Early Child Development

We believe parents who have been instructed in early child development are the very best teachers for their own children.

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Little Children Love to Learn

All children love to learn. They can learn absolutely anything that can be taught in an honest and factual way when they are taught in a joyous manner. The younger a child is, the easier it is for the child to learn.


The parent and child together are the most dynamic teaching and learning team. The family is the cradle for intellectual, physical, and social excellence in the child.


The objective of The Institutes is to make children intellectually, physically, and socially excellent.

Your Child Is Capable of Anything

Most parents do not realize what their young children are capable of. Too often, parents are unaware of the power of stimulation to grow the brain, and to give their children an advantage that lasts a lifetime.


At The Institutes, we believe in the potential of the human mind. The thousands of children we have worked with in the past decades (who have often gone on to incredible things) are proof that children who are taught properly can achieve anything.

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Misconceptions About the Brain

For too long brain growth was thought to be a static and irrevocable fact. Instead, brain growth and development are a dynamic and ever-changing process.

The process of brain growth can be stopped, as it is in profound brain injury. The process can be slowed, as it is in moderate brain injury. Most significantly, though, this is a process that can be speeded up.

All that we do to speed the process is to provide visual, auditory, and tactile stimulation with increased frequency, intensity, and duration in recognition of the orderly way in which the human brain grows. We then arrange for the child to have the maximum opportunity in an ideal environment to use and develop the motor pathways.

For more than a half-century, the heart of The Institutes program has been based upon the fact that the brain grows by use. Scientists now recognize the plasticity of the human brain and new research in neuroplasticity confirms that the brain is incredibly capable of recovery and rehabilitation. The old notion that once the brain is injured there is no means of recovery has been discarded.

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The Fundamentals of Early Development

Heredity and environment are springboards, not prison cells. It is the environment of poverty, not the genetics of poverty, which begets poverty.


There is no genetics of poverty or knowledge. It is the environment of knowledge which begets knowledge. Babies would much rather learn than play. Education begins at six, learning begins at birth or earlier.

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Brain Growth Can Be Speed Up

All we do to speed the process of brain growth and development is to give kids visual, auditory, and tactile stimulation, and ample opportunity, with increased frequency, intensity, and duration, in recognition of the orderly way in which the human brain grows.

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Environment is Crucial to Intelligence

Our individual genetic potential is that of the human race. Our individual genetic potential is that of Leonardo da Vinci, Shakespeare, Mozart, Michelangelo, Edison, and Einstein. High intelligence is a product of the environment, low intelligence is a product of the environment. All intelligence is a product of the environment and our human potential.

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Babies Would Rather Learn Than Play

While formal education often begins at six, learning begins at birth or earlier. The first six years of a child’s life are the genesis of genius. Tiny kids learn more fact for fact prior to three years of age than they learn for the rest of their lives.

Better Parents, Better Babies

Thousands of parents have attended our courses, millions have read our books. Meet some of our kids.

Romero Family

Mathematics, Reading
Romero Family
Mathematics, Reading

“I have five children. This course was very interesting, very surprising, and worth it.”

Clara

Academic Achievement, Mathematics, Multiple Children
Clara
Academic Achievement, Mathematics, Multiple Children

After years of home schooling and attending The Evan Thomas Institute in Philadelphia, our daughter enrolled in a prestigious high school, where she is currently a junior. She has earned a scholarship to attend the school (to the joy of her parents); she has straight A’s, is a music scholar, and is among the top three students of her class.

Janelle

Physical Excellence
Janelle
Physical Excellence

“My time in The Evan Thomas Institute had a huge effect on my attention to physical fitness and my performance as an athletic artist. “

Tanya

Art, Encyclopedic Knowledge, Mathematics
Tanya
Art, Encyclopedic Knowledge, Mathematics

Since the very first presentation of the “How To Multiply Your Baby’s Intelligence” course in 1978, we have been hearing from our parents about their children. Now many of those better babies are all grown up and having their own better babies.

Hannah

Academic Achievement
Hannah
Academic Achievement

My daughter, Hannah, became a Student Fulbright Scholar this week. I have fond memories of her crawling track, Bit cards, homemade books, my own school in our home, the two courses I took at The Institutes to be designated a Professional Mother, and so many other wonderful ideas.

Elane

Music, Physical Excellence, Reading
Elane
Music, Physical Excellence, Reading

“Recognizing parents as the best teachers a child can have, while also recognizing baby as an intellectual sponge, ready to learn from day one, is really what the program was all about for me.”