Teach Your Baby to Read: Glenn Doman’s Method

Al right, let’s assume (or pretend if you wish) you’ve read Glenn Doman & Janet Doman, How To Teach Your Baby to Read (from now on shortened as GD) and reviewed our Summary of the book’s guidelines. Or may be you enjoyed Laurie Tiemen’s really brief summary at eHow: How to Teach Your Baby to Read (Doman’s method in a nutshell). Since you are reading this article, you are highly motivated, eager to start, though a little confused and lacking resources. That’s where I hope to help you.

So, where do I get the materials?
How do I use these files?
Can I use computer, TV or other multimedia options instead or in addition to cards?
Now, how do I start?
But how many times a day is it realistic to show these sets?
Where did you get the materials?
Can I buy some ready made materials?
How do I make my own materials?
What if I have more questions: how do I know if my baby is learning or what to do if she is losing interest, etc.?
How can I share my own materials and ideas?
Does this actually work?
What about other programs: math, encyclopedic knowledge, foreign language, music, physical exercises, etc?
What about FUN?

So, where do I get the materials?
Right here, right now! If you have more materials (in any language!), please email it to us, so that we can make them available to everyone. Your other options would be creating the materials by yourself, buying ready made cards/kits, or using multimedia options.

Step 1 – Single words
English (contains pictures; words are read by male and female speakers)
Russian PPT (6×22 words); Introductory Words In Russian PPT (8 1/2 x 11, with pictures); Russian MS Word (11×14 +) * Russian PPT with child voices reading ****
Spanish (contains pictures; words are read by male and female speakers)
Step 2 – Couplets
English (contains pictures; words are read by male and female speakers)
Russian (Noun+Adjective) **
Russian Couplets (Based on “Words In Russian PPT” file above):
Russian Couplets 1;
Russian Couplets 2;
Russian Couplets 3.
Step 3 – Phrases
English
Russian ***
Step 4 – Sentences
Russian 1-5
Russian 6-10
English (by ChildAndMe members) or English (By Classical Mommy)
Step 5 – Books
Books: in English, Spanish, German and Russian.

* I was not showing anything on the computer to my baby until he was one. And then he was more interested in couplets, so the files available are for printing only.
** At this stage, I was using the single word printouts and lining them up into couplets at the floor. About the same time I introduced Power Point presentations with couplets and pictures – my baby really enjoyed them. In a zip file you can see the “gradations”: every file contains the same set of slides, with one word retired, and one new.
*** I didn’t separate couplets and phases stages. I was adding more and more words to my couplets until they grew into words and sentences, so you will see the phrases slowly getting bigger. About the same time, we started looking at books that turned out to be my baby’s favorite part of our reading program!
****This remarkable file comes from ??????????? ??? ?????. According to the properties, this file was created by Lubina, so I would like to thank her for an amazing job. I updated the font size and word placement, but you can load an original: ?????? ??????? ???? (?? ??????)

How do I use these files?
Single words: I printed out all the words on 8×14 paper, folded in half and scotch taped together the words that were too big to fit on one page. My initial set turned out waaay smaller then the size that Doman recommends, but it was cheap, easy to carry around. See “How do I make my own materials ” for more options or check out multimedia options for showing cards on the Computer, TV, DVD, etc.

Power Point presentations you can either show on the computer, or print them out. See more recommendations on how to use Power Point Presentations .

Can I buy something to save myself time and efforts?
What’s available:

  • See our Teach Your Baby With Multimedia article for listing of DVDs, programs and other resources that can help you in your reading quest.
  • Gentle Revolution Teach Your Baby variety of kits and options
    (Thanks to Laurie Tiemens):
    If your baby is less than 12 months old the print in the kit cards will be too small. I don’t think it’s that big of a deal to make the cards yourselves as long as you don’t have to cut the cards by hand. It was way better to have them customized for my daughter with the things in her particular world reflected in the words she learned.

(Thanks to Priscila Mora):
The IAHP cards are great!!! I can’t describe the thickness but it is sooooo much better than any other posterboard and soooo easy to use.

