I started this blog in 2007 to document my learning adventures with my then two-year-old son after discovering the writings of Glenn Doman at the library one fateful summer day.
Since that time, I’ve learned so much about early learning, what tiny children are capable of, and how to make teaching them fun, exciting, and simple.
Mostly I’ve learned what not to do, by lots and lots (and lots) of trial and error. Which has helped me fine-tune what does work, at least for us, and I’m hoping that by sharing our story I can help you find what works for your family.
I now have three beautiful children, who are currently an infant, a preschooler, and a preteen. At DomanMom.com I write about the youngest two, while I’ve started a new blog about teaching my oldest at AfterSchoolingMom.com.
Aria is the baby of the family and (more than likely) our last. She will turn one year old in the fall of 2015. She’s the second baby I have done the Doman newborn program with and the first baby for me to do a full, well-organized “intellectual program” with (teaching her weekly reading words, math, and encyclopedic knowledge).
I’ve documented her weekly summaries since birth and you can follow along while I hopefully continue her weekly progress for years to come.
Damien is our middle “wild child” and will turn four years old in summer 2015. He was the first baby I did a Doman newborn program with and was an early crawler, early walker, and extremely early and proficient talker.
I did not do a very well-organized “intellectual” program with him in babyhood (reading, math, encyclopedic knowledge) but he got lots of exposure to many concepts and could say his letter sounds, count, and recognize numbers to 30 before his second birthday. Just after turning three he learned how to read, and could read fluently (early second grade level) by three and a half.
After lots and lots of independent play with first and second grade level computer games and iPad apps, he started a regular first grade workbook-based curriculum at three years nine months old which we are currently working through.
Hunter turned ten years old in spring 2015. My original “Doman baby”, I heard about the Doman method when he was two and a half years old. I immediately jumped head first into teaching him dot card math and lots and lots of encyclopedic knowledge.
There are many things I wish I would’ve done differently back in those days, but it sure was a great learning experience, and we had lots of fun learning together even though I didn’t really know what I was doing!
Hunter learned how to read with phonics shortly before his fourth birthday and was reading chapter books at age five. He was homeschooled for preschool through early fourth grade and generally did work that was two to three years above grade level.
Now halfway through the 2014-2015 school year (fourth grade) we decided that we would switch to doing afterschool instead. He goes to school with kids his own age in the morning and early afternoon and then we afterschool for about 20-30 minutes in the afternoon.
Our afternoon work currently includes working through The Art of Problem Solving: Prealgebra, as well as occasionally doing some language arts. We also do nighttime reading which involves classic literature and some occasional science and history reading. Occasionally we do art activities and educational board games and card games, and field trips on the weekends.
I’m starting a new blog for him over at AfterSchoolingMom.com.
I’m the mom and author of this blog. I’m passionate about making Doman doable and helping parents help their kids reach their full potential. I hope that by sharing my experiences and as many free teaching materials as possible that I can make your journey with early learning just a little bit easier and more enjoyable.