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The building blocks of literacy begin at birth. Children WANT to learn to read!

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Mary Ellen MaunzIf your grandchild does not learn to read by the age of six, you have missed out on giving them a tremendous start in life.

Don’t let this brief window of time pass you by. It can never be recaptured.

Your relationship with your grandchild will thrive for years to come.

Did you know you could also be passing on the number one life skill that will lead them to success?

“Participants’ reading and math ability at age 7 were linked to their social class a full 35 years later. Participants who had higher reading and math skills as children ended up having higher incomes, better housing, and better jobs in adulthood.”
-Richie and Bates

What the Experts Say:

“Experts tell us that 90% of all brain development occurs by the age of five. If we don’t begin thinking about education in the early years, our children are at risk of falling behind by the time they start Kindergarten.”
–Robert Ehrlich, former Governor of Maryland

Today’s grandparents are more active, more involved and more aware than grands have ever been.

You are in the PERFECT position to take charge of your grandchild’s future.

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Education is not what it used to be.

The American school system cannot offer you or your grandchild a guarantee, even for learning the basic subjects.

According to the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress, 60% of America’s high school seniors cannot read for comprehension.

And YOU can make the difference.

Do not let them become a statistic.

At-risk children who do not receive high-quality early education are:

  • 25% more likely to drop out of school
  • 40% more likely to become a teen parent
  • 50% more likely to be placed in special education
  • 60% more likely to never attend college
  • 70% more likely to be arrested for a violent crime

Remember the first quote above from Richie and Bates? They went on to conclude:

“The data suggest, for example, that going up one reading level at age 7 was associated with a…roughly $7,750, increase in income at age 42.

“The long-term associations held even after the researchers took other common factors into account.

“These findings imply that basic childhood skills, independent of how smart you are, how long you stay in school, or the social class you started off in, will be important throughout your life.”

This data is neither speculation nor wishful thinking.

This is hard evidence that the more your grandchild can read by the age of seven, the more money he or she will make later.

This alone is enough reason to invest in their early education now. And there are more and equally compelling reasons you should do so as soon as possible.

A shocking truth

Here’s a shocking truth about your grandchild’s outlook:

Children make up their minds about whether they will succeed in school or not by the middle of first grade.

And that decision is based largely on whether they can read or not.

Please contemplate this stunning realization for a second while you also consider that 90% of brain development takes place before the age of five…

By now, I hope you’ll agree with me that it is very important to act quickly and help your child learn to read before that brief window of time flies by.

Unfortunately, if it is missed, it can never be recaptured.

Plus, giving your child the gift of early mastery of reading will school-proof them…

I know I’ll get in trouble for saying this but…

for the sake of your grandchild’s future and my own mission to maximize every child’s potential, I just can’t hold back.

So here we go…. If you just rely on the well-meaning but non-performing school system for teaching your child to read and if you fail to act now:

  • Your grandchild may be condemned to a life of mediocrity.
  • Your grandchild may pass through powerful stages of development without utilizing them to their greatest, natural extent.
  • They may be losing one of the greatest opportunities they have to get a head start in life and get ahead.
  • Too many children are deprived from unfolding their inherent genius that not only hurts them (and you) but society at large as well.

On a larger scale, if we, as a nation fail to act, we may be (and already are) putting our nation’s economic and security interests at risk.

There. I said it, and so let the chips fall where they may…

As you can imagine, I’ve been thinking about a solution to this problem for a long time.

And so, drawing upon more than 40 years of classroom development and corroborating academic research, I, along with my colleagues at the Age of Montessori organization, created the Royal Road to Reading Program.

The Royal Road to Reading is a series of instructional DVDs for the adult, accompanied with hands-on activities for the child. These “learning games” are designed to empower young children up to age six to read.

This practical program will enable you to teach your child to read and attain early mastery, through:

  • Hands on activities
  • Age-appropriate fun games your child is sure to love
  • Monthly live webinar where we’ll present case studies and take the questions you may have

You see, this program is the world’s top solution to early mastery of reading and it’s definitely different from anything else on the market…

Why our program for early childhood reading is different

What makes The Royal Road to Reading different from other programs?

