How to Teach Math Using Doman’s Red Dot Cards

I have been asked how to use the Doman “red dot cards” to teach Math to a child.  There are many ways you can do this, but if you want specific step-by-step instructions, then there are two methods that I am aware of:

Both programs are pretty similar.  The fundamental difference is the number of repetitions.  Doman’s method includes a lot more repetitions.  You can find the step-by-step instructions for teaching Math following Doman’s method from Glenn Doman‘s book “How to Teach Your Baby Math“, or you can follow the outline I have prepared here (I’ll cover the Shichida Math Method in another post):

Materials required: Set of 100 red dot cards (you can download the set I made, buy the Math Kit from Glenn Doman or you can make your own).

Teaching Quantity

Day 1: Morning – Take the first ten dot cards: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

1. Shuffle and divide into two sets of five cards.
2. Flash the cards at the rate of one card per second and say the number as you flash the card.

Afternoon – Repeat step one and two.

Evening – Repeat step one and two.

(Technically speaking, you don’t have to flash the cards in the morning, afternoon, and evening.  There must be an interval of at least 15 minutes between each session).

Day 2: Repeat Day 1

Day 3: Repeat Day 1

Day 4: Repeat Day 1

Day 5: Repeat Day 1

Day 6: Remove cards representing 1 and 2.  Add cards representing 11 and 12.  Repeat step one and two from Day 1 once in the morning, afternoon, and evening.

Day 7: Remove 3 and 4.  Add 13 and 14.  Repeat step one and two from Day 1 once in the morning, afternoon, and evening.

Day 8: Remove 5 and 6.  Add 15 and 16.  Repeat step one and two from Day 1 once in the morning, afternoon, and evening.

Day 9: Remove 7 and 8.  Add 17 and 18. Repeat step one and two from Day 1 once in the morning, afternoon, and evening.

Day 10: Remove 9 and 10.  Add 19 and 20. Repeat step one and two from Day 1 once in the morning, afternoon, and evening.

Introducing Addition

Day 11: Remove 11 and 12.  Add 21 and 22.

Morning – Repeat step one and two from Day 1. Then show three random addition problems using cards 1 to 20.  For example: 1+5=6, 4+9=13, 7+3=10.

Afternoon – Repeat step one and two from Day 1. Then show three random addition problems using cards 1 to 20.  For example: 14+5=19, 8+7=15, 12+8=20.

Evening – Repeat step one and two from Day 1. Then show three random addition problems using cards 1 to 20.  For example: 6+5=11, 18+1=19, 5+3=8.

How to flash the Math problems: say “one (show 1) plus five (show 5) equals six (show 6).

Day 12: Remove 13 and 14.  Add 23 and 24.  Repeat steps in Day 11 with 9 new addition problems – show 3 problems per session.

Day 13: Remove 15 and 16.  Add 25 and 26.  Repeat steps in Day 11 with 9 new addition problems – show 3 problems per session.  At this point, when you do the math problems, you only have to show the answer card.  For example, 6+1=7, just flash the 7 card.

Day 14: Remove 17 and 18.  Add 27 and 28.  Repeat steps in Day 11 with 9 new addition problems – show 3 problems per session.

Day 15: Remove 19 and 20.  Add 29 and 30. Repeat steps in Day 11 with 9 new addition problems – show 3 problems per session.

Day 16: Remove 21 and 22.  Add 31 and 32. Repeat steps in Day 11 with 9 new addition problems – show 3 problems per session.

Day 17: Remove 23 and 24. Add 33 and 34.  Repeat steps in Day 11 with 9 new addition problems – show 3 problems per session.

Day 18: Remove 25 and 26. Add 35 and 36.  Repeat steps in Day 11 with 9 new addition problems – show 3 problems per session.

Day 19: Remove 27 and 28.  Add 37 and 38. Repeat steps in Day 11 with 9 new addition problems – show 3 problems per session.

