My Babies Can Read
Well, kind of.
Jaden & Jonathan both knew the alphabet and how to count to 10 before they turned 18 months old. They could identify sight words and colors before age 2. Jaden currently reads like a 4-year-old. He and Jonathan watch Phonics together, and he is surprisingly good at sounding out words.
I get a lot of comments and messages about the programs the boys watch.
I started the boys off with Preschool Prep Company’s Meet the Letters at around 9 months. They both were able to start identifying letters before they turned 1 year old. Then a few months later when I felt like they mastered the letters, I introduced them to Meet the Numbers. Jonathan still likes to watch that one. They caught on really quickly, mostly because of the Youtube Kids videos that they watch. Next up were the Sight Words. Jaden learned those much more quickly than Jonathan did.
I never had to teach them colors & shapes because Youtube Kids did that for me. We have the app on our phones and tablets, and they tend to gravitate towards the educational videos more than the silly ones. Just be careful with the app and make sure that the videos that they do choose are in English and don’t promote any rude or violent behavior. I’m really quick with the blocking button.
The boys currently watch Your Baby Can Read & Your Baby Can Learn in the evening before, during or after dinner. They actually really like it and sit there and repeat after the program.
I think it is important to remember that children learn at a different rate. Jonathan formed sentences months before Jaden did, and I don’t expect Jonathan to read sentences when he is Jaden’s age. So if you use these programs and you don’t get the same results I did, don’t give up! Allow your child to learn and his own pace. Be encouraging and affirming, and let them have fun!