What you need to know!


Hello parents, I would like to teach you how to teach your child to read from an early age.

Let me introduce you to the Mini-Intel way of raising learners. 

It’s a simple method using material I created and have been using for the past 10 years with my own children and the children I tutor.

It is also teaching parents how to form a partnership with their child that fosters a love for learning as soon as your child is born.

I would like parents to keep in mind that you are your child’s first teacher. I do not believe your child’s education should be left up to anyone but yourself. Teachers can only do so much. When parents work closely with their child they will get to know their strengths and weaknesses. Because of the techniques, I used with my own children many parents would ask how I was able to have them reading so young. I would spend time explaining my techniques until I decided to create tangible material for parents to use. Along with the material I would educate parents on how to foster a learning environment in the home. Your child only knows what you feed them so if you foster an environment that is centered around developing the intellect your child is already ahead. If your child is in an environment where they are being fed devices, TV, and gaming systems all the time, it will be challenging for them to begin grade one with a mind that is open to structured learning. 

Guidance is important in the formative years because it sets a foundation for life long learning and shapes the brain. I have met children who enter grade one so strong academically and others who do not yet know the sounds of the alphabet. Unfortunately, your child can get lost in the early stages of their education and that is why partnering with your child is important.

It breaks my heart when a child starts grade one with very low or no reading skills. It becomes challenging for them when the class is moving so fast. Imagine your child starts school in September and by the fall it’s already midterm report and the midterm report states that your child is not reading at grade level. So the teachers will have to put a learning strategy in place.  Let’s avoid all of that by giving them a healthy start.

I have worked with children who enter grade one with low reading skills and it can affect their self-esteem. I spend a lot of time educating parents on the importance of being grade one ready. 

Parents do you know what it takes to be grade one ready? Let me tell you. Your child should be decoding letter sounds and patterns to recognize and pronounce written words.

Your child should be familiar with basic three-letter word families example cat, fat, bad, and rat. Your child should be able to recognize high-frequency site words such as an, at, it, and many more. Your child should know all the letters in the alphabet and be able to write them.

Your child should be able to hold a pencil correctly.

These are just some of the basic fundamentals needed before entering grade one for a smooth transition. 

Since I started tutoring I have come across so many parents who think there’s a quick fix to getting a child to read quickly after they enter grade one. There is no quick fix. Your child needs time to develop the fundamentals at their pace and that’s what early literacy does.

This time will give parents the opportunity to know their child’s learning style.

My  Mini-Intel system allows parents to take the guesswork out of what material needs to be covered before grade one. It is a learning system that takes you from learning the alphabet all the way to reading simple sentences to short stories. No guessing or trying to figure out what material needs to be taught.

Here’s how I taught my three-year-old to read, practice, practice, practice and I am a big supporter of very minimal television or devices in the formative years. My daughters watched LeapFrog videos and I exposed them to a lot of educational music and created our own songs. If you want your child to learn something fast put it in a song. As a parent, you must be dedicated, create a structure in the home, be consistent, be encouraging, engaging, and use lots of praise.

We are all in this together that’s why I created my system and tips to share so no child’s mind is left behind. 

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