WHAT’S NEW IN EARLY EDUCATION OF MY BABY
We have been doing all sorts of equations with flashcards with dots for weeks now. I mentioned it in the previous post. I have decided this is a perfect moment to start the next step: number sequences.
I think it is sometimes a good idea to introduce new things gradually so in our morning session today we had the number sequence in the picture above: 2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,
Glenn Doman in his book: “How to Teach Your Baby Math” discusses in detail only the introduction of numbers 1-100 and equations like multiplication, division, addition and subtraction. He also elaborates on giving problem-solving opportunities to our children as an alternative to testing them and on making our children familiar with longer and longer equations. It seems we have already done the most important part of the Doman’s maths programme. What’s next? According to Doman we have thousands of possibilities after completing this step. We are only limited by our imagination. Doman gives some examples of what we can do with our kids, however, I feel this part of his book is too general and it lacks detailed suggestions. Among those examples there are number sequences.
I wasn’t sure if I should follow the same strategy as before: 3 equations, 3 times daily. This would mean 3 number sequences, 3 times daily. Nevertheless, I came to the conclusion that showing more than one sequence like 2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20 will take much more time than showing the same number of equations. I bear in mind that Maja is more active moving all the time and that her attention span has shortened drastically. That is why I have decided to show only 1 number sequence in one session.
I had even more doubts: how many days should I spend on presenting number sequences? There are no suggestions concerning this so I follow my maternal instincts. I will spend the same amount of time on these as on mixed equations – a few weeks.
I am going to Iceland to attend a course for teachers soon and because of this we will start the next step at the end of April after presenting a number of sequences.
MAJA’S REACTION AND MY PERSONAL FEELINGS
I was really curious about her reaction. After all, it is something new with the red dots I have been flashing in front of her for a few months now. I did my best trying to put the cards down, one on the other as quickly as possible. I must admit I enjoyed it more than the equations because I could do it much faster. We finished the session in a flash.
Maja was observing the cards with sheer curiosity. I was happy about it as it sometimes happened that it was really difficult to grab her attention. This is, of course, something normal and in accordance with Doman’s description of children at this age. My baby is really busy with discovering the world: climbing, finding another lamp in the house, picking up a new sound, spotting a crumb on the carpet and so on. She is so busy that literally she doesn’t have time to pay attention to the cards even for a few seconds. Yeah…I am smiling while writing this I know perfectly that we can’t expect that a little child will sit down calmly focusing on the material we want to present and at the exact moment we want to show it. Of course, we imagine lessons like that: listening to the teacher and looking at him/ her or at something he is showing with a serious look on our face. Can you even imagine a child like that?
After all, there are so many interesting things around. Fortunately, according to Doman a few seconds of attention is enough. Sometimes we have a few seconds in a row. Sometimes we need a break. Sometimes I need to be creative to grab Maja’s attention for a second and have her look at the card. But this is something for a separate post. However, I always respect her feelings. I never interrupt her when she plays with her toys. If it happens, she doesn’t want to look at the cards and she isn’t busy, I try one of my tricks and if they don’t work I understand she is not in the mood for the cards. I try again after 15-30 minutes. If it still doesn’t work, I give her a break. It happened a few times that she had an unplanned day off although I was at home all the time. It needs to be like that: we can’t push the child. It is important that the kids enjoy what we do with them. It is possible to do 5 sets of reading cards daily with some children while in case of others one set is enough. It often happens that a working parent doesn’t have enough time to follow all Doman’s suggestions. Frequency and quantity is not important. If you do it systematically and and both you and your child enjoy it, it is going to work.