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Fun with a Purpose!


“Play and Learn with Cereal O’s is ideal for home, child-care center, and preschool classroom use.” Midwest Book Review

I’ll never forget the lessons of the remarkable woman, Dr. Elizabeth Caspari, who taught me how to be a teacher. During World War II, she was stranded in India with the pioneering educator, Maria Montessori, where they ran a school together. There she learned techniques to help children unlock the mysteries of words, numbers, and more. While the Montessori method ideally requires expensive materials, Dr. Caspari recalled times when she employed the techniques using what the children had at hand, such as empty cans and coconut shells.

As a young mother, I searched for ways to teach my children at home, incorporating the concepts taught to me by Dr. Caspari. Having little money for supplies, I created simple educational games and art projects using household items. I reviewed my children’s interests at night, and then tried to link those interests to enjoyable activities that would help them learn to read, write, and understand numbers. They progressed quickly through their lessons, and after racing through the distance-learning high school courses offered by American School, graduated from high school at ages fourteen and fifteen.

Spurred on by requests from other educators, I thought, “How can I help parents and teachers of young children use these techniques using everyday items? What do most people have in their homes? Ah, cereal.” So I decided to take the concepts that I had learned from Dr. Caspari and my own experience, and tailor them for use in the home. And that was how the Paolini Method was born.

Play and Learn with Cereal O’s contains thirty-three easy activities for two- to six-year-olds. Step-by-step instructions and clear illustrations make it easy to help children:

  • Improve coordination and develop concentration.
  • Identify and write the letters of the alphabet.
  • Learn the letters’ sounds and discover how to read.
  • Identify and and write numbers.
  • Count and associate numbers with amounts.
  • Experience basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
  • Build, draw, and identify geometric figures.
  • Learn about the solar system.

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Talita Paolini

About Talita Paolini

Talita is the mother of Christopher and Angela Paolini, whom she homeschooled with her husband, Kenneth.