Flashcards: Members of the Family

The flashcards in this series are of the members in a family plus a few other words relating to families, like hug, love and kiss.  I have left the pictures blank because I’ve used pictures of various members in our family to depict the various relationships.  They say it is always best when you use pictures that your baby can relate to so I’ve left blank slides for you to add your own photos.  The only pictures I’ve left are those relating to hug, kiss and love.  Hug and kiss were pretty straightforward, but I was struggling to find a picture to depict love.  I chose one of a mother holding a baby but you’re welcome to change it to one of your own.

How to use the slides:

I used to recommend following “How to Teach Your Baby (the Glenn Doman way)” as described in the book “How to Teach Your Baby to Read” by Glenn Doman.  However, since teaching my children using this method, I have found it to be unnecessarily repetitive and too slow.  Doman is right – children are brilliant learners and they can learn very fast – but I feel his method doesn’t address this adequately because it incorporates too many repetitions.  Children can learn so fast that sometimes all it takes is one flash taken in at a glance.

If you’re like me, doubting whether once is enough, then you may want to repeat the series a few more times.  I’m not going to make a recommendation on how many times it is necessary to show a child a series of flashcards because I don’t believe I have enough experience on this topic to do that.  Even now I still have trouble believing that a child can learn that quickly even though my son has proven to me time an again that it is so.  However, I do believe that 3 times a day for 5 days is probably a tad excessive.  It appears that a number of other mothers who have tried the Doman method concur.

Flash the cards quickly – about the pace of one card per second.  The younger your child, the faster I would go.  It is difficult to maintain the attention of a very young child unless you do flash them quickly.

The flashcards in this series:

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