A while back, Moldbug wrote:
UR recommends the Glenn Doman method for early reading. The Domans are definitely not quite right in the head, but their method definitely works. It was also applied to me as a small child in Winnipeg, and you see the result.
So I thought I’d give the book a shot. The Domans are indeed a bit off. The book is unintentionally hilarious. They constantly refer to "the tiny child" which always made me chuckle.
Their basic argument is that young children (less than 6 years old and the younger the better) are very good at learning new languages and reading is basically just another language. It’s therefore really easy to teach them to read when they’re young and much more difficult when they’re old. Because of this line of argument, they’re basically able to avoid the whole language vs. phonics debate. They’re essentially saying whole language works great for young kids – you can’t teach phonics to a one-year old anyway.
All things considered, it’s not a bad book about babies in general – it ended up giving some pretty good insight into how babies experience the world. If you read it, take it with a small grain of salt.
I’m still undecided as to whether I’ll give it a shot with the little one.