There’s a lot at stake when it comes to your child’s education. You want to set them up for academic success while they’re young, and you want to play an active role in that success.
But it can be hard to know where to start, especially when time is at a premium. You:
The most successful learners have engaged parents at their side from an early age, helping them build a strong academic foundation at home. With the right training, you can work with your child, helping them to:
Every topic, lesson, and test your child faces in their academic career is rooted in SMART skills
SMART skills help children question like scientists, build like engineers, create like artists, design like technologists, deduce like mathematicians, and play like kids!
Once you help your child understand these five key areas, they’ll be ready to tackle anything — and that’s what SMART Start is all about.
As a parent, you’re in the perfect position to help your child develop a lifelong love of learning. SMART Start trains parents on a proven methodology, developed by Lemi-Ola Erinkitola, the award winning educator and founder of The Critical Thinking Child. These strategies have helped hundreds of young learners improve their critical thinking skills and qualify for selective enrollment programs.
With SMART Start you’ll:
"I've seen my daughter’s ability to think abstractly skyrocket. She can take disparate thoughts and put together a whole new way of looking at the world. She is also more intellectually curious, always asking why questions and trying to find out more."
Kelly Richmond Pope, Filmmaker & Educator, Depaul University
"As a master’s level professor at University of Chicago, I have very high expectations for teaching and I can say that Critical Thinking Child has exceeded my expectations in every way. I can’t say enough good things about Lemi Erinkitola and Critical Thinking Child."
Jason Blumberg, CEO & Managing Director, Energy Foundry & Educator, University of Chicago
This self-paced video course was developed from a selection of pre-recorded training sessions featuring real parents working with their young learners. It takes the best of our live Critical Thinking Child bootcamp series and brings it right to your device, so you can take your child’s learning experience to another level.
When you join SMART Start you’ll receive immediate access to:
Get a head start on cyber safety while teaching your child something as familiar and essential as the alphabet.
"My two children have had such a good time that I am not sure they realized they were learning. In addition, my husband and I received many ideas, tools and games to play with our kids at home to further enhance their development. I recommend The Critical Thinking Child to all of my friends, especially those who are navigating the selective enrollment process."
"I have seen a marked improvement in how my 3.5-year-old daughter thinks, draws conclusions and articulates ideas. She is now learning the letter sounds and how to read. It has definitely made my life as a parent a little easier, knowing that my daughter is learning and learning right."
SMART Start provides you with a peek behind the curtain of an award winning critical-thinking program for pre-K through 2nd grade kids. But is it right for you and your family? Here are some of the most common questions we get:
Q: How can I manage the course with my busy schedule?
A: The 6 quick training modules within the course are short, to-the-point, and full of actionable takeaways. They’re designed specifically with your hectic schedule in mind and full of tips for creating a meaningful learning experience in just a few minutes a day.
Q: Is this a homeschool curriculum?
A: No. While SMART Start is designed to be completed at home, and you’ll learn tons of new ways to teach your child, it’s not meant to replace a formal homeschool curriculum. The content isn’t broken down into individual days — rather, it shows you how to approach teaching different foundational skills that show up in standard classroom and homeschool curriculum.
Q: Will SMART Start work if my child is not gifted?
A: Absolutely! These skills are fundamental to all levels, and all children can grow from them. In addition, every child benefits from quality learning time with their parents or guardians. SMART Start is a great way to incorporate this habit in the home.
Q: If this is based on your live critical thinking bootcamp, do I need to attend a live session, too?
A: SMART Start takes the best of our live bootcamp and brings it to you directly, so you don’t need to enroll in an in-person class. The exact same principles are taught, and you’ll have ample support.
Q: When can I get started?
A: Right away! You will get access to the Extraordinary Parent Academy Platform where the SMART Start course is housed. Assessments and Bonuses become available after June 2020.
Q: What if I get stuck?
A: When you enroll in SMART Start you’ll receive access to a private Facebook community as well as monthly Q&A calls, where you can bring your unique challenges and questions to the table.
Q: Does my location matter?
A: No! This is a self-paced online resource hub. Anyone with access to the internet and can use the platform and join the Facebook community. That said, we are excited to announce our plans to expand to other countries soon.
Q: Do I need any additional materials?
A: No, you’ll have access to ample tools and resources throughout the course. If you do want to go even deeper with your child, we have additional workbooks and assessments available for purchase.
I’m an award-winning educator, parent coach, children's author and a total nerd when it comes to puzzles. My life work and passion is helping parents nurture their child's learning potential in an engaging and joyful way so kids can fast track learning, discover their gifts and reclaim family time.
“SMART Start trains parents in the formula I’ve used with every student I’ve had the divine privilege of teaching over the years.”
Lemi-Ola Erinkitola - Founder
The Critical Thinking Child
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