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Tools of Learning For Children

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services

Mission: We seek to provide to early childhood educational programs free or very low cost Tools of Learning, including phonetic, musical and mathematical instruments that allow even the most vulnerable children to get started on success.

Results: Our impact has been impressive. Many children and families have found themselves to be so much more advanced than other children that schools don't know what to do with them! Which is a great incentive for more people to be involved. Ask us at ToolsofLearning@gmail.com for more info. All programs serving vulnerable children can qualify for FREE or low-cost supplies and materials (in accordancw with our annual fundraising successes).

Target demographics: We make available reading, math and learning support to children and families ages 3 to 5 as they geat ready for a lifetime of learning in schools of all types.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2000+

Geographic areas served: Home area: Solano County, Northern Bay Area, but we serve programs without charge across the country.

Programs: We make Frontline Phonics and (soon) innovative early math learning tools that reward young people and their families through preschools, childcare settings, Head Start programs, etc.

Community Stories

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been watching Tools of Learning For Children for some many years now . . . and have come to the conclusion that it is one of THE most valuable and effective operations I know of in the field of producing needed literacy in our society . . . and of course achieving that requires we begin with our children as soon as they are ready. Murray Bass and his team are exemplars of success in this.
I recently had the pleasure of hosting him in New York while he met Brenda Moore the founder of K.E.E.P. in Liberia. The occasion was for Murray and Brenda to meet and plan logistics for Tools of Learning for Children to assist KEEP in achieving his goals on a more world wide basis.
Tools of Learning for Children is one charity that truly delivers on the promise of its stated purpose. Its founder, Murray Bass, is an exemplar of doing the right thing.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I came to know of this organization when I was introduced to them as an important organization to interview on my radio show: The Learning Curve Radio Show with Roger & Virginia.
Tools for Learning for Children turned out to be such an important and valuable performer in its field, we interviewed the founder, Murray Bass, four time to get the important message across. Here are the interview links: http://thelearningcurveradioshow.com/?s=murray+bass&submit=Search

Literacy for our children and our society is a passion of mine and my partner, having published our research findings in the book: How to Learn–How to Teach: Overcoming the Seven Barriers to Comprehension

Murray Bass and his organization deliver on their promise wonderfully and I am an avid supporter of what they are doing.

Roger E. Boswarva
Author
How to Learn–How to Teach:
Overcoming the Seven Barriers to Comprehension

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Murray Bass's organization is dedicated to helping put educational tools into the hands of students and teachers in the most need. His desire to make education more accessible to all children is the basis for the work they do.
Not only does Tools support education here in the United States but they are also helping to bring much needed educational supplies to children around the world.
They are very prompt at responding to emails.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Breaking News Journal TV believes there is not a better organization and name to be associated with than with Mr. Murray Bass, a legendary Sacramento Columnist, and Activist who has stood in the gap for causes of children in America having to do with teaching preschool and Kindergarten children in the country through his creation Tools Of Learning For Children.

I have never seen a program where the children end up communicating better than college students at the age of 5 or 6 years of age like those who complete Tools of Learning For Children.

Parents who took the time to enrolled their kids in Tools of Learning for Children can be proud that what they have done will put their children at the head of the class. Download your app today on www.BearsLordNetwork.com
Videos from Tools of Learning For Children will be featured on the Ubiquitous Learning Channel along with such moguls as The Happy Classes TV Professor Steven White and The Brainy Bunch , Harding Family who put 7 children in college by the age of 12. Now you can get your Google BearsandLord Network TV App so your child can be tuned into the best education experts in the country on www.bearslordnetwork.com, and get your ROKU Box for your home entertainment center as well as the ROKU stick for your laptop, so you can tune in to all programming. I recommend that every Church, open their doors and have this curriculum from Tools of Learning For Children and every Home school and Public School parent

