quiet book, page 7

I realize it will be a long time before Oscar can manipulate buttons or spell his name, but it is never too early to practice, right?

All of the felt letters are buttoned to a coordinating letter that is sewn onto the page.

Confession: I secretly pine for the "Your Baby Can Read" program. Does anyone have an extra $200 laying around? And has anyone tried this program with success? Because the infomercial has me 100% convinced. :) I am a sucker.

UPDATE: oops ... I think I should clarify. I'm not actually buying that program. Infomercials are just so tempting sometimes though! I am way too frugal and plan to teach Oscar the old fashioned way.


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29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jill, I love your blog and your creativity. I have never commented...but your question struck a chord ;-) Sometimes programs like this really are great, but nothing really compares to interacting with, talking to, and smiling at your baby every day. We have three kids under seven, and I am always astounded at how fast they pick things up. We haven't done any thing "extra special" and both our preschooler and first grader were both reading pretty well at about age 4 - 4 1/2. When kids see our love affair with books and learning, they will absorb it and make it their own. Instead of a reading program for babies, I think $200 would go a long way (especially at thrift stores) toward a fantastic personal library at home. Your quiet book is a great start!

noellesumma said...

Love this page! Am doing ABC's with my babe right now because...why not? Never too early hehehe

Jenn said...

I'm convinced too, and I don't even have kids yet! If I had $200 though, my nephew would have Your Baby Can Read. I keep meaning to try and find reviews of the program outside of their own website, but haven't done it yet.

It's never too early to start working with kids though! My nephew just turned two, and he knows all his colors, some of his numbers, and can identify all the letters, even when not in alphabetical order. Just because his mommy works with him on those things all the time and has for a long time.

Anonymous said...

I don't know how I found your blog, but I love the quiet book. I have the Your baby can read. After I bought it, I discovered the library had the DVD's. Try looking there for them! The flash cards you could totally make yourself, obviously you have the talent. :) Good luck!

MaryAnne said...

Fantastic idea!

Racine said...

Hi Jill, I am a secret admirer of your blog, I have stolen a few of your ideas and love all your crafts! I wish I were as talented as you! Anyway, my husband and I also looked into the "Your Baby Can Read" program for our son who is 8 months old now. My husband works at a school and talked with a lot of the early education teachers. This program is extremely poo-pooed by educators, it uses memorization to teach rather than actual reading skills (even though the infomercial wants you to believe otherwise). Studies have shown that children exposed to programs like this one score lower cognitively on tests later in life, and have a harder time reading in a conventional fashion. They also have been shown to be more prone to learning disorders such as Attention Deficit. We decided to just read to him every chance we get and wait until his brain is developed enough to learn with some good, old fashioned phonics! Good Luck! Your son is adorable, btw!

Anonymous said...

I got the program for my son who is 2 he was very bored and didn't pay any attention to the program. I liked the program alot and feel like if I would have started him earlier, like a couple of months old, it probably would have stuck. I really just think it depends on the baby! love your quiet book and love your blog. thanks for all the great ideas! Danielle

Anonymous said...

I love your blog. Thanks for your efforts!

I would have to agree with Racine. I have several friends(6) and sister-in-laws(5) that work in various areas of education (classroom, exceptional students, gifted and talented, administrative) and they all agree that it is not the most beneficial program for children. They have expressed problems that occur with the students that have used the program and how it hinders their ablility to *sound out words* as the grow older and try and advance with their reading. I had mixed feelings because one of my friends is using it with her child that is the same age as my 19mo. She seems to be more advanced right now, but I would really hate to struggle later on with my child's learning abilities-having to *retrain* them to read. My 2 older kids (elementary and junior high) are in advanced programs at school (AG and HAG). They were taught at home by me and at a normal pace before entering preschool and kindergarten. I have read to them their whole lives, and I think that it is turning out alright.
Good luck with your research on the program.

Cheryl said...

Hey! Your quiet book continues to ASTOUND me with the creativity and love you are putting into it. I think this might be my favorite page. It's never too early to start! I am a children's librarian and specialize in early literacy initatives - letter awareness should begin early as you are doing. Very smart! To learn more about the six literacy skills here is a quick website with more info: http://www.hclib.org/BirthTo6/EarlyLit.cfm

Oh, check your local library to see if they carry that Baby Can Read program. I know I was able to get that video for our little one. She liked it alot but we moved before I could see any great effects. Regardless, it's educational entertainment for them.

Natalie said...

Hi Jill, I have been reading your blog for a year now and love it! I love your felt book instructions and wish I could have enough "me" /uninterrupted time to make one!

My husband bought the "Your Baby Can Read" program after watching the infomercial- he got it off of ebay for like 89 bucks or something. I was like, "Whaaaa?" You totally got sucked in! But I acutally really like the program. Have our children (ages 2 and 1) learned to read, NO. But, I do like how the video is set up. Nice and slow, with songs and pictures. Anyway, I just thought I'd put that out there. DOn't expect your Oscar to learn to read from it, but if he is going to watch some TV, this is a nice(er) program for him to watch.

*~*a.l.s*~* said...

i usually read you on my Reader but i clicked through today and love the new layout on your blog. it is so pretty and fun! good work!