(thanks to Yonit Kasten):
I do have the kit (I should say “did” because I gave it away). Honestly, I thought it was a waste of money. Most of the words in it were not words we normally used. They were really just the words in the book that came with the kit. And they weren’t even the right size for my daughter at the time. I was actually very disappointed in it.
I had much better luck making my own words and books. They were more meaningful to my kids that way.
That being said, I got the new newborn kit for my newest babe and we have been enjoying that.

(Thanks to Joan Chen):
I agree with Yonit. I didn’t end up using the kit; I use my own home-made cards most of the time since my own words are more relevant to my daughter than the kit.
Feeling guilty of leaving the kit unused, I tried to use them when there were relevant words. It was a nightmare: I couldn’t shuffle them well (i.e. homemade cards are made of different paper stock and size from those of the kit’s), and I spent a lot of time tracking whether the cards come from the kit or the homemade stack.
I wouldn’t buy the kit if I were you. In fact, if you still decide you want to buy it, do you want to buy my hardly used kit for a cheaper price? … j/k :)

How do I make my own materials?
If you would like to show all the program on the computer – just go ahead and use the files on this site or create your own Power Point presentations and how to add audio sound to PowerPoint presentations.
If you would like to go with cards, first you need to create your own word cards, and then to create your own books. Check out Laurie Tiemens’ tips on creating word cards at eHow: How to Make Word Cards to Teach Your Baby To Read.

What if I have more questions: how do I know if my baby is learning or what to do if she is losing interest, etc.?
First of all, check our Glenn Doman’s FAQ.
Second, make a search at our forum in case someone already asked that question!
Third, post a question on our forum and I am sure you’ll hear some encouraging replies pretty soon!

How can I share my own materials and ideas?
Feel free to comment below, or to use our forum or to email to us directly. Your opinion really counts and we are looking forward to hear from you!

What about other programs: math, encyclopedic knowledge, foreign language, music, physical exercises, etc?
Aren’t children amazing? They can learn as much material, as you can give them!

Doman recommends starting with reading – it is the most essential tool. Once you have you are comfortable with your reading program, you can add others, such as Math and Encyclopedic Knowledge. Our site has an extensive array of materials on all those topics, that will keep getting updated. If you have some of the materials that we don’t, please email it to us for everyone to share!

Foreign language is a little different story: if you already know some other language, you can just start speaking to your child in that language and he’ll learn it his favorite way – from you! If you are looking for additional information and resources, check our Foreign Language section
Music: How to teach your baby music section

Physical exercises:
I followed Glenn Doman’s How to make your baby physically superb. Check out our Teach Your Child To Be Physically Superb section for more information and our results.

Swimming:
We used the following book to learn to swim: Learn To Swim, Rob McKay and Cathy McKay. After three summer months of trying this method at the swimming pool, my 11 month old could swim for 6 seconds underwater, reach the ladder and climb out. Then… we had a 2 months break and he forgot everything. Finally Glenn Doman’s book on How To Teach Your Baby to Swim came out. Read the comparison of these two teaching methods and the rest of our swimming adventures (and share yours!).

What about fun?
It is FUN!!! The primary reason why we dedicate so much of our time to this program is because we have fun doing it and hope that our son will share our vision, that learning – is FUN!

But, of course, that’s not the only thing we do.

Since my baby was one, I started organizing Educational Playdates in Russian and in English.
My two nephews enjoyed a whole array of amazing and magical Birthday parties, New Year Parties, Halloween parties – check out this great princess party in NJ page. Since my own son is only growing up, I am looking forward to hear your own ideas, so please share them at our forum.

In between the parties, we come up with some fun and educational things to do, that you can check out in our Educational Ideas section and please share some things you do, so that we can try them too!

58 thoughts on “Teach Your Baby to Read: Glenn Doman’s Method

  1. sharon

    Could you some please give me a list of English words I can start teaching a 4 month old baby?

    Thanks in advance,
    Sharon

  2. Alenka Post author

    Absolutely! In the book Glenn Doman has a few major categories of initial words to offer to the kids, with ~15 words in each. For my own son I made some PowerPoint presentations with those words (and images – English is not his first language, so he needed images to know what those words mean). You can find them here: http://www.educationaltoysplanet.com/blog/howteachbabyreadenglish/#single

    Once we were done with Doman’s initial word sets, I started creating presentations with more words – those files are named Objects 2, Foods 2, Possessions 2… etc.