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As CEO of Master Educator Tutoring Service and Xchange, and Host of The Happy Classes TV Professor on The Ubiquitous Learning Channel www.bearsandLord.net, I find that Murray Bass's Tools of Learning for children, is the shining light in a very dark Education world. Any parent,school or church that uses this program, can't help,but see success,especially when you see this program light up the eyes of the Children while they experience the academic success of what is happening . I love what Murray Bass, Founder and Creator of this effective program is lifting up children across racial,cultural,and economic levels. This program has to be the top rated reading program in the country for young ages and adults who need basic reading skills. Murray is an excellent news columnist,compassionate knowledgeable,faithful citizen, who helping thousands of other people,not just children reach their full potential. See all of Tools of Learning for Children videos on The Ubiquitous Learning Channel and get your Google Bears and Lord TV App to follow Tools of Learning for your child on the go.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Tools of Learning for children has been a positive tool I have used in my classroom for Kindergarten readiness for the past 10 years. I found that children adapted well to the program with little effort. I would like to thank Murray Bass for his continued support in furthering early education for our children in our community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Tools for learning has been a very big part of our curriculum in our program for children 3-5 years old, for the past ten years. We have seen all the children leave with tools from the frontline phonics to start their life long reading experience. Murray Bass has given his heart and soul to give us the opportunity to teach the benefits from the program.
It truly is a wonderful curriculum.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Tools for learning has been a very big part of our curriculum in our program for children 3-5 years old, for the past ten years. We have seen all the children leave with tools from the frontline phonics to start their life long reading experience. Murray Bass has given his heart and soul to give us the opportunity to introduce this program to our families. Thank you so much Murray Bass.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I initially became acquainted with Tools of Learning for Children in early 2000. I work for a large technology company that is very focused and involved in contributing to the development of our future workforce. Learning to read, write, compute and speak well are fundamental skills that all of our kids need to develop at the earliest stage in life - years 0 to 5. Tools of Learning for Children has an exceptional program that focuses on the fundamentals by using tools that are effective for teaching our youth. My company has consistently supported this organization throughout the past 15+ years because of their commitment and success throughout our education community.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a former Board member. "Tools" as we affectionately call it, continues to work tirelessly to promote literacy in our young children to help them succeed in like. Most recently we expanded our scope to assist children from Liberia who have little to no access to educational materials due to the prolonged civil war there. We partnered with business to provide the most remote areas with basic learning tools and continue to build on this effort. At home we are committed to assisting pre schools by supplying a reading dynamics curriculum at a nominal cost. This is all accomplished by a small, all volunteer Group made up of teachers, business people and other professionals who give tirelessly because of their passion for children and their success in school.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Tools of Learning has certainly made a big difference in our family. I gave all my grand nieces and nephews (6 in all) their learning packets when they were under two. All learned to read before they reached the age of four. And what a difference it made in their preschool and elementary school. They are all ahead of the other children in their classes. This added to their self confidence in school and made them better learners. Can't thank this program enough.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Tools of Learning For Children is a fantastic organization that brings phonics materials into the hands of young preschool children. As a former preschool teacher- I personally used the program through Tools of Learning for Children and it's amazing! The cost is minimal- but the benefits are huge!

1 BrendaMoore

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I connected with Murray Bass and the Tools of Learning family in 2015 through this website and since we connected, they have been very supportive towards the work we are doing here in Liberia, West Africa. Tools coordinated the shipment of over 14,000 composition notebooks, pencils, sharpeners, erasers and crayons.
these much needed school supplies have greatly helped us provide support to hundreds of school children in rural Liberia who do not always have access to such basic school supplies to facilitate their learning experience and outcomes.
Murray while aged, is a gem and responds to emails, checks on potential other collaborators and such and has been totally amazing. So has Margaret Miller.
I rate them a 5 out of 5 for their support to humanity, for turning their words into tangible deeds.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Tools does more than enable children to learn to read. A companion program provides pocket-size booklets containing the US Constitution and Declaration of Independence to high schools in two counties. Students use them as reference in class and when doing their homework. Each student gets a personal copy; so can make notes right there. Teachers say these booklets are a welcome supplement to textbooks, which in many cases cannot be taken home. This is another way Tools is helping to build the citizen-leaders of tomorrow.
John T

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I coordinate the Citizenship program that offers pocket-size booklets containing the US Constitution and Declaration of Independence to local schools. They are intended for the 8th and 11th grades, where US History and Government are taught. We have done this for 15 years. This past year, we delivered more than 1,000 copies each to our Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District and neighboring Napa Unified School District.

