A little over two years ago, when I was pregnant, I posted some logs I made for the first three stages of Glenn Doman’s “How Smart is Your Baby?” program.
When I created them I only created the first three levels. A lot of people asked me about level IV, so the other day I decided to finish it making it and publish it. It was already almost done and I assumed it would only take a few minutes to complete it.
That didn’t exactly happen. After opening it I decided to redo the headers on all the logs to make them a bit more clean cut and professional, as well as more descriptive (using the silhouettes of the babies at each stage and describing the stage by the ability not the “average age”). They turned out nicely:
But then I kind of started seeing a lot of other little things that could be improved and started tweaking things here and there. Before I knew it I was knee deep in an extensive updating project that probably took more time than when I originally created them (which was a long time).
So, as an appeasement to myself for all of the effort that went into these (again!), I’ll share some noted improvements:
· I added a lot of explanatory graphics. I personally am a really visual person and it is helpful for me to, at a glance, be able to get a visual overview of the task at hand.
I added pictures of the visual stimulation outline cards you will be using each day, pictures of all the contrasting texture pairs I used for tactile stimulation, little icons to denote which of the five senses you are stimulating on the chart for the ten day fruit program, silhouettes of babies, parents with babies, baby hands, etc. to give you a good idea of the activities you are doing, and so on.
My hope is that this has not only made them more visually appealing but also easier to use and understand.
· Expanded descriptions. I have expanded some of the descriptions to make them easier to understand and to include more detail. Some of the main areas I expanded descriptions in:
- Vestibular stimulation (passive balance program) had a big overhaul in the descriptions of the activities. For example, instead of simply writing “Acceleration up & down” I now have written, ” Gently tossing baby up & down in the air (head up, facing parent)“.
- Better descriptions on many of the logs with fewer abbreviations and more clear concept presentation.
- 58 additional ideas (78 total ideas) for household objects to use in the gnostic sensation activities.
· Keep track of more activities. I have added a few checklists for things that were previously either not included or just a “side note”. For example, an entire chart for keeping track of the visual stimulation with a checkerboard (instead of just a single line reading “Checkerboard should be available all day!”) as well for tasks such as “Environment free of auditory chaos? (TV, radio, music, etc)” or “Expressive faces used while talking to baby?” that you check off daily instead of having to remember on your own.
· Full back page now for taking notes. I included a page at the end of each document that you can print on the back of each log to keep detailed notes about baby’s progress, the day’s activities, and so on. This is really helpful to have your checklist and your note taking journal all in the same place.
Bonus: the backside also has some reminders about proper use of the logs, for example the reminder that your baby will very often (during transitions) be in more than one stage at once, even in the same area, and that it is expected that the baby will begin the sensory activities in a stage months before they begin the motor activities in a stage, and so on.
· Materials list. On the back of each page (next to notes) there is now a complete checklist for each level that lists all of the supplies and materials you need to collect and have on hand to do the activities.
· Better quality PDFs. When I made the original program logs, they wouldn’t upload to Scribd correctly, so the only alternative I knew of was to print out the logs from my computer, scan them, and then upload the pictures of the printed docs. It turned out pretty poorly but I didn’t know what else to do! Thankfully I have learned how to convert to PDFs that upload nicely and now the logs are much more clear and clean-cut.
Even though Damien (22 months) is way past the stage for these logs, I hope other expectant and new parents will find them helpful (and who knows, maybe I will need them again some time in the future!)
Here they are:
(Note: I updated the scribd doc, so if you have a link to my previous post, it is still good)
I know there are more logs people are going to ask about: the physical intelligence logs for stages V-VII, and the logs for the reading, math, and encyclopedic knowledge programs. I do have logs for almost all of these things already, but they are kind of old, incomplete, and don’t look very nice right now. I’m taking a break on log making for a little bit but hope to get them up “soon”, starting with the physical intelligence ones (stage V is done, stages VI-VII are in progress). Thanks for your patience and understanding!
P.S. I’m only human. I tried to proof read these logs as best as possible, but if you notice any errors, please do let me know in the comments! Thanks!