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Andrea Stephenson (pictured left) was once a full-time working mother. She assumed her son would learn his ABCs by the time he was three or four-years-old.
But because her son used fun, playful, and detailed learning tools, the boy began speaking in full sentences before he was two-years-old. Andrea’s son also began spelling and reading prior to his second birthday.
At just over two-years-old, the boy was writing the full alphabet and a numbers line. By the time he was three-years-old, Andrea’s son was already doing multiplication and reading like a third-grader.
Amazingly, Andrea’s recipe for success at educating her son was achieved without the use of flash cards. How did she do this? Andrea did it through the use of the tactics she outlines in an online mini course she created for parents called Teach Your Toddler to Read Through Play.
In addition to being an educator who creates home-based learning tools for parents, Andrea is a blogger, author, and the founder of an organization called Simply Outrageous Youth. The two books she has written are titled Teach Your Toddler to Read Through Play and Fun and Easy Ways to Teach Your Toddler to Write.
Andrea is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a background in play therapy. She has over 20 years of experience as an educator of children. Her website SimplyOutrageousYouth.org offers a plethora of resources parents can utilize to help their children learn free of charge.
“Shaping is a technique many counselors use to teach kids new behaviors. It allows you to build a desired behavior in children using small steps. Once the child has mastered a step then you move to the next one. This technique also requires the adult to provide a reward as the child completes each step to encourage them to go to the next task,” Andrea wrote on her website.
Learn more about Andrea’s organization and its mission by clicking here.