Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Your Baby Can Read

Time is so short around here lately that my early reading program reviews are going to be fairly short. Maybe I'll revisit this topic when I have more time, but for now, here is my next review.

Your Baby can Read - or YBCR for short, is a popular early reading program. It is advertised on TV & I've heard people mention even buying it at Wal Mart. The fact that it is so readily available may appeal to some people. This program is fairly expensive, however I was fortunate to find several of their DVDs & books at my local Down syndrome association library. This program involves watching a video & reading the books on a daily schedule. I've never been one to stick closely to a schedule, & K was already reading a number of words before we tried this program so we disregarded the schedule. Actually, I'm not even sure that I agree with using a schedule anyways. Unless your child is very enthusiastic, you have to be careful not to push reading just because it is in the schedule or your child may decide they don't want to read at all. K really enjoyed this program & learned new words quickly. As with all programs we have used, we spent time with her while she watched the DVD & read the books to her often. I liked the pictures used in their books. They are very clear, concise & dont have a lot of background to distract from the subject of the picture. It is also great that they separate the picture from the word by hiding the picture under a flap. After you read the word, you lift the flap to reveal the word - there is nothingnto distract the child from looking at the word. I also think it is really good that they use different fonts. K went through a stage where she had trouble reading words that weren't a standard font & their program adresses this concern. The videos are also a fairly modern which makes it more enjoyable for mom & dad too:)! YBCR is a good program, but again, I think the price is a little high for the number of words your child can learn.


  1. My daughter has downs and Emma is only 4 months and we have already started her on YBCR. We were able to get it from a friend. Of course she is only 4 months so no actual ready yet but she watches the DVDs very attentively and seems to really enjoy them. She does get really excited for some of the pictures and makes noises. I'm sure words will come shortly.

  2. It's a bit of a leap of faith at such a young age isn't it? It will give her a wonderful start though, & I'll bet she talks earlier & finds it easier because of the sight words.

    It's wonderful that you are giving her such a great start!