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The Right Brain Education Math Program was first conceived by Glenn Doman when he began the Red Dot Card Math Program. Since then, a number of ways to teach this program have been developed. You can read more about them here:
These math programs are generally recommended for children below 3 years old. However, many parents have asked if it is okay to run the program with older kids – especially if their children are just over 3 years old. My belief is that we should never underestimate what our children are capable of. If you have the desire and commitment to make it work, give it a go.
For an older child or a child who is not responding well to the red dot method, another method you can try is called SEE’s Maths Method. This is a physical method of teaching the basic concepts of numerical values and arithmetic which may be better received by some children.
The Purpose of Early Math Exposure
While there are many reasons to start early, I believe that the fundamental reason is to instill a love for numbers. This sets the tone for learning Math in the later years – that it is a subject of interest and enjoyment. Here are more reasons to start early:
- Develop Early Numeracy
Through early experiences of seeing numbers and mathematical information, young children can develop numeracy. By teaching your child during their early years, you will help them learn math concepts naturally and intuitively. This helps to transform math from a daunting subject into an enjoyable one.
- Encourage a Positive Attitude Towards Math
Young children have a natural aptitude for learning easily. Starting early helps your child develop a positive attitude towards mathematics. Instead of fearing math, your child will learn to associate math with joyful experiences counting and learning about numerals and quantities in a loving home environment.
- Moving from Quantities to Numerals
The Right Brain Education Math Program begins by teaching quantity concepts from 0 to 100. Further sessions will guide your child towards associating numerals with quantities, giving your child a more meaningful understanding of numbers.
- Creating a Strong Base for Meaningful Math
In addition to quantities and numerals, your child will be introduced to the concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Beginning with short equations using low numbers, your child will start to learn about how each operation functions.
Right Brain Education Math
- Red Dot Cards
- Picture dot cards (Printables or Digital use)
- Pattern dot cards (Printables or Digital use)
There are several ways to teach your child Maths following Right Brain Education philosophies. Three methods are outline in the following posts:
What’s the difference between these programs? The basic concept underlying all three programs is the same, however, the method of conduct is slightly different for each. You do not need to do all three programs as they are fairly similar in content.
For ease of running lessons, BrillKids Little Math is the most convenient to use. Each day is already planned for you and all you need to do is click and play. The downside to Little Math is that it is a digital program and there is no option for physical flashcards (if that is your preference).
The Glenn Doman Red Dot Math program was the original right brain education math program (although it has never gone under that name). It has had years of proven success for many parents. Some parents, however, have found the lessons to be overly repetitive.
Shichida’s 65 Day Math Program is a modified version of the Glenn Doman Red Dot Math program. Although it is dubbed the “65 Day” program, it is actually a “260 Day” program as the program is repeated four times.
To overcome the brain’s natural “forgetting” processes, it is important to include repetitions over a period of time. If you start the Math Program when your child is an infant, it is worthwhile to repeat the entire program each year.