How to Teach Your Baby Math: Little Math versus Doman Math

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How to Teach Your Baby Math: Little Math versus Doman Math

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.

26 thoughts on “How to Teach Your Baby Math: Little Math versus Doman Math

  1. Thank you for this article. Many of the points you made and suggestions you gave make teaching my baby math seem much less daunting.


  2. Hi
    I have used cards that I have made myself with stickers. My daughter loves it but now that we are doing operations, it is not working as well. I think I might be too slow… I have tried preparing powerpoint presentations but it takes a lot of my time and, as with the stickers, I have to count and recount. I am considering buying little maths, although I wish it went beyond 100.


    1. Hi Abby. In his book “How to Teach Your Baby Math”, Doman says it isn’t necessary to go beyond 100 dots because babies already understand the concept and do no need further examples. Although, that said, I think you can create your own flash cards using the Brillkids Math program beyond 100 if you really wanted to. The curriculum only goes up to 100, though.


  3. Shen-Li,

    Hi, had been enjoying reading your articles. I am a mother of 3 kids and only come to know all about this early learning things and ‘gadgets’ about 1 year ago. I have missed the boat in teaching maths with dots cards to my 2 older kids as they are 7 and 5 years old now. For my youngest girl, she is 15 months old now and I tried to do dots card with her since she was 7 months old but due to inconsistency of my part, she only did it until 50 dots and simple addition. I bought the Brill Kids Little Reader and Maths about 3-4 months ago and I find that she cannot sit still for the flash cards and she seems to be not interested. Most of the time, I need to stop in the middle of the flashcards and try to introduce to her a few days later but it stays the same. The situation is better when it comes to the math part but she cannot sits through it either. Any suggestion?

    All the early education part that you wrote is for normal children with normal milestone. How about children with dyslexia, hyperactive disorder? Would the right brain stimulation help? Any convincing books or articles regarding this?

    Thank you.


    1. Hi Willie – 15 months is an active age so you can expect that. My son, too, has trouble sitting still. I find certain times of the day better for introducing flash cards – immediately after waking up and just before sleep. The other thing that helps is nursing him while I show him the flash cards. Some mothers show the flash cards with the laptop while their children are eating.

      I’m afraid I haven’t done any research on children with dyslexia or hyperactive disorder since it does not apply to me. I do remember reading something from Shichida – it was a testimonial, I think, from a mother whose child had some condition (I cannot recall what it was) and her child was able to catch up until their paediatrician was so surprised he asked them what they did. I think these programs would work just as well for these children because Doman’s program began with children who were brain damaged and it helped them catch up to the developmental rate of children who were “normal”. Right brain education is an extention to the Doman program so I would assume it should be beneficial as well. Unfortunately, without having done further research I cannot offer you any more than an opinion.


  4. Thank you for yet another very informative post, Shen-Li. I haven´t got Little Math yet so it is very interesting what you write. Although with the Matt Hudson Randomizer, I don´t have problems with “shuffeling” the cards and I don´t neet to plan the lessons either as they the marco does this automatically. Do you know the MAtt Hudson Randomizer? HEre it is:



  5. Hi Shen-Li,
    Since discovering your blog, I have been learning a lot!!! So, thank you for that. I also have the Glenn Doman Red Dot flashcards; however my son (11 months old) doesn’t really show any interest in them. As a result, I prepare for him power point presentations which he loves and enjoys. As a working mother of 3 I find it very exhausting spending every minute I can preparing the materials for teaching him. It would be great to get the coupon and buy the LittleMath program!
    Thank you for opening me a whole new world, I wish I had known that much when I had my oldest (she’s 11).


    1. Hi Galit – Thank you! My son responds better to powerpoint on the computer as well so I guess it is just an individual preference. It is hard to prepare materials. Even as a full-time mother, I find myself hardpressed to find the time to prepare their materials. You’re doing a terrific job with three! I wouldn’t know how to cope! At the end of the day, we do the best we can and that’s all anyone can ask for.


  6. Hello Shen-Li,
    I’ve just discovery your blog some days ago and I am so happy to find it! I practice early learning with my son Rayan (22 months) since few months and I am always in research of new ideas. You helped me so far with it, thanks 🙂
    I knew Doman programs (I have all his books) and Montessori method, I listened about Shichida method. I did my materials for Doman’s reading program myself, but it take me too much of time.
    With math, I was worry about – time go so fast. Each day count and I can’t do my materials for a moment – I am pregnant with my second baby and I have to lie. The Little Math seems be an ideal solution 🙂
    Once again, thank you for so many good ideas.
    Best regards,
    (I am sorry about my english but it’s my third language. I’m Polish and we live in France).


