HOW TO TEACH YOUR BABY TO READ : The Gentle RevolutionGlenn Doman & Janet Doman
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How To Give Your Baby A Powerful Advantage In Reading From Earlier Age That Will Last A Lifetime
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Having the ability to read well is vital to a child growing up today. Learning about the world and expanding the horizons of that world is easy when a child loves to read. Children who get an early start never look back.
Glenn Doman has demonstrated time and time again that very young children are far more capable of learning than we ever imagined. He has taken his remarkable work – work that explores why children from birth to age six learn better and faster than older children do – and given it practical application. As the founder of The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential, he has created home programs that any parent can follow.
HOW TO TEACH YOUR BABY TO READ shows just how easy and pleasurable it is to teach a young child to read by providing skills that are basic to academic success. It explains how to begin and expand the reading program, how to make and organize necessary materials, and how to more fully develop your child’s reading potential.
By following the simple daily program in a relaxed and loving way, you will enable your child to experience the joy of learning – as have millions of children the world over. With HOW TO TEACH YOUR BABY TO READ , you can give your baby a powerful advantage that will last a lifetime.
Parents the world over have read this book and discovered the great joy of teaching their babies, toddlers, or preschoolers and giving them the gift of literacy. Reading, say the authors, is not a subject like geography, but a brain function like seeing and hearing. This exciting book presents a revolutionary idea: that tiny children should be given the opportunity to learn when it is easiest for them to absorb new information, from birth to six.
Some of the Rules for Effective Teaching mentioned in the book :
1. Start as early as possible. Glenn Doman states that the most crucial time for children is the period from birth to 6 years of age. Researchers have concluded that “The production of synapses in the brain is strongly linked to the ability to learn and it peaks around 6 years of age”.
2. Parents are a child’s first and best Teacher. This rule inspired me to start this website and reach put to other Early Learning Parents who love being their child’s first teacher!
3. Teach only when you and your baby feel happy and excited . Learning and Teaching is not a chore but should be fun and joyous experience for the Parent and child. Teach your baby only at times when he is happy, rested and well-fed. Teaching a child when the Parent is distracted or stressed is also not recommended.
4. Respect your child and truly believe in him – A Child should always be respected and be taught in a trusting environment and then only will he will enjoy it. .We should not underestimate the learning and comprehension ability of a child especially of babies and toddlers. Glenn Doman also suggests never to dumb down a concept or facts or make things up assuming that the baby is too young to understand.
5. Stop before your child wants to stop or your child is not having fun. ( One of my favorite rules of the Glenn Doman philosophy)We as parents are not only teaching a child the subject at hand whether reading or math but also introducing him to the “process of learning” itself. How we conduct ourselves while teaching our child will greatly influence the attitude the child will have towards Learning in general. In these early years, pushing him or forcing him to learn is like telling him – Learning is a chore and just needs to be done, whether you like it or not. This will dictate the child’s attitude towards Learning in general and stay with him for his entire life.
6. A Parent needs to plan sessions and be consistent and have a structured schedule. The Doman Method is involved and does take time and effort and being organized and preparing new material ahead of sessions is the key.
7. Never Test a Child: Glenn Doman considers Testing an unpleasant and unrewarding activity that discourages a child to learn. I have to admit that this was the hardest rule for us to follow and I am guilty of slipping up every now and then. But it is something I am really working on after having seen first hand how uncomfortable Ed gets when I ask him to display (prove) what he has learnt. It does come down to the Point no. 4 above – Trusting your child and believing that he knows what you have taught him.
8. Create a Learning Environment : Children have very short attention and all visual, auditory and tactile distractions need to be eliminated when you teach. This will help him him to focus on the learning session better.
9. Talk clearly, loudly and be enthusiastic. This works brilliantly not only for a Glenn Doman teaching session but when you want to teach anything to your child, for eg. We use an enthusiastic animated voice when reading new books to Ed and that really gets him involved in reading the story. Ed was 10 months old when he learnt to identify an Octagon Stop sign on the roads because every time we passed one we pointed at it and said ” Wow look – a Stop Sign – and what shape is that, oh its an Octagon and Octagons have 8 sides”. We sounded enthusiastic and said it slowly and clearly and of course consistently. And now he points out to all sorts of shapes he sees on roads and playgrounds excitedly because he thinks its such a fun game.
10. Adapting your approach : I feel that even the soundest teaching philosophy or method needs to be modified or tweaked based on your own child. A book can educate, motivate and inspire you and show you how to start but just as every child is different so will be the approach. And who could be a better person to tailor it than the parent! You can start where it tells you but follow your child and tailor it based on his likes and dislikes . When we started Teaching maths to Ed using the Glenn Doman’s dot method – he hated it! Then we used another program called Little Math by Brillkids but that dint make much of a difference either. I think Ed was just not ready, so we decided to stop teaching Maths and continuously searched for a method which was more playful and fun. When Ed was 18 months, we tried some fun activities from a book called Early Math For Young Children: Marshmallow Math along with the Leapfrog Math Circus Dvd’s and we got such a better response. He still doesn’t love math like reading but finds it fun if done in short sessions or incorporated in his daily play.renting series in the United States and the world.
How To Teach Your Baby To Read shows just how easy it is to teach a young child to read, while How To Teach Your Baby Math presents the simple steps for teaching mathematics through the development of thinking and reasoning skills. Both books explain how to begin and expand each program, how to make and organize necessary materials, and how to more fully develop your child’s reading and math potential.
The book is an encouraging read and its philosophy will inspire you in discovering your own teaching method based on your child’s personality and learning preferences. If you follow that and keep the process joyful and consistent, you will surely love early learning with your child.
About the Author :
Glenn Doman received his degree in physical therapy from the University of Pennsylvania in 1940. From that point on, he began pioneering the field of child brain development. In 1955, he founded The Institutes’ world-renowned work with brain-injured children had led to vital discoveries regarding the growth and development of well children. The author has lived with, studied, and worked with children in more than one hundred nations, ranging from the most civilized to the most primitive. Doman is also the international best-selling author of six books, all part of the Gentle Revolution Series, including How To Teach Yor Baby To Read, How To Teach Your Baby Math, and How To Give Your Baby Encyclopedic Knowledge.
Janet Doman is the director of The Institutes and Glenn’s daughter. She was actively involved in helping brain-injured children by the time she was nine years old, and after completing her studies at the University of Pennsylvania, devoted herself to helping parents discover the vast potential of their babies and their own potential as teachers.
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