Flashcards Can Raise a Baby's IQ
Young children have very quick minds and they learn effortlessly. An effective way to teach small children is to show them several sets of flashcards throughout the day. Child brain development specialist Glenn Doman founder of The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia calls his flashcards "Bit off Intelligence Cards" or "Bits" for short. The term 'bits' has become popularized. Bits are large picture cards with factual information on the back. Ten facts are usually listed. Bits are ideal for infant stimulation, and children of any age love bits. Being happy and relaxed and showing enthusiasm when you give presentations will add to your child's interest and enjoyment. As you and your child work daily with bits your child's knowledge base will dramatically increase and his IQ will be increased.
Your Own Bits
In order to make bits, collect a variety of pictures and accompanying facts. Paste each picture onto a piece of poster board. (Doman recommends 11" x 11"; 8-1/2 by 11 also work) Place a label identifying the subject on the back of the card. A list of information, or facts, can be added beneath the label. Any size bits can be covered with clear contact paper or laminated. 8-/2" by 11" bits can be put in loose-leaf jackets instead. If you are short on time, older children can help make them for the younger children.
Basic Rules for Presenting Bits
1) The flashcards in each set of bits should all be on the same subject.
2) Pictures should be large, clear, and precise and display a single item, preferably without a background. If you can, cut out the background.
3) Presentations should be brief.
4 ) Cards should be shown quickly, about one card per second or as long as it takes to present one fact.
Give one fact per card at a
6) To insure continuing interest, stop before the child's interest starts to dwindle.
Easy and Enjoyable
The following tips can help you turn each session into a success:
1) Before showing flashcards to the child practice handling them standing before a mirror.
2) Each presentation should be a positive experience. Love and enjoyment are major ingredients!
3) The child needs to be in a receptive mood whenever you show bits.
4) Do not attempt to have a session with a child that is tired or sick. And do not attempt to have a session with a child that is preoccupied with something else, especially something he enjoys.
5) Prepare the environment by eliminating distractions such as TV, radio, stereo and phone.
6) Good lighting is essential.
7) Enthusiastically announce that you have bits to show and tell the category you are offering. Ask the child if he would like to see them.
8) Hold the cards 18 inches away from the child at the child's eye level.
9) Work from the back of the stack towards the front.
10) Keep the cards steady without jerking them.
11) Be lively with your presentations.
Let your child know how wonderful he's doing and how much fun you're having. As you express joy, your child will be delighted to participate, even if he's only an infant. This is important, because infants who are shown bits develop their sight and hearing faster. And as bits stimulate brain development they trigger the genius potential that is waiting to be discovered in each child.
Doesn't Take Long
Doman's research, among others, shows that children learn very quickly, especially babies. Doman's recommendation is to try showing a set of bits three times a day for ten days. Some parents find that their child learns faster and prefer showing the same set of bits less often to keep the child from losing interest. Adding facts and new cards while retiring old ones, except perhaps for periodic review, helps maintain interest.
An obvious sign that a child is losing interest in a set of bits is if he looks the other way during a presentation. If your child begins to lose interest and looks away it is probably because your child needs new information. If this happens, Doman advises moving on to new material. He says many children he worked with reached the point where they only needed to see a bit one time to learn a fact. These children have developed super-memory, which is close to photographic memory!
Dr. Makoto Shichida of Japan says that showing a child large amounts of information very quickly develops photographic memory and that it is not necessary to present information more than once. Finding out what works best for you and your child may take some experimentation.
Teaching the Alphabet
The 26 letters of the alphabet are often the first phonograms children learn and we teach alphabet phonograms first in the Home Reading Program, which you can DOWNLOAD from this website. The letters of the alphabet are the building blocks to make words and the alphabet lays the foundation for reading. To teach your child the alphabet you can divide it into three parts and present one section at a time, each section taking about ten seconds to present. Presentations can be repeated throughout the day.
Doman Doesn't recommend running the sessions together, and he says to leave, at least, half an hour between sessions. However, if you find that running sessions together does work for you, you should still leave some space between presentations where you play with the child for a moment and share a bit of affection.
After presenting the names of the letters of the alphabet you can present the letter-sounds (phonemes) and use the alphabet-phonogram word cards. Then move on to the rest of the phonograms and their word cards. LINK to article on learning to read.
Because children learn so quickly it is important to continuously supply them with new bits. Presenting new word cards daily will help you to keep up with the child's need for new material.
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