Glenn Doman’s method. Creating word cards

I took an easy approach. I created all the words on the coputer (download the files ) and 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. So, fell free to read more on standard card method. The good thing about my “easy” method is that… it was fast, easy, cheap and ready to use. Plus they were easier to carry around, then the gigantic posters that the book suggests and I tend drag the cards with us most of the time (I love showing them in the car – my usually very busy and very active baby is finally sitting still, welcoming the change of dull inside of the car scenery).On the other hand, such “cards” were easily damaged and I would like to repeat again for those who believe that “size matters” – letters are smaller.

There is even easier method: you can keep showing cards on the computer. You can either create Power point presentations with words by yourself, or you can use programs built by others. Or you can even show the words on TV!

Standard Word Cards

So if you want to start with the cards that are as close to the cards Doman recommends as possible, follow the directions below (thank you very much to Laurie Tiemens, wonderful moderator of the TeachYourBabyToRead yahoo group):

So, you’re ready for word cards? Great! You have several options regarding word cards. One option is to buy them premade. IAHP has a kit with 100 words, some couplets, phrase cards and a book. Green Thumb for Growing Brains will also be offering similar kits for less money soon. They aren’t quite as polished but work just as well. (Send [email protected] an email if you’re interested in these.)

Another option is to make them yourself. First off, word cards are best made from posterboard or other sturdy paper. You don’t want the cards flopping around when you show them. Newborn cards are made 6″x22″. Once they are seeing well you can switch to 4″x22″. There is nothing magical about being 22″ long. That is just how long posterboard is here in the US so it makes a convenient size. However, you will later be writing two words on it and then sentences. So the length does help. You want the words to be very, very big. The larger the words at first, the easier it will be for your child. Write your words 3″ high (or 5″ for newborns) in lower case with 1/2″ margins all around. Use the biggest, fattest red marker you can find. The letter strokes needs to be 1/2″ wide. The side with the large red word on it is your child’s side. The other side is your side. Write the same word on the other side in the center at the top large enough for you to read it easily as you are showing them quickly. I also write (or stamp) the starting date on my side of the card. That way I know when to retire the word.

Obviously, with this method you will need a good supply of blank word cards. You can cut them yourself which will take a very, very long time. Or you can buy them pre-cut from Green Thumb or Growing Brains. Another possibility that won’t require as much storage room and is cheaper by far in the long run is to buy re-usable cards made from dry-erase posterboard. Those are also available through Green Thumb for Growing Brains. I don’t know any other source for those.

Wondering what words to start with? Check out what Doman recommends in his book. Once you’ve taught all those check out the “Word Bank” files. Once you’ve got your word cards ready, take off and fasten your seat belt. You and your child are in for a tremendous ride!