Feedback from teachers has been totally positive. Students make notes in the booklets and use them for reference at home. We believe this project helps build appreciation for the documents that created our great nation.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am President and co-founder of Tools of Learning for Children. Our original mission was to help young children find success in life as adults by helping them Learn to read. We supply the Frontline Phonics reading system to preschools and early learning centers . More than 25,000 children have been helped since inception.
But I am equally as proud of the fact that "Tools" has a very active citizenship program which supplies pocket constitutions and declarations of Independence to 5000 students in 3 California counties each year.
We have become International. This year, the Kids Educational Engagement Project of Liberia (K.E.E.EP) asked us to help them get educational materials for children who did not have access to schools. My reaction was "God wants us to do this." We did. We were able to have 6 tons of materials donated through the Feed the Children Network. I am proud to be a part of Tools of Learning for Children. Good people doing really good things for the community and the Nation and the world

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Tools of Learning for Children has two programs. A citizenship program which distributes pocket constitutons to eigth graders in three counties. Teachers tell us that the students use them for reference during the year. And understand our government better after seeing the DVD of "A more perfect Union.' We reach about 10,000 kids each year. Feedback from teachers and some students has been wonderful.
Our Frontline Phonics Reading program has in the last two years been used to teach Hispanic children and their paents how to read English at ther Adult school. An unexpected bonus. It is a rewarding expereience to hear the young Hispanic children reading .
This year,Increase the number of boardmembers for the first time, we will be using our reading program in an Aftican-American church setting. Reaching the children who most need help in breaking the cycle of low information dependence. It is a joy to be associated with Tools of Learning for Children

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Stefanie D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm an in home daycare provider that was introduced to Frontline Phonics 2 years ago. I have a full preschool program that I do for my students. Front Line phonics has been so wonderful. I've had so many 2.5 year olds blending and learning to read. My kids that graduate at the age of 5 are reading at a 1st & 2nd grade level. The program has prepared them in ways I couldn't have done with out the help of Frontline and Tools for Learning. I thank Murray for all his help in guiding me and my Little Busy Bee Preschoolers to the Readers they have become!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Shepherd of the Hills Preschool and Kindergarten has been using Tools of Learning since it began. Our children and parents love the program. It has so many positive components to it. Our 4/5 year olds listen to the phonics CD that is provided daily and a copy of the CD also goes home with each child when we start the program in September. The letter of the week card goes home at the beginning of each week so the parents can be involved in what their child is learning and reinforce what is being taught at school. At the end of each week the children work in the workbook that is provided and the children will have the opportunity to practice writing the letter of the week and well as pick out items with the sound that has been taught. The program is well rounded and focuses on the sound of the letter, letter recognition and the writing of the letter. Our children are more than prepared for kindergarten and it is all because of the Tools of Learning Program. We love it and we hope to continue with it for years to come.
Kathy Webb
Director
Shepherd of the Hills Preschool and Kindergarten

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to this nonprofit for many years and I am so impressed with its board of directors and founders leadership and what they do for the children. The need in our community is so large yet with limited resources they have been able to serve a lot of children and support many families. Tools of Learning for Children understands the future and why these children need our support beyond the class room.

bobdean

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I sent my review by accident before I finished it so I am trying abain.

