If you try talking with 3 year-old child by staring at his face to show your attention, when he starts to trust you, he will turn to ask questions from you.
This can show that children not only think about having fun but also eager to learn. He will endlessly ask you many things. Some questions are the ones scientists are doing research on. Some adults may think that children’s body and brain are small, so children should be less smart than them. But for Doman, it is not always like that.
He takes language learning as an example. Adults cannot teach children to know the name of everything in this world, but children can learn by themselves from adults’ conversation. For example,
"Don’t play with my eyeglasses, they could be broken"
So they can understand that it is called ‘eyeglasses’.Children’s language learning is amazing, especially to learn another language which is not their native one.
Isn’t it because children are all ready to become a genius (in language, music, math etc) if they are given an opportunity to learn through adults’ nature?
If an American adult competes with 18 month-old child in learning Italian language, each of them staying with an Italian family (no teacher for the child, but several for the adult), after 18 months the adult will be able to speak Italian fluently but with American accent. While the 18-month-old child, without any teacher, can speak Italian as perfectly as the host family. And if the family speaks 3 languages, the child will also learn to use all of them.
When Doman was a teenager, he learned French. But now he cannot say even one correct sentence. Looking back to his childhood, he never took much time to practise English. Still, today he can write books which people are reading around the world with a straightforward and practical English.
Straightforward truth understanding and age usually go in opposite direction. The older you get, the harder you can straightforwardly understand truth. In contrast, the younger you are, the easier the brain can straightforwardly understand truth. And the brain is able to remember it accurately by keeping it in a memory.
Ask yourself that in recent years you can remember how many poems you have read. Comparing to the poem you memorized before the age of 6, you will be surprised that in your childhood you could remember many poems more accurately, for instance, the ones you sing while playing games. This is because your brain knew these poems when it was ready to learn. So it is easier to teach a 2 year-old child to straight forwardly understand truth than to teach a 3 year-old one. And it is much easier to teach a 1 year-old child and even much easier to teach a 6-month baby.
It is easier to teach foreign language to 1 year-old child than to 7 year-old one. This is because physical development in young children is slower than learning through listening. Doman also believes that teaching a child to remember letters is easier than teaching him to remember spoken expressions. This is because letters are more static, while spoken expressions are more dynamic. If the child is able to use letters, his brain at the back will also grow bigger.
To teach language to 1 year-old child, we need to make voice louder and clearer. For example, “Come here…come to mommy.”. The child will understand it from mother’s reaction and by listening. Doman also teaches letters to children the way no one has done before because he is aware that children are ready to remember and learn letters, and that all children can learn many languages at the same time. Some academics and child psychiatrists argue that teaching little children is only against their will and can cause an internal conflict for them.
However, Doman believes that children’s happiness and education depends on mother’s mind. If mothers do not like or are bored to teach, children will suddenly know it. And they will feel that it is such an uncomfortable moment. So if you would like to teach your children effectively, you should make your children feel fun like getting new exciting experience while learning. Learning is a gift or a prize from you, not a punishment or a curse which forces them to do.
The moment you teach your child, you should have the same feeling as when you kiss and look at him with admiration. However, if you already tried to teach him with love and fun, but he does not feel fun like you. You should stop and try to find your mistake. Correct it and prepare to restart teaching. Keep unnecessary things away, for instance, telephone, television, radio and people, so that your child can absorb the knowledge which you intend to transmit clearly. Prioritize the importance of subjects you would like to teach in order to provide simple and direct understanding.