- Mass Market Paperback: 258 pages
- Publisher: Avery; Rev Upd edition (November 1, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0895295970
- ISBN-13: 978-0895295972
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,040,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Teach Your Baby to Read (Gentle Revolution) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1993
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This is because when I was just a year old, my dad bought a copy of this book. After reading it, he wrote words in big red block print on solid, kid-proof pieces of white cardboard. And I *flew* with it. I got out of this book what my dad put into it, and then some.
I remember how much fun I had. When he came home from work, I'd beg him to pull out the flashcards: "Get the words, daddy!"
A couple years later, when my sister was 2 and I was 4, *I* taught *her* to read. She didn't initially take to it as well as I did, but I made it a game: I'd hide the flash cards around the house and send her off in search of the right words. She loved it! So if at first you don't succeed, you can modify the system to suit your baby.
At about the same time, I entered kindergarten. I remember wondering why they made such a big deal about my ability to read. After all, as surprising as it was to them, it was nothing unusual to *me*!
Flash forward 20 years. Where am I in 1999? I'm a very successful graduate student in Boston. Merit scholarships have taken me right through college. I worked hard to get here, and I know my dad started me on the right foot.
Did I benefit from this book? Yes. When I have children, will I teach them by this system? Absolutely. This is the kind of gift keeps on giving. Your child will cherish it for years to come.
After you read it, read the How to Teach Math (much easier to do the program because you can purchase an inexpensive kit from the author's institute). If you are into it, read Encyclopedic knowledge.
I also recommend you to take the author's courses, in Philadelphia, but they are a couple of thousand dollars or more. Do it all before your baby is born.
I read this book 10 years before my wife got pregnant and it changed my life... and my daughter's (I hope). It changed how I saw child's development. Now she is 3.
But don't get too carried away. Believe me, some parents do get carried away. The ones in Philadelphia seem to belong to a sect. Just enjoy your children and add this program to the fun.
Although I spend a large amount of money with the course, I really don't do much of the program. Still, I raise my daughter differently from what I would otherwise have done without having read this book. You will not be the same person after you read it. And it is not about teaching your baby to read. It is about teaching your baby about life.
You will have more respect for your child and will not let your baby grow "by accident." Instead, you will be able to actively participate in the learning process and challenge your child to fulfill his or her intellectual potential. If you have a child, or if you don't but you love someone, this is the only book that you must read. Remember, read it before the baby is born. This book (or the others in the collection) are a wonderful present for an expecting mother.
BUT ... as many educators will tell you, the whole-language approach is a dead end for lots of kids. Moral of the story: experiment. Don't rule out the whole-language approach OR phonics. See what works best for your child. The most important thing is that you take responsibility for teaching your children to enjoy reading. Don't expect the school system to do it for you.
Initially I was skeptical about teaching my 18-month daughter to read, but found out that that Glenn Doman and Janet Doman have discovered the completely different method of teaching babies, not the same that is using in junior schools. Their method suits for a baby from zero moths old, i.e. from birth. The are three lessons per day, each lesson last fifteen seconds and give such a joy to the baby that she woke me up in the mornings asking me to teach her to read. When she hears my steps when I return from my job, she runs to me to teach her to read. The babies CAN and WANT to learn!
The babies are eager to learn, they want desperately to learn everything they can, as quickly as possible, but the adults are often fail to provide for the babies the adequate opportunity of learning.
Glenn Doman and Janet Doman offer funny and inexpensive way of teaching the baby to read, math, and encyclopedic knowledge by means of special inventory. For reading, it is cards with big red printed words.
A few words from my own experience on producing the inventory: don't even imagine of cutting the cards and printing the words by yourself. Just give a list of words to a nearby company, which prints business cards.
I also recommend "How to Teach Your Baby to Be Physically Superb" by Glenn Doman in addition to this book.
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I started the program with my 3 year old daughter a week ago. I was a little skeptical at first, but after 2 weeks into the program, I am amazed of how quickly my daughter is... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
I'm a reading specialist. This method is not going to actually teach your child to read, it will teach your child rote memorization skills without context (lowest cognitive skill... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elizabeth Bronwen Bure
In November of 1980, I bought this book....at the time, the sole author was Glenn Doman. I can only speak for the unrevised version that I purchased in 1980. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Weav
I'm doing this with my two year old son. He loves it! He's really recognizing words now. I'm never able to do it as consistently as the author recommends but it's still working. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Leela
The first 119 pages are theory filler. As a former teacher, you'd be better off with flash cards. Some worthwhile suggestionsPublished 3 months ago by joel Rauch
This book is thus far enlightening. I shall make another comment at a later time.Published 4 months ago by James Black
Copies of this book have been in my family three generations. My mother taught me to read when I was a toddler in the 1960's using the advice presented. Read morePublished 6 months ago by SQLbait
I highly recommend any book in the Gentle Baby series. They are easy to understand and provide clear instruction for parents seeking to educate and provide their babies with... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gin and Books
It is a book that promotes whole word reading. I am a believer in reading through the use of Phonics. It's a good book if you believe in the whole word method.Published 7 months ago by csepuede