Day 20: Remove 29 and 30.  Add 39 and 40. Repeat steps in Day 11 with 9 new addition problems – show 3 problems per session.

Introducing Subtraction

Day 21: Remove 31 and 32.  Add 41 and 42.

Morning – Repeat step one and two from Day 1. Then show three random subtraction equations using cards 1 to 40.  For example: 24-13=11, 38-13=25, 40-30=10.

Afternoon – Repeat step one and two from Day 1. Then show three random subtraction equations using cards 1 to 40.  For example: 16-7=9, 22-2=20, 34-12=22.

Evening – Repeat step one and two from Day 1. Then show three random subtraction equations using cards 1 to 40.  For example: 19-4=15, 8-2=6, 27-1=26.

Day 22:  Remove 33 and 34.  Add 43 and 44.  Repeat steps in Day 21 with 9 new subtraction equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 23: Remove 35 and 36.  Add 45 and 46.  Repeat steps in Day 21 with 9 new subtraction equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 24: Remove 37 and 38.  Add 47 and 48.  Repeat steps in Day 21 with 9 new subtraction equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 25: Remove 39 and 40.  Add 49 and 50.  Repeat steps in Day 21 with 9 new subtraction equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 26: Remove 41 and 42.  Add 51 and 52.  Repeat steps in Day 21 with 9 new subtraction equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 27: Remove 43 and 44.  Add 53 and 54.  Repeat steps in Day 21 with 9 new subtraction equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 28: Remove 45 and 46.  Add 55 and 56.  Repeat steps in Day 21 with 9 new subtraction equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 29: Remove 47 and 48.  Add 57 and 58.  Repeat steps in Day 21 with 9 new subtraction equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 30: Remove 49 and 50.  Add 59 and 60.  Repeat steps in Day 21 with 9 new subtraction equations – show 3 equations per session.

Introducing Multiplication

Day 31: Remove 51 and 52.  Add 61 and 62.

Morning – Repeat step one and two from Day 1. Then show three random multiplication equations using cards 1 to 60.  For example: 4×5=20, 7×8=56, 3×11=33.

Afternoon – Repeat step one and two from Day 1. Then show three random multiplicationequations using cards 1 to 60.  For example: 20×3=60, 15×2=30, 9×6=54.

Evening – Repeat step one and two from Day 1. Then show three random multiplication equations using cards 1 to 60.  For example: 13×3=39, 16×2=32, 3×2=6.

Day 32: Remove 53 and 54.  Add 63 and 64.  Repeat steps in Day 31 with 9 new multiplication equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 33: Remove 55 and 56.  Add 65 and 66.  Repeat steps in Day 31 with 9 new multiplication equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 34: Remove 57 and 58.  Add 67 and 68.  Repeat steps in Day 31 with 9 new multiplication equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 35: Remove 59 and 60.  Add 69 and 70.  Repeat steps in Day 31 with 9 new multiplication equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 36: Remove 61 and 62.  Add 71 and 72.  Repeat steps in Day 31 with 9 new multiplication equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 37: Remove 63 and 64.  Add 73 and 74.  Repeat steps in Day 31 with 9 new multiplication equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 38: Remove 65 and 66.  Add 75 and 76.  Repeat steps in Day 31 with 9 new multiplication equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 39: Remove 67 and 68.  Add 77 and 78.  Repeat steps in Day 31 with 9 new multiplication equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 40: Remove 69 and 70.  Add 79 and 80.  Repeat steps in Day 31 with 9 new multiplication equations – show 3 equations per session.

Introducing Division

Day 41: Remove 71 and 72.  Add 81 and 82.

Morning – Repeat step one and two from Day 1. Then show three random division equations using cards 1 to 80.  For example: 70/10=7, 63/7=9, 64/8=8.

Afternoon – Repeat step one and two from Day 1. Then show three random division equations using cards 1 to 80.  For example: 60/4=15, 42/6=7, 48/4=12.

