So I finally bit the bullet and decided to buy the Glenn Doman flash card kits for reading, math and something else called “Bits of Intelligence”. Yes, it was a hefty investment but I reckon it is a small price to pay if it can help instill a lifelong love for learning in my children. Since they are going to have to spend the rest of their lives learning, it makes sense to start them off correctly.
At two months, Gareth is still unable to focus sufficiently to begin the proper program. The kits contain black and white “visual stimulation cards” which are designed to help babies focus. From the reading kit, there is a series of some thirty visual stimulation cards of black and white images such as a fish, a square, a star, etc. One card is shown to your baby ten times a day and a new card is introduced each day.
The math kit comes with twenty black and white dot cards. The dots are larger than the dots on the red dot cards. These are intended to stimulate your baby’s vision. Similar to the black and white images from the reading kit, you are supposed to show your infant one black and white dot card a day – ten times.
By the time your child reaches three months, you can begin the reading and math programs.
Reading Program – Part 1
Begin with five words from three categories. For instance, the categories might be “parts of the body”, “fruits and vegetables”, and “family members”. So in total, you would have fifteen words. Flash the cards to your baby once through and that is considered one session. You must allow at least 15 minutes to lapse before flashing the cards again. In one day, you should have three sessions.
By the end of the fifth day, retire one card from each category and replace it with a new word from each respective category. From the fifth day onwards, continue to retire one word from each category and adding a new word until you have finished introducing all the new words. Before flashing the cards, always make sure you shuffle them to change the order of the cards to prevent your child memorising the cards by their order.
Math Program – Part 1
Begin with the first five dot cards – numbers 1 to 5 on day one. Flash them once, three times a day. On the second day, introduce another five dot cards – numbers 6 to 10. By the fifth day, retire two numbers and add another two numbers. Continue until you have introduced numbers 1 to 100. Again, it is important to shuffle the cards each time before flashing the cards to your baby.
In between sessions, play with your baby, read to him and engage in other activities. Currently, I’ve interspersed the sessions with physical exercises for Gareth and reading storybooks for Gavin.
With Gavin starting the program so late, I find that I can only get through one session with him a day. Since it is important to follow your child’s lead and not force the lessons, I’ve decided that in this case, less is more. If all we can do each day is only one session, then at least that’s better than none. Whether that will be enough for him to pick up, we’ll see. At the end of the day, I want Gavin to find learning fun – not a chore.
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