Hi, my name is Elizabeth, also known as “Doman Mom”. I have two awesome little guys who are currently one and seven years old, and this is my blog where I write about my adventures teaching them all things we find interesting and useful (and sometimes about them teaching me).
Glenn Doman is my favorite hero. Since the 1940′s, he has pioneered work in helping to heal the brains of brain-injured children and helping them reach their potential through simple therapies and stimulation, and later began to branch out to help healthy children after seeing the spectacular results they were getting with the brain-injured kids.
He has since written many books on their findings, including How to Teach Your Baby to Read, How to Teach Your Baby Math, How to Teach Your Baby Encyclopedic Knowledge, How to Teach Your Baby to Be Physically Superb, and How to Teach Your Baby to Swim. All include simple programs where parents can help their little ones develop and grow with just a few minutes a day of joyful activities and games. No gimmicks or pricey programs and materials here.
The core of the Doman philosophy is:
- The brain literally grows (in size, structure, and organization) by use, not by some predetermined biological or time alarm clock.
- Brain growth can be stopped (as in an injury), slowed (as in a poor environment), or most importantly, speeded (as in the ideal environment with the proper stimuli).
- Brain growth is an inverse function of age (the older we get, the slower the brain grows), and it is during the period of rapid brain development that children absorb information the most easily and quickly. Therefore, the younger the child, the easier they are to teach. A 4 year old learns faster than a 6 year old, a 2 year old faster than a 4, under 1 year of age the fastest and easiest of all.
- The first five years of life are the most important in regards to brain development and learning, as 90% of the brain is developed by the fifth birthday.
- It is important for parents to learn how the brain grows and why the brain grows the way it does, so they can raise their children on purpose rather than leaving brain growth up to chance.
- Parents are the best teachers for their children, because they know and love their children better than anyone else ever could, and children trust and are comfortable with their parents more than they can be with anyone else.
- You can teach your tiny child absolutely anything that you can present to him in an honest, factual, and joyous way.
- Teaching sessions with tiny children should be brief (only a few seconds long), clear and straightforward, full of laughter and excitement, and only occur when the child is interested, in good health and in a good mood.
- Every child is born a “genius”, with far more capability than current stereotypes give them credit for.
- Tiny kids can learn useful and beautiful information just as easily and joyfully as they learn useless information. Children are not born with a bias that says patty cake is more interesting than math, that learning cartoon characters is more interesting than learning presidents. Babies can and do learn and appreciate the arts, history, geography, sciences, music, languages, literature, and religion. We should not impose our bias against learning on our children.
- Tiny children love to learn and would rather learn than do anything else.
- Babies can understand and comprehend an incredible amount of information long before they can verbalize their understanding.
- Babies can and do learn how to read, first by sight reading (memorization), but through sight reading can discover the rules of phonics and begin to decode and read fluently, often before their second birthday.
- Babies can and do learn mathematics and are born with a number sense and an understanding of patterns and probability.
- Babies will reach physical developmental milestones not as the result of reaching a certain age or of genes, but as a result of opportunity, environment, and encouragement.
- Physical mobility is intricately tied to brain growth and organization and cognitive development.
- Physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development are all interconnected and you cannot raise (or hold down) one area without to some degree raising (or holding down) the others
- Tiny children can learn social excellence, kindness, empathy, and proper behavior.
- Early and advanced learning does not equal a lost childhood, but an enhanced one. It only takes a few joyful minutes a day to introduce your child to a great many things, and does not involve strapping your child to a chair and doing flash cards for hours or other negative stereotypes many anti-learning opponents argue.
I write all about early learning, helping your child reach their full potential, and now that I’ve got a kiddo in elementary school (home schooled), all about gifted and accelerated education.
Thanks for visiting!