    Enjoy!

  3. ANMB

    Dear Alenka,

    Thank you for this wonderful site! I have a question please regarding some notes from above:

    ” * I was not showing anything on the computer to my baby until he was one. And then he was more interested in couplets, so the files available are for printing only.
    ** At this stage, I was using the single word printouts and lining them up into couplets at the floor. About the same time I introduced Power Point presentations with couplets and pictures – my baby really enjoyed them. In a zip file you can see the “gradations”: every file contains the same set of slides, with one word retired, and one new.
    *** I didn’t separate couplets and phases stages. I was adding more and more words to my couplets until they grew into words and sentences, so you will see the phrases slowly getting bigger. About the same time, we started looking at books that turned out to be my baby’s favorite part of our reading program!
    ****This remarkable file comes from ??????????? ??? ?????. According to the properties, this file was created by Lubina, so I would like to thank her for an amazing job. I updated the font size and word placement, but you can load an original: ?????? ??????? ???? (?? ??????) ”

    * * *
    Are these files translated into English? I am attempting to put together an Excel spreadsheet with my lessons planned out by each step in order to make creating the cards/.ppt/Little Reader software categories & playlists easier . . I have benefitted tremendously from this site and the .ppt arranged by each Step . . and it sounds like the “zip files” mentioned above are exactly what I am looking for . . if they are not translated, how easy would it be to do so in order to give newer Doman Mom’s/Dad’s a visual example of the actual steps as described in the notes above, please?

    Thanks a million for this site!
    ANMB

  4. ANMB

    Dear Alenka,

    After reading the following description, “How Do I Start Showing Flashcards”:

    The 3 sessions a day of showing the same set of words should be SEPARATED by at least 30 minutes.
    Now, when you start here is what I recommend:
    Day 1: Show Word 1 three times a day.
    Day 2: Show Words 1 and 2 three times a day.
    Day 3: Show Words 1, 2, and 3 three times a day.
    Day 4: Show Words 1, 2, 3, and 4 three times a day.
    Day 5: Show Words 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 three times a day.
    Day 6: Retire Word 1. Show Words 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 three times a day.
    Day 7: Retire Word 2. Show Words 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 three times a day.
    Day 8: Reitire Word 3. Show Words 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 three times a day.
    At this point each word that you retire you have shown 15 times.
    from > http://www.educationaltoysplanet.com/blog/How-do-I-start-Showing-Flash-Cards/

    * * *

    I wanted to know if I could do this instead:

    Day 1: Show Set 1 of 5 cards, three times a day.
    Day 2: Show Set 1 and add Set 2, show each set three times a day.
    Day 3: Show Sets 1 & 2; and add Set 3; show each set three times a day.
    Day 4: Show Sets 1, 2, & 3; and add Set 4; show each set three times a day.
    Day 5: Show Sets 1, 2, 3, & 4; and add Set 5; showing each set three times a day.
    Day 6: Retire Set 1. Show Sets 2, 3, 4, & 5; and add Set 6; showing each set three times a day.
    Day 7: Retire Set 2. Show Sets 3, 4, 5, & 6; and add Set 7; showing each set three times a day.

    Each word is still seen 15 times – yet, it seems easier than retiring a word from each set and introducing a new word into each set.

    What do you think?
    Frustrated.
    ANMB

  5. Alenka Post author

    Those comments that you mention definitely show how little sleep I usually get – I can barely read them myself!

    Well, those comments apply just to my Russian files. All the English and Spanish files were created much later – I had more experience, so they are organized much better, illustrated with pictures, more consistent. I’ll reorganize them once we get to showing words with my new baby.

    English files can be loaded right here: Teach your baby to read – English
    Spanish presentations are available here: Teach your baby to read – Spanish

  6. ANMB

    Dear Alenka,

    Thank you for the response here and for the “How do I start showing flash cards?

    I am still a little confused. Please bear with me becuase I am a visual learner.

    In the notes above on the page:

    Step 5 – Books
    Books: in English, Spanish and Russian.

