The Infant Learning Environment (ILE) Program seeks to help parents and other caregivers teach infants to simultaneously speak, read, and think. The Program can do so because it binds speaking, text, and the real world's object and events together with each and every interaction your child has with it. The aim is to give your infant and, eventually, your child a head start at successfully meeting their needs in the rapidly changing world they will eventually enter. We want them to succeed.
The Program makes the simultaneous teaching of these three language skills possible by employing advances in science and technology. The outcome of these advances is our unique computer-based simulation. The simulation is designed to take on the most difficult part of teaching: its design, development, and delivery. However, it does not replace you. It helps you focus on the most important task of parenting: building strong, positive, and lasting relationships with your offspring. You supply the love and caring, something which our simulation can't do. This second component of the Program assists you by providing a set of activities that follow the simulation's gradually expanding language content. There are three goals to this component: 1) provide fun activities where you and your infant interact; 2) bind you, your child, and the simulation closely together, and 3) connect what is learned in the simulation with the real world. Our logic is simple. If we give infants a logically organized curriculum and put them in control of it, then they will continue to seek out knowledge, ask questions about the world, and foster a strong relationship with those who are part of their life-long knowledge adventure.
Like all social technologies designed to assist humans in working with humans, the ILE Program is a work in progress. At this time, we are looking for parents who are willing to try the program free of cost. We already know much, but with our latest version of the simulation we seek strong, definitive answers, proof if you like, that the Program can positively answer the following questions:
If we can show that these five questions can be answered positively, we will seek two additional goals. First, we will carryout the research and development needed to extend the Program until children are 36 months of age (the point at which many enter preschool programs). Second, we will continue to make the program as free and open-sourced as possible.
To our team, these as are the real economics of growth for the 21st century. We believe that our program will relieve parents of the hardest part of teaching early language skills--its systematic design, development, and delivery--and foster a future citizenry who have the skills to reduce the burdens that the world's human behavior has brought upon them.
Our computer-based simulation is designed to do the hard work of teaching. At its core is a method that cements speaking, reading, and reality together in ways caregivers can't. By using this method in combination with the systematic buildup (i.e. patterning) of language content, our aim is to see thinking emerge along with reading and speaking, and eventually the forms of writing.
A set of floor- and table-based activities and games that complement what takes place in the infant's simulation environment. These activities bring infants and parents together to build strong, positive relationships, extend simulation learning into everyday life, and link parents, infants, and the simulation program together.
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