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1  EARLY LEARNING / Early Learning - General Discussions / Re: Gentle Revolution and Glenn Doman's method on: August 31, 2008, 08:26:15 AM
Teaching baby math according Glenn Doman:
     For those that have not read the book of Glenn Doman "How to teach your baby math" and would like to know more, here is what to do and in more details how to start with dot cards.
The first step = teaching quantity recognition
The second step = Equations with dot cards
The third step = Problem  solving
The fourth step = Teaching Numerals
The fifth step = Equations with numerals
     The first step is teaching quantity recognition which is teaching your baby to be able to perceive actual numbers which are the true value of numerals (the symbols).
     The first day:Begin with dot cards 1-5 and show it to your child three times first day
     The second day: Add dot cards 6-10 and show both categories of 5 cards three times a day = 6 daily sessions
Continue to show two sets of five cards, each set three times a day, total of six math sessions spread out during the day, equaling a few minutes in all.
After second day alway mix the sets up. Constant mixing and reshuffling will keep the sessions new and exciting.
     On the sixth day and later add 2 new cards daily and put away 2 old cards daily. This is how you retire cards: Every day remove the two lowest numbers from the ten cards you have been teaching for five days.
You may feel that the baby needs new material more quickly, then you should retire three cards daily and add theree new once. Or even four.
Always resist the temptation to review old card over and over again.
     Always stop before your baby wants to stop. You and your baby should both enjoy the math session. If not something is wrong.

Karma pts to you for sharing the summary to us. I don't have the time to read the whole book, so anything short and simple, especially in point form is much appreciated.

I came across another website which explains the 2nd to 5th steps in more details. I've cut and pasted here :


   1. Zero Step (for newborns - kids under 3 months old, all other kids should start at the First Step)
- dot cards that are very-very large: 15"x15", with black, very bold dots 1.5" in diameter. Begin with one card, show it for 10-15 seconds and hold it absolutely still to give him a chance to focus on it. On a first day show "one" dot card 10 times, on second show "two" dot card 10 times; proceed for 7 days with different cards 10 times each day. Repeat for the following two weeks: so, for the first three weeks you show "one" dot on Mondays, "two" on Tuesdays... On week 4: chose dot cards 8-14 and cycle each of them 10 times a day for the following three weeks (card "eight" on Mondays, card "nine" on Tuesdays, etc.) Continue with this pattern until tiny infant is seeing detail consistently and easily (around twelve weeks or later). Chose the correct time of the day: when the baby is in a good mood. Once you realize your infant can see the detail clearly, proceed to step one.
   2. First Step - Quantity Recognition
      Teaching your child to to perceive actual numbers, which are true value of numerals - 5 dot cards 1-100. 2 sets of 5 cards each, three times a day each set.
  3. Second Step - Equations
      Start after you've showed first 20 cards for First Step.
      Don't test, continue introducing new quantities, i.e. dot cards, (until you reach 100), and add sessions with simple equations: 2+2=4, 5+11=16. Avoid predictable equations: 1+2=3; 1+3=4; 1+4=5. After two weeks of different addition equations, do subtractions, followed by multiplication and division (at two week intervals of 3 sessions of equations per day).
   4. Third Step - Problem Solving
      You have completed First Step (showing dot cards), and First Step (simple Equations).
      Progress onto more sophisticated three step equations, e.g: 2x2x3=12.
      "You are still extraordinary giving and completely non-demanding" (GD, Math, p. 125)- you haven't done any testing. "The Purpose of problem-solving opportunity is for a the child to be able to demonstrate what he knows if he wishes to do so. It is exactly the opposite of the test." (GD, Math, p. 126). You can do it at the end of the session.
          * Hold two cards and ask where is 22 (always offer options!)
            "This is a good opportunity for a baby to look at or touch teh card if he wishes to do so." If he does, make a big fuss. If he doesn't, simply say, "This is 32" and, "This is fifteen." (GD, Math, p. 127).
          * Give a simple equation and then hold two dot cards for him to chose the result of the equation. Again, always offer options, and if your child doesn't want to show a card, simply and upbeat say it yourself.

