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I have been asked how to use the Doman “red dot cards” to teach Math to a child. There are many ways you can do this, but if you want specific step-by-step instructions, then there are two methods that I am aware of:

Both programs are pretty similar. The fundamental difference is the number of repetitions. Doman’s method includes a lot more repetitions. You can find the step-by-step instructions for teaching Math following Doman’s method from Glenn Doman’s book “How to Teach Your Baby Math“, or you can follow the outline I have prepared here (I’ll cover the Shichida Math Method in another post):

Materials required: Set of 100 red dot cards (you can download the set I made, buy the Math Kit from Glenn Doman or you can make your own).

**Teaching Quantity**

Day 1: Morning – Take the first ten dot cards: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

1. Shuffle and divide into two sets of five cards.

2. Flash the cards at the rate of one card per second and say the number as you flash the card.Afternoon – Repeat step one and two.

Evening – Repeat step one and two.

(Technically speaking, you don’t have to flash the cards in the morning, afternoon, and evening. There must be an interval of at least 15 minutes between each session).

Day 2: Repeat Day 1

Day 3: Repeat Day 1

Day 4: Repeat Day 1

Day 5: Repeat Day 1

Day 6: Remove cards representing 1 and 2. Add cards representing 11 and 12. Repeat step one and two from Day 1 once in the morning, afternoon, and evening.

Day 7: Remove 3 and 4. Add 13 and 14. Repeat step one and two from Day 1 once in the morning, afternoon, and evening.

Day 8: Remove 5 and 6. Add 15 and 16. Repeat step one and two from Day 1 once in the morning, afternoon, and evening.

Day 9: Remove 7 and 8. Add 17 and 18. Repeat step one and two from Day 1 once in the morning, afternoon, and evening.

Day 10: Remove 9 and 10. Add 19 and 20. Repeat step one and two from Day 1 once in the morning, afternoon, and evening.

**Introducing Addition**

Day 11: Remove 11 and 12. Add 21 and 22.

Morning – Repeat step one and two from Day 1. Then show three random addition problems using cards 1 to 20. For example: 1+5=6, 4+9=13, 7+3=10.

Afternoon – Repeat step one and two from Day 1. Then show three random addition problems using cards 1 to 20. For example: 14+5=19, 8+7=15, 12+8=20.

Evening – Repeat step one and two from Day 1. Then show three random addition problems using cards 1 to 20. For example: 6+5=11, 18+1=19, 5+3=8.

How to flash the Math problems: say “one (show 1) plus five (show 5) equals six (show 6).

Day 12: Remove 13 and 14. Add 23 and 24. Repeat steps in Day 11 with 9 new addition problems – show 3 problems per session.

Day 13: Remove 15 and 16. Add 25 and 26. Repeat steps in Day 11 with 9 new addition problems – show 3 problems per session. At this point, when you do the math problems, you only have to show the answer card. For example, 6+1=7, just flash the 7 card.

Day 14: Remove 17 and 18. Add 27 and 28. Repeat steps in Day 11 with 9 new addition problems – show 3 problems per session.

Day 15: Remove 19 and 20. Add 29 and 30. Repeat steps in Day 11 with 9 new addition problems – show 3 problems per session.

Day 16: Remove 21 and 22. Add 31 and 32. Repeat steps in Day 11 with 9 new addition problems – show 3 problems per session.

Day 17: Remove 23 and 24. Add 33 and 34. Repeat steps in Day 11 with 9 new addition problems – show 3 problems per session.

Day 18: Remove 25 and 26. Add 35 and 36. Repeat steps in Day 11 with 9 new addition problems – show 3 problems per session.

Day 19: Remove 27 and 28. Add 37 and 38. Repeat steps in Day 11 with 9 new addition problems – show 3 problems per session.

Day 20: Remove 29 and 30. Add 39 and 40. Repeat steps in Day 11 with 9 new addition problems – show 3 problems per session.

**Introducing Subtraction**

Day 21: Remove 31 and 32. Add 41 and 42.

Morning – Repeat step one and two from Day 1. Then show three random subtraction equations using cards 1 to 40. For example: 24-13=11, 38-13=25, 40-30=10.

