"MonkiSee is a unique video series designed to teach babies as young as 3 months old how to read. Your child will be introduced to Howie and Skip, brother Howler monkeys from the jungles of Belize. Throughout this playful series, Howie is teaching his baby brother, Skip, how to read. Your baby will be reading along with Skip before too long. Guaranteed to delight babies everywhere. Created by a mother of 6 playful children, this series is full of fun!"
|Baby's First Words DVD|
3 months - 3 years
Expose your baby to written language, poetry, puppet shows, animals, children and much more with this fun and interactive video. Baby's First Words teaches your baby to read 40 words! They will learn to read and identify their body parts and other familiar words. Concepts are taught using puppets, children, animals, poetry and more. Set to lively music, including original music, your baby will truly enjoy learning to read. Baby's First Words is an entertaining way to teach your baby to read. This 30 minute video is full of fun! Your baby will be begging to watch it again and again. Features a 40 word slide show, used to review the words being taught. Contains valuable Parent Guide to help you get started.
|Know Your Monkey|
Know Your Monkey is "A See and Say Story". Babies enjoy reading along as Howie and Skip learn to identify their body parts. This interactive, easy to read book is designed to teach babies to read while they are being read to. Written for ages 0-3 years old.
Know Your Monkey familiarizes babies with their body parts while teaching them to rhyme, recognize and read 29 words with easy to point to text. This book features colorful illustrations of the lovable and playful characters, Howie and Skip.
See and Say Stories keep the text and the illustrations separate, which encourages early reading while parents read to their child.
Our experience: After watching the Parent Guide section on the DVD, I took special note that this video should be played daily about 5 days a week for a month or so. Optimally the child should view the video around 20 times or more and that through 'intuative phonics' my baby should be able to start reading the 40 words introduced on this DVD. The author suggests viewing the video in the morning, the slide show (also on the DVD) in the afternoon and reading the book before bed.
Afterwards, my 18 month old and I sat down to watch Baby's First Words which is approximately 30 minutes long. Holding him in my lap and pointing to the body parts as they were displayed on the DVD, he sat for about the first 5 minutes. Then we tried sitting together on the couch, which didn't go over well. I kept the DVD going, trying to coax him to watch it. He wasn't interested. After dinner we tried the slide show which he seemed to like more than the actual video. And then, for bedtime, the story --- which he really liked. For being a VERY busy toddler, he loves to be cuddled and read to.
We continued this pattern for a week with the same results. He just is not interested in the TV. He'd rather roam freely or cuddle and be read to. So, I'd have to say this program was not a good fit for us.
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