  • Montessori principles: It uses the principles taught by Dr. Montessori over a century ago that are increasingly being applied in almost every nation.
  • Brain research: It draws upon the latest findings of brain research.
  • Four decades of experience: It puts into practice the insights and skills I have accumulated over four decades of teaching young children to read.
  • Proven track record: The Royal Road to Reading program has been proven to work in schools and homes all over the world.
  • Fail-proof outcomes: We have refined a learning sequence that engages the child and creates successful learning all the time.
  • Complete system: Royal Road to Reading brings together the pieces that are missing in most other programs. Our complete system includes all the steps and sequences that build mastery in the child: Vocabulary, Sounds, Letters, Words and Sentences.

Get the best of both worlds: Traditional Montessori knowledge infused with modern research and my own proven methods that I field tested and honed over the last several decades.

Reading is the single most important academic skill your child can learn.

You see, children who learn to read before 1st grade gain self-confidence and stay ahead of their peers through 12th grade and later in life.

So why risk losing such a precious opportunity?

When you help your grandchild learn to read
at an early age, you can:

Give your grandchild a gift for life. According to the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress, 60% of America’s high school seniors cannot read for comprehension. Don’t let this happen to your grandchild. Lay the foundations that can help them succeed in whatever field they choose.

Nurture your grandchild’s genius – we know not every child is a genius, yet every child has genius. Make sure your grandchild can maximize his potential – Early reading before the age of six could very well be the key deciding factor. Imagine what your grandchild can become when you help maximize his or her untapped potential.

Give your grandchild an early start in strong self-esteem. Children have an innate desire to master their world. As they master new skills, they gain self-esteem. By facilitating their early reading skills, you help them gain self-esteem that will carry into adulthood. Your grandchild can build a sense of self that includes, “I am a reader!”

Make sure you don’t let a great opportunity pass by. Brain research shows that the sensitive period for language development starts before birth and the spontaneous interest and capacity for writing and reading is 4 ½ to 6 – before traditional instruction even begins! Don’t let this brief window of opportunity pass you by—it can never be recaptured. Your grandchild’s brain will build key neural connections for future success. Or not. It’s up to you.

grandchilds educationHelp with your grandchild’s education. Sadly, the American school system cannot offer your grandchild a guarantee the level of basic education you enjoyed; thus the need to school-proof your child. By ensuring your grandchild masters reading before six, you safeguard them against an imperfect educational system. Plus, you impart to them an early love of learning that will always be with them. Doesn’t your grandchild deserve that?

grandparent and grandchild readingBuild a stronger relationship with your grandchild. You can bond with your grandchild at a deeper level when you become a living, vibrant part of his education. More than toys and gadgets, your grandchild wants your attention and time. And not just any time, but quality time. Teaching your grandchild to read is not only useful, but enjoyable as well. For both of you. So give your grandchild the gift of yourself and bond as never before.

grandparent and childrenBe more than an ordinary grandparent. Become a savvy grandparent. Beyond taking care of your grandchild’s physical and emotional needs, you can maximize her opportunities in life. So go ahead and be a savvy grandparent. Invest in your grandchild so you can both reap great present and future rewards. The time is now.

Best of all, give your grandchild the joy of learning! Know that learning is to the brain as breathing is to the lungs. We don’t have to “make” children learn any more than we have to “make” the grass grow—IF we give them what they need, when they need it.

There is no reason to wait. You can open the door to opportunity for your grandchild now…with the Royal Road to Reading program.

How the Royal Road to Reading Program
will benefit your grandchild

Based on proven principles of early childhood development, the Royal Road to Reading is research-based and has been proven to work in schools and homes all over the world.

The pathway to early reading that our program unfolds is simple, logical, and powerful.

The program includes all the components that you need to help your grandchild build early mastery of reading. These are vocabulary, sounds, letters, words, and sentences (as well as interactive webinars to show examples and answer your questions).

The following diagram shows the natural sequence of how these components unfold.

The hands-on activities and games are fun and engaging and they will teach your grandchild everything they need.

Royal Road to Reading will give you step-by-step instructions and show you EXACTLY what you need to do to guide your grandchild along the road of early mastery of reading.

