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Books, books and more books!

I am very lucky in the fact that I do not have to worry about nursery or child minders or rush around in the morning to get ready for work.

Our morning usually consists of waking up, taking all of the teddies down from her hammock and lining them up in her bed, reading a book, sticking stickers everywhere, wathcing peppa pig, dancing to fun song factory, reading, pretend picnic, dancing, reading, eating breakfast, dancing a bit more reading etc.... So we do really play all day long.

We went to the Doctors for the dreaded injections this morning but the nurse was not happy to do them as Tillie had a few spots on her belly which could potentially be chickenpox (or a teething rash) but she was in such a happy mood today I really was very relieved when she didn't have them.
In the waiting room Tillie was sat on my knee reading her books and kissing every page, people kept asking how old she was and were shocked at how advanced she is for her age which makes me feel very proud but at the same time I have never pushed her and how do you judge how advanced your child is! I just love reading as much as she does so we get lots of pleasure from her books - infact I think if I threw all of her toys away she wouldn't be bothered as long as she still had her books.

I did buy her the Early Language Development System 'Your Baby Can Read' DVD and Books by Dr Robert C Titzer
Ours came with 5 Dvd's, flash cards and books
the idea of the programme is to help your baby learn to read from as young as 3 months old - it says that it is much easier for them to learn to read before they are 5.
I bought them more out of curiosity when she was 7 months old as I had seen them advertised at about 3am one morning it had videos of two year old reading a book, picking the correct flash card when shown etc.....
It encourages you to show the starter Dvd twice a day for about a month before moving on to the next one and so on.
The Dvd's look slightly dated and the people in the Dvd do have strong American accents but I have an open mind and wanted to give it a go.
It works like this - the words such as "dog" appear on the screen and the word repeated a couple of times, then shows for example a dog running around and the word is used in a sentence. I think there are about 25 words with the first Dvd, they also sing songs such as Twinkle twinkle and Incey Wincey Spider. It teaches nose, ears, arms up, head, toes etc.....
I didn't strictly follow the twice a day routine but after about a month I decided to get the flash cards out to see if there was any truth in the fact that your baby should be able to recognise the words....

Tillie was eight months old at the time and picked the correct flash cards when asked, I was gobsmacked! I didn't believe it so took her downstairs to the pub and asked her again and she did it infront of the customers. I have a video and will upload it when I find it.

To be honest for me it is not the fact that it is learning her to read, she seems to get a lot of pleasure from watching them as it is not cartoons, she copies them touching their head, eyes, ears, mouth, tongue and she goes and gets the Dvd when she wants to watch it rather than following the instructions of putting it on twice a day.

I would definitely recommend this to a friend, it is fascinating to watch especially when the they do pick the correct flash card!

This is Tillie watching and enjoying it, I will try and find the video of her picking the correct flash card.
In this video she was 10 months old


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