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Flashcards: Maths Red Dot Cards

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How to Teach Math Using Doman’s Red Dot Cards

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Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

14 thoughts on “Flashcards: Maths Red Dot Cards

  1. For people who pooh-pooh this “perceive qty by sight” thing, I have my own experience. When I was a kid, I was obssessed with this scouting book, a hand-me-down from uncles. One of the skills stressed in the book was the ability to estimate qty by sight. Forgot why but it was a survival skill. The method taught was to quickly glance at a number of objects and then estimate the qty. With (much) practise, I found I could do it quite accurately. You *can* do it with an older child (as I was, when I trained myself out of sheer dogged persistence) but you have to work at it. I lost the skill in the end because I stopped practising.
    Remember that scene in Fifth Element where Bruce Willis’ character glanced into the room and could tell how many enemies there were? You never know when this skill could come in handy! 😉


  2. I agree, everything can be learned. Even I feel my quantity guessing is improving ever since I started doing Heguru classes with Gavin. I make my own guesses when they ask the kids how many items they see at one glance. At least I’m giving better ballpark figures as opposed to being way off when we first started.

    I guess the point is that it is easier for children below 3 years. Even 3 years is not definitive because there are individual variations between child to child. I still show Gavin the dot cards hoping he can pick something up. He loves the guessing game so we do it as that – a game. If all it does is help him get better at guessing quantities, then it was worth it.


  3. Hi April,

    I just checked the link and it is working fine. Could you tell me what happens when you click the link? Perhaps I can figure out what went wrong…


  4. Hi, Miss Shen Li.
    Thank you very much for this information. I’ve been practicing it for my daughter, and it worked!
    May I put your link to my website, so that other moms can learn from your dot card and download it from your website? Thank you.


    1. Shichida does not use them so I think not. Doman’s program actually uses them initially but then he says you can drop it once your child gets the idea.


  5. hi, just stumble into your site. the red dots flash card seem interesting and I would like to try it on my two year old. But I cannot download the flash card. it only appear as “ÐÏ à¡± á????????????????>? ?þÿ “etc all the way down.
    If possible send the file to my gmail. Thank you very much.


  6. Thank you , Shen-Li. I have manage to download and opened up the file. Now I need to find what is the ideal size of the flash card.


  7. Hi may I download the cards too? I can’t open The link that was stated. Could you please send it to my email or reply here ? Thank you very much


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