    1. Hi Ursula – I know what you mean. I used to prepare all my own materials Doman style but found myself staying up late doing it every night and no time for anything else. Little Math and Little Reader has been a real time saver! Don’t worry if you can’t do the program with your child when you are pregnant, you can make it up to him after. Take the time to rest because that is important for the development of your unborn baby, too, so resting is good!

      BTW… your English is terrific! I wish I could read and write other languages!


  7. Thanks for the comparison! Have read Doman’s book, made my own dot cards n really wonder if it really required such a large card, n specified size dots. Older son was bored n I could not interest him to continue, hope Little Math is good alternative as he likes multimedia, n would like to try it on my baby too!


    1. HK – great question about the size of the cards and the dots. I think if you are introducing the program to a baby, then yes, it would be important especially because their eyesight is not developed properly. However, for an older child, it may not be so critical. Doman also specified the importance of having certain sized lettering for the reading cards but at 3 years old, my older son could read words from a menu which is the size of normal reading text so I guess it depends on the age of your child.

      I find my children are the same. It is harder to show them physical flash cards compared to computer flash cards.


  8. Hi Shen Li,

    Through your blog, I have come to know the BrillKids program. I have just purchased the Little Reader program and started using them with my 18 month old daughter 1 week ago. I am still amazed at how fast she has manage to learn using this program. I am now looking into getting the Little Math program and the coupon would be a great bonus.

    Thanks again.


  9. hi li
    i have enjoyed a lot reading ur articles and came to know a lot about right brain activities and method. i take this opportunity to THANK U and pls do continue giving us a lot of information.


  10. Hi Shen Li:

    I have a question for you, my baby is almost trhee years, he will be three on July, the first.I tried to teach him with the red dots when he was 18 months old, but I did not have success, and now I find that I would like to teach him Math, and I don´t know what program do I have to use.Any idea?
    Thank you.


    1. Hi Ana – you can still do the Doman program with him but maybe instead of just red dots, use his favourite pictures. My son loves Thomas so I use Thomas characters as counters instead of red dots. At 3, he’s probably too young for soroban and I don’t really know of any other “math systems” to use. What we do are basically puzzles and activity books that encourage him to do simple math – addition, subtraction. We haven’t quite gotten to multiplication or division yet. He can add and subtract simple equations – some through memory and others by working them out himself. It’s nothing like what the babies can do after the Doman program, but it’s something. They say that at 3 it’s too late to do the Doman Math program. Nevertheless, some mothers have tried it for their older children (slightly older 4 or 5) and found it still works so I’d definitely give it a go again if I were you. Your son is still below 3 so he could definitely still pick it up.


  11. Hi shen li,
    May i know that when i teach my kid addition eg: “two plus one equals three” do i need to flash Only the relevent quantity card or i need to show the symbols (+), (=) as well. Thanks.


    1. When Doman explains it in his book, he said there is no need to initially. Just show the dot cards. e.g. 1+1=2. You would show one dot card, one dot card, and two dot card as you say the numbers. Eventually, you may want to show your child the entire equation and you would lay it out on the floor so your child can see what an equation looks like.


  12. I love your blog and I learned a lot from it:) my 25 mth daughter doesn’t show any interest in dots cards, but I won’t give up! After reading about your introduction of the little math program, I would like to give it a try. Sometimes I feel tired and stressed when taking care of my daughter. Your articles keep me going… Thank you:))


    1. Hi Wenyan,

      My pleasure. I find the parenting journey in this era tends to be a very isolated one. Often, we do not get to see what is happening in other families and even if we do, what we see is usually quite superficial. It can feel like a very lonely road. Being online and reading and sharing stories with other parents helps.


  13. Hi ShenLi,
    I am a working. I usually reach home at about 8.30 pm. By the time i reached home, take bath, have dinner, is already 9.30 pm n my daughter also tired already. Which method fo u think is more suitable for me, Doman or little math?


  14. Hi @all

    I just read the article and I have to say that I love your blog.
    I also can recommend application similar to Brill Kids:

    Baby Is Reading

    I spent a lot of time to find out alternative (cheaper application cause I am not very rich 🙂 )
    They have a lot of lessons published and possibility to print flash cards.

    Maybe you could write a article about it too, as It grows quite fast
    I registered 2 months ago (there were 15 lessons) and now I see almost 100 lessons including Math, Intelligence bits and other categories


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