Again, the steps are as follows:

  • STEP 1: Begin with Vocabulary and Oral Comprehension
  • STEP 2: Continue with Sounds and Letters
  • STEP 3: Finish with Words and Sentences

To get an in-depth understanding of each step (the process, key points, and intriguing case studies) explained, please click on each of the links below.

Step 1: Begin with Vocabulary and Oral Comprehension

Key Points

The more words a child knows the more ideas they can comprehend, and the richer will be their minds. E. D. Hirsh, noted author and researcher, wrote in early 2014 that research definitively shows vocabulary is the number one predictor of upward mobility.

Goals

  • To teach you how to expose your grandchild to a vast vocabulary
  • To teach you how to make the most out of reading aloud to your grandchildren to begin the process of oral comprehension

The Process

VOCABULARY

We will demonstrate on our DVD exactly how to present six different ways to new vocabulary.

Our materials will give you a beautiful head-start on three content areas of new words: animals, birds and vehicles.

Children need to hear lots and lots of words to feed their hungry brains. Their absorbent minds are like little sponges and their brains are growing faster than at any other time on their lives!

They are ready to learn and get excited about hearing words that help them build a kind of architecture of language in their brains.

And, the more words they hear in the early years, the more successful they will be as adults.

As Henry Hazlitt, author of Thinking as a Science put it:

“A man with a scant vocabulary will almost certainly be a weak thinker.

“The richer and more copious one’s vocabulary and the greater one’s awareness of fine distinctions and subtle nuances of meaning, the more fertile and precise is likely to be one’s thinking.

“Knowledge of things and knowledge of the words for them grow together. If you do not know the words, you can hardly know the thing.”

ORAL COMPREHENSION

In the course, we will also demonstrate reading aloud to give you a few ideas of how to do what we call “action comprehension” and starting a story by helping the child recall prior knowledge about the storyline.

Your grandchild can learn the eight most important habits of mind of reading comprehension even before he or she learns to read!

Step 2: Continue with Sounds and Letters

Key Points

  • Knowing how to recognize and work with the sounds in spoken language has been identified as the number one prerequisite to successful reading.
  • The sounds the letters make rather than the names of the letters is what matters. Many children who fail to learn to read simply do not know their letters well enough.

Goals

  • To teach you to help your grandchild learn to identify the individual sounds that make up a word, such as cat: /c/ /a/ /t/.
  • To teach you the simplest, most effective ways to help your child learn to recognize and write all 26 letters of the alphabet.

The Process

We demonstrate how to use all the materials we provide for both sounds and letters, so there is no second guessing how to work with your grandchild.

SOUNDS

Children love to play with sounds. In this next step towards reading mastery your grandchild learns to identify the sounds they hear in spoken words. This essential skill is called “phonemic awareness.”

Phonemic awareness will help your child understand the foundations of sounds within words.

Building phonemic awareness is the ability to hear, identify and manipulate the smallest units of sounds in spoken words.

Identifying rhymes, finding the beginning sound and separating the spoken word “cat” into three distinct phonemes, /c/ /a/ /t/, are three ways your child will use phonemic awareness.

Strange as it sounds, phonemic awareness has been shown to be the single most important skill for learning to read.

Researchers in several dozen universities, sponsored by federal government funding, all discovered the same thing.

Phonemic awareness is the number one factor in a child learning to read, followed by the understanding that each sound is represented by letters. This is called the alphabetic principle.

A teacher’s thoughts on “Sounds”:

“Once we helped our students get really good at identifying sounds, everything else seemed to fall into place, because it became clear to the child that all words are built from those sounds.

Both reading and writing flow naturally from this understanding.

With that foundation, kids were ready to take on more, and they were eager to do so.”

-Montessori teacher

LETTERS

The second most important skill for a young child learning to read and write is learning the alphabet and learning that letters represent sounds. During this phase, you engage your child with fun activities they like and want to repeat.

These activities develop knowledge of the letters and their sounds, and a deep understanding of the alphabetic principle, i.e., the concept that letters represent speech sounds.