I have work with Tools of Learning for Children off and on sence it began. I have seen four year olds read from meterial that they had not seen before. I have seen the parents off children that could not speak english learn to read from this program. Bobby D. Stow

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Murray Bass and Tools of Learning for Children from the beginning of the organization. I have never been so impressed with an individual like Murray and his vision to change the lives of children through education and teaching them to read. His perseverance year in and year out is inspiring and has been a blessing to hundreds of children. Tools not only provides Front Line Phonics at no charge to any preschool that will use it, but they also collect good used books and donate them to the schools to give to the students. If you are looking for an organization to donate your time or money to help children, this is it. Bobby D. Stow

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Leah Miller. My two children, Mackenna and Mason, have been attending Little Busy Bees Daycare/Preschool in West Sacramento since they were just a few months old. I am writing today because, for quite some time, I have wanted to personally say "thank you" to Mr. Bass and the Tools of Learning for Children Foundation, and the Foundation's donors. Because of the foundation’s generosity providing the Frontline Phonics program for Little Busy Bees Preschool, my daughter Mackenna, who first started the phonics program at 2 1/2 years old by the age of 4 was reading at a second grade level. Mackenna absolutely loves letters – the sounds they make, writing them, and especially reading them!
My husband Ryan and I have read daily to both of our children since they were infants. However, we believe that a big part of Mackenna's success and love for reading is due in part to other contributing influences, including the Frontline Phonics program granted by the Tools of Learning for Children Foundation to Little Busy Bees. This program has provided the preschool with a wonderful curriculum that is fun and engaging for the kids to learn to read (and for the teachers and parents to teach it). Because of the tools provided by your foundation and through the instruction Mackenna received at preschool and at home, she has found confidence and joy in being able to read all on her own. Her ability to read at such a young age has opened her eyes to a new and exciting perspective of the world around her, which has fed her thirst for learning all sorts of new things. At age 4 not only could she read at a second grade level, but she knew how to write the entire alphabet, along with many, many words. Today at 4 1/2 years old and in Transitional Kindergarten, she can read just about anything we put in front of her. Again, thank you Mr. Bass and Tools of Learning for providing the Frontline Phonics program to Little Busy Bees Preschool. Know that the passion behind the Tools of Learning for Children mission has helped to build a foundation of lifelong learning for our children.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the Director of Circle of Friends Child Development in Fairfield. We were first introduced to Frontline Phonics program in 2011. The program has been a great part of our curriculum and a great learning tool for our children. We introduce the phonics program at the beginning of our school year in September and by December many of the children know all of their letters and letter sounds. By the end of our program year many of the Pre-kindergarten children and some Preschool children are blending letters and some reading. I am very happy with this program and highly recommend it to any school that values reading in their program.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a seasoned Board member I am continually proud of the accomplishments of our organization. Through our Citizenship program which provides pocket constitutions to High school students we promote learning to assure as these children grow they are knowledgeable about our government and how it works and what the tenants of this Country. Feedback we receive indicates that the constitution copies enhance the students learning experience and serve as a ready reference for years to come.

Our Front Line Phonics program, distributed to pre-schools public and private, is giving children the necessary tools to be successful in reading as they enter elementary school. Parental and teacher feedback assures us that this program is doing its job. We plan to expand our reach of schools served and introduce a companion math program this year.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Tools of Learning continues to support children in being successful in school form the very beginning. The tools provided to pre-schools by Tools give children an effective and fun tool to assure that they are prepared for success when they enter school by having the required reading skills. Tools continues this work year after year with almost no overhead and an all volunteer Board dedicated to it's mission.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My grand niece is severely handicapped and confined to a wheelchair. Using Frontline phonic, she is now reading at age 4 and spends many happy hours with her books and puzzles.

