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Much Too Early



Dyslex ic Read er Vol. 32


Davis Dyslexia Association International

Issue 3 2003

Much Too Earlyby David Elkind, Professor of Child Development at Tufts University and the author of Reinventing Childhood and The Hurried Child

Children must master the language of things before they master the language of words. Friedrich Froebel, Pedagogics of the Kindergarten, 1895 In one sentence, Froebel, father of the kindergarten, expressed the essence of early childhood education. Children are not born knowing the difference between red and green, sweet and sour, rough and smooth, cold and hot, or any of the other myriad of physical sensations. The natural world is the infant's and young child's first

curriculum, and it can only be learned by direct interaction with things. There is no way a young child can learn the difference between sweet and sour, rough and

smooth, hot and cold without tasting, touching or feeling something. Learning about the world of things, and all their various properties is a time consuming process that cannot be hurried. This view of early childhood education has been echoed by all of the giants of early childhood development: Froebel, Montessori, Steiner, Piaget and Vygotsky. It is supported by developmental theory which demonstrates that the logical structure of reading and math require syllogistic reasoning abilities on the part of the child. Given that most young children do not attain this form of reasoning until the age of five or six, it makes little sense to introducecontinued on page 4

The Giants of Early Childhood Developmentby David Elkind

In This IssueNews & Feature Articles:

The educators who established early childhood as a legitimate age for guided learning, were also

quite explicit as to the nature of early instruction. They all emphasized the importance of manipulative experiences for infants and young children, and the dangers of their too early introduction to the world of symbols. Frederich Froebel, Maria Montessori and Rudoph Steiner all created rich, hands-on materials for children to explore and conceptualize. Each of them acknowledged, in his or her own way, that the capacity to discriminate precedes the capacity to label, and that the understanding of quality precedes that of quantity. For example, childrencontinued on page 4

Regular Features:

Maria Montessori



IN THE MAILCongratulations to Alan and his happy Mom!(posted by Robin at

I AM AMAZED! We have been a "Davis" household for two months now. Slowly the homework battle is going away. It has gotten so good lately. I have even been able to let Alan do his homework after supper some nights. YEA!!!

Last night I went upstairs and caught Alan with his bedroom light on. I expected him to be playing his Gameboy or playing Legos. HE WAS READING! He had read 20 pages of the book we were reading before bed all by himself. Today he took it to school. He came off the bus with it in his hands and was reading it as he walked up the drive way. I NEVER thought I would see this day!!!!

A mother was showing her son how to zip up his coat. "The secret," she said, "is to get the left part of the zipper to fit in the other side before you try to zip it up." The boy looked at her quizzically:

"Why does it have to be a secret?"Copyright 1996 Randy Glasbergen.

is published quarterly by Davis Dyslexia Association International (DDAI), 1601 Bayshore Hwy., Suite 245, Burlingame, CA 94010 USA +1(650) 692-7141. are to increase worldwide awareness about the positive aspects of dyslexia and related learning styles; and to present methods for improving literacy, education and academic success. We believe that all peoples abilities and talents should be recognized and valued, and that learning problems can be corrected. Alice Davis, Abigail Marshall, Maria Fagioli and Dee White. Julia Gaskill. one year $25 in US, add $5 in Canada; add $10 elsewhere. send $8.00 to DDAI. We welcome letters, comments and articles. Mail to DDAI at the above address. +1(650) 692-7075 The opinions and views expressed in articles and letters are not necessarily those of DDAI. Davis Dyslexia Correction, Davis Symbol Mastery , Davis Orientation Counseling, and Davis Learning Strategies are registered trademarks of Ronald D. Davis. Copyright 1999 by DDAI, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.



Announcing The Gift of Learning Ron Davis new book addresses theother faces of DyslexiaWhen it was released in 1994, The Gift of Dyslexia spawned a grassroots movement that has spread around the world. It has been translated into every major Western language, plus others like Croatian, Swedish, Hebrew and Japanese. Nearly 300 certified Davis Facilitators now offer Davis Programs in 27 countries in 18 languages. The sequel to The Gift of Dyslexia is scheduled to appear in USA and Canadian bookstores around August 5, 2003. The new book expands the Davis Methods with theories and correction procedures that address the three basic areas of learning disability other than reading. The Gift of Learning is authored by Ronald D. Davis with Eldon M. Braun, and published in the United States and Canada by Penguin Putnam under its Perigee Books imprint. The other two Rs and the A The Gift of Dyslexia covered the Davis Correction Procedures for Reading in detail, but only touched on Rithmetic, Riting and Attention problems. The Gift of Learning focuses on proven methods for correcting the other three basic learning difficulties children and adults experience. Disorientation in one form or another is still seen as a major factor that prevents students from learning efficiently. Orientation for Everybody The Orientation Counseling Procedure from The Gift of Dyslexia is repeated pretty much verbatim in the new book. An alternate procedure called Alignment is added for use by students who learn better kinesthetically, or who are younger than seven or eight. Its the same as the Focusing exercise used for K-3 students in classrooms as part of the Davis Learning Strategies program. Motivation & Responsibility The main prerequisite for success with the Davis Methods is a willingness to participate. The student must want a meaningful improvement in life skills. In the new book, Ron discusses how to uncover an individuals own perception of the problem and offer the carrot of a potential solution that will instill motivation. Solving ADD and ADHD The Davis Methods have The Gift of Learning produced dramatic by Ronald D. Davis with Eldon M. Braun improvements in attention span, behavior, and study Perigee Books / $14.95 / ISBN: 0-399-52809-1 skills without the use of drugs. of them once the student is able to Ron discusses how disorientation achieve orientation easily. Besides affects both the hyper and daydreamer varieties of ADD. The pencil and paper, the exercises use Energy Dial exercise is presented as clay models, giant writing on poster paper with a marker, and a way students can adjust their tracing paper to copy handwriting energy levels to different situations. models. Math: Numbers vs. Numerals This difference is explained as a link Parents and teachers who have been working with students using the between reading dyslexia and math techniques from The Gift of Dyslexia problems (dyscalculia). A student will find that this new book provides can easily see that there are four of additional exercises they can use to something (a number), but doesnt improve basic learning skills other automatically make the connection with the symbol 4 (a single numeral). than reading. The new book presents twenty Special offer on pre-publication exercises, mostly done with clay models, that allow a student to learn orders: DDAI has ordered 1,000 copies of math in real world terms. Then The Gift of Learning for sale by our numerical symbols and arithmetic bookstore. If you pre-order before functions are introduced one at a time until the student learns to work August 1, 2003, a 10% discount will be applied. The cost of the new book out problems symbolically using is the same as the first one: pencil and paper. US$14.95. Membership discounts and standard quantity discounts for Legible Handwriting: Dysgraphia Facilitators also apply. To order, call Ron discusses various possible 1-888-999-3324 or visit the causes for illegible handwriting and bookstore. presents procedures to correct most

PAGE 4 International Davis Dyslexia Correction ProvidersThe Davis Dyslexia Correction program is now available from more than 300 Facilitators around the world. For updates, call: (888) 805-7216 [Toll Free] or (650) 692-7141 or visit


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engaging in these age-appropriate activities. In the end, there is no solid research formal instruction in reading and math demonstrating that early academic training until then. This theory is given weight by is superior to (or worse than) the more a number of longitudinal studies which traditional, hands-