    * I was not showing anything on the computer to my baby until he was one. And then he was more interested in couplets, so the files available are for printing only.
    ** At this stage, I was using the single word printouts and lining them up into couplets at the floor. About the same time I introduced Power Point presentations with couplets and pictures – my baby really enjoyed them. In a zip file you can see the “gradations”: every file contains the same set of slides, with one word retired, and one new.
    *** I didn’t separate couplets and phases stages. I was adding more and more words to my couplets until they grew into words and sentences, so you will see the phrases slowly getting bigger. About the same time, we started looking at books that turned out to be my baby’s favorite part of our reading program!
    ****This remarkable file comes from ??????????? ??? ?????. According to the properties, this file was created by Lubina, so I would like to thank her for an amazing job. I updated the font size and word placement, but you can load an original: ?????? ??????? ???? (?? ??????)

    I want to see the zip files referenced here: “In a zip file you can see the “gradations”: every file contains the same set of slides, with one word retired, and one new.”

    It will help me to see it even if I cannot read it – the format is what I am looking for to use as a template, please. Also, how did you name each file? By the name of the day? Date? How did you keep up with which files were old from current from new?

    Thank you.
    ANMB :{

  7. Alenka

    No Problem! Here is a link to zip file with some of the sequencing of English words that I was recently showing to my son: download sample collection of files.

    I hope that answers your question on naming, reordering, etc.

    I’ve got to admit, that I am currently updating files for my son in idiosyncratic way: I create a presentation that you can see on the site, print it out (once we are done watching it on the computer, we continue occasionally read those presentations as “books” – unnecessary step according to Doman, but my son actually forgets things quickly and I don’t feel like I am waisting too much time perfecting those presentations in the first place) and then create other files where I modify/reshuffle things on a daily basis.

    Just today I thought I should ask my husband to write an application that would take care of everything for me, track changes for each child, etc… but the time is always an issue. At least I hope to reuse those files later with the new baby.

  8. ANMB

    Dear Alenka,

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Because I am a visual learner, it helps me to see examples.

    I think once I go through each step from words to books at least once – then I will have a better grasp on how to create these. I want to make sure that I am thorough and carefully selecting the right words so that I don’t have incomplete sentences. And whatever I use in English, my husband will translate into Arabic and create the sound clips for me. It is a lot of work! and it is time consuming.

    I am amazed that you do all that you do! And you are expecting as well?, insha’Allah, masha’Allah (God willing and May God protect you). WOW!

    I will get this – I am just struggling a little bit and will figure it out. Your site is excellent and is sooo helpful!

    Thanks again!
    Sincerely,
    ANMB

  9. Alenka

    I am very happy it was helpful and thank you very much for your kind words!

    When we were just starting, everything seemed so frustrating and confusing… It’s partially the reason for posting all this information at ChildAndMe: I found lots of wonderful information, lots of tips from other parents, so I hope to pass this help further…

    Thanks for your blessings: I’ve just had a little wonderful baby boy and I am now getting used to balancing two developmental programs! I am just learning to compromise and to stay a lot more organized, to be able to find time for most of the things that I’d love to do.

  10. Vinni

    Hi Alenka,
    I am mum of 2 kids. 1st 40months old & 2nd 14months. Recently got Glenn domans books and was inspired by it. I want to try Math & Read at the same time with both kids, what do you suggest? As math is recommend uptill 30months. So should I start only read- with the 1st child (40mnths old) & math+read for 2nd (14months old) or i just start with only read for both of them?
    And if I start math & read at the same time then how many sessions do you suggest?

    Thanks in advance. Your site is really helpful.

  11. Alenka Post author

    Most of the kids lose the ability to see quantity after the age of three. It is emphasized on pages 175 and 176 in the chapter about when to begin teaching dots. Near the bottom of page, an analysis of the question of age relation begins: “The ability to recognize real value or quantity is definitely strongest between the ages of birth and thirty months. The dot cards are really a baby’s domain. This does not mean that a child older than thirty months does not have any chance of learning the quantity cards, but it does mean that the chances of his doing so are much less.”

    So it doesn’t mean that your 40 month old can’t learn the dots, so you can try the program for both of your kids and let their interest guide you!

    I’d start with reading first no matter what. Whether math would work or not, is still questionable. Reading is the staple of all the knowledge, so I think the earlier you start, the better. Once you incorporated showing reading sets into your daily routine, then you can add math.

