Flashcards: Maths Red Dot Cards

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In the book “How to Multiply Your Baby’s Intelligence“, Doman gives an overview of all his academic programs – reading, Math, and encyclopedic knowledge.  The first program you should start your child with is the reading program because the ability to read is the window to all other knowledge.  Once you have established the reading program, you should begin incorporating the Math program next.

The first part is quantity recognition.  Doman believes that a child’s first exposure to numbers should be to quantities, not numerals.  Numbers like 1, 2, 3, etc. are numerals – they are symbols representing quantity.  Young children can perceive quantities in ways adults cannot.  For example, they can perceive that a card with 59 dots has 59 dots just by looking at it.  For us to know that the card has 59 dots, we would have to count them.  This ability to perceive quantity exists in children who are younger than three years old.  Once a child hits three, he is no longer able to perceive quantity – at least, that’s the general case.  There have been older children who were still able to perceive quantity at a later age, but this is an exception, not the rule.

You can start teaching quantity recognition by using red dot cards.  These seem to be the staple flashcards for many right brain Math programs.  Teaching equations, problem solving, etc., all require the use of red dot cards.  If your child is three years or older when you first begin the Math program, then you probably should consider using numerals to teach Math.  Older children cannot perceive quantity and may tune out to the whole Math program – at least, that’s what I’ve been made to understand.  I’m still figuring this part out since Gavin is in that boat.

If your child is on the borderline, about 3 years old, you can try showing the red dot cards to see how well he or she takes to it and play accordingly.  I still show Gavin red dot cards, but I also show him equations using numerals.

You can find more information on using the red dot cards in my series of blog posts on How to Teach Your Baby (the Glenn Doman way) or you can read the book “How to Teach Your Baby Math” by Glenn Doman.

Download the flashcards.

Shichida, Heguru, Right Brain Education


  1. gp says:

    Thank you , Shen-Li. I have manage to download and opened up the file. Now I need to find what is the ideal size of the flash card.

  2. Hi GP,

    Try this link: https://mega.co.nz/#!CRcBmBKD!NPRd0ryz_GGT61HjEhOebG9E165s6NVi0ByncdO4wHQ

    The file is a powerpoint file. You will need Microsoft Powerpoint to open it.

  3. gp says:

    hi, just stumble into your site. the red dots flash card seem interesting and I would like to try it on my two year old. But I cannot download the flash card. it only appear as “ÐÏࡱá????????????????>??þÿ “etc all the way down.
    If possible send the file to my gmail. Thank you very much.

  4. Shichida does not use them so I think not. Doman’s program actually uses them initially but then he says you can drop it once your child gets the idea.

  5. sobia says:

    Do I need plus/minus flash cards apart from 1-100 cards for 65 day method?

  6. Thank you very much.

  7. Hi Dennisa,

    My pleasure. Please feel free to share the link.

  8. Hi, Miss Shen Li.
    Thank you very much for this information. I’ve been practicing it for my daughter, and it worked!
    May I put your link to my website, so that other moms can learn from your dot card and download it from your website? Thank you.

  9. Hi April,

    I just checked the link and it is working fine. Could you tell me what happens when you click the link? Perhaps I can figure out what went wrong…

  10. april says:

    I tried to download the download the flashcards on the red dots program but the link does not seems to be working.

  11. I agree, everything can be learned. Even I feel my quantity guessing is improving ever since I started doing Heguru classes with Gavin. I make my own guesses when they ask the kids how many items they see at one glance. At least I’m giving better ballpark figures as opposed to being way off when we first started.

    I guess the point is that it is easier for children below 3 years. Even 3 years is not definitive because there are individual variations between child to child. I still show Gavin the dot cards hoping he can pick something up. He loves the guessing game so we do it as that – a game. If all it does is help him get better at guessing quantities, then it was worth it.

  12. For people who pooh-pooh this “perceive qty by sight” thing, I have my own experience. When I was a kid, I was obssessed with this scouting book, a hand-me-down from uncles. One of the skills stressed in the book was the ability to estimate qty by sight. Forgot why but it was a survival skill. The method taught was to quickly glance at a number of objects and then estimate the qty. With (much) practise, I found I could do it quite accurately. You *can* do it with an older child (as I was, when I trained myself out of sheer dogged persistence) but you have to work at it. I lost the skill in the end because I stopped practising.
    Remember that scene in Fifth Element where Bruce Willis’ character glanced into the room and could tell how many enemies there were? You never know when this skill could come in handy! 😉