Case Study

Randall Klein, a teacher at Age of Montessori, shares his experience of tutoring children who are struggling in 1st and 2nd grade.

First of all he checks to see if they can identify the sounds in words. Next he checks out their ability to identify the letters.

Shockingly, he finds that the majority of children, whose parents are paying good money for their child to be tutored, simply do not know all of the letters and their most common sounds.

Step 3: Finish with Words and Sentences

Key Points

  • Applying knowledge about sounds and letters makes word building and reading simple and fun.
  • When a child can read sentences easily and fluently, his or her mind has room for comprehension, the most important skill of all.

Goals

  • To teach you how to help your grandchild start to build and read words.
  • To teach you how to launch your grandchild into reading and writing sentences and before long, books.

The Process

Our DVDs demonstrate precisely how to move through the materials and exercises with words and sentences that help your grandchild become a fluent word reader.

When your child has mastered sounds and letters, he or she is ready to move to the final steps on The Royal Road to Reading: Words and Sentences.

In this step, you will learn how to help your grandchild take his new-found knowledge of sounds and letters and apply it to reading and writing, first words, then sentences and eventually full texts.

We show you how to help your grandchild take this magic step an then how to proceed systematically through useful sight words and how to approach multiple letter sound combinations, to ensure smooth sailing into total reading.

Imagine the thrill of being there with your grandchild when he reads his first words!

WORDS

We begin with building words with movable letters, an easy task when the child has mastered his sounds and letters. Then we proceed to reading words, acting them out in fun charades games and labeling objects in the environment.

Reading words becomes fun and most of all, meets the child’s needs to stay active. We respect the fact that movement is the law of the child’s being.

The essential point here is that we do not teach a child to read using books.

Books may contain many intimidating words a new reader cannot figure out. We begin instead with words.

Former NICHD Director, G. Reid Lyon conducted more than a decade of research on how children learn to read, stating: “The key to comprehension starts with the immediate and accurate reading of words.”

So the way we start children with word reading is by word building. It is easy, it is fun and it is hands-on.

Once the child is building words, reading them and writing them are natural next steps.

Children build up their confidence in themselves through learning to read individual words with speed and accuracy.

SENTENCES

In order to read most sentences in English we have to move into common sight words to supplement the simple words your child is already reading.

Then we can offer the child sentences to act out, sentences to match to delightful pictures and expand the child’s sense of himself as a reader.

Case Study

“It seems like it wasn’t until my son could read whole sentences that he really felt like a successful reader.

“But we didn’t rush it-we gave him plenty of time and practice to gain fluency in reading longer words and phrases before introducing whole sentences.

“He tended to be a bit hesitant and shy about reading, but I’ll never forget that day when he read his first whole sentence with ease.

“Watching his face light up with the joy of accomplishment made all of the preparation worthwhile!”

—Parent

Presenting the Royal Road to Reading Program…
Royal Road to Reading 3 DVDs

TOP KNOWLEDGE VIA 3 EXCLUSIVE DVDs: You get three top quality DVDS available nowhere else

You may recall that a previous section explained in great detail the content of each DVD. For your convenience, here’s a brief summary:

DVD #1: VOCABULARY

Children need to hear lots and lots of words to feed their hungry brains. In DVD #1 we will show you how to systematically build your grandchild’s vocabulary and interest in stories. And, the more words they hear in the early years, the more successful they will be as adults.

DVD #2: SOUNDS AND LETTERS

  • Sounds-Breaking Words into Their Sound Parts: Children love to play with sounds. In this next step towards reading mastery your child learns to identify the sounds they hear in spoken words.
  • This essential skill called phonemic awareness builds a foundation for children to understand the foundations of sounds within words. And this has been shown to be the single, most important, skill for learning to read.
  • Building phonemic awareness is the ability to hear, identify and manipulate the smallest units of sounds in spoken words.
  • Identifying rhymes, finding the beginning sound in a word and separating the spoken word distinct phonemes are three ways your grandchild will use phonemic awareness.
  • For example, the word “cat” would become /k/ /a/ /t/.
  • Letters-Translating Sounds into Letters: The second most important skill for a young child learning to read and write is learning the alphabet.
  • We will show you how to engage your grandchild with fun activities that accomplish two things:
    • a) Develop swift and sure knowledge of the letters and their sounds, and
    • b) Help understand the alphabetic principle, i.e., the concept that letters represent speech sounds.