I have similarly provided the materials available through Tools of Learning to other grand nieces and nephews.. The result: they go to Kindergarten knowing their numbers and how t read. I cannot tell you how much this makes them enjoy school from day one. Being successful in reading makes them want to succeed more. I cannot think of a better way to ensure a child's future than learning how to read as early as possible.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Frontline Phonics is great. My preschooler enjoys the music and has learned so much. I am confident that she will be ready for kindergarten because of frontline phonics and her great teachers.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Tools of learning continues to be a helpful tool in teaching our 3-5 year olds. They are engaged and singing along. It's a great joy to watch kids learn the letters and sounds, then put it all together and see them read!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Frontline Phonics:
The phonics program is very engaging to the children and the music gets them moving. The songs are easily memorized making the kids engage very soon after hearing them.
The flashcards used with the song make the visual recall association.
The individual letter songs are very catchy also, and the repetition of the sound commits it to their memory. It makes it so that the sound stays with them and at the review weeks they can remember it.

Math program:
We’ve put up a number line, with the odd numbers in RED and the EVEN in blue. Every day in our circle time we count and point from 1 – 20.
We do a calendar, where the kids see the numbers every day. In the calendar time, we have a pattern for each number. We start with a 2 sequence pattern and build throughout the year.
We point out at any and all opportunity numbers in our life. Our phone number, address and age.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a member of the Fairfield-Suisun Rotary Club, one of our goals is help our local student stay in school. We have studied tool of learning for children and found this non-profit to be worthy of our service club's donation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Tools of Learning changes lives. The greatest impact for children is made when they are young. This starts them on the right path of learning which will affect them the rest of their lives. The hand outs to Jr High School children helps teachers with civic and history lessons. This is a great non-profit with no to little overhead.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The materials provided by the Tools of Learning for Children are of the highest quality. The activities, songs, and workbook are appealing to children and provide the children with developmentally appropriate activities that they enjoy. The result is that the preschool children in our program are learning to identify letters and letter sounds, which is the foundation for good reading skills.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Can you picture a three year old reading? Yes, I said reading and not just two and three letter words, but entire books! These little children have learned to read through the Tools of Learning for Children program. It is a program like no other, encouraging learning through music, song and fun activities which involve the brain and the body. It is truly amazing to see. The goal is to get the program into every preschool in California, especially the underprivileged and at risk schools. It is through early education that we can change our children's futures and Tolls of Learning does just that.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a teacher in grades K-8 and am also a volunteer in the Tools of Learning for Children. After meeting with Murray Bass, who is an inspiration and example, I was completely sold on the program. Not only does it teach phonics and yes, Reading to preschoolers, but It also makes learning fun, enjoyable and exciting, instilling a love for learning early in a child's life. I was so impressed in fact that I convinced the preschool at my own school to use it too. It is an amazing program with proven results and Murray does everything in his power to provide the program at minimal cost to ANY school in need. Carla Nelson

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a very valuable program that changes children's lives. Most people dont realize the importance of education during the early developmental years. Its sets children up for success!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Tools for learning has been a very big part of our curriculum in our program for children 3-5 years old, for the past ten years. We have seen all the children leave with tools from the frontline phonics to start their life long reading experience. Murray Bass has given his heart and soul to give us the opportunity to introduce this program to our families. Thank you so much Murray Bass.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tools of Learning for Children has a wonderful 13 year history of helping adults become literate by teaching them to read at an early age. I am proud to be a part of the organization that has helped more than 20,000 children learn to read in its 13 year history.. Its new math-numbers program can do the same in creating financial literacy. Wonderful!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Frontline Phonics program used by Tools of Learning for Children is wonderful! Our nine-year old grandson was below grade level in reading due to illness, despite extra help at school; he was basically a non-reader. During the three weeks he visited us this summer, I followed the program with him and was amazed at how soon he was blending and reading. As a retired elementary school teacher, I appreciate Frontline's logical steps in teaching phonics and the incredible results. The materials are well-made, colorful, and easy to use. The music on the CD stays with the child--as well as the teacher!

Ruth27

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tools 4 Preschool is an exceptional program. Murray T Bass is taking his program on the road and The Master Educators Tutoring Service and XChange is honored to be working with him and referring this program to parents and institutions that need it.

