Why It Works

The Mastery 7 Principle

The Mastery 7 Principle

True North Reading is based on the Mastery 7 Principle—the principle that when Seven Critical Elements are present in learning, we can learn anything faster and more successfully.

Used in curriculum design, teaching and learning, and classrooms from preschool through college since the early 1990s, the Mastery Seven Principle was created by True North Reading’s CEO Erin M. Brown to help parents, educators, and curriculum designers help students learn to their absolute best ability.

 Using hands-on manipulatives

Using hands-on manipulatives

1. Learn with all of the senses

See. Listen. Say. Move the body. Taste and Smell. When we use all of our senses, we learn faster and remember more. 1

True North Reading uses a hands-on, see-hear-say, touch-and-move way of learning that’s fun and stays in your student’s mind and heart—because it includes full sensory integration, which combines learning power in a way that’s better than using any single method of learning.

1 For resources on the academic support of multi-sensory learning, email truenorthreading@gmail.com.

Marking word lists

Marking word lists

2. Use correct information

To learn to read quickly, smoothly, and with 100% comprehension, we must have correct information—information that comes from research, not from fads or simply from what people have done in the past.

Many reading and phonics programs are presented poorly and incorrectly: they’re not complete; they skip critical information; they move too quickly or too slowly; they teaching “all over the place” in non-linear, circular or add-on methods; and they have too many exceptions with “rules” that confuse or make reading hard to remember.

"Early Beginner" Auditory Discrimination

“Early Beginner” Auditory Discrimination: listening for sounds and making tally marks

3. Break learning into small, accomplishable tasks

As a curriculum designer of over 25 years, True North Reading’s CEO and Creator Erin M. Brown knows that far too many times, programs don’t break down ideas into small enough pieces for true learning to take place.

True North Reading allows your child to master many small, accomplishable tasks, one by onein single, sequential steps—so that reading is always easy for your child, with no frustration and positive momentum, for faster learning.

Finding Sound Pictures in words

Finding Sound Pictures in words

4. Use “just right” repetition

Repetition is key to learning anything. But repetition by itself is boring.

True North Reading uses varied and diverse repetition that uses all of the senses—rooting the new ideas firmly into neurological pathways that are strong and deep.

Through changing the ways that we repeat ideas across many activities, the mind isn’t bored—and the brain can easily recall what was learned.

Playing the "Capture the Box" game

Playing the “Capture the Box” game–learning with positive emotions!

5. Play games—and create positive emotions

Do you want your child to have a love of learning? Then use game-based learning!
Games are fun—and  can positively motivate us to learn! When we tap into our child’s motivation and enjoyment, we create an inner desire to become involved and learn at the highest and deepest levels of learning. Because when learning is enjoyable, we return to learning again and again.

Sound Boxes from the Combination Code

Sound Boxes from the Combination Code

6. Use memory groups to learn faster…

Learning to read involves a lot of information. In order to remember and use any amount of information, that information needs to be presented in a correct, sequential system that makes sense. In reading, that sequential system helps our child to not become overwhelmed, get mixed up, feel bad, start guessing and substituting words, or just give up.

Many reading programs have scattered, not-optimally-organized information. And many programs teach just a little bit in one grade, then a little more in another grade, and so on—spreading out information that’s incomplete over many years of learning.

Here, information is grouped in easy-to-remember, like sound “memory folders” or Sound Boxes—and all of the hands-on activities take place within these memory groups. 

Hands-on, "real life" learning

Hands-on, “real life” learning

7. Connect reading to real life!

We all know that making connections is important. But what we may not know is that attaching any learning (any new information) to “real life” helps us to make sense of the new information. Connecting new information to the old is a part of processing the new.

In fact, one of the highest steps of learning is being able to take a new idea, associate it with something we already know, and then apply the new idea to something else that’s new—based on the association. This kind of synthesis is part of next-step thinking, or critical thinking—a skill so very important for us to use throughout our entire lives.

The Mastery 7 Principle helps your child to apply and use the information for reading smoother, faster, and with 100% comprehension—right away. If you want this for your child, then get your child reading better now…

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