DVD #3: WORDS AND SENTENCES

  • When your grandchild has mastered sounds and letters, he or she is ready to move to the final steps on The Royal Road to Reading: Words and Sentences.
  • In DVD 3 you will learn how to help your grandchild take his new-found knowledge of sounds and letters and apply it to reading and writing, first words, then sentences and eventually full texts.
  • Imagine the thrill of being there with your child when he reads his first words!
  • We show you how to help your grandchild take this magic step and then how to proceed systematically through useful sight words.
  • And we also show you how to approach multiple letter sound combinations, to ensure smooth sailing into total reading.

EXTRA HELP WITH A TON OF HANDS-ON MATERIALS: You get cutting-edge materials and activities

Our exceptionally beautiful hands-on materials and activities have been researched and refined over many decades with a key goal in mind: To maximize your grandchild’s brain development and make the process of learning to read easy and fun.

MATERIALS FOR DVD #1: VOCABULARY

  • Three categories: Birds, animals, modes of transportation
  • Total of 48 high quality color photos

MATERIALS FOR DVD #2: SOUNDS AND LETTERS

124 learning game cards: 16 pairs of rhyming cards, 16 cards for identifying the beginning sounds of words, 32 cards to facilitate practice with segmentation and blending, 28 stand-up alphabet cards, and 32 choose the letter cards.

MATERIALS FOR DVD #3: WORDS AND SENTENCES

244 learning game cards: 144 word pockets, 32 pictures and labels, 24 verb commands, 24 common sight words, 17 sentences and pictures, plus 27 pictures and labels for selected phonograms.

WORLD-CLASS SUPPORT:
You get access to a monthly webinar

We want to assure you that you will not be alone in this effort. We are here for you! In addition to the Royal Road to Reading program itself, you will get access to a free monthly webinar, where you can ask questions, get additional instruction, and learn from fascinating case studies.

Optional: If you prefer one-on-one help with your grandchild’s early reading challenges, you can schedule a personal consultation with one of our Royal Road to Reading staff.

RESULTS: You get results

With this program, we are giving you a new opportunity to bring more abundance, more love, and more meaning in your life. This is your time right now.

And we stand behind our word 100%. If you don’t get the results you want, we’ll cheerfully issue you a full refund within 60 days, no questions asked.

So why not experience all the benefits today and try the program completely risk-free?

If you can play any board game, you can use this program

Using the Royal Road to Reading program is easy! It’s fun for you and your child.

I really want to stress this point because parents and grandparents often share their fears with me that somehow they can’t see themselves as “teachers” of their children. To which, of course, I respond with a single word:

Nonsense!

Speaking from decades of experience, I personally guarantee you can use these simple methods I’ll teach you – whether you have any teaching experience or not – to teach a child to read.

A great opportunity to deeply bond with your grandchild

The activities of the Royal Road to Reading program are interesting and fun. In addition, they are designed to pique the interest of your grandchild whether at home or on a road trip.

And so, by teaching your grandchildren the fundamentals, you don’t just enable them to read. You are also building a stronger relationship with them.

In other words, when you take this opportunity to teach them, you don’t just give them a powerful gift for life, but you also bond with them at a deeper level.

As a mom and an educator, I consider this a very important outcome for both of you.

Following the child

As we mentioned earlier, we never push or force, but rather, we “follow the child.” When we learn to observe their needs a little better, we can offer the right help at the right time.

So if you are drawing a blank right now as to how you will gracefully follow your grandchild, have no worries. Our program makes it very clear and gives you step-by-step instructions.