    The book has many suggestions on the amount of sessions per day. I could never do it – but I’ve seen parents who could do even more! Your kids are the only ones who can tell you: if they are interested, if they want more, if you can prepare enough materials quickly enough, if you have sufficient space in your daily schedule to have fun and consistent sessions – do as many as you can! There are some wonderful guidelines on how to start, written by Laurie, homeschooling mom to 10 kiddos: How do I start showing flash cards?. Enjoy!

  12. Laura

    Does anyone have suggestions where I could get blank flashcards to make my own? What have y’all used?

  13. Rachel

    I used what they call here in the UK ‘card.’ It’s a little bit stiffer than paper, and the same size as regular paper. I just cut them to the right size and it was really inexpensive.

  14. tormolynx

    Hi Alenka,

    your web-site is a great resource!

    Just recently I have found two small parts of educational CD in Russian. It has just come out.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/SuperKaty1986

    I really like its quality, and my son is admiring it. He really likes to watch this and asks me to put it for him at least once a day!
    I asked the person who put it on youtube and here’s what she had answered: “??? ?????????? ?? ????? ???????? ?????? ???? ? ?????? ??????? ?? ????? umnitsa.ru ??? ????? ???????? ?? 5 ??????, ?? ???? ??? ??? ??? ? ???????, ???? ?????? ?? ?????????? ???? ????????????? ???????????? ??? ???????, ???????? ? ????? “??????????? ?????? ?????????”"

    Alenka, what do you think about this product? I appreciate your opinion on that and also wanted to share this link with you since you collect all the info on programs for children.

    Thanks!

  15. Alenka Post author

    Thank you for sharing the link! That’s the first time that I see a DVD with words for kids in Russian. I guess a Russian answer would more appropriate here.

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    ??? ????? ????? ???????? ? Your Baby Can Read, ??? ??? ????? ??????? ????????? ?? ?????? (?.?. ??? ????? ??? ???? ????? ??????? ???????? ?? ???????????, ? ????? ??????? ? ?????, ??? ??? ????? ?????, ??? “?????? ? ?????, ????? ? ?????” ?? ?????????? – ????? ?????, ?? ? ?? ????, ????????? ??? ????????? ? ???????? ? ??? ??????????? ? ???????????).

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  16. Jenya

    Wow!!! Thank you so much for all the materials you have shared! I’ve been trying to put a program together for my baby, and since I am trying to do it all, I am a little overwhelmed. I am trying to do Russian, English, Spanish, and French programs, as well as a Hebrew foreign language program. And of course everything else that Doman teaches. And I have also followed the EC method with my baby from birth, and she has been fully potty trained from 18 months. I would love to meet with you if an opportunity ever arises, since I live in Brooklyn, NY.

    Anyway, your site is absolutely amazing! Thank you very very much :)

  17. Alenka Post author

    Jenya, that sounds fascinating!!! How do you do all of that? Do you actually know all of those languages? Adding French to our program is my dream… and Hebrew!… How much I wish I knew Hebrew!!!

  18. dattatry jadhav

    my daughter 6 month old and his family member only reading english so how can they learn to speak english his daughter.

  19. Alenka Post author

    I am not sure if I understand your question, but I believe that in order to teach someone a language you either have to learn it yourself or hire a professional. If I misunderstood you, please rephrase it and I’ll do the best I can to help you find the answer.

  20. CAtherine

    Hi
    I have a 7 month old, 5y old, 7 yr old and 9 yr old. I would like to start encyclopedic knowledge but don’t know where to start with each of them.

    I will start the reading with the baby.
    My 9 yr old has moderate learning difficulties that is how I found out about Glenn Doman.

    Can anyone help with this.

  21. Hoahuyen712

    Dear Alenka,
    Thank you so much for your reply
    My son now knows the numbers symbols. I will start now, hope it’s not so late to start.

  22. Alenka Post author

    With 7 month old I’d start showing presentations, bits, pictures, “load the data”! With the older ones you can try it too, but my guess would be they are a lot more hands on at this stage. After 3 years old, I preferred Montessori approach to sciences – hands on, experiments, etc. For him we are following Karen Tyler’s Wolrdwide Montessori curriculum. You can find some notes on things/resources that we’ve used or planning to utilize here: http://www.educationaltoysplanet.com/blog/pick-yourself-a-subject-to-learn/ Many of those things are quite advanced, so we’ll definitely will revisit it in the future.

