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How to Teach Your Baby to Read

(The Gentle Revolution)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  465 ratings  ·  67 reviews
This book presents four tenets: Tiny children can learn to
Hardcover, Revised & Updated 40th Anniversary Edition, 262 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Gentle Revolution Press (first published October 1964)
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Ryan I have the same sort of question. The book mentions several times that it can easily be done (or at least speaking them) but does not go into it as…moreI have the same sort of question. The book mentions several times that it can easily be done (or at least speaking them) but does not go into it as part of the system. My baby will be bilingual (English/Chinese) and we want to get him to read both but are not sure if it should be done simultaneously, or the second one delayed. The intial goal is to build up to five sets of five words three times a day (so seventy-five lessons). Each "lesson" is super quick but finding the right moments isn't always easy. So a second language would double that unless the system is modified and soon enough reading phrases and sentences will come in and make things busier still. Does anyone have a plan or system for this yet?(less)

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Nov 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
To ANYONE who wants their kids to grow up with super reading skills...this is it. Scientifically created by a brain researcher. The original was published way back in the 60's (or maybe 50's). I used it to teach both my kids to read, starting at 18 months. That's right, months. Both learned to read by 3, and my son had read all the early grade school books by 4. We couldn't find enough with big print. By 5 he was through most of the middle school books.

I measured his reading speed (better than
Jul 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Every parent should read all of Doman's books. Even if you don't agree with 100% of his methods, you will learn how important it is to take advantage of the child's early years when their mind is like a sponge.
Feb 11, 2008 rated it liked it
Interesting idea. The basic premise is that reading is a natural brain function, just like learning to understand spoken language. According to the authors, kids don't learn to read earlier on their own because generally print is too small for their underdeveloped vision. Apparently the method described in the book (using very large, bold flashcards) has worked for thousands of families, and I plan to start trying it with Isobel within the next few months.
That said, the writing was poor, and the
Nov 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book changed my perception of babies and their potential. They are capable of so much, and I appreciated being able to feel like I was really teaching them rather than just waiting for them to grow out of the cute "blob" stage. I've applied these ideas of teaching babies from all the books the Domans have written, and had my children reading at age 3, learning to speak by reading (my autistic son), recognizing a "giant walkingstick" in a natural history museum (even though he was so ...more
Tim Headley
Feb 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most WONDERFUL experience in life is teaching your 2-year old how to read, and watching her LOVE to read, really read books, at age 3. Sure, it will make your baby much more intelligent, but just as important, you will have such sweet memories of those special times with your child cuddled on your lap, reading aloud to you.
I'm definitely intrigued by the idea, and I desperately want to try it...and yet I'm hesitant. I agree with the author that young children soak up knowledge with an unfathomable rapidity, so I think my son would love it. I'm just nervous because there is no phonics involved whatsoever...the child is taught solely through sight words, which gets to be a LOT of words on cards! My concern is that he will learn to read and yet be missing some of the most basic tools he needs to continue learning on ...more
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I was given “How to Teach Your Baby to Read” a while back. It's been lying around, so yesterday I thought I'd give it a read.

I like the idea behind the title. Upon reading the book, I found that Doman's methodology presents a couple ideas that I might try with my kids. But overall, I found this book disappointing and frustrating from a linguistics standpoint.

For the majority of the text, Doman makes claims supported almost entirely through the aid of case-study and testimonial-style examples co
Sep 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who hangs out with children!
I love, love, love this book. My 4 year old is reading everything he see's now, and my 1 year old is trying too. This will be my new gift for all new parents.
Aug 12, 2007 rated it really liked it
According to this book, little children (0-5 years old) are more intelligent and capable of learning than previously imagined. After it is understood that they have a huge amount of curiosity about the world around them, the authors strongly recommend enriching a child’s environment by teaching them to read.

The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential (the group behind this book) was begun to see if it was possible to teach brain-damaged children to read. In this case, "brain-damaged" m
Jun 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Glenn Doman's advice on teaching a baby to read is both refreshingly straightforward and precise (down to the number of inches tall your letters should be and what color of felt tip marker you ought to use to make them). While not all of these injunctions seem proven or perhaps necessary to the working of this plan, they are what worked for Doman and so he relates them. It is nice that he put the pragmatic portions of the book separate from the philosophical because it makes turning back to it w ...more
Jan 28, 2010 rated it liked it
An easy read and a great concept with convincing arguments and testimonials. I sent away for my reading cards immediately! Just started teaching him last week and already my 2.5-year-old is reading a couple of words. I was most intrigued by the chicken and egg question presented by the authors about so many early readers entering gifted programs. Did they read early because they were gifted or did they excel (and thereby acquire the gifted label becuase they read early????)
Jun 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I read this book 6 year ago and teach my son right away. It worked! My son can read since he was 2.5 y o, and since that day he loves to read and write stories and poems.
Tiana Thai
Oct 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I will apply Glen Doman when I have a child. It's amazing work.
Susan Austin
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A perspective-changer on brain growth, how language is learnt and how much children can take in during the early years. Inspiring.
Maggie Moeller
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The brain is so fascinating. Whether or not you have an interest in actually teaching your baby or young child to read, the research behind it is a very interesting read.
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
The writing leaves something to be desired, but the information is helpful. Can't wait to try it with Andrew.
Katlego Mojapelo
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just completed how to teach your baby to read by Glenn Doman and Janet Doman.
This is truly an amazing book on the leading edge of thought, to know and believe that our tiny babies can be taught to read from as little as day one is just outstanding.
This book outlines the methods ,procedures to be followed step by step, the do's and dont's , how the babies brain is wired at different stages of development and growth and mostly it's never to late to teach you baby to read from 0-72months is the
Aug 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A large part of the book is spent explaining whether and why anyone would want to teach their baby to read. Will it HURT them? Will it RETARD their growth? Will it OVER-PRESSURE them? Etc. If you're already convinced that teaching your baby to read isn't going to mortally wound their infant souls then you'll be happy to have your intuition confirmed by data, and you can then proceed to skim the first 100 pages

The rest of the book gives a system for creating cards and starting to expose the baby
Mar 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was far more interesting than I had thought it would be going into it. I thought it would be more of a how-to book, but it surprised me--quite pleasantly, I might add--that it spends more of the time telling you WHY you should teach your child to read young and HOW they actually learn.