Afternoon – Repeat step one and two from Day 1. Then show three random subtraction equations using cards 1 to 40. For example: 16-7=9, 22-2=20, 34-12=22.

Evening – Repeat step one and two from Day 1. Then show three random subtraction equations using cards 1 to 40. For example: 19-4=15, 8-2=6, 27-1=26.

Day 22: Remove 33 and 34. Add 43 and 44. Repeat steps in Day 21 with 9 new subtraction equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 23: Remove 35 and 36. Add 45 and 46. Repeat steps in Day 21 with 9 new subtraction equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 24: Remove 37 and 38. Add 47 and 48. Repeat steps in Day 21 with 9 new subtraction equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 25: Remove 39 and 40. Add 49 and 50. Repeat steps in Day 21 with 9 new subtraction equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 26: Remove 41 and 42. Add 51 and 52. Repeat steps in Day 21 with 9 new subtraction equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 27: Remove 43 and 44. Add 53 and 54. Repeat steps in Day 21 with 9 new subtraction equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 28: Remove 45 and 46. Add 55 and 56. Repeat steps in Day 21 with 9 new subtraction equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 29: Remove 47 and 48. Add 57 and 58. Repeat steps in Day 21 with 9 new subtraction equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 30: Remove 49 and 50. Add 59 and 60. Repeat steps in Day 21 with 9 new subtraction equations – show 3 equations per session.

**Introducing Multiplication**

Day 31: Remove 51 and 52. Add 61 and 62.

Morning – Repeat step one and two from Day 1. Then show three random multiplication equations using cards 1 to 60. For example: 4×5=20, 7×8=56, 3×11=33.

Afternoon – Repeat step one and two from Day 1. Then show three random multiplicationequations using cards 1 to 60. For example: 20×3=60, 15×2=30, 9×6=54.

Evening – Repeat step one and two from Day 1. Then show three random multiplication equations using cards 1 to 60. For example: 13×3=39, 16×2=32, 3×2=6.

Day 32: Remove 53 and 54. Add 63 and 64. Repeat steps in Day 31 with 9 new multiplication equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 33: Remove 55 and 56. Add 65 and 66. Repeat steps in Day 31 with 9 new multiplication equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 34: Remove 57 and 58. Add 67 and 68. Repeat steps in Day 31 with 9 new multiplication equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 35: Remove 59 and 60. Add 69 and 70. Repeat steps in Day 31 with 9 new multiplication equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 36: Remove 61 and 62. Add 71 and 72. Repeat steps in Day 31 with 9 new multiplication equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 37: Remove 63 and 64. Add 73 and 74. Repeat steps in Day 31 with 9 new multiplication equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 38: Remove 65 and 66. Add 75 and 76. Repeat steps in Day 31 with 9 new multiplication equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 39: Remove 67 and 68. Add 77 and 78. Repeat steps in Day 31 with 9 new multiplication equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 40: Remove 69 and 70. Add 79 and 80. Repeat steps in Day 31 with 9 new multiplication equations – show 3 equations per session.

**Introducing Division**

Day 41: Remove 71 and 72. Add 81 and 82.

Morning – Repeat step one and two from Day 1. Then show three random division equations using cards 1 to 80. For example: 70/10=7, 63/7=9, 64/8=8.

Afternoon – Repeat step one and two from Day 1. Then show three random division equations using cards 1 to 80. For example: 60/4=15, 42/6=7, 48/4=12.

Evening – Repeat step one and two from Day 1. Then show three random division equations using cards 1 to 80. For example: 72/9=8, 36/2=18, 54/9=6.

Day 42: Remove 73 and 74. Add 83 and 84. Repeat steps in Day 41 with 9 new division equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 43: Remove 75 and 76. Add 85 and 86. Repeat steps in Day 41 with 9 new division equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 44: Remove 77 and 78. Add 87 and 88. Repeat steps in Day 41 with 9 new division equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 45: Remove 79 and 80. Add 89 and 90. Repeat steps in Day 41 with 9 new division equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 46: Remove 81 and 82. Add 91 and 92. Repeat steps in Day 41 with 9 new division equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 47: Remove 83 and 84. Add 93 and 94. Repeat steps in Day 41 with 9 new division equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 48: Remove 85 and 86. Add 95 and 96. Repeat steps in Day 41 with 9 new division equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 49: Remove 87 and 88. Add 97 and 98. Repeat steps in Day 41 with 9 new division equations – show 3 equations per session.

