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. Stuff that got me thinking below.
Why start now vs wait for formal school (primary at 6 or nursery/kindergarten at 3)
- 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: equencing (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"
- Numeral recognition: FINALLY, digits (numbers) as we know them!
- Intro 1-100 and go beyond 100s
- Proceed to equations with numerals