Families often ask me for advice about how to help their kids love learning and reach their academic potential outside of school. To them I say create a loving, home-based learning environment. Play intellectual games with your kids every day. Read to them and ask them to read to you. Model the use of writing and arithmetic in your daily life. Discover and learn new things with your kids. Give them lots of strokes when they think, read, write, calculate and estimate well. Insist that their schools teach them all the basic skills and not gloss over poorly learned skills. A happy result is all but guaranteed.
Kent Johnson, Ph.D., Founding Director