when i was pregnant with my daughter, i too saw the comercials for my baby can read, and my husband and i thought we would get it. never did. i started doing simple flash cards with my daughter at 6 months, and after 3 days of watching me write, "mama" on a dry erase board, and sounding it out for her, she said it. she spoke in sentences at 13 months. her ped suggested baby sign language. me personnaly, i wasn't into all that. i don't want my daughter, now 21 months, to throw up hand gestures and signs to talk to me. i wanted her to open up her mouth, and talk, because i knew she could do it. i homeschool her because the pre-schools here only want to teach numbers and letters for a 2 year old class. i teach numbers, letters, shapes, colors, animals, weather, seasons, sight words, art, etc. i created a simple lesson plan with weekly themes such as bugs, farm animals, etc. her ped has told me that she is the most brilliant child he has seen in over 15 years of practice. last week, she sat on the floor and arranged her alphabet flashcards from a to z on the living room floor all by herself, and went on to writing several letters with chalk. the easiest, and quickest way to increase her vocabulary is simple. read to her. we read atleast 10 books a day. my child would love nothing more than to sit in my lap and read books all day. needless to say, i'm a very proud mama!