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“America needs to invest in early education..”
Arne Duncan, US Education

“Later, when the child is six or seven years old, the creative period will have passed, and he will no longer have the same natural interest in analyzing either the spoken or the written word.”
Maria Montessori, MD, Education Pioneer

“The data suggest, for example, that going up one reading level at age 7 was associated with a…roughly $7,750, increase in income at age 42.”
Research by Richie and Bates

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What you get:

  • 3 top quality DVDs available nowhere else
    • DVD #1: Vocabulary
    • DVD #2: Sounds and Letters
    • DVD #3: Words and Sentences
  • Engaging high-quality hands-on materials
    • DVD #1 Materials: 48 high quality color photos
    • DVD #2 Materials: 124 learning game cards
    • DVD #3 Materials: 244 learning game cards
  • Monthly live online sessions (webcasts)
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It all started with a friendship
Mary Ellen Maunz with Dr. Elisabeth Caspari in 1982

Program creator Mary Ellen Maunz has 40 years of experience in Montessori…

teaching at the 2½ to 6 year-old and the 6 to 12 year-old levels, and administrating a large private school for 20 years.

Mary Ellen was trained over a four-year period as a Master Teacher by Dr. Elisabeth Caspari, personal friend and student of Maria Montessori, and was awarded a Master Teacher diploma in 1983. Caspari and Maunz remained close friends and worked together from their initial meeting in 1979 up until Caspari’s passing in 2002.

The legacy from Maria Montessori to Elisabeth Caspari to Mary Ellen Maunz is unbroken. Maunz has continued in teacher education since that time. She teaches and lectures on early childhood education across the globe.

 

Maunz earned her Masters Degree (M.Ed.) in Integrative Education with an emphasis on Montessori from Endicott College…

and she holds a BS in Child Development from the University of La Verne. She also holds an AMI Montessori diploma for ages 2½ – 7 and a Pan-American Montessori Society diploma for ages 6 – 12.

Mary Ellen also has an extensive background as a school consultant and as the co-creator of a successful business in early reading products, the Early Reading Company. She was lead author of the book, Learning to Read is Child’s Play, published in 2000. Her early reading system was adopted by several large school systems, early childhood education chains and many private schools and now by parents around the world.

 

She served as Commissioner for Accreditation and Member of the Board of Directors for the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) …

from 1992-2000 and held the position of Vice-President of the International Association of Montessori Educators (IAME) from 2001-2004. She served on the Board of Directors of Middle Creek Montessori in Bozeman, Montana from 2005 through 2007. She was honored in 2013 with the Wisdom of the Elders Award for her leadership in the Montessori community.

Core principles of early childhood education you need to know…

I strongly recommend you read this section because it gives the foundational philosophy behind early childhood education as well as valuable tips you could use.

Plus, I share a few short stories relating to the principles, I know you’ll enjoy.

To read more details, please click on the links below.

Core Principle #1: Sensitive periods

Description

By a miracle of nature, there is a unique timetable in the child’s brain that guides them to master life’s most basic skills.

In other words, the child instinctively knows when he or she is ready to master each skill. We call these spontaneous bursts of intelligence the sensitive periods.

All of these activities are guided by their natural intelligence, and our children’s best and richest development occurs when we work with these periods rather than against them.

Example

A good example of a sensitive period is of a little girl of 4, who got into the habit of coming into her mother’s dressing room each morning and pouring out a box of hair pins.

Many mothers would have slapped the little hands and commanded the child to pick them up.

This particular mother, however, closely observed her child instead and soon saw that the child was exercising her pincer grip—she carefully and precisely picked each and every hair pin up with her little fingers and put it back, only to dump it again. She repeated the activity four more times, then kissed her mommy on the cheek and went to play.

For the next ten days, the little girl came in and repeated the entire process each morning. Finally, something was complete within her and she never did it again.

This was a child in the throes of a sensitive period of development. When the external environment presents an activity that corresponds to the inner sensitive period, the child goes to it and repeats, and repeats until some inner plateau of development is complete.

It is then that concentration is at its peak and we are well advised to observe rather than interfere. You can even create activities for your grandchild that foster the mastery of these skills.

Many times, when we do not understand the child’s behavior we might think he is being naughty or it is meaningless.

But for the child, something internal is building and we should rejoice! Likewise, if we try to do things for him, he may rebel with a tantrum.

Montessori actually wrote that everything we do for the child that he can do for himself is an obstacle to his development.

Takeaway

Develop the skill of observation so that you can support and not block these specific cycles of learning.

