How to Give Your Child Encyclopedic Knowledge
When you talk about multiply your child's intelligence, you can't help but to mention about Dr. Glenn Doman. He is the
founder of The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential and began pioneering the field of child brain
development since 1940. He and the institute are famous for their pioneering work with brain-injured children and their
work in early development for well children. Glenn has authored many books and materials that teach parents how to
teach their babies at home such as 'How to teach your baby to read',
'How to teach your baby math', 'How to teach your baby to be physically superb'. Of course, his best selling
book "How to give your baby encyclopedic knowledge" that I had used to train my children. Guess what? It really works.
"How to give your baby encyclopedic
knowledge" - Glenn Doman
Glenn, after 40 years at the Institute, had learned that: "Every child born has, at the instant of birth, a higher
potential intelligence than Leonardo Da Vinci ever used".
He strongly believes that it is easier to give a one-year-old encyclopedic knowledge than it is to give it to
a six-year-old. The book tells you exactly how to give encyclopedic knowledge to a tiny child starting at birth or
at any time prior to six years of age. To summarize his
method to teach your child to acquire encyclopedic knowledge, here are the steps:
1. Identify the knowledge to teach your child. In an intellectual sense, it is knowledge from science, to art,
biology, geography, history, music, language, literature, and all else that matters to man.
2. Once the divisions of knowledge been identified. Go further to list ten categories in each of the division of
knowledge. For example, in ‘Biology' division, you can list categories such as mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and
3. Next, list the ‘bit of intelligence' (BOI) under each category. For example, under mammal category, you can list
down the bit of intelligence such as lion, tiger, cow, wolf and etc. Since knowledge is based on information which can
be gained only through facts. Presenting those facts (BOI) in a properly way to a child will ensure these knowledge
literally grows in the child's brain and they will be the
base of all his future knowledge.
4. The characteristic of presenting the BOI in a proper way are: BOI must be accurate, one item only (no other items in
the background. You may have come across poster board with many animals, this is NOT the proper way to teach your child
about ‘lion' for example), specifically named, large, clear and new (mean something your child does not already know).
Essentially, it is commonly known as flash card. An example is in this
5. You can create the flash card yourself. Collect the
BOI from magazine, newspaper, journal and etc. Organize them into
categories of intelligence. Cut or obtain 11" x 11" white cardboard.
Glue the BOI on front of the cardboard. Label the BOI on back of
cardboard with black marker. Alternatively, you can find software
flash card at PowerFlashCard
or you can purchase the
flashcards from online shops.
6. To teach bit of intelligence. You position yourself and your child comfortably facing each other. Show the cards
about 18" away from your child. Make it like a game. Move the back BOI in the stack (get a quick look at the name you
are about to say) to the front and say, 'Tiger'. One second for each card and no longer. You must present the BOI very,
7. Begin by introducing five different categories with ten BOI in each. Make sure you teach each category three times
before the day ends. As your child progress, begin adding more categories day by day until you are doing ten different
8. Ten days after you have reached ten categories, begin to retire one old BOI from each category daily. Place these
retired BOI in your file for new use later. Add one new BOI to each category daily to replace the one your have retired.
From this time on you continue to add one new BOI per category daily or a total of ten new BOI daily. This is a
minimum number; you can introduce new BOI faster if you can. Don't worry; the capacity of the brain of a tiny child can
hold them with no question.
My personal experience shows that this method works perfectly. My children began to acquire knowledge like a
super dry sponge. I was amazed by their photographic memory and the speed they could absorb the knowledge. My only regret
was that I didn't have enough time to create the BOI fast and sufficient enough. Therefore, I adopted another method to
help my children to acquire encyclopedic knowledge through our daily life. I taught my kids on the make of cars when we
walked in the car park, name of the petrol stations when we were driving around town. They can even practice the BOI that
they have learned about vegetables or fruits when we were at the supermarket. The salient point is you can teach your
child encyclopedic knowledge anytime, anywhere!
While I encourage you to teach your child encyclopedic knowledge, one should beware that the focus of education
should not be mainly on the mastery of encyclopedia knowledge alone. For information is expanding geometrically,
it is just impossible for you to teach your child to master
all of it. Therefore, you need to nurture your child to develop a desire for continuous learning and the skills to
master new information. You should also understand the important of teaching not just facts
(BOI), but higher-order
thinking skills as well such as creativity, problem-solving and analytical skills.