I also now feel bad about not starting to teach my son German already.

Parental guilt aside, it was really interesting to me to read about the studies that have led up to the book's initial goal of teach
Kimberly Smith
Apr 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I love this book for many reasons. I love that it opened my eyes to what our children are capable of - absolutely amazing things. I love that it inspired me to be a more dedicated mother. I love that it teaches us how to teach our children. It emphasizes making learning fun to keep the kids interested. Make learning a game. That may seem common sense, but I definitely wasn't raised to learn that way. I have used this on my children as infants and toddlers and I strongly believe it is one reason ...more
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I used this book as a guide to teach my girls to read back in the '80s, and read the Spanish version now as I plan to teach my granddaughter to read in Spanish. I will modify the method a great deal, as I did with my girls. I don't think much of the 5-seconds approach. I tried it with his "How to Teach Your Baby Math" and she lost interest after only 6 days. I plan to let her touch and study the cards rather than flash five cards for one second each and not let her look at them. My girls learned ...more
Nov 15, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: new parents
Shelves: non-fics
Don't you ever let your baby grows without you, as his/her parents, reading this.

Babies are natural born geniuses. But we have tendencies to degeniusing them. So what can we do to maintain their superior brain and logic?

First, you can teach them to read. It will save you a lot of fuss someday when they're big enough, already bored with their shining bright coloured toys, and start to whining for your attention. Just toss them their favorite books and you can enjoy your cup of tea peacefully (I
Feb 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
I'm really excited about what I learned from this book. I would love to instill an early love (and ability) for reading in my child. This book outlines a method to do so. He suggests ways to begin at birth and on up. My main issue with this book was the derogatory tone towards mothers: his assumption that parents put their children in play pens all day every day, never let them explore, discourage children from appropriate neurological development, and that no one takes mothers seriously. Basica ...more
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
I feel like this book could have easily been all condensed into an article. I can't test for the effectiveness of the instruction for how to teach a baby to learn, so I can't argue for or against that, but the many, MANY testimonials included in the book seem to prove it. In fact, half the book was just justifying its effectiveness. It got repetitive.

Anyway, I don't know if I agree with some of the generalizations they threw in there about language acquisition. I feel like it went against my pe
Mar 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any parent of young children
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Recently I have had a desire to help my daughter love learning. She already does, so I wanted to find a way to help maintain that throughout her life. She is two years old and I marvel at her enthusiasm to learn and, plainly, at how bright she is. So when it was recommended I read this book, I loved the idea...and I loved the book. I have begun to implement the plan to teach your young children to read and Callie loves it. She looks forward to seeing her words eve ...more
La La - Everyone's Crazy Aunt
I taught my son to read at the age of two with another edition of this book. It had instructions on how to make flash cards using a wide red felt tip marker and the backside of large index cards; both of which I purchased at a dollar store. The book also gave word progression suggestions and augmentation schedules. I made my own additions to the teaching method using the BOB Books, and a few Dr. Seuss books; like Go Dog Go, One Fish Two Fish, and Hop on Pop. I know the current versions have all ...more
Mike Landau
Sep 16, 2014 rated it liked it
save time and start from page 103. All of the great content in this book, including extremely helpful advice on teaching your infant to read, come after 102 pages of humble-brags, anecdotal stories that claim to prove a broad thesis, and musings by the author. I never needed to be convinced to teach my kid how to read, I just wanted advice on how to do it most effectively! With that said, the great value of this book comes from the last 60 pages, which offers a methodical approach to teaching yo ...more
Eliza Mansuetto Uribe
I read this book and went out and bought all the poster paper, black markers, etc. I wrote the huge words on them and tried doing it with my son. He was 18 months when we started. Totally bombed. I stopped. He is almost 3 now. Once in a while I pull out the cards but honestly, reading to your kids seems like the best way and this book doesn't really talk about reading to your kids. You know... the old fashioned way. Good in theory. Can't say it works, though.
Apr 28, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: parenting
I thought this would be interesting, but the program is so involved as a parent. I could never remember to do the flashcards and then when I thought really hard about why I wanted to do this, is was more for a show-off factor for me than for knowledge for my child. I think all my kids will know of my love for reading and hopefully catch some of that, but I don't want them to feel pressured by being put on some sort of a regimented schedule with flashcards.
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
It is a great great book but to be able to follow the program you really need someone who can help you with the housekeeping and the cooking or you will have no life. Might be worthy for some people and I truly believe we need more brilliant adults, but personally, I was not able to follow it up without help.
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GLENN DOMAN is the founder of The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential to which parents from every continent have been finding their way for more than a half of a century. He and The Institutes are famous for their pioneering work with brain-injured children and for their work in early development for well children.

In addition to dealing intimately with more than twenty thousand fami
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