      After a few weeks of these equations, make them even more fun: combine addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, but don't mix the pairs e.g. 40+15-30=25, not 4+2*7.
      After a few weeks, add another term to the equations: 56+20-4-4=68.
      You can further progress onto:
         1. Sequences
         2. Greater then and less then
         3. Equalities and inequalities
         4. Number personality
         5. Fractions
         6. Simple algebra
  5. Fourth Step - Numeral Recognition
      11x11 poster board with numerals written in large, red, felt-tipped marker: 6" tall by 3" wide.
      Combine numbers with dots: 12 greater then dot card of 7; dot card of 12=12 (number)
  6. Fifth Step - Equations with numerals
      Make 18"x4" poster board cards for equations with numerals: 25+5=30; 115x3x2x5 not equals 2,500; 458 divided by 2 minus 229.

2  EARLY LEARNING / Teaching Your Child Math / Re: "Singapore Math" Method? on: August 31, 2008, 06:31:55 AM
Heloo...Me from S'pore too.

And as zlyne correctly pointed out, I went ,"Singapore Math?!! What's that?" blink

But in general I agree that Asian standard of Math teaching has been very good. Take Abacus training, speed mathematics etc. My parents used to memorise the multiplication tables from x1 to x16 and even know, if u wake them from their sleep and ask them what is 16x16, they'll say it correctly!!

I read the URL from Wiki. The bar system of teaching algebra as a pre-algebra module is difficult but a good beginning for kids who are more visual. I couldn't quite grasp it when i was studying it (because i was used to trial and error mthds) but it worked well for some kids.


Hello Anushyam

My aunt who is in her 50s now used to tell me that her dad forced she and her siblings to memorise up to the  12 multiplication table before starting Primary 1 (7 year-old)! Rather amusing but amazing!

But, I think kids now have started to know their multiplication table earlier than I did.

I couldn't really get the bar-model method too. I used lots of algebra in Primary 6 which is more useful for secondary schools, isn't it? However, I guessed there's more problem-solving in lower primary now and since they have not started algebra, the bar-model system is the way out. Or is there any other methods ?
3  Parents' Lounge / Coffee Corner - General Chat / Re: Singaporeans & Malaysians! on: August 31, 2008, 06:19:08 AM

There are a few right brain centers in Singapore.

1. iGenius -
2. Little Neuro Tree (formerly known as Trio) - most of the staffs are from Shichida.
3. Glenn Doman -
4. Right Brain Networkz -

There are a lot more brain centers for older kids such as MindChamps, Singapore Brain Development Centre, Tony Buzan Learning Centre, LogicMills, Adam Khoo etc...

Go figure.


Hi Angie

Thanks for the listing it out.  I haven't been actively in the forum and thus the late reply.

There's aplenty to choose from and this is creating confusion. Not wanting to be "kiasu" but really, sometimes I wonder how not to.
4  EARLY LEARNING / Teaching Your Child Math / Re: "Singapore Math" Method? on: August 31, 2008, 05:41:24 AM
Hello KL

I am from Singapore, but never heard of this Singapore Math Method. Never knew it had a name or it is now branded ! What I know is to just follow the school system, whatever the method was, as there was no alternative.

I did a Google search on this (I think you would have done too ? smile ) and came across a review and comparison at

There's also a website, belonging to a company which brought this method to the U.S.

Here is their Singapore Math Story at and it also explains why Singaporeans never heard of Singapore Math!

5  Parents' Lounge / Coffee Corner - General Chat / Re: Singaporeans & Malaysians! on: August 16, 2008, 01:19:01 AM
Hi Angie

Thanks for the insight. Would love to also read the experience from those who attended the classes.

Care to share what are the other right-brain centers in Singapore?

TIA (Thanks in Advance) smile
6  Parents' Lounge / Coffee Corner - General Chat / Re: Singaporeans & Malaysians! on: August 11, 2008, 04:42:23 PM

I am born and bred in Singapore , and am still in Singapore! smile

Not a mom but a just-as-excited auntie. My sister has not talked about sending my niece to any of the early childhood learning centers like Shichida. Are they really effective?

