KALAMAZOO, Mich– Camdyn Sterling is your typical 3-year-old, even if she can read at the same level as a child twice her age.
“Their whole concept is while your child is developing their language skills, you teach them the blob on the couch is called the cat,” Heidi Sterling, Camdyn mom said. “You teach them how to spell the word cat at the same time.”
It’s all due to a program called, Your Baby Can Read. Heidi Sterling is Camdyn mother. She said she started using that program with her daughter when she was only a couple months old. The program works by associating a picture with a word, and also teaching the child how to spell the word at the same time.
“You see a picture of a cat, and you say ‘cat’, you point to a picture of a dog and say ‘dog’,” Heidi said. “The video does that exact same thing, but it makes you a lot easier for you, because by the end of the program they have taught their child 280 words.”
The program is designed for children as young at 2 months. It takes a year to complete. Heidi says there are some people out there who say the program doesn’t work, but that’s usually because they start too late.
“Some parents rush their kids through the system and the kids don’t have time to really absorb the words,” Heidi said.
Heidi says it’s hard for people to believe that her 3-year-old daughter is reading at such a high level.
“When you first say it, someone who doesn’t know your child very well, they think you’re bragging,” Heidi said. “But when they actually see her reading, they realizing she’s not just memorizing the book.”