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Monday, May 9, 2011

Product Review: Monki See

The Monki See DVD Series is an educational video program designed for children 3 months to 3 years of age. The program will give your young child exposure to music, poetry, puppets, as well as offer early reading experiences.

How does the program work?

The program utilizes the fact that your baby is learning things at a rate that will never be repeated in their entire life. Every exposure, every experience is being made into a connection of information that is stored and learned. Every interaction and stimulation from this program will engage your child in a positive way. By using the program at the full recommended amount, your child will learn information quickly and accurately.

I received the Baby's First Words DVD which includes teaching of a child's body parts using cute monkey character and picture word cards. It retails for $19.95 on the company website. The company claims that their program can teach your child to read. I knew this before I started using the program, but I did not have that expectation. Instead I viewed the program as a supplement to Margaret's learning. We don't do anything formal with Margaret, she is, after all, only three. We read to her, answer her endless questions, and engage her in real life experiences. Since the program offers exposure to necessary preschool skills such as body parts, first words, letters, colors, shapes, and numbers, I allowed her to view the DVD I was sent to review. Video and movie viewing is a novelty in our home, and Margaret was entertained by the video, but I really wouldn't say engaged. She is, however, at the oldest end of the spectrum for starting this program. In fact, the DVD I received is for ages 3 months to 2 years of age. Things may have been different if I had received this movie last year.

I also received the book Know Your Monkey, by Krista Guerrero. This cute picture book which retails for $9.95 on the company website was a much bigger hit with Margaret. She enjoyed the cute monkey puppets and their funny expressions. The book includes very simple text and after a few readings Margaret had it memorized. She does this often with her most-liked books, and I consider this process a valuable early literacy experience.

In addition to the materials I received, the company offers a full line of educational DVDs, books, flashcards, and reading kits, all designed to offer your baby the very best in early reading exposure. The cost of these materials is very comparable- if not better- than similar materials offered by other companies and range from about ten dollars for a single book, to around $140 for an entire reading program.

MY EXPERIENCE USING THE PROGRAM

The program recommends exposure to the DVD everyday, five times a week or more. Well, there was no way that I was going to allow that. We are a TV-Free family, and I did not feel comfortable allowing Margaret to get addicted to television viewing for the sake of a product review. So my experiences with the product are not the best representation for everyone. If you have young children and you are looking for educational video programs that don't involve green-cartoon frogs or men in colorful costumes, then you should look into this program. I know I would never show this video to a three month old, because I just don't believe that any television exposure is appropriate for that age. A year old child I could justify, but not a three-month old.I thought the book had more educational value than the DVD, but for how simple and short it was, the cost seemed a little high.

Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS review program, I received the above mentioned materials free of charge in exchange for an honest review on this blog. I received no other compensation.

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