Day 50: Remove 89 and 90. Add 99 and 100. Repeat steps in Day 41 with 9 new division equations – show 3 equations per session.

By this stage, you child has learned quantities from 1 to 100, and seen 360 equations consisting of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Now you can choose to show more complicated math equations, for example: 4+5+6+7=22, 15+6-2=19, 5×8/4=10. You can also teach your child about the quantity zero and show various equations relating to zero. You can show the different mathematical operations: +, -, x, /, =, <, >, ?, and ?. You can show sequences, for example: 1+1, 1+2, 1+3, etc. You can teach anything you want.

**Update:** This post was written some years ago. Please see our updated notice on the Glenn Doman Program.

Jade says

I really like to visit your blog, looking at the effort you put into your both lovely boys. I will continue visit your blog to gain more knowledge on how to teach my children.

Anyway, thanks for sharing such useful info on this “How to teach Math Using Doman’s”, but there is a part which i don’t understand. If we divided 1-10 to 2 sets, are we going to flash that 2 sets each time or you mean each interval we should flash only 1 set(5 cards)? Please advice. Thank you so much!

Shen-Li says

Thanks! I’m glad you like it. I figured I spent so much time researching it would be a waste not to share the information…

This is what Doman says to do:

Set 1 – 5 word cards

Set 1 – 5 math cards

Set 2 – 5 word cards

Set 2 – 5 math cards

Set 3 – 5 word cards

If you follow the Doman program exactly, you would have started with the reading program first. Once that has been established, you would introduce the math program and slip it in with your existing reading program. Then later, you introduce the encyclopedic knowledge program and have all three running concurrently.

Jade says

Thank you so much for sharing this info to me. 🙂 Appreciate that.

cq says

If you follow the Doman program exactly, you would have started with the reading program first. Once that has been established, you would introduce the math program and slip it in with your existing reading program. Then later, you introduce the encyclopedic knowledge program and have all three running concurrently.

>> is it ok to start both english and maths at month3+ concurrently ?

anyone tried??

Fz Teh says

Hi cq,

My set of GD doesnt come with set of general knowledge…I started on my girl when she was 1 month old with all the black and white picture cards…( that was 6 years ago). You may read anything if your child is still in its infancy stage, my sequence was: picture cards together with math dots then reading of language…because she was one month old so I flashed picture cards initially, but if you want your child to have best grasp of math concept then my humble opinion you might need to do dots cards daily before any picture cards, because experience tells me the child’s reading/learning style later very much depends on what she learned before… Also if your child is less than 3 then please read anything to him/her…I speak from my experience and is also my humble opinion.

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Agnieszka says

In the book “How To Give Your Baby Encyclopedic Knowledge” Doman says we should have both reading and bits of intelligence programme well-grounded before we start math. I didn’t know this book before. In our case math came first. I introduced reading a few months later and encyclopedic knowledge not so long ago.

Dr Shen-Li Lee says

I missed that bit, too. But I started with the reading program for my older boy and found I was too late for Math. I understand Math has to be done before 3 years. I did both reading and math concurrently for my younger boy.

Amala says

I have a doubt in doman maths teaching. In 63 day program only dot cards are used to teach.when we have to introduce the numeral cards

Shen-Li Lee says

Hi Amala. The 63 day program is not part of the Doman program. It was created by Shichida, although it uses the red dot cards that Doman devised. For a more complete math program including numerals, you can try the BrillKids Little Math program. https://www.figur8.net/2012/01/04/math-little-math-by-brillkids/

Amala says

Thanks a lot for ur reply. Now I’m having a 7 months baby. I have a confusion regarding Which program I have to start first.?

Reading ,maths or encyclopedic. Or all

in simultaneously.

.If I start with five set 1 cards, how many days I have to show that set to my baby and then introduce new card. Please clarify my doubt.