Evening – Repeat step one and two from Day 1. Then show three random division equations using cards 1 to 80.  For example: 72/9=8, 36/2=18, 54/9=6.

Day 42: Remove 73 and 74.  Add 83 and 84.  Repeat steps in Day 41 with 9 new division equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 43: Remove 75 and 76.  Add 85 and 86.  Repeat steps in Day 41 with 9 new division equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 44: Remove 77 and 78.  Add 87 and 88.  Repeat steps in Day 41 with 9 new division equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 45: Remove 79 and 80.  Add 89 and 90.  Repeat steps in Day 41 with 9 new division equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 46: Remove 81 and 82.  Add 91 and 92.  Repeat steps in Day 41 with 9 new division equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 47: Remove 83 and 84.  Add 93 and 94.  Repeat steps in Day 41 with 9 new division equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 48: Remove 85 and 86.  Add 95 and 96.  Repeat steps in Day 41 with 9 new division equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 49: Remove 87 and 88.  Add 97 and 98.  Repeat steps in Day 41 with 9 new division equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 50: Remove 89 and 90.  Add 99 and 100.  Repeat steps in Day 41 with 9 new division equations – show 3 equations per session.

By this stage, you child has learned quantities from 1 to 100, and seen 360 equations consisting of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Now you can choose to show more complicated math equations, for example: 4+5+6+7=22, 15+6-2=19, 5×8/4=10.  You can also teach your child about the quantity zero and show various equations relating to zero.  You can show the different mathematical operations: +, -, x, /, =, <, >, ?, and ?. You can show sequences, for example: 1+1, 1+2, 1+3, etc.  You can teach anything you want.

About the author

Shen-Li Shen-Li is a stay-home mum to two boys who have been the inspiration for her interest in early childhood development and early child education. She searches for the balance in child development methods and the educational philosophies that will enable the nurture of happy, confident and successful children. She shares her views and findings at Figur8.


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  1. webs.com says:

    Great blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download
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  2. Fz Teh says:

    Hi cq,

    My set of GD doesnt come with set of general knowledge…I started on my girl when she was 1 month old with all the black and white picture cards…( that was 6 years ago). You may read anything if your child is still in its infancy stage, my sequence was: picture cards together with math dots then reading of language…because she was one month old so I flashed picture cards initially, but if you want your child to have best grasp of math concept then my humble opinion you might need to do dots cards daily before any picture cards, because experience tells me the child’s reading/learning style later very much depends on what she learned before… Also if your child is less than 3 then please read anything to him/her…I speak from my experience and is also my humble opinion.

  3. cq says:

    If you follow the Doman program exactly, you would have started with the reading program first. Once that has been established, you would introduce the math program and slip it in with your existing reading program. Then later, you introduce the encyclopedic knowledge program and have all three running concurrently.

    >> is it ok to start both english and maths at month3+ concurrently ?
    anyone tried??

  4. Jade says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this info to me. :) Appreciate that.

  5. Thanks! I’m glad you like it. I figured I spent so much time researching it would be a waste not to share the information…

    This is what Doman says to do:

    Set 1 – 5 word cards
    Set 1 – 5 math cards
    Set 2 – 5 word cards
    Set 2 – 5 math cards
    Set 3 – 5 word cards

    If you follow the Doman program exactly, you would have started with the reading program first. Once that has been established, you would introduce the math program and slip it in with your existing reading program. Then later, you introduce the encyclopedic knowledge program and have all three running concurrently.

  6. Jade says:

    I really like to visit your blog, looking at the effort you put into your both lovely boys. I will continue visit your blog to gain more knowledge on how to teach my children.

    Anyway, thanks for sharing such useful info on this “How to teach Math Using Doman’s”, but there is a part which i don’t understand. If we divided 1-10 to 2 sets, are we going to flash that 2 sets each time or you mean each interval we should flash only 1 set(5 cards)? Please advice. Thank you so much!

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