Intellectual Baby MonkiSee Baby Reading Flash Cards Review

by Mama Chocolate on May 21, 2012

Before Katie was even born, I’d heard of teaching babies to read using the “sight-reading” method. Basically by regularly and repeatedly showing certain words to your baby (as young as 3 months!) they will memorize them, and as soon as they can speak, you will start to see evidence that they can recognize and read these words at astonishingly young ages.

With 90% of your child’s brain developing in the first 5 years of life, traditional teaching methods for reading almost completely miss that window of rapid brain development. Although Katie is still only 3, I’m starting to realize I’m missing out on some of her easiest learning years, and I’m now freshly inspired to work harder with some of these learning tools.

Intellectual Baby is a leader in developing products to help you give your children this head start on learning through early reading tools! We were sent 4 sets of their MonkiSee Flash Cards to try out with our two girls, (now aged 3 years and 18 months.)

The basic plan for teaching your baby to read is simple. Using these flash cards you can show them a set of words each day, saying each word out loud and then letting your child look at the accompanying picture, they connect it all together. After a week or so of going through the same set of about 15 cards, you can add new ones!

Our girls absolutely love these flash cards. They both get super excited every time I tell them that we are going to “do flash cards.” Our biggest problem with this whole method has to do with the key element: “regular” “frequent” “daily”…you get the picture. I have the hardest time getting sat down every day with them and remembering to go through these on any sort of regular basis.

Even with sporadic use, we’ve seen a huge increase in the girls’ vocabularies because of these cards. While I don’t think they’ve memorized any of the words to be able to actually read them, these flash card sets are an amazing collection of all kinds of words that I wouldn’t normally think of teaching them. Katie was a very early talker and when we introduced these cards to her, she ate them up, absorbing each one and she immediately started using the words in her conversations.

Having a chatty first-born with a big vocabulary has huge benefits for your subsequent children too. At 18 months, Victoria is always talking, and I love hearing their “conversations” with each other. I’m pretty sure Katie understands more of Victoria’s dialect than we do. ;-)

(kissing the card!) ;-)

The other issue I’ve had with using these cards, especially if I’m trying to sit down with both girls together, is that they want to hold the cards. Victoria is especially a hands-on, let-me-touch-it kind of learner and it can be difficult and frustrating to mama to try to get through the cards with any kind of regularity. If I tell them they can not grab/hold the cards, they quickly lose interest in the whole project, which obviously defeats the purpose, so I’m learning to live with my little grabbers. ;-)

That said, most of the issues we’ve had have been entirely on our side, (my laziness, their grabby-ness) and the quality of these flash cards are amazing. They have survived some pretty brutal treatment in our household so far…they are thick, sturdy, and well-coated, so even getting chewed on occasionally hasn’t harmed them!

I love the huge size and big font that makes it easy and eye-catching for little ones. The pictures are simple but real-life photographs, not drawings, making them more recognizable for little eyes.

I recently learned that whole-word reading DVD’s are also available from Intellectual Baby, which would help solve some of our issues, (especially the grabbing one!)

Each pack of 40 flash cards is $16.95, DVD’s are $19.95, and you can save on those prices by getting bundles or purchasing one of their huge Reading Kits.


Right NOW you can win 2 sets (of your choice) of the MonkiSee flash cards during the Shake Rattle & Roll Event!

Head on over to the giveaway post to enter, now through June 5!

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Clancy Harrison May 22, 2012 at 7:13 pm

interesting……will share.
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Rebecca Xavier May 22, 2012 at 7:23 pm

My baby is 7 months old, and I sing the ABC song to her, read books to her, and watch educational shows.


D Schmidt May 22, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Great item. I currently read to my son every day to try to appeal to his imagination and clever little brain :)


Nadine May 22, 2012 at 8:55 pm

We read books all the time and am constantly pointing out new things to my little girl.


Jenniffer May 22, 2012 at 9:33 pm

I read to my unborn son now and plan to continue to read to him, as well as incorporate ABC’s whenever possible


Anne Perry May 25, 2012 at 1:13 pm

we sing and count everything!!


Mayla Moore May 25, 2012 at 5:05 pm

With my 4 month old we play ‘The wheels on the Bus’ by moving his legs, arms and patting his tummy.


jenn May 26, 2012 at 8:37 pm

I nanny a 10 month old and for everything we touch or look at i always give the name and repeat it several times. I think if you just keep talking to your baby and reading it helps a great deal


Maryann May 29, 2012 at 1:13 pm

We love to read and sing


Lindsay Benedek May 30, 2012 at 7:43 am

I dont have a baby yet- this is for a friend. But talking to them alot will help with their skills


Darlene Owen May 30, 2012 at 4:50 pm

These would be great for my daughter-in-law to start teaching my 3 year old granddaughter as she plans on homeschooling her.


polly June 1, 2012 at 6:30 pm

our 3 year old grandson loves books and is read to everyday


Jessica O June 2, 2012 at 9:00 am

I read and talk to my 7 month old all the time. I would like to learn and try to do baby sign language soon too!


Amanda Alvarado June 3, 2012 at 4:56 pm

We read books to dd and we are starting to get her to follow along with the words as we point them out and read them to her. She also loves the Rock N Learn videos. We have a few and she will ask for us to put them on so she can “learn”.


tamar June 4, 2012 at 5:36 am

This looks like a fun tool but not just for education – for bonding! I would love to do this with my daughter when she is older. I bet her bigger brother would want to participate too.


teresa faidley June 4, 2012 at 8:24 am

we read books all the time


Sarah Harding June 5, 2012 at 5:27 pm

read,read,read.oh and lots of singing and dancing!


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