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Tools of Learning For Children

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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

1

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.

1

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.

1

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.