Anne59

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a recent graduate from Our School Preschool who participated from the Frontline Phonics program, and a current student at Our School Preschool. I am very inpressed how easy it has been for them to learn phonics. My oldest is very aware of the sounds of letters and is contantly talking about them and figuring them out. She is above average in Kindergarden and I owe alot of her reading success to Our School Preschool. I'm already seeing my preschool age child benefiting from this program and she has only been in school for a few months!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Both my daughters attended Our School Preschool and participated in the Frontline Phonics program. My older daughter is now in 5th grade; her reading and comprehension skills have been tested out to 9th grade level. My younger daughter just began kindergarten this year and reads her older sister's AR level chapter books that are meant for 3rd grade. The children enjoy the program immensely and truly enjoy learning from it. I'm very happy that such a program was being offered at Our School Preschool; I feel that my children were well-prepared to enter elementary school. Thank you!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Murray and Tools of Learning for Children for 12 years. I have never been so impressed with an individual like Murray and his vision to change the lives of children through education and teaching them to read. His perseverance year in and year out is inspiring and has been a blessing to hundreds of children. I encourage anyone who has the opportunity to donate and be part of this literacy initiative to do so. I feel fortunate to be able to give to Tools of Learning for Children and to be associated with Murray Bass.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our Preschool Department has used Front Line Phonics for several years. The material affords our teachers an opportunity to implement a variety of teaching and learning styles to meet the academic needs of our children. Auditory, Visual and Kinestheic. Reading is an important aspect of life and Tools OF Learning has provided us with an awesome tool to help us jump-start the children in our program. I would recommend Tools OF Learning to any organization, home schooling or parents.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our County is so lucky to have an organization like Tools of Learning! No staff, no administrative costs, just phonics materials provided to children in their preschools. Our children get a leg up on school by learning to read early. Being successful in reading helps them be successful in all their studies and to enjoy school not avoid it.

Virginia K.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Virginia Koenig I have personally experienced and used Tools of Learning for Children's phonics kit. It helps kids learn a few letter sounds at a time through games and songs. It encourages parents to make up their own games, songs and make artwork. Several testimonials speak volumes about their effectiveness: preschool children - 102 know all of their phonics sounds, 92 can easily blend consonants and vowels, 87 can read one vowel words and 66 can read two vowel words.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Tools' phonics program is the heart of our efforts. Learning to read is the essential foundation for a child's academic success. We do more: We believe that people must understand our system of government if they are to be real citizens. To that end we provide to area 8th and 11th Graders -- where US Government is covered -- pocket-size pamphlets containing the US Constitution and Declaration of Independence. We hope that these two programs will prepare our young people to be successful in their adult lives; and that they will keep the United States the "Shining City on the Hill."

Board Member

Rating: 5

Excellent organization, all proceeds are used to provide literacy and constitutional materials to students around the globe. Blessed to be a part of such a humble, but dynamic organization. Thanks Tools of Learning for being a great resource for the learning community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a recently retired teacher [apx.30 years] one day while searching the net for ways to reinvent myself into a position to get back to a life with purpose and passion I came across Murray Bass's article..."Find purpose in your life after retirement"...in The Daily Republic I was truely engaged and so called Batty in CA....I live in N.J....He called Roger Boswarva at his organization thelearningcurveradioshow.com in N.Y. on my behalf...since then Roger has contacted me and we are going to have a phone conference to see how I contribute to this organizatiom...The Learning Curve a new teaching/learning philosophy for teachers...students and parents this would not have been possible without Barry and his passion to help others, thank yoi, Bill P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

"Tools for Learning for Children" has been invaluable to our preschool. Murray Bass works hard to obtain funding to provide us and many other schools the "Frontline Phonics" program. "Frontline Phonics" is part of our core curriculum in teaching the children that are in our pre-K program. Honestly without the help from Murray Bass / Tools for Learning I don't think we could afford to use the "Frontline Phonics" program. Our hats are off to Murray Bass and his team. Sincerely Lucille Bowers Preschool Director