Shen-Li Lee says

You can start with reading and maths first. According to Doman, each set of five cards should be shown 3 times a day for 5 days, but many parents have found it too repetitive and children get bored. You can try once a day for 4 days, then repeat the whole cycle again after 6 months.

Amala says

Hi madam u asked me to show a card once a day for 4 days. But according to doman in his book,he said child should see a card three times a day for a week. Totally fifteen sessions we should show a card, if I show only once a day, whether the information I shown will reach the child.

Hoa says

Thank you so much for all your sharing. I’m having my 7m old. I have found what you have shared is very helpful. But, I want to ask: 1. Should the dots and the number be on the same card or different ones so that it’s easier to introduce the number later on? 2. Should I introduce the numbers or all the equations first?

Shen-Li Lee says

Hi Amala. Yes. Doman does recommend more exposure but I have found (and other parents concur) that his plan is excessive. The children get bored and they lose interest in the cards when there are too many repeats. The theory is that Doman first started his program for children who were brain-injured so it makes sense that they would need a higher level of repetitions.

Shen-Li Lee says

No. According to Doman’s program, we start with just the dots first. Numerals come later – after you have completed the dots program (this includes equations using the dot cards). When they’re young, they have the ability to recognise quantities. Unfortunately, this talent is lost when they begin to develop speech.

Sathya says

My LO is 7 m old. He is a preterm at 35 weeks. Even though he achieved most of his milestones.. i have a doubt whether my baby will have less IQ due that .so i started showing picture flash cards alone for some days . But I’m not Satisfied with it . So again I searched a lot in internet and saw many videos and articles regarding doman method and also ur articles in this website.

Get motivated by that and got suggestions and methodology from u , try to start the program. When teaching my baby many of them in my home including ( hubby and in-laws)are laughing at me and telling how can a baby learn all in this very little age. It will not work out . u r doing foolish thing like that. These words are discouraging me and I’m get demotivated.how to overcome from this.

Few more questions:

1) Will my baby able to focus if I start from this month coz I thought it’s bit late .

2)Is there any proof that showing flash cards will improve the IQ for the baby.

3)I started with picture flash cards first ,shall I continue the same or replace with words flash cards.

Or shall I show the picture flash cards and word flash cards separately.

4)after how many days of reading program, I start maths and enclyopedia

Shen-Li Lee says

Hi Sathya. At 7 months old, you are definitely not too late. Just bear in mind that children are all different. Each one responds differently. Just have faith that your baby CAN learn to read and keep going. Don’t question and don’t doubt your son because babies can also read your emotions. I have been fortunate to have known other parents who successfully taught their babies to read as well and it helps to know others who support the same decisions as you. I hope that helps a little. I know that family can be the biggest discouraging factor and you have to stay strong.

Be aware that just because you started showing the cards today, doesn’t mean that your child will show you tomorrow that he can read. Sometimes it may be weeks later, sometimes months. Just keep showing the cards and changing new ones. Every now and then, you can play a game – like show two cards and ask your child, which one says “insert word”? Your child may point, or his eyes may move to the correct card, or he may not respond. If not, don’t worry, just keep going.

My son used to surprise me – like he would recognise a word on a menu in a restaurant or on a sign while we are out. Similarly, your child will do the same. My second son responded to the games – which word is…

7 months is a good time to start. Each round of flashcards is very fast, so you can do all three programs together. Although the general recommendation is first maths, then reading, then encyclopedia.

Will it improve IQ? Well, IQ isn’t everything, but children who start reading earlier are able to access more knowledge than children who cannot read. This increases their exposure to knowledge which does make them smarter.

For reading, you should start with words first. When you get to new words – ones that your child might not be exposed to, you will need to start showing pictures. For example, your baby might not know what a caravan is so you need the picture of a caravan as well as the word “caravan” so he learns the “caravan” and the picture go together. For words already in your son’s world – for instance, foods he enjoys eating, you do not need the pictures.

I hope that helps.

Sathya says

Thanks a lot for ur reply mam .really ur words boost my confidence and helps to go further.

Shen-Li Lee says

I’m glad to hear that Sathya. Please feel free to contact me any time.