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Born, London, England, 1925. Raised in Toronto's east-end from 1927. Served in the RCAF during WWII as an electronic technician, then attended the Ontario College of Art.

Art Career: A complete description is to be found in A Dictionary of Canadian Artists (1971), by Colin MacDonald. Paintings hung in the Royal Canadian Academy, the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolors, the Canadian National Exhibition, The Royal Society of Portrait Painters (London, England), and the Annual Paris Salon (France). Lectured for the Art Gallery of Ontario. Executed many portraits of prominent Canadians and film stars (in both Hollywood and England) as well as commercial art (advertising, magazine and newspaper illustration).

Music career: Played alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones, clarinet and flute in various dance bands and small combos (1945-1955), dance-work and jazz, in Canada, U.S., and Europe.

Acting: Little Theatre work in Ottawa and private productions working with the then-unknown Rich Little and Dan Aykroyd. Stage hypnotist at military bases in Europe.

Incidental vocations: munitions assembly tech, photographer, sales rep (life insurance, real estate, Encycolpaedia Britannica, Fuller Brush, automobiles, advertising and printing), short-order cook, taxi driver.

Literary career: Wrote five stage plays, a comedy TV series (Back-page Challenge, aired on Ottawa cable-vision: produced, directed and starred), feature articles for the Ottawa Citizen, magazine articles, press releases and promos (as Information Officer for two federal government departments), radio reports (as a CBC freelance broadcaster). Books published before formally entering the field of education: The FUNdamental French Language Program, and Grammar for People Who Hate Grammar (this latter published in both England and Canada).

Educator: Created a phonic reading program employing games to teach my own children, then ages two and three. The quick success of this venture prompted a study of reading technology to learn why similar quick success was difficult in schools. I subsequently wrote Teach Your Child o Read in 60 Days. The book remained in print 23 years and sold an unprecedented 35,000 in Canada plus U.S. sales. A boxed version of the reading program was then produced, requiring me to make several promotional tours across Canada and the U.S.

I then learned of the proven relationship between early literacy and heightened intelligence. So, on completing a study of past intellectual titans, and of manufactured geniuses, and of conclusions reached in the fields of psychometrics and epistemology (which deal with the measurement of intelligence, the conditions that advance or retard it, and establish its limits), I wrote Raising Brighter Children.

Finally, on deciding to provide for others people's children in intellectual advantage I had inadvertently given my own, I established a center in 1980 offering a special program designed to stimulate intellectual growth. Results confirm that in three years (or fewer) of attendance, children's intelligence rises to genius-level (IQ 140-145).

Education was never my chosen field. I began as an amateur. The subject fascinated me and propelled me to begin a study of the mechanics of learning, and to do so without thought for an eventual income or educational stature. I was enthralled by the notion that learning could be speeded or slowed (a spin-off from B.F. Skinner's pioneer work with teaching machines in the late 1950s). This helped me to understand my own aversion to public schooling and my decision to leave school at age 16.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing (January 20, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412015545
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412015547
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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100 of 101 people found the following review helpful By 3_Angels on June 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
The program presented in this book is pure phonics just like in the perennial favorite "Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons" and it works. The backbone of the program is a fun little game called blocks that motivates kids to get through the early stages of learning to read. The author chooses to start with fun words like up, cup, and cat whereas most programs start with am, sam, and see. Phonics is nothing new, but the reason this book is so useful is the wealth of knowledge it gives parents on the science of teaching a child to read. After reading the book, all you need in order to sit down and teach your child to read is the list of 32 steps to remind you what order to proceed in and a little creativity about how to make it fun. There are not day to day lesson plans, because for a young child that isn't the most effective teaching method. Essentially the child needs to practice word blending, letter sound association, and left-to-right decoding. Ledson explains how to make these activities part of your daily routine. Lots of examples are given on how to make learning to read into games which you could copy directly, or even better if you are creative, you can make up the games as you go along to fit your child's unique interests. In addition to games, the author suggests using puppets as fellow learners to help motivate and captivate children and that worked really well for us. A puppet can encourage a child to try again ten times as often as a parent and the kids still giggle. In our public school, kindergartners are asked to memorize 100 sight words all about 3 letters long. That is a lot of hard miserable work, my child was in tears when she got the list the last month of preschool. The next week we started this program and it was easy and fun, no more tears.Read more ›
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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful By S. Bradley on October 20, 2002
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This book is full of good information, but I was looking for something more in the lesson plan style, rather then just prose. It makes a good compliment to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Siegfried Engelmann, which I purchased at the same time and have found very effective with my children. Engelmann's book is more pre-structered, where this book gives more of basic guidelines and turns you loose. Great together, if you're just looking for one, I'd suggest choosing based on which way you feel comfortable teaching.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Maureen Horrocks on August 24, 2000
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This book was great for its clear directions, great ideas and good advice. I was amazed by the complete acuracy of how the suggested activities would take place. Not only will you learn how to teach phonics, but how to instill the fun of learning. On cue, my three year old responded to the "lessons" with giggles, laughter and begged for more. This book is great for anyone that wants to see the joy and delight of any child as they learn to read. The challenge will be to keeping it to only ten minutes a day.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 10, 2007
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I bought this book after checking it out from our library. My son is 5 and I am teaching him how to read using the methods described in this book. What I liked about it was that it uses the phonics system and is very systematic and logical in its approach, so that even the youngest preschooler can start to learn to read. For example, it starts with teaching the letter U, then P, then how to put them together to make UP. It builds gradually from there until eventually the child is reading sentences. It has lots of suggestions on games and activities to make it fun and motivating for the child who may be resistant to learning to read. It can be used for older children as well who may be struggling with reading. My son picked it up very quickly and made it through the first 100 words quite easily. It gets progressively more challenging with the sentences, so for my son, it is taking him longer to progress through those, and he gets frustrated at times, so I have to back off and give him more review time so he feels more successful. He is in an advanced reading group in his class in kindergarten and I feel like this book has made all the difference. Early literacy is such an important skill. I'm very glad I found this book. My only disappointment is that I was led to believe that by working with your child just 10 mins a day, they would be reading in 45 days. Well, after 45 days, my son is reading basic sentences, but has only made it about 1/2 way through the book. I think it really varies with each child and it is still a very good method to use.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Aaron K. Redshaw on November 8, 2009
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I struggled with reading growing up. It was never easy and it was never fun. When I was blessed to have two sons I decided I did not want them to struggle the way I did. I bought this book and began using it to teach each of them how to read starting at two years of age. It works. Both boys, now four and six, are reading well above their grade levels and love to read. My six year old has been reading beginning chapter books for over a year.

Some reviewers mentioned that this is not a book of lessons that you just follow day after day. This is both true and untrue. Much of it is literally step by step and you just have the child read the letter sounds and words. There was a point, however, where I found I needed to write flashcards and use other resources to supplement the book. Still, the book was the main resource we used.

I should also add that at the end, where letter combinations were learned, after months of going through the program I decided that my children needed more motivation. Rather than slog through the combinations for another six months or so, I started them on easy to read books so that they felt like they were moving to something new and exciting. They learned the letter combinations as we went. Mostly I used the step into reading series of books since they were written at the truly beginning level. Most books that say level one are not really for real beginning readers.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone, but would also say that teaching a child to read can never be done without work. We read for 5-10 minutes every night for two years before reading books. There are frustrating days and even weeks before a major leap in learning occurs at times. But if a parent or teacher is willing to work at it, this book is the tool that will make it possible.
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