Glenn Doman from The Institutes For The Achievement of Human Potential (IAHP) wrote a book to guide parents how to teach their children math.
At first, I thought “Whaaat?! How can a 2-year-old baby do math?”
Now, after reading the book and talking to parents who did it years ago I think “Oh, why did I not know it sooner?”
Math is one of the most useful things you can put into the tiny child’s brain.
It is essential to your child’s intellectual health and happiness that you offer him a wide selection of mathematical food for thought.
Here are some of Doman’s findings:
1. Tiny children want to learn math.
2. Tiny children can learn math (and the younger the child, the easier it is).
3. Tiny children should learn math (because it is an advantage to do math better and more easily).
Facts & Rules
Mathematics is a language and a child can learn to speak it and read it as readily as any other language.
If you teach a tiny child the facts about math, he will discover the rules of mathematics which we call addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, algebra and so on.
These days we count everything we can with my son. Cars on the street, coins in a wallet, pens on a table. And we do simple equations constantly, too.
A modest program done consistently and happily will be infinitely more successful than an over-ambitious program that overwhelms mother
An on-again-off-again program will not be effective.
Consistent and not stressful – that’s exactly a math program I like!
Once you begin to teach your child mathematics you will find that your child goes through new material very quickly. No matter how often we emphasize this point with parents, they are always astonished at how quickly their children learn.
The only warning sign in the entire process of learning math is boredom. Never bore the child. Going too slowly is much more likely to bore him than going too quickly.
Quantity Recognition Steps
Surprisingly, in the learning of mathematics, tiny children have a staggering advantage over adults. They can recognize quantity up to 100, while adults can hardly up to 20 dots.
Beyond two years of age, recognizing quantity or true value gets harder every year. One year of age or younger is the ideal time to begin if you want to expend the least amount of time and energy in teaching your child mathematics.
- Quantity Recognition
- Problem Solving
- Numeral Recognition
- Equations with numerals
We Started Teaching Our Kids Math
It’s been lots of fun!
It is much easier to teach math a one-or two-year-old child than it is to teach a four-year-old; and easier to teach a four-year-old than to teach a seven-year-old.
We started with the math cards (quantity recognition), jumped to equations and my son loved it.
At first, we kicked it off with the simple sessions (flashcards with dots 1-5), as recommended.
My daughter doesn’t seem to enjoy these dot flash cards at all at this point.
With my son, Marko, I wanted to experiment with a different approach. Since he’s 4 years old, he can already count, so I assumed he’s a little bored with the basic counting. We jumped to equations and use the calculator, too. He loved it! 💥 #gameChanger
We spent 40+ minutes in the evening doing the equations. Afterward, Marko wanted to practice the word flashcards. This all happened before we spent another 30+ minutes reading aloud. Two hours had gone like a snap of the fingers!
Marko woke up and the first thing he wanted to do was to do equations! At 8 am we spent 30+ minutes doing the math, then grabbed breakfast and then he wanted more. Another 20 minutes spent -- all before 10 am!
He has so much fun, he’s laughing and is happy when he gets to the right conclusion on his “computer” (= calculator).
Download The Flash Cards
Now you can download the math flash cards here in the Downloads. Free, of course! Enjoy
Edited by Michal Juhas