Chapter 11 - But what if you start late?

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and third in line, and who is standing between whom."31  Many New Zealand teachers, however, find this approach is tied far too closely with Piaget's developmental "timetable", and that much better results can be achieved by a variety of even earlier hands-on projects, including variations of the Montessori program.

Computerized catch-ups
  Other intermediate schools have found great success by using the international Technic Lego program. Others are also using some of the excellent computer math programs that are now readily available. Among the best are those pioneered by the Computer Curriculum Corporation, based on years of research at Stanford University in California, not just for math but for a wide variety of subjects.
  And in China, Clever Software Company has developed CD-ROM Computer Tutor programs to guarantee school examination success.

The SEED mathematics program
  In the United States, the best non-computer catch-up mathematics program we have seen is called SEED: Special Elementary Education for the Disadvantaged.
  In Dallas, Texas, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Oakland, California, teachers using the SEED method have been successfully teaching advanced high school mathematics to ten-year-old African-American children, from low-income families, who only a few months before were up to two years behind in math.

Three other "medical-educational" programs

  This is not a book on medical problems, but no survey of effective catchup methods would be complete without reviewing three programs with strong "medical-educational" links.
  Program one is the method developed by Glenn Doman and his team in Philadelphia at The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential to assist children with severe brain damage. Following on from the pioneering work of Professor Temple Fay, Doman's team has effectively taught many blind children to see, deaf children to hear, and handicapped children to perform at "normal" levels: by physically "repatterning" other parts of the brain to take over from damaged cells and sections. His breakthrough book, What To Do About Your Brain-Injured Child, is as 


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