Our program will show you what to look for in the field of early reading and how you can turn your home into a haven for a child’s natural learning process.

Core Principle #2: Sensitive period for language development

Description

The sensitive periods for language development start at the tender prenatal stage and continue in various stages up to age ten.

The more language your grandchild hears in the early years, the more likely she will be to develop a large vocabulary. And the more words you have, the more ideas and concepts you have.

It is well known that 90% of brain development occurs before the age of five.

Which means, if you take advantage of these precious bursts of intelligence during the sensitive periods for language, a child can learn to read easily and with little effort.

If your grandchild misses this natural timetable, it will require much greater effort to learn to read at a later time and it won’t be nearly as much fun.

Example

Let me give you an example of how these sensitive periods work.

Let’s say a six-month-old baby starts to babble. Has anyone told him it is time to start? Has anyone taught him precisely how to do it? Can anyone tell him it is enough and he will stop?

The answer is “No” to all of these three questions. And the reason is that the sensitive period for babbling, one of early sensitive periods for acquiring language, comes from within.

Neurologically and developmentally, when it is time for a new aspect of development to emerge, a child begins the process with interest and abandon.

Takeaway

If your grandchild can’t read by the age of six, he or she is missing out on a chance of a lifetime. Don’t let this brief window of time fly by. It can never be recaptured.

Core Principle #3: Self-mastery

Description

This particular principle is my favorite. Soon, you’ll know why.

Every child has an innate desire to become master of his or her world. As they master news skills, they gain self-esteem and build a sense of themselves as a person of worth.

The implications of a strong self-esteem are numerous and obvious.

The child grows up to be a responsible adult, self-motivated and competent. The child is well adjusted and can more easily succeed in all areas of life.

If your grandchild could express these instinctive feelings of self-mastery, they would say something like this to you: “Help me to do it all by myself.”

No matter how well-meaning you are, if you interfere and try to do it for them, the child is very likely to throw a tantrum.

Example

I have a story that can illustrate this principle. The children in our classroom from age three to six had been doing a project of building little wooden boats.

One day we brought in a kiddie pool, filled it with water and proceeded to test how the boats would sail. Of course, the older boys made a tight ring around the pool and were not willing to let some of the littler children to get up close.

One of the little three-year-old boys assessed the situation and made the decision of how to solve it. He got a chair and was climbing up to peak over the heads of the bigger boys.

My loving assistant, who hadn’t quite internalized the “all by myself “ message, swooped in to pick him up So she could hold him up to see.

He immediately started to loudly cry in protest. Seeing was not as important as doing it by himself!

Takeaway

Follow your grandchildren’s natural desire to accomplish things by and for themselves, and help them become masters of their world. This applies to reading and writing too, with our beautifully designed materials.

Core Principle #4: Prepared environment

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Learning will happen at an optimal level for your grandchild when they are provided an environment that facilitates every aspect of their spontaneous development.

Remember the story of the sensitive period, and the little girl with the hair pins? Well, she found in her environment what she needed for the development of the pincer grip, preparing her hand for writing.

When the child does NOT find what he or she needs, the sensitive period may pass and the child will have to learn the skill later, through effort, what could have been easy and spontaneous.

When your child has the right learning tool at the right time learning is effortless and fun.

Our cutting-edge, hands-on materials and easy instructions will make it a snap for you to set up the ideal environment that will enable your child’s unique development to flourish.

Example

The words “Prepared Environment” remind me of Christmas some years ago when my youngest child was in 2nd or 3rd grade.

Her art teacher, whom she loved, had a “free shelf” of miscellaneous art materials available to the children to keep creating art after they finished their required pieces.

I always knew that my daughter Lenore was an artist at heart. And as I was thinking about what to get her for Christmas, it hit me—a “free shelf” at home!

I simply purchased the makings for an extra couple of shelves for her room (bricks and boards) and a great load of various kinds of paints and brushes, colored pens, clay, craft paper, a small easel, colored pipe cleaners, sequins, cotton balls.

I also bought some dollar store bowls to put everything in and voila—we had a prepared environment for my child the artist.

She would use it in her room and sometimes take what she needed out on the porch. When she grew up she picked up art at college and graduated with a bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art.

