Introducing Glenn Doman to a Baby and a Toddler

This is day 3 since I received the Glenn Doman kits.

Gavin’s Program:

  • Math: learning to recognise red dot cards from one to ten (they did say that Gavin was probably too old to be starting this but I thought I’d just give it a go and see how he responds to it first.  Heck!  I paid so much for that kit I might as well get the most out of it)
  • Reading: learning to recognise five words from the categories – sea creatures, wild animals and vehicles
  • Intelligence: learning about air vehicles

Gareth’s Program:

  • Math: black and white dot cards
  • Reading: image cards for visual stimulation

Our progress so far…

It is probably a tad early to be talking about progress, but I thought I would write about how Gavin and Gareth are responding to the cards.

Gavin appears most interested in the “Bits of Intelligence” cards.  He even leans in more eagerly to listen when I get to this part of the session.  He seems to accept the dot cards and the word cards as long as I keep it brief and I don’t attempt to go through them twice.

According to the Glenn Doman recommendation, you should go through each set of cards once, three times a day for five days in a row before changing the cards.  Since Gavin is starting the program at 3 years, the sales reps suggested I drop it to twice a day.  It is also recommended that you wait at least 15 minutes between sessions.  As far as Gavin is concerned, a 15 minute break in between sessions is too short.  I find that if I run through the cards once in the morning and once in the evening, he is more willing to pay attention.  If I try to get everything over and done with first thing in the morning, I never get through the second repeat.

It is still early days, but Gavin is responding to the sessions more eagerly than I had initially feared.  I think it helps that he observes me running through the cards with Gareth.  This is one instance where sibling rivalry has worked to my advantage.  Not wanting to miss out on anything that his brother is doing, Gavin starts to demand for his cards when I show Gareth the black and white cards.

Gareth is beginning to take notice of his surroundings.  He’s become quite interested in his own hand so naturally he is also interested in whatever visuals I flash in front of his eyes.  He pays careful attention and stares quite intently at the cards I flash for him.

Doman also recommends that you only flash the cards when your child is happy and in a good mood.  In Gareth’s case, I have to make sure I avoid the times when he’s hungry and tired.  All other times are good to go.  In between sessions, I spend time with him doing “baby exercises”, and tummy time.  In between sessions, Doman encourages the parent to engage in active play, reading books, and other one-to-one activities between parent and child.

It is difficult to tell how much a child is learning because Doman discourages “testing” a child to see what he has retained.  Testing is the quickest way to put a child off learning.  You will eventually discover what your child is learning but not by testing him.

For instance, we were at a Chinese restaurant last night for dinner.  It was the first time we were at this restaurant – at least it was the first time Gavin and I were at the restaurant.  We were examining the menu and suddenly Gavin says, “I want to eat duck!”

Surprised, I looked around us to see where the duck was.  I had assumed he saw a waiter serving duck somewhere.  Then I turned to Gavin and he was pointing at the word “duck” on the menu.  While we were looking through the menu, so was he and he spotted the word duck in the selection under “Roasted/barbeque meats”.  There were several preparations for duck and he could pick out all the menu items that had duck in them.

It is incidences like these that will show you that your child is learning.  These incidences will also inspire you to continue with your program.

Update: This post was written some years ago. Please see our updated notice on the Glenn Doman Program.

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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