Papa Bob got Daphne the Your Baby Can Read series for her birthday. It is a set of flashcards, DVD's and books that are supposed to be used to teach early reading to your baby.
I have read some good things about it and some bad things about it. I agree with the good things. The critics say that it is just a TV show you put your kid in front of to watch and that they are simply memorizing the words. However, if you read all the literature and really get involved, you start to understand that that is not the case. You are coming up with many, many ways to get your kid involved in understanding the written language. It takes a lot of repetition and a lot of work. The people who are just showing DVD's to their kids are doing it wrong, not wonder it seems so mundane. It is supposed to be set up so that you read the books with the baby and do flash card and come up with as many opportunities as possible for the baby to discover the world around them.
That said, you are supposed to watch the 20 minute DVD 1-2 times per day. I have been doing it for about 2 weeks with Daphne.
I was so impressed to see that Daphne can read the word "dog" and "arm". She still can't recognize them in every setting, but she definitely knows the words because she can see the word and say it without any additional help. It's kind of a miracle to see my just turned 2 year old start to read words. I am excited about what her future holds. She loves books so much, and it's such a gift to teach her how to read at such a young age.