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The Baby Society DVD

By Wynne Williams
877-886 4900

Pediatric speech-language pathologist Wynne Williams created The Baby Society, a 35-minute DVD for babies ages 3-36 months. Its goal is "to entertain and enhance language development in infants and toddlers."

The DVD consists of various scenes accompanied by music. Sometimes a friendly voice says an item's name, sometimes not. The idea is to watch this with your baby and toddler and talk to him or her about what is on the screen.

I watched this with my 8-month-old baby, Titus. I did not expect that he would even glance at the screen, but once I pointed out the pictures to him, he reached for them, smiled, and even laughed as I repeated the word for that item. His favorite was the baby, of course!

According to the package, The Baby Society DVD encourages visual tracking, object permanence, auditory attention, recognition of objects, cause and effect, understanding of early language concepts and phrases, and naming/labeling. As you well know, you don't need the DVD to teach these concepts to babies since they learn these in life, but this would be a nice DVD to have to enhance your baby/toddler's learning. It's also a nice way to take a break from your homeschooling day and just focus on your baby or a way to have your other children spend time playing with the baby.

Product review by Dawn King, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC, July 2006

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