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    talk2amy is offline Registered User
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    Calling Glenn Doman experts!

    For all of you Glenn Doman supporters...here are some questions which I am confused about:

    1. I am not sure exactly when I should start the Second Step. The book simply says "once a child has acquired a basic reading vocabulary of single words" then he is ready to progress to couplets. However, if I am starting with a 5 month old baby, how will I know when he has acquired a basic reading vocabulary especially as there is no way of testing him (the book advises against testing anyway)? Does it mean that I keep on Step One for quite some months until my baby shows signs of understanding the vocab (i.e. by pointing to his foot when the word "foot" is held up?). I would be grateful for some guidance on this.

    2. I would also like to teach my babies to read in Chinese. How do I incorporate this alongside the English program? Do I need to keep things separate (i.e. teach one set in English words and the next set in Chinese) or should I mix it all up?

    3. I have seen some videos (and indeed the picture on the front of the How to Teach Your Baby to Read book) showing babies pointing to a particular part of their body when they are shown the word on the flash card. However, the book does not talk about how this happens. Do the babies learn automatically which part of their body is their nose or does it require some other teaching method?

    Any guidance from you experts would be much appreciated!

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    Good Doman discussions can be found on www.childbrain.org and baby kingdom has specific forums for Doman parents.

    To answer your questions,
    (1) You can tell by the child's expression if she is ready for couplets. It will normally take more than a few months' flashing to get to couplets.

    (1 & 3) No testing recommended but you can always place the images or words on the ground, play a game, say I am looking for a cat, and rest assured the child will point or crawl to the cat word or image.

    (2) Separate the Chinese and the English word sets. You can use the same images.

    MOST MOST MOST important, do the physical program NOT just the intellectual program, otherwise, you may see issues with the child later on due to overstimulation of the cortex but not the rest of the brain.

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    Thank you so much for that helpful info. I have not started the teaching program yet. However, what do you mean when you say do the physical program? What does that entail? Sorry for being ignorant but I only found out about this a week ago and have just read the book. Thanks.

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    Agree with cemily, you MUST do the physical aspect to the progam to ensure that it is whole. Doman was particularly clever and in fact one of the first to isolate "movement based learning".
    Look at the www.gentlerevolution.com website and get more information about the program there. It is the brachiation, tumbling and all other motor based movement which will make learning a joy to the child.

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    Calling Glenn Doman experts

    I've been utilising Glen Doman's teaching methods since my daughter was 4-months old. It actually takes approximately 2 years to complete all the words. I've trained my helpers to participate and they do a great job whilst I'm at work. The older they get, the more they get interested in the words, associate them with pictures as well. I have translated all the words and printed them one by one. The whole process is very time consuming, but worthwhile if you believe in Glen Doman.

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    Thank you all for your posts. Upon Cemily's advice, I have visited the Childbrain website and it is really amazing - especially for Doman parents. You can download lots of materials there which parents share with each other. Thanks Cemily for pointing that out!

    Josoo - did you buy the English cards or make your own? I want to buy the Chinese cards but not sure where in Hong Kong sells them. Also, where do you buy all your card from?

    My next task is to find out more about the physical program....

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    Does anyone know where I can download Chinese characters in powerpoint presentation format WITH SOUND? I went to the Palmchristy website which has a lot of useful Chinese material but none of it seems to have sound when the powerpoint presentation is played. I can't read traditional characters so perhaps i just don't know where to look on the wesbite?

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    Calling Glen Doman experts!

    I made the English cards as well. You go to a stationery store and get regular A4 paper cards, it's a little thicker than regular paper, but not too thick to go through the printer. I don't read Chinese, so a friend of mine helped me translate the cards. I also purchased the Glen Doman flashcards, the entire set, and found those pretty useful aswell. I also purchased the dots for the maths set and they have worked really well. My daughter really knows how to count the dots.

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