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Education Expert Launches E-Book for Parents
to Use in Boosting Child’s Brainpower

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. – May 8, 2006 – Following the premise that the first six years of a child’s life are the magic years of learning, a new step-by-step guide for parents drives home the message that every parent should be their child’s first and most important teacher. Joseph D. Randazzo, an early childhood education expert, has developed a step-by-step guide for parents to create the ideal learning environment for kids in their own home. The innovative guide, introduced in CD format, includes more than 200 activities for parents to boost their child’s brainpower.

“I created this hands-on program as a way of bringing into the home the basic precepts of the Montessori learning method because if every parent becomes a teacher then every child becomes a successful learner,” said Randazzo, a former superintendent of schools and university dean. “To reform our schools, we must start educational initiatives in every American home as soon as our infants are born.”

The Montessori method is an approach to learning advocated by Dr. Maria Montessori. The method, taught at many private preschools and elementary schools, emphasizes creating a well-planned and structured environment that addresses the child’s individual and cultural needs.

Joseph D. Randazzo, Ed.D., has spent most of his life teaching and researching the learning styles of young children. The author of “The Case for Early Learning,” Randazzo was an Associate Superintendent of Schools in Hartford, Connecticut, when he was recruited to start the school center at Nova University in the early 70s. While at Nova, he founded the University Schools in Davie and Coral Springs and taught teachers at the graduate level. He also founded the Randazzo/Montessori School in Coconut Creek, Florida, where much of the “Smart-Start” lessons have been practiced and honed.

The Randazzo/Montessori Smart-Start Learning System, a parenting series for home and school use, is available at www.smartstartkids.com. The system includes an introductory book, “Renaissance Child - Nurture the Genius in Your Young Child” and a companion parenting manual, “The Explore and Learn Years…Birth to Age 3.” Additional parent teaching/learning kits for various age groups are planned.

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Dr. Joseph D. Randazzo
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Randazzo began his lifelong journey in education as a one-room schoolteacher in 1952. He has studied the Montessori elementary training in Bergamo, Italy, as well as the L’ecole Maternelle early learning preschools of France and the Reggio-Emilia preschools in Italy. Randazzo earned his doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University and his master’s and undergraduate degrees from the University of Connecticut. He earned a master’s from the American International College and has taught at the University of Hartford.


Randazzo, a frequent lecturer on early learning styles, was the keynote speaker at the Association Montessori Internationale World Conference in 1988. He retired in 1993 from what is now Nova Southeastern University and began writing extensively about early learning methods and developing the “Smart-Start Early Learning Systems for Home and School.”

“Smart-Start” provides parents with educational materials in the framework of a specially designed learning curriculum to assist them in shaping their children’s education at home during the critical years of their young lives, from birth to age six.

 



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