We, of course, had always had some of these materials around for her and her older brother and sister, but never quite so systematically as a “prepared environment.” This was her favorite present that year and for many years to come.

On her next birthday and the following Christmas, for example, we just added some new and fresh items to her “free shelf.”

On rainy days or whenever the spirit moved her, she would be in there for hours, making something beautiful, and being an entrepreneur, often went around visiting friends and trying to sell her creations!

So whether it is a corner in your living room with a low bookshelf for reading materials, a science shelf or an art shelf, creating the space for your child’s interests with materials he or she can get to whenever desired, is one of keys you can use to unlock your child’s creativity and interest in learning.

So it can be a corner in your living room with a low bookshelf for reading materials; or, a science shelf; or, an art shelf.

The point is that creating the space for your child’s interests with materials he or she can get to whenever desired, is one of keys for mastery of early childhood reading. One of the keys you can use right away to unlock your child’s creativity and interest in learning.

Takeaway

Know that making the right preparations will facilitate your grandchild’s early mastery of reading. All it takes is a low table and somewhere handy to keep the materials you and your grandchild use for their special learning time.

Core Principle #5: Respect and Trust

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Adults sometimes treat children in ways they would never treat another adult.

Because of various societal and cultural norms, we often misread the behavior of our children. We often think they are naughty, bad or wrong, when they are simply defending their natural urge to move, to touch, to ask questions.

What’s even worse, we punish them for these activities, not realizing we make an even bigger mistake than our original error in judgment.

The point here is that, as parents:

  • We need to understand children better.
  • We need to take time to observe and discover them.
  • We need to realize that they have great gifts and talents waiting to be born.

You see, your young grandchild is awesome!

That is a fact and you should never allow anyone to tell you otherwise.

What you need to do as a savvy grandparent is to embrace the mystery of your grandchild’s development.

Children are “under construction,” their thinking process is not like an adults, and so we must allow them to become themselves.

Truly, they are worthy of our respect, and the power within the child to become the man or woman of tomorrow is something we can only admire with awe.

And so I’m asking you to become an advocate for your grandchild.

Not only to love and protect them but also to respect them. To trust them. To honor them.

Example

Here is a great example about respect and trust.

There was a family with two siblings, a brother and a sister who got into a lot of fights. (Who me? Oh no, not my children!)

Samantha and Jack had been at odds with each other for many days running, and mom had to intervene a number of times to keep the peace.

One lovely morning, Samantha was setting all her colored pencils out to draw a picture. Mom saw Jack, circling around close to her work and was ready to “head him off at the pass,” imagining the worst.

But having just learned about the art of observing from one of Maria Montessori’s books, she decided to wait and see what would happen.

What she saw was a testament to the love of her children and a testament to her own respect and trust in them.

Jack asked Samantha if he could please sharpen several of her pencils.

She laughed and said yes, that would be great.

When he returned with the sharpened pencils, Samantha invited Jack to draw with her and the two sat head to head, drawing silly pictures and laughing for the rest of the morning.

I referred briefly to another aspect of respect and trust in Core Principle #2, which talks about sensitive periods.

One thing I have learned over the years is that when children do not find what they need to feed their sensitive period, they can get out of sorts and cranky. They could not tell you why they are having a hard time, but they just are.

So out of respect for the tremendous work of inner construction our children are engaged in, we need to step back, observe and try to figure out what the child may be trying to do. We need to try to understand what he or she is getting interested in, and try to facilitate it.

It may be as easy as seeing your child is trying to walk on the cracks or the curb on the sidewalk, which means the child is developing a sense of balance. And if you simply put some kind of a balance beam for the child to walk or something similar, you would be facilitating the process.

So you see, these core principles of the sensitive periods, the prepared environment and respect, are all very closely related. The more you understand about your child’s development and how you can help, the happier both of you will be!

Takeaway

Respect and honor your grandchild. Embrace their individuality and their own pace of learning and working, just as we respect the timetable for the rose to bloom.

Set your grandchild up for success in life, starting right now. Ride together the wave of opportunity and help them master language without delay. There is so much to be gained!

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