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« on: April 27, 2009, 02:40:46 AM »

My daughter ( 2 yrs + 2 days old) hates the YBCR DVDs.  We just started the YBCR program 1 month ago.  The first month she would only cooperate with the sliding flash cards, and can now identify 3 of the 10 words plus 2 others inconsistently.  I find the book hard to use as well.  She is fascinated with flipping the pages up or down to reveal the picture and doesn't focus on the words.  So now we are entering month 2 ( i.e. volume 1 materials) and again she hates the DVD. But luckily yesterday she decided that she likes the plain flashcards too.  Now I feel a bit overwhelmed about where to start.  When she was only willing to look at the 10 sliding word cards, it was easy to just do them a few times per day.  Now that she has an interest in all of the flashcards I have 50 available words. So where do I start?  I don't want to overwhelm or confuse her.  I am thinking of just adding 10 new cards every 5 days without retiring any.

Also unfortunately she is a tv addict - I know it's bad - I'm embarrassed.  We are cutting back but it's hard.  She only watches Noggin which is supposed to be educational and doesn't have commercials.  Anyway it is probably the reason she won't watch the YBCR DVDs - they just aren't as interesting as Noggin.  Has anyone else had the same problem?  Has anyone found a way around it?  I have a 6 yr old son too.  He is in public school and we live in a condo surrounded by other kids.  I just can't imagine being able to wean them off of TV without them feeling unnatural especially my 6 yr old son.

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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2009, 02:55:58 AM »

You can pick one or two favorite shows for your kids to watch each day. That way they can still watch them but not as often.

Monday can be two shows and tues a different set of two shows or their favorite two everyday.

I can't help with the video's we haven't used them yet.


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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2009, 04:00:06 AM »

akalori, sorry to read about your struggles. 

Ever tried the T.V. is broken trick?  I use it with my nieces because all they want to do is watch T.V.  I unplug the back so all that comes up is black and white fuzz.  I tell them it is broken and then I distract them with other games or toys. At home my sister does what she can to limit them to 2 or 3 programs a day.  She has been finding that dvd's are easier to monitor than channels.  DVD's end.  Channels don't.

My dd gets very distracted during the YBCR videos, and I found that I am going through the videos at a much faster rate than Titzer recommends.  2 months on the same video seems like a long time.

I have been following more of the Doman technique with the sliding cards and flash cards.  I started with five cards (sliding or plain) for five days and then started to replace 1 card everyday.  I tried to match the cards with the video, but that quickly went the way of the wind.  I also include a few handwritten words that she appears interested in.

Good Luck and keep up, eventually something will click.

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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2009, 07:11:41 AM »

what are the YBCR dvds?

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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2009, 07:16:00 AM »

Your Baby Can Read (YBCR) dvd's. They can be found here:


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Have you tried watching the videos with your daughter and making it intercative(with you)? Maybe you can try that a couple of times at the beggining, so you don't have to be with her all the time. My daughter didn't watch the whole video at the beggining, so my husband did the video a couple of times with her and now she loves it  smile  I know you are frustrated and I completly understand. I wonder if your frustation may be coming across a lit bit. Kids pick up on everything!  yes  That is why Doman recommends not doing any kind of flash cards if we are not felling good or we are not in a good mood. I know myself this can be hard sometimes because life happens and sometimes I just need to go out the door for a second take a good breath and go back inside and change my actitude completly.  They need to relate the educational materials with happiness and fun. My daughter is little so she isn't mobile yet, so it makes it a little bit easier, but she is not up to the materials everytime. What I do with the book is that sometimes I just show it to her in different sessions so she doesn't get bored. She may see all the words twice a day or just once, but it's better to see just once if she was really into it than seeing in twice with not attention. I try to show it to her in random order so she is excited about what is next. With the flash cards, she wasn't into them at the beggining so I put them aside. I started again a couple of days later showing her just a couple at a time and now she is doind much better.

I hope this helps a little bit.  Hang in there, they change so quick, that she may not like them today and tomorrow she may just love them.  smile

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« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2009, 03:26:56 PM »

Good tips, Joha. Babies do tend to enjoy videos more if you watch them together. That also gives you the opportunity to point to the objects and act out the words. If the word is "nose", you can point to your nose or your baby's nose. If the word is "arms up", you can help your baby put his arms up. Also, you can sing the songs and act out the motions of the songs and help your baby do the same. It is very fun for mommy or daddy to be involved. I think you will find your child likes the videos much more.


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« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2009, 05:21:38 PM »

Thanks for all of advice.  We just switched to the Volume 1 DVD a few days ago.  At first she hated it, but now suddenly she has decided she likes a song on it, so is watching nearly the whole thing.  She is still identifying 3 words even when I write them myself.  Hooray!  Now she won't look at the flashcards with me but I guess this obstinance is part of being 2 yrs old.  I have questions still about the flashcards.  Do people just keep reviewing the ones prevoiusly learned everyday?  If so eventually doesn't it become overwhelming?  If not, when how do you retire cards and then do you worry about the kid forgetting stuff.  I am so surprised that she has learned 3 words, and a bit nervous that this is just some temporary phase that won't result in very eary literacy.  I guess I have to just get into a pattern of comfortably using YBCR and not worry about it.  I've learned so much from this site, so I've added some other enriching activites too. 

Khatty, I just found this site so I will have to look up the Doman Technique.  Do you worry about your child forgetting the retired card or do you recycle them back in the 5 cards later?  Actually I don't want you to have to explain the whole technique to me.  Maybe after the kids are asleep, I will research it myself.  I like the TV is broken but my older son (age 6) will see right through that ruse.  But as long as Sarah is interested in the YBCR DVD, I'm just going to try to cut back on the TV viewing but not eliminate it.

Joha, you were so right, I kept just putting the video on twice per day and pretending that I forgot she hates it.  Now she is watching it and even wanted me to replay it 2x last night.  You mentioned this Doman method too.  I really got to research it so I understand all of these references to it.

Thanks again for all of the advice, Lori

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