A LITTLE BIT OF THEORY
First of all, I recommend buying and reading Glenn Doman’s books. I also advise to approach instructions for the cards and information you can find online with some scepticism I have found out that not everything you can read on Doman and his method is exactly as written in his books. The books that I have read and which constitute the main source of my knowledge are the following:
In his books Glenn Doman describes in detail how parents can create their own cards for the maths and reading programme. While reading this part I said to myself “No way I will spend long hours drawing small red dots or writing enormous red letters.” I have always preferred learning something by heart that drawing something.
Fortunately, times have changed since those books were published. Today it is possible to save plenty of time by buying ready-made sets of cards.
MATH CARDS AND THE READING CARDS IN POLISH
I bought a used set on www.allegro.pl (it is a Polish website similar to ebay or amazon). It was a real bargain.
READING CARDS IN ENGLISH – I BOUGHT ALL AVAILABLE SETS
MY BABY’S LIBRARY
The first baby books appeared in our house long before the Doman flashcards. I bought the whole set of touchy-feely books (e.g. the dog in the picture has a real fur which the child can actually touch and enjoy the feeling) and then, some slide and see books.
Since the very beginning books have been the intrinsic part of our morning routine. When she was even smaller I put her on the bed and read to her turning pages by myself or with her help. Then, I left her alone with the book. She used to turn pages touching, looking and even biting the book. Yeah….the books I have bought are really durable. They still look as if they were brand new. Of course, our morning routine has changed since then but books remain to be important in our life.
When I started shopping for books I bought a lot of them. However, I was never satisfied with the number I have. I adopted the Doman principle regarding maths and readingto prolong our contact with one book and not to “use up” the new books too quickly: I read one book to Maja for five consecutive days and after that I change the book and I do the same.
After we have read all the books presented in the picture above, I bought a completely different set. These are the books with monster puppets.
I will dedicate a separate post soon for my personal and subjective review of the books we have. To tell you the truth, I had imagined unfolding the monster books in a totally different way before I bought them. I had not managed to find neither the sample pages nor the video presenting the books so I think it would be a great idea to make a short videoclip with the chosen book.