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Baby Reading With MonkiSee – Testimonial

Baby Reading With MonkiSee – Testimonial
Today I am sharing with you a testimonial and video of one of our MonkiSee customers.  Watch the video to see the baby reading with MonkiSee

My daughter, Makenzy started MONKISEE at 10 months.  She will be 2 years old December 19, 2010. She watches the MONKISEE videos about 3 times a day, sometimes more.  As soon as she wakes up in the morning, and all through the day, she wants to watch the videos and read her flash cards.  She loves the music and knows the words to the songs, and can read every word.  The monkeys make  her so happy and mommy, too!  She can read every flash card that I show her, without looking at the picture, EXAMPLE – RED OCTAGON, YELLOW BANANA, TURTLE HEAD and many more!  I’m so amazed, that I can place three word cards down, and ask which one is GREEN TOOTHBRUSH, and she will pick the right card, everytime.  She can say her ABC’s, colors, most of her shapes, counts to ten, and can read over 200 words.  The most important thing, she wants, and loves to learn.

I have to say proudly, and it brings happy tears to my eyes, that Makenzy can read, thanks to MONKISEE.   I can see that the results of this teaching technique are simply outstanding.  Thank you again for this great opportunity to learn about a really progressive and ground breaking program.

Sherry W.


To find out more about how the MonkiSee Program can give your baby a head start in learning to read, visit www.monkisee.com.

Baby Recognizes Words

One of the signs that your baby’s reading program is successful is when your baby asks you what things say.  When your baby is paying attention to written language and asking what something says, your baby is getting a good idea of written language.  Your baby is making associations between letters and their meanings when they are combined to form new words.

My daughter, 2 years old, has recently been asking what everything says.  We were recently driving in the car with my aunt.  My daughter handed her a sippy cup and asked her, “What’s that word says?”  She looked at the cup and told my daughter it said munchkin.  My daughter responded with, “Good job!”
As we continued on our drive, my 2 year old was quizzing her aunt on the words from her cup.  She continually offered praise as auntie read the words correctly.  This is just one small sign that she has been paying attention.

Huge Magnetic Letters

I love school supplies.  I love flash cards and office supplies and pretty much anything educational.  I own more educational products and supplies than I know what to do with, but I just found something new that I just have to have.

I love magnetic letters.  The possibilities of what you can teach your child with them are endless.  I have been looking to get a new set. I am leaning toward lowercase letters, because they are used more frequently than uppercase, although I do need both.  I think my daughter will love the hands on play with letters and words.  Magnetic letters are great for learning the alphabet, teaching baby to read and learning how to spell.
With that in mind, I was flipping through the Lakeshore Learning catalog yesterday.  Look at what I found.  These are so great!  I really like the large letters.  They definitely get my attention.

Poetry and Babies

When you choose books to read to your little one, don’t exclude poetry.  Babies love poetry.  Since poetry is metered, it is very much like a song.  Each poem has its own rhythm that is it follows.  When you expose babies to these patterns in language, they quickly figure out the rhythms of each poem.  You can begin with something as basic as Mother Goose nursery rhymes and move on from there.  Mary Ann Hoberman has a great book of poetry for little ones.  It is called The Llama Who Had No Pajama.  


The nice thing about poetry is that the poems are usually short and easy to memorize.  You can read your baby some favorite poems and before you know it, you will be able to recite them from memory.  In order for children to be good writers in grade school, it is important that they be filled with great literature.  This is very easy to do by getting a daily dose of poetry.  Before long, you will probably be making up your own silly poems.  Babies love rhyming games and poetry is sure to become one of your baby’s favorite genres of literature.

Use Your Library

If you want to encourage of love of reading in your baby, read to them often.  Don’t overlook the wonderful selection of books available at the library.  I love the library.  We go often and check out at least 30 new books.  When we have a favorite, we tend to check it out over and over.    We seem to appreciate them more when we don’t own them.  They are more special when we see them on the shelf.  It is like meeting up with an old friend.  By checking books out at the library, we read and reread our selections.  Then we take them back for a whole new set.  You can check online for lists of great children’s books and then request them from your library.  What a wonderful way to encourage our babies to love reading.

