Baby Can Read program, he is developmentally closer to 2 also. So I am curious to see how well both boys respond. So far both boys interact with the video; clapping and waving appropriately and Sean is attempting to repeat the words.
We have only been at this for a few days now but I will post their progress over the next few months.