Glenn Doman – Doman Flash Cards
So, I just finished reading the book, “Teaching Your Baby To Read” and loved it!
After looking all over the internet for flash cards, reading cards, math cards, etc, all I came up with was the Doman reading cards on their website… but they are not cheap.
If you get the printed 6 x 22 flash card from the Glenn Doman website, you spend $75 for 134 different cards.
True, it is nice to have them printed, but you will need alot more than 134 cards. It’s amazing how many common words there are and how quickly you will go through them. Over time you will probably be close to going through 2,000 different words.
I had to find something option
because clearly what they offer on the Gentle Revolution website was not going to be enough. I then thought, surely I can make my own. Glenn Doman talks about making your own flash cards in his book.
I got one of those large red permanent markers and white card stock (110 lb, 150 sheets in a pkg) from walmart. I took the ream of cardstock to my local print shop and they cut through the whole package. By cutting the 9 1/2 x 11 card stock in half-length wise, you get a TON of 4 3/4 x 11 blank flash cards. That will give you 300 cheap flash cards!
You can’t beat that price! I think it was around $5.00 for all the cardstock. You’ll find it in section with printer/laser printer paper. (same aisle as file folders and office supply).
The next challenge…
Then my next challenge was to get longer flash cards for longer words, couplets and phrases. This was a challenge. You can find poster board many places, but then you need to cut it. Kinko’s charges $0.50 per cut. That would cost you around $2.00 to get one poster board cut into 6 inch strips. Doman recommends 6×22 inch strips. If you cut them by hand, your hand would tire out way before you had enough strips.
After brainstorming, I came up with a cost-effective solution. I cut my poster board (25 sheets) – this will give you 100 strips or poster board (100 sheets) – this will give you 400 strips. Cut the reading flash cards using a rotary cutter (this cutter was able to cut through several pieces at once) and a mat (the kind you use to cut fabrics for quilt making). I have made my strips 6 x 22 inches. They are perfect! If you make the math cards, use a red bingo dauber for the circle dots 🙂
I would like to encourage all of you who are using the Doman method to enjoy the process, no matter how much or little you implement what you have read in his books. Better to do something than nothing at all 🙂 Enjoy being a mother – they are only small once!
Here are two books available you can preview. The words and pictures are actually on the right side, not the left side like in the preview. These are the only books I have found that are ‘glenn doman’ style for sale. I think there are 9 different books available. They are all 80 pages! The following is just a teaser preview.
The black and white ones are only $6.95 for a 80 page book!