Words Learned From Reading Rapunzel

Ever since I became aware of the Hayes-Ahrens study that stressed the importance of reading to our babies, I have been looking at books a bit differently.  It emphasized that when we read to children, they are exposed to words that they would not encounter through daily interactions with adults.

I have always loved books, and I delight in reading to my children, but I’ve never viewed books as a powerful means to teaching new vocabulary. However, that is exactly what reading to children does.  It familiarizes them with language, especially new and unfamiliar language. That is why it is so important to read to our children.  It makes it much less difficult for them to later read words that they have interacted with before.  They become familiar with how the words are used and what they mean.
With this in mind, I realized all of the new words my 2 year old daughter was learning as we read Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky.  The illustrations are just beautiful and my daughter loves the book and wants to hear it again and again.  By rereading the book, the new words are being stored in her brain for future use and reference.  I really have to agree with the study.  I can’t think of a situation, except when reading a book, when we would choose to use some of the following words.
  • luxuriant
  • craving
  • wretched
  • abundance
  • elegant
  • inquired
  • embraced
  • misery
  • landscape
  • plummeted
  • sheared
  • consented
  • vision
Reading a book to your child seems such a small investment of your time, for such large rewards.  And besides that, it is so much fun.

How text pointing benefits baby

When you are going to read to your baby, be sure to point to the words as you go.  By doing this, you will be training your baby to read from left to right.  This is important for babies to understand so they naturally develop this skill.  Your baby will also begin to recognize words.  This is especially useful and beneficial if you are reading books that are very repetitive.  Your baby will soon know what word comes next and be able to identify that word in its printed form.  Babies also learn which way to turn the pages in a book when they are read to from early on.

Get to the point

I mentioned in an earlier post that pointing is an excellent way to expose your baby to written language.  You can point and read words just about any time you encounter them.  We read the toothpaste, the hand soap bottles, anything we eat, the name of our vehicle, etc… Some parents label items in the house to give them more chances to read words with their babies.  While flash cards are a great way to teach babies to read, pointing incorporates reading into your baby’s life without a formal lesson.

Today in our family devotional time I gave my baby my Bible and told her to find the book of John for me.  I was actually just trying to occupy her as I left the room momentarily, not believing that should would actually find it.   We have been reading the book of John for about 2 weeks.  I show her the word John in my Bible each time we read from it.  While I was in the other room my husband yelled out that the baby found the book of John, all by herself.  Amazing!
She has also learned to read the word luminous from the toothpaste, granulated from the sugar and Toyota from our van.  Don’t overlook the power of pointing.  It is a simple addition to any infant reading program.

Interaction Equals Faster Learning

If you purchase a video series to teach your baby to read, your baby can learn to read just by watching the videos.  By having your child faithfully watch the videos, your child can and will learn to read.  However, if you decide to get involved and interact with your baby, your baby will learn much faster.  Videos that teach babies to read are not meant to be a substitute for parents interacting with their babies. You can interact with your baby by viewing the slide show together with your baby.  You can review the words your baby is learning by implementing flash cards or books into your routine.  If your baby senses that reading is something that is important to you, it will be important to your baby.  Spend some time on occasion watching the videos with your baby and discussing what is happening.  Television can never replace interaction with people face-to-face.

Reread Baby’s Favorite Books

Have you ever noticed that when your baby likes something they demand to have it again and again?  It may be a favorite video or a favorite storybook.  This can sometimes be exhausting for us grownups.  Rereading a book 16 times in a row can be a little much for those who didn’t demand to hear it again.  When my son was 18 months old he wanted to hear the book “Moon Boy” 16 times in a row.  My dear daughter, bless her heart, granted him his wish, at the loud protests of her other siblings.

Is there a benefit to hearing something repeatedly?  For babies and small children the answer is yes.  There is so much to learn from repeated exposure to language.  Books that teach your child the sing-song manner of poetry.  Through repetition to language your child is learning vocabulary and how to read.  By repeatedly rereading the same books to your child, while pointing at the words while you read, your baby will also be learning how to read.  Simple, but true.
My daughter just discovered “We’re Going On A Bear Hunt”.  She requested to hear it again and again.  I pointed to the text as we read the book.  Since the book has a lot of repetition, when I would pause at the end of a phrase, she knew just what word to say.  Don’t hesitate to grant your child’s request to “Read it again!”  It means there is just more for them to learn the next time around.