I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. – Mark Twain
There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots, the other wings. – Hodding Carter
It took 3+ hours to curl my hair (after 5 years!) so I managed to finish Doman’s book on “How To Multiply Your Baby’s Intelligence” as I’d been curious about their approach since that Gymnademics trial class when B was 11 months.
Why start now vs wait for formal school (primary at 6 or nursery/kindergarten at 3)
- Learning begins from birth
- The brain grows the most at the early stages
- The first six years are the genesis of genius, limited only by how much material babies get to learn and how it’s presented
- All significant brain growth is finished by six years with growth in ability dropping sharply each year
- See this recent article on how frequent, positive stimulation can make a big difference in the early years
- What we do not use, we lose – the human brain has the memory capacity to hold ~3 million hours of TV shows 🙂. What are we filling ours with?
- Input: see, hear, touch, smell, taste
- Output: mobility, language, manual competence
- When “teaching,” have fun. Tell your kid how great he is, how much you love him … often!
How to teach your baby to read:
- Only humans can read
- Words must be large, clear, repeated enough, presented enthusiastically
- The more speed, the more new material, the more joy, the better
- Suggested sequence: Commonly used words, self/body, home objects, baby’s possessions, foods, animals, actions, colours, modifiers (pairs, opposites), x is a/an/the y z (e.g. “Mango is a sweet yellow fruit”)
- Suggested approach: Start with 25 words – 5 new ones 3x/day, mix order. Remove one word/day after 1 week. 5 steps: Single words => couplets => phrases => sentences => books
- Note: I’m already reading books and flashing words with B but like the sequencing and approach which makes more sense than following the alphabet. After all, what does “A” or “Z” really mean?!
How to teach your baby encyclopedic knowledge;
- Suggested approach: Show 10 cards, 10 sec, 3 consecutive days. Intro related facts and sub-categories, list 1 to 12 magnitude of knowledge, expande on sub-categories
- Suggested categories: biology, history, geography, music, art, math, human physiology, general science, language, literature
- Note: Instead of following Doman’s (excessively) detailed “bits of knowledge” specs, I may start a digital catalog instead (on iPad/Windows 8 tablets?). This is environmentally friendly, cost efficient with unlimited capacity given the ample real-life beautiful pictures and facts available online
How to teach your baby math
- Intro with the facts vs intro “laws” i.e. numerals and symbols
- Science = branch of knowledge dealing with a body of facts systematically arranged to show the operation of laws
- Suggested 5 step approach:
- Quantity recognition: Use dots and patterns to intro 1 to 20
- Equations: Demonstrate additions, subtractions, multiplication, division
- Using the same dots, illustrate +, – and x first
- Intro 0 – shift similar quantity dots around (e.g. 5 dots + 0 = 5 dots)
- Intro up to 100 (does not have to include all numbers from 20 on)
- Illustrate / division
- Problem solving: Offer choices, sequencing (e.g. 1, 3, 5, 7), greater less than scenarios
- Doman’s overall approach is that teaching/learning should be fun and testing should be limited to games or real-life evidences
- Even if they get it wrong, your response should be along the lines of “Good try, that’s actually X, this is Y”
- Equalities: Intro (in)equalities, fractions, simple algebra
- Numeral recognition: FINALLY, digits (numbers) as we know them!
- Use equalities to show 0-20, mix up the order of dots and numerals
- Intro 1-100 and go beyond 100s
- Proceed to equations with numerals
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