My three year old and I have been exploring a new product by Intellectual Baby called Monki See. This is a program designed to help babies learn to read by using poetry, music, and Puppets. The targeted age group is 3 months and up. For a more detailed explanation here is a quote from the Monki See site:
“The younger your child is the faster and easier your child will learn. A three month old will learn faster than a one year old. A one year old will learn faster than a two year old and so on. The brain's development is slowing each day from the day of birth and tapers off at about five years of age. However, this does not mean that your child is "over the hill" and can't start the program at 2, 3 or even 4 years of age. It just means that they will not learn as quickly, as say, a 6 month old will. They will however, learn to read easier than they will at age 6, when they officially start school, so you really have nothing to lose.”
The cost of the entire program is $139.95, or you can purchase individual portions. For this review we only had the Baby’s First Words DVD ($19.95) and the Know Your Monkey book ($9.95). You can also choose to purchase other books, DVD’s, and flashcards for an additional cost. Visit Monki See for more details.
In addition to learning to read, Monki See will also help your child learn other important preschool skills such as colors, shapes, sizes, etc.
My daughter loved watching the DVD and meeting Howie and Skip. The DVD was very engaging but not so filled with excitement that she missed the point. We have not had enough time to do this consistently for the amount of time needed in order to see proven results, so I can’t speak for the effectiveness of the program. But we have used it several weeks and she did enjoy it very much, and even asked to do it it instead of watching her usual TV show favorites. I believe that given enough exposure she would be able to recognize these words again.
**Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I received this product free of charge, in exchange for my honest opinion/review. For more honest reviews from real homeschoolers, visit the TOS Crew website.