Lacy P said...

I have to say I read your blog everyday and get so many great ideas. I will be having my first baby in 8 weeks and have done some of the things on your blog for him. Thanks for all the inspiration!

Christy said...

I have a friend who used the program and was shocked that it actually worked (her grandma - baby's great grandma - bought them a 6 month subscription or something like that!)

Jennifer said...

LOVE it! I might have to make one as a gift in the future some time!

Chad & Bonny Day said...

Okay first of all, I'm obsessed with your blog haha! I LOVE It!!! Second, I love that primary song, its my favorite and third, We got the DVD set for $50 at Sams, a couple of years ago, my kids (3 year old and 20 month old) get bored with the DVDs. Anyways, keep up the good work! Thank you so much!!

willywagtail said...

This an incredibly clever way to teach a child how to spell it's name. The possibilies are endles if only we all had the time. Good on you! Cherrie

lottebees said...

I love the quiet book. I dont think it's gonna work for my 5 year old, but still.

But what I noticed, is that a lot of people are really being busy with trying to teach their children how to read. Why not just let them enjoy a bit of childhood. It's good to tell them that reading is fun and just to read a lot to them, but why try to get them to read at an early age.

My son is just now starting to read, they teach letters at school, but he knows all the letters and is working on words. Not that he has to, but he wants to. And I noticed that he learns a lot quicker when he wants to do something.

It could just be that I live in the Netherlands and the society isnt obsessed with being the best in something. It just wants kids to grow up and be the best they can be (just like every parent)

MaryAnne said...

I left you an award on my blog - no need to pass it on unless you want to but I think your blog is fantastic!

jamie said...

Never heard of that reading program, but I'd recommend this book - it's a good read and my guess is that it is along the same lines. I started when my girl was a baby (a few months old) but then realized that isn't what I wanted to focus on so early. And now she's three and loves our little game whenever I do pull out words. If it's a game, if it's fun - then do it.

So the book: http://www.amazon.com/How-Teach-Your-Baby-Read/dp/0757001858

Many libraries carry it.

And of course, love your quiet book pages. Keep them up!

LiEr said...

Hi Jill, I love your quiet book. The rocketship page is my favorite although all the other pages are really, really good, too. I especially like how different they are from many of the other quiet books out there. Oscar is lucky to have you as mom. I so enjoy reading all the beautiful and clever things you make on your blog - plus it is such a happy space to come to visit. Thank you!

Natasha said...

I get sucked into that infomercial every stinking saturday morning! It's always on the good channels (discovery, tlc, natgeo) on the weekends when Sam gets up. I also will never hand over the money to actually buy it but I will admit that every so often I sit back and think hmmmm, maybe?? Lol!

Mindy said...

I bought the full system for my son (now two). I don't follow the routine it describes, but my son still loves the flash cards and the books and will watch the DVDs. When I need a 20-minute break (like today), I don't feel as guilty putting in a "reading" DVD as I would something else.

Sharon said...

Love your crafts! I taught all 5 of my children to read (most of them around age 3-4 with the very simple book "Teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons" and it was under $20. When they start to show an interest...it's an easy 15 minute lesson each day... to build a life-time love of reading. I also incorporated the "special" reading time (in bed) right before bedtime for 15-30 minutes. It's always a special time for them. I even taught my youngest son with Down Syndrome to read with this book. Easy...inexpensive! We've never had "extra" money for things like that...so I've always had to find inexpensive alternatives.

Lauren said...

I was going to purchase it but decided to read some reviews on it first...from what I gathered it is a total waste of money! IDK, I won't be purchasing it though. Love your blog by the way!

Shay said...

after googling for some nifty craft ideas i ran across your blog and now i'm hooked. just like you the your baby can read commercials completely sold me on it... so my husband got it for me to try with our 2 year old... big mistake. it was sooooooooooo boring and so terrible trying to make her sit down and watch it. a complete waste of time. i made my own flash cards and sing and count at every opportunity and she seems to be learning much faster.

Brandi said...

This is my first time at your blog...and am planning on making a quiet book over Thanksgiving! I LOVE this page...I never thought about putting my daughter's name with buttons...She will be almost a year old when she gets this for Christmas, which like your son is too young to manipulate buttons, but I want her to grow into this book! Thanks so much for these awesome ideas!

Anonymous said...

ooo... the buttons! i've done this with a 'make your own flower' board with multiple layers of petals. it's fun. dd loves it.

as for ybcr. you don't have to buy the whole thing you just need the disks and you can take it from there. buy it. my kid reads. and i mean actually reads. it's not memorization. it's whole word learning. my kid is 2. cat in the hat kind of reading. traditional teachers don't trust it cause it means they have to work harder when a kid comes to their class who actually knows their sh*t. so there.

Anonymous said...

What a cute page but here's a thought for you new mom's. Most schools want the children to use upper and lower case letters to form their name. So instead of OSCAR you may want to use Oscar.

john said...

Hi jill love this blog! yes we tryed the baby can read program and you dont have to shell the $200 out. Take the $14.95 trial and then once you get the jist make your own cards thats what we did! hope this helps!