How to Teach Your Baby Math

How to Teach Your Baby Math

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by Glenn J. Doman, Janet Doman
     
 

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ISBN-13:
9780871316172
Publisher:
Evans, M. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
02/29/2000
Pages:
132
Product dimensions:
8.27(w) x 5.51(h) x (d)

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How to Teach Your Baby Math 2.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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If you are trying to transform your kid into some precocious and burnt out counting monkey (with no guarantee to succeed, by the way) buy this book...no, actually, don't, it's a big waste of time and you may risk to harm your baby mind in the process. I was searching for a manual describing intelligent methods to stimulate my newborn kid creativity and abstract thinking, the basis for mathematical thinking, and I run into Dr. Doman's book. I am not a fan of this kind of books, but I learned about his commendable activity with brain injured kids (that is an area where Dr. Doman has more credibility and stands on solid grounds, it seems) and thought to give a try at his approach to early math education. It was a total disappointment. The style of writing is repetitions and boring, but I can live with that, the target reader has probably a wide range of education backgrounds. What he has to say could be easily condensed in one page, but worse, the method he proposes sounded totally bogus since the get-go and it probably is. He tries to teach kids from 6 mo to 2 years age numbers and calculations using dozens of flash cards with bright red dots shown to the baby at a fast rate as the stepping stone to more complex (?) tasks. In the end visual/auditory memorization and repetition seems to be the key factors in this approach. For a few kids this method seems to produce the expected result, but my question is: do we really want or need that result? fast counting monkeys no more intelligent than the next kid playing with wood blocks and crayons? From my independent assessment of his methods I understand that there is no research whatsoever supporting his claims, at best some anecdotical data exist from the activity in his expensive courses at the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential. It seems to me that the most likely outcome will be boring your infant to death, followed on the other hand by transforming her/him into a counting machine who will likely hate science, math, and probably you, for the rest of her adult life. Dr. Hirsh-Pasek book "Einstein Never Used Flashcards" support this conclusion (that book seems a better investment, at least she cites some technical literature), much research on young kids' education seems to indicate that capacity for abstraction matures around 5-6 years of age (it is no chance that that is the normal school age across the entire planet!) and that kids pushed into being home-made precocious geniuses may be less creative, curious and flexible later in life. who wants that? Before you consider buying this book, take time to read this article: http://www.boston.com/news/globe/magazine/articles/2007/10/28/rush_little_baby/ That alone would have saved me a few bucks. My current personal conclusion is that creative play, parental engagement, talking and reading (anything!) to your kids are better bets for growing creative and curious individuals ready to operate in the economy of tomorrow. bottom line, I consider this purchase my personal charity to Dr. Doman other's endeavors...no more than that.