How to Teach Your Child Math: Glenn Doman’s Dot Method

November 1, 2007 — Alenka | Posted in Math, Teach Your Child. 95 Comments »

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Dot method?! What is it. Does it really work?

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Dot method?! What is it?
Out of all the methods by Glenn Doman, his approach to learning math is the most… surprising. We are used to recitals of sequence of numbers (1, 2, 3…), then simple counting, then long and difficult process of weaning off counting fingers and teaching kids to do it in their minds.

Glen Doman believes that there is no need for this long and difficult process. According to the research that was conducted in the Institutes of Achieving Human Potential, children are born with an ability to discern quantity of objects by sight. Remember Rainman? Looking at a hundreds of toothpicks and saying their exact number without counting. Apparently all the kids are able to do it and lose this amazing ability if we don’t help them develop it. In order to do it, Glen Doman suggests using large flash cards with dots (hence – Dot Method), increasing the number of random dots on the cards gradually, getting children accustomed first to quantities, then to equasions with those quantities, and finally even with algebraic sequences, sophisticated equations and even inequalities. Since children get used to doing equations with dots (quantities) instead of numbers (meaningless symbols!), they learn to UNDERSTAND problem solving in math, as opposed to memorizing the formulas to get to the correct answer of the problem. Once children go through this introductory concept of quantities, normal numbers are finally introduced and tiny children continue enjoying sophisticated equations in the more traditional for us way: 127+12-66*2=…

For the details and further proof, please read How to Teach Your Baby Math by Glen Doman. Once you are familiar with the method, you can find brief summary of steps to help you stay on track and further resources.

TeachYourBabyToRead group contains quite a number of parents who’ve used this system with a great success. who knows. or to share yours. he knows that there are 98 dots without counting! Number of grapes on a plate. why not help our kids to enjoy this amazing science?! To read about other’s experiences with the program. So. may be this knowledge will surface in a future. Even without any dot system. And. To each his own. Begin as early as possible . and then shares her own suggestions on how to make this program successful. or Rainman’s disorders. Elizabeth. he managed to retain this amazing ability: if you show him a card with 98 dots. And a parent.” The greatest encouragement for me is my own husband. but I am sure that the time they spent on trying to learn math this way was not waisted anyway: their visual pathway is definitely a lot more developed and they’ve spent a lot of quality (and fun!) time with their parents – what can be more rewarding? Besides. giving them boost in understanding of math in school and college. check this article at WordsBestEducation: The Math Mystery. or people in the room – he is never mistaken by more then 2. Thanks to Laurie Tiemens for this important point: “I would like to add another important benefit. The book dedicates an entire chapter for testimonials from parents who used this system. There is also a great number of kids who went through the entire program without astonishing results. as with any learning system. it depends on a child. In this article the bloger describes her own quest for understanding on how the math program works for the kids. cites a phone conversation with IAHP institutes where they answered many of her questions. My personal opinion is that.Go to the top Does it really work? First of all. he’s been taking special classes for kids gifted in math for years. the author of the article. how successful it is and what are the reasonable expectations. scroll down to our Comments section! Looking forward to hear from you! Go to the top Basic Rules of Teaching 1. yes. More brain pathways are being wired into your child’s brain thereby increasing their ease of learning anything.

very bold dots 1. Show materials quickly.) Continue with this pattern until tiny infant is seeing detail consistently and easily (around twelve weeks or later). 6. Begin with one card. which are true value of numerals – 5 dot cards 1100.Law: 10. Go to the top Steps 1. 5. for the first three weeks you show “one” dot on Mondays. Remember the Fail-Safe. three times a day each set. 9.2. Do your program consistently. 7. You are doing something wrong. . Repeat for the following two weeks: so. etc. Stop before your child wants to stop. If you aren’t having a wonderful time and your child isn’t having a wonderful time – stop. with black. show it for 10-15 seconds and hold it absolutely still to give him a chance to focus on it. Once you realize your infant can see the detail clearly. 8. all other kids should start at the First Step) – dot cards that are very-very large: 15″x15″.5″ in diameter. 4. on second show “two” dot card 10 times. Prepare your materials carefully and stay ahead. Zero Step (for newborns – kids under 3 months old. On a first day show “one” dot card 10 times. 2. Be joyous at all times Respect your child Teach only when you and your child are happy. card “nine” on Tuesdays. Go to the top FAQ  See more in Glenn Doman’s method’s FAQ and see Comments below for some personal experiences with math program by other parents. 2 sets of 5 cards each. First Step – Quantity Recognition Teaching your child to to perceive actual numbers. proceed for 7 days with different cards 10 times each day. Introduce new materials often. proceed to step one. “two” on Tuesdays… On week 4: chose dot cards 8-14 and cycle each of them 10 times a day for the following three weeks (card “eight” on Mondays. Chose the correct time of the day: when the baby is in a good mood. 3.

and First Step (simple Equations). o Give a simple equation and then hold two dot cards for him to chose the result of the equation. Equalities and inequalities 4. You can further progress onto: 1. You can do it at the end of the session. “This is 32″ and.” (GD.g. 4.” (GD. o Hold two cards and ask where is 22 (always offer options!) “This is a good opportunity for a baby to look at or touch teh card if he wishes to do so. Third Step – Problem Solving You have completed First Step (showing dot cards). followed by multiplication and division (at two week intervals of 3 sessions of equations per day). dot cards. Progress onto more sophisticated three step equations. but don’t mix the pairs e.g: 2×2x3=12. make a big fuss. “You are still extraordinary giving and completely non-demanding” (GD. Number personality 5. After two weeks of different addition equations. After a few weeks. i. add another term to the equations: 56+20-4-4=68. Fractions 6. 1+4=5. not 4+2*7. p. p. Sequences 2. make them even more fun: combine addition and subtraction. e. always offer options. 127). simply and upbeat say it yourself.” If he does. do subtractions.e. multiplication and division. Math. 1+3=4. Simple algebra . (until you reach 100). 125). and if your child doesn’t want to show a card.3. continue introducing new quantities. 5+11=16. Math. “The Purpose of problem-solving opportunity is for a the child to be able to demonstrate what he knows if he wishes to do so. If he doesn’t. p. simply say. “This is fifteen. After a few weeks of these equations. It is exactly the opposite of the test. Avoid predictable equations: 1+2=3. Greater then and less then 3. 126). 40+15-30=25. Math. Second Step – Equations Start after you’ve showed first 20 cards for First Step. and add sessions with simple equations: 2+2=4. Don’t test.you haven’t done any testing. Again.

dot card of 12=12 (number) 3. 458 divided by 2 minus 229. Fourth Step – Numeral Recognition 11×11 poster board with numerals written in large.2. red. . Fifth Step – Equations with numerals Make 18″x4″ poster board cards for equations with numerals: 25+5=30. felt-tipped marker: 6″ tall by 3″ wide.500. 115×3x2×5 not equals 2. Combine numbers with dots: 12 greater then dot card of 7.

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