  23. Sylwia

    Hi,

    I’m going to prepare cards by myself (I live in Poland and there are not ready materials that reflect in 100% Doman method ).

    My question is – if I shall start with 8 cm letter size – how to interpret this size. The card should be 10cm high, small letters – 8cm. And now: what about letters like: k, l, t, and y, j, g? I believe they shoudl be higher? But then – they will not fit the 10cm high card…. So basic question – what should be size of letters like: m, s, u, z, etc….?

    looking forward to your help!
    regards
    Sylwia

  24. Alenka Post author

    Sylvia, I don’t believe it has to be exact to the mm. Doman’s dimensions are barely suggestions. Large letters are important for really small kids: babies, infants. Toddlers already do well with medium size letters, older kids are even easier to print. All kids find large letters easier to read, so make them as big as you can with the materials that you have. Ease of creating the cards is crucial – you’ll need TONS of cards soon, so the easier and faster is the process, the greater is the chance you’ll continue.
    I’ve ordered paper from Doman’s institute and printed out the cards… it was very inconvenient, I wish I didn’t. For my first kid I printed them on a regular paper, as large as I could fit a word – we were using these cards a lot more, then the proper gigantic Doman’s cards that were hard to store, print, keep around. So, I ended up creating words on the computer, making it as big as I can fit on a card – regular size paper turned out easier to store, easier to print, easier to utilize. If you are planning to use a red marker – just make it big, thick, and don’t worry about letters that are larger then the rest – the sizes are approximate.

    Anyway, here are Doman’s dimensions/directions:
    Card length 22″ (~55cm); card height 6″ (15cm). Letter (regular letter, lime s, m, u, z): 3″ (~8cm). Letters with longer parts (k, t), just will extend over the regular letters
    “Make certain your letters are very bold. The stroke should be approximately 1/2″ inch wide or wider. This intensity is important to help make it easier for your child to see the word. Make your lettering neat and clear. Use print, never cursive writing. Make sure you place the word on the card so that there is a border of 1/2″ or more all around the word. This will give you space for your fingers when you hold up the card.” (How To Teach Your Baby To Read p. 114)

  25. Sylwia

    Alanka,

    Thanks a lot for your valuable comment and explanation! It helps indeed.
    But then it came to my mind that I can start with 6 month old baby with smaller letters – like 7cm? Cards with such letters are available in Poland. Do you think I can easily start with them? Preparing cards by myself will take time – which I would like to spend already on playing reading with my baby.

    Thanks a lot in advance!

  26. Alenka Post author

    7cm or 8cm (recommended by Doman) doesn’t differ all that much at all! 7cm word cards sound great – it can save you time! Look at them – as long as they don’t have images at the same place as words, as long as they don’t have some weird (cute, babyish, cursive, etc) fonts – if it is plain, simple, large and easy to use – by all means, use it! Making cards by yourself gives you the advantage of picking up the words that surround your baby – the names of everyone who loves the baby, the objects that you use… but you can add those cards along the way. Good luck and please share how it goes!

  27. Lisa

    Hi Alena, thanks for all the info. Just a few quick questions, for the ppt slides that you created, can you just create cards from them? Do you use the ppt with the pictures on the same card? Do you have any files with the word cards all ready made up?

  28. Alenka Post author

    I printed out my ppt as is for word cards, for books to read later. When my second baby was close to 2 year old, I decided to have a major reduction in fonts and while we still look at the letters in their big, red, bold sizes on the screen, I print out 2 slides per page, so they are slightly smaller in print (still SIGNIFICANTLY bigger then regular letters, so I think it is ok).

    I have more on our books here: How do I use these books?

  29. inditiarown

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  30. Nancy Rogers

    I would like to know if there is a Kit from Doman (like Little Readers) that can be used for babies. If so where can I get it and price of it. I need it with the flashcards and all the necessary material.

    Thank you,
    Nancy

  31. Victoria

    Hello. Can you some please give me a material of Russian, Spanish and Hebrew words. I would love to start teaching my 4 month old baby.