It is so stressful just thinking for my niece's education path.
7  BrillKids Software / Little Reader - General Discussion / Re: Searching for a particular category in DOWNLOAD on: August 10, 2008, 06:05:08 PM
Hi KL & Lappy

Thank you for your replies.

KL, it is good to know that you guys will look into more sub-categorization for LR. It will definitely help the new members, like me, as the database for LR is growing everyday! smile

Lappy, yes the SEARCH helps. I have been using it.

I will continue to use the SEARCH, while waiting for the revamped DOWNLOAD section. KL has promised us! smile

Great job to KL & team!

8  BrillKids Software / Little Reader - General Discussion / Searching for a particular category in DOWNLOAD on: August 10, 2008, 01:04:54 PM
Hi, I find it cumbersome to search the whole DOWNLOAD section for a particular category. Am I doing the it incorrectly?

For example, when I want to see the animals category, I would search the whole lists or sort according to TITLES. And, if the title doesn't follow the standard naming convention, then I would miss the file. After sorting by TITLES, I still have to search according to the page numbers.

Thus, I would like to suggest more sub-categories, to be included under DOWNLOAD section for easy searching. For example, categories like food, fruits, action words, musical instruments,body parts ... etc. Maybe this has been raised before in other postings. If so, sorry for the duplicate.
9  BrillKids Software / Little Reader - General Discussion / Re: my list of suggestions on: July 27, 2008, 04:57:35 AM

Ah,yes,I may have understood it . Thanks for clearing it up!

10  BrillKids Software / Little Reader - General Discussion / Re: my list of suggestions on: July 26, 2008, 10:09:42 AM

My LR will have the folders expanded although I have closed them before. When I switched between Playlists & Categories, the folders are all expanded. When I start the LR, the folders are also expanded. Did I missed out any steps ?
I am using LR Beta1.04.
11  BrillKids Software / Little Reader - General Discussion / Re: The Create a Video Function on: July 24, 2008, 05:31:14 AM
This is a good function, as I could pass the DVD to the nanny or the grandparents to play it for my niece. when we are out working. Also, when we go traveling, we could play it on the portable DVD player, instead of the notebook. Cool

12  EARLY LEARNING / Teaching Your Child - Other Topics / Re: Could I skip Simulation Cards for 4-month old? on: July 23, 2008, 02:39:59 PM
Thanks for the advice, nhockaday!  Cool
13  EARLY LEARNING / Teaching Your Child - Other Topics / Could I skip Simulation Cards for 4-month old? on: July 23, 2008, 09:55:51 AM
Hello everybody

I have a 4-month old niece. My sister has started her on some singing videos and she recognises the songs in there. Whenever the video is on, she will concentrate watching the video. And, whenever we sing the songs from the video ,she will respond by looking through our eyes, bursting into laughter or even start to "talk" ahhhhh....... (a high-pitched ahhhh actually).

My question here is should I start her with b&w simulation cards or could I skip it for her as she seems "simulated" enough ?  Could I just proceed to the flashcards ?  I have tried the simulation and flashcards. She is more interested in me flipping and dropping the simulation cards than the cards. As for the flashcards on Little Reader, she will watch it.

Appreciate any suggestions smile
14  Parents' Lounge / Introduce Yourself / Hello everyone!!! on: July 23, 2008, 09:42:12 AM
Hello everyone

Firstly, thanks to the founder/creator of Little Reader and Brillkids/Brillbaby. Thank you for sharing this wonderful and revolutionary product. Thanks also to the Editor, the Moderator, and to all those who makes this site happened and happening! smile

I am NOT a mom, but just a little over-excited auntie of a 4-month old niece. I really hope my niece will respond to the program positively. She has find it interesting, but I haven't been following it religiously.

Nice to know that there are so many people here willing to share what they know.

Catch you guys around !
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