That depends on you: as much as you both enjoy it. I also would love to find out how many times other mommies manage to do it, so if you have a minute, feel free to share it at our forum : it is very encouraging to everyone! One thing is certain: no matter how many times per day you do it, your baby will benefit from it.
I’ve got to admit, I can’t do it more often then three times a day… Based on the wonderful recommendations Laurie Tiemens in her How Do I Start Showing Flashcards post, I do three rounds daily, at least 30 minutes apart: usually twice in the morning, and once after the nap.
Now our round consists of:
- 1 set of words (phrases, sentences, etc., though at the time of single words, we had 2 sets of words 3 times a day) – see Teach Your Baby To Read: Doman’s Method
- 1-3 math equations (again, while it was single quantity cards – I used to do two sets) – see Teach Your Baby Math: Doman’s Method
- 15 encyclopedic bits of animals, 5 encyclopedic bits of any other topic (we are doing American states at the moment) – see Teach Your Baby Encyclopedic Knowledge
- a few notes on the xylophone – see Teach Your Baby Music: Doman’s Method
- and “music piece of the week” – see Teach Your Baby Music Appreciation: Doman’s Method
- Whenever we have a chance, we read some of the homemade books that I’ve made. I also print my son’s favorite encyclopedic bits, and we “read” them as books as well.
- And, at last, twice a day we spend 5 minutes at he computer watching the computer presentations. We used to watch 9 presentations in each session, but now my son is growing restless and we went down to 5.
Wow, it really looks more time consuming on paper, then it is in reality: we usually manage to squeeze in some physical exercises (see Teach Your Baby To Be Physically Superb), playground time, walk in a park, games (see Educational Ideas), puzzles, or even swimming!
Honestly, I am sure most of you are doing a lot more then we manage. One thing is certain: on the days we have to skip our “program” for some reason, both me and my son feel… bored! No wonder so many moms go back to work – I am not sure I could stay home without something requiring so much creativity, responsibility and dedication – without so much fun!
Yet, it doesn’t take that long and I do know some moms who manage to squize in some time learing together before work and right after they come home. It really doesn’t take all that long…