    Thank you so much, Victoria

  32. Natalie

    Alenka,

    Thank you, thank for your site. It is so helpful. I am starting the Glenn Doman method with 21 month old daughter and i wanted to make sure that I am understanding how to add and retire words.
    “Now, when you start here is what I recommend:
    Day 1: Show Word 1 three times a day.
    Day 2: Show Words 1 and 2 three times a day.
    Day 3: Show Words 1, 2, and 3 three times a day.
    Day 4: Show Words 1, 2, 3, and 4 three times a day.
    Day 5: Show Words 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 three times a day.
    Day 6: Retire Word 1. Show Words 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 three times a day.
    Day 7: Retire Word 2. Show Words 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 three times
    a day.
    Day 8: Reitire Word 3. Show Words 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 three times a day.

    I am on the 2nd day of the Glenn Doman method. I am showing my daughter the 2nd set of cards.  I am a little confused on how the session should be done. I thought I read that when you introduce a new set of new words you should wait 15 minutes before showing the next set of cards, so you are doing 6 sessions on the 2nd  day. The 3rd you are adding another 5 words and showing 15 words 3X a day for a total of 9 sessions, and each day after you are adding another  5 words until day 6 when you are retiring the 1st words and add another set of words until you have showed your child a total of 200 words.
    When I am retiring words, am I retiring one word at time or am I retiring the 1st set of words? When do I begin the 2nd step, phrases? Is after my daughter has seen the 1st 25 words or until she has gone thru 200 words?

  33. Alenka Post author

    You got it absolutely right! I started step 2, couplets (simple word combinations such as “blue dress”, “white bottle”, “clean cup”) after I showed first few sets of nouns and adjectives. Before that, you don’t have enough words to show couplets/phrases. So, once you pass adjectives AND if you are comfortable with a consistent and joyful routine, I think it is a great idea to proceed to couplets… but your child is the major indicator: little babies are satisfied just with words, and older kids actually enjoy more sophisticated phrases as early as possible. Your 21 month old is probably at such a fun part of her development, that she’ll surely help you figure out if she is ready to have more session (since you’ll continue showing single words and couplets).

  34. sabrina

    Hi Alenka

    You’re doing an amazing job! I wonder if you have any info/advice for special needs children, my daughter has cp quadriplegia, i see all posts to do with well kids, n i’d like some input of those who’ve made headway with special needs children, both mentally and physically. Thanks :)

  35. Bich Thao

    Hi Alenka:

    It is really good website that I am looking for..all your method is practical…
    I just have a question that if my son do not look at my card but run away (he is interested in something esle)what should I do…When is good time to start teaching and should I bring him to somewhere no toys…I let him watch presentation, but he still play something with his hand…he does not concentrate much
    Thank you for your suggestion in advance.

  36. Alenka Post author

    It is really frustrating when you put so much effort in showing your kid presentations, and they are… well, ignoring it. Yes, taking your kid to some place with no toys, at the same time of the day, trying to incorporate it into routine, are all great ideas. You can find more ideas how to teach a runaway child here: How to Show Cards to an Active Child. Good luck!

  37. jackie

    Hi, i’m trying to do the reading programme with my 9 mth old. Have been doing it on and off since 7 months. reason is she very active and does not show nuch interest in the cards, its very hard to flash her 5 at one time, she’s so distracted by other things. Wonder if you have any advice. I made my own cards in red marker…

  38. sv

    hi, does colour of the words or dots matter ?

    i printed them in black but as it ran out of ink, i printed colour – red from another printer. would this confuse the baby since there will be a mix of words/dots in black and red ?

    thanks

  39. Alenka Post author

    Red attracts the most attention, somewhat increasing chances of success. Later the color is changed to back to black. Otherwise it doesn’t really matter. I think size is more crucial – larger letters are easier to see.

  40. Alejandra

    You have a great site!!! My baby boy is 2 months old and I would like to know if it is possible to start the Doman reading method when he turns 3 months old. If the answer is yes, should I change anything to adapt it to his age? In the book, the author explains that you should ask your kid to read “mom” the second day, but my baby is still to small to do that of course. do you have any advice on how to start at this age? thank you very much!!!!

