Education and Family

The Learning Curve

Roger Boswarva & Virginia Koenig

The Learning Curve – Parents Are a Child’s First Teachers. They are a Child’s Most Important Teachers

Roger and Virginia interview Michelle Vallene who reveals how to best be your child’s most important teacher.

Michelle Vallene is a qualified school teacher and the co-founder of Learners Lane which offers enrichment programs for children ages 4-12 and can be found at

Michelle is the author of the book: What Children Need to Learn to Read, which book was written because when her children were young she could not find easy-to-use resources to help her kids build early literacy skills and prepare them for school. Her three children are teenagers now, and the project to help them on the road to literacy has blossomed into the Learners Lane enterprise with her book becoming a finalist in the Foreword’s 2010 Book of the Year Awards. An avid proponent of early child literacy skills, Michelle is on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Early Learning, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help “children be socially, emotionally, and intellectually prepared to succeed in school.”

In this interview Michelle discusses such vital issues as the need for parent involvement in a child’s educational progress, the fact that parents are a child’s first and best teachers, and observations on the various learning styles of children.