  41. Alenka Post author

    No harm doing it either way. You can wait, if it works for your schedule better. Or you can start showing the cards right away: it is something to focus for the baby, and it is already developmentally good regardless if he’ll be able to read it on the second day. There is a separate book for the newborns and they actually have slightly different cards at first: “How Smart is Your Baby?” by Doman – see our book review. I also have notes on a few things that we did with the baby that little:
    Newborn – first month
    1 month old miracle!
    2 months old giraffe hunter
    Hang on there! Three months old hanging for 12 seconds!

  42. Mg

    Hi, on your website, I couldn’t find a link to the ppt or the words that can be printed to use as flash cards. Can yo share the link. Also, I have a 4 yr old and a 6 month old and I am gonna start teaching both – is it the same manner or does it need to differ for both? I am planning to use the same flash cards for both.

  43. Iris

    Hi Alenka,
    I’m starting to prepare the cards for my son (9 mo) but I am a little bit concerned about phonics…. I read pages 92-93 from GD’s book but still not satisfied with the answer. What do you suggest? Critics of sight words say that this method does not let them to learn how to decode words or think right about what are they reading…. please comment. Thanks

  44. Alenka Post author

    I never taught my son phonics. I did, however, show him A.P.P.’s cards and they helped quite a bit. By the first grade he could easily read chapter books and pretty much anything. What he could understand, is a whole other story, but his comprehension had to do with maturity and his interest in a text.

  45. Irina

    Hi Alenka,

    I want to start teaching my 6 month old son to read Russian. We try to primarily speak Russian at home. Which one should I start with first?:
    A. Russian PPT (6×22 words);
    B. Introductory Words In Russian PPT (8 1/2 x 11, with pictures);
    C. Russian MS Word (11×14 +)

  46. Alenka Post author

    You can start with whatever works better for me. I tried 11×14 very successfully with my first one. I purchased Doman’s sheet and tried words 6×22 with my second – also successfully, until I got sick of spending so much on a printer ink and got really annoyed at the uncomfortably huge size. So eventually I switched back to my computer presentations – they worked the best for me.
    So, I believe that with a 6th month old baby, any of of the above mediums might work fine, as long as it is comfortable for you. The easier it is for you to create and maintain the schedule with words, the more chances for you to stick to it and carry it on.

  47. Elisabeth

    Hi Alenka,

    I have been doing the Teach Your Baby to Read with my 15 month old for the last 2 months. I have recently moved onto couplets, but he seems very bored with the whole thing! When I show him words, he gazes around the room or smiles at me – anything not to look at the words! Any suggestions?

    As I take a word out of 2 of his 5 sets, I am putting in a couplet to replace it (so 2 per day), as I really don’t have time to do more than 15 sets a day.

    Thanks.

    Elisabeth

  48. Trine

    Hi,
    just wondered how many words you teach at one and the same time, do you start with a few and then increase? How long time with each pack of words..do you change one and one after they know it or you just change them all when they know it all or change all before they know them and then reintroducce it later? How long time do you use for each “lesson”? You talk about each word or just say them and go on to next?

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  50. Sarah

    You have great resource for teaching babies to read on several languages but parents should remember that they are partners in helping the child or baby in learning how to read. Be good role model too them, show them that you love reading. Make reading special, you can even make it a quality bonding time for your children.

  51. Mario

    I am hoping that someone can help us in providing Doman’s in 2 languages. We are both Polish but live in England and our 16 months old Maya needs to learn both. How to implement Doman’s idea in these circumstances? I am thinking about changing words but leaving the pictures but how to show it to Maya? Do 5 in English than introduce another 5 in Polish? Or maybe one card saying Mummy in English and than next card with the same picture my saying Mama in Polish? Any ideas would be appreciated?

  52. Jugnu

    Hi,
    Thanks for all the guidance provided here. My daughter is 17 months old and I am planning to start on her reading program but have few queries.
    1. We speak Hindi as well as English at home and wish her to learn both. So, how to start on teaching multiple languages to her. Can I start simultaneously in one set itself. For example show mommy in English and immediately show mommy in Hindi also.
    2. Won’t she get confused that if what is there on card is mommy then who is the one standing and teaching.
    3. Can I just prepare the ppt and show on my 14″ laptop rather take out the print out for both the single words as well as couplets? Or show single words on the laptop and take print out on the A4 size paper for couplets.

    Thanks for your guidance.

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