“We’ve taken birth to 3 or 4 [years old] as the hot area right now and it’s not regulated so we’re doing things with them nobody has done before and they love patterns,” McGowan said.
In order to put all the pieces together for the series, McGowan said, she also consulted with several experts in the field of education, which included Knight.
“Faye and my mother were friends and somehow we reconnected and I hadn’t realized she had established the Georgia state curriculum years ago and she was a reading specialist and knows a lot about the brain and so as I was talking with her about what [myself and other collaborators] were doing, she offered more and more insight, information and structure,” McGowan said.
Knight, who taught and administered for 34 years on the elementary- and middle school-level teaching gifted-level classes with the Bartow County School System, as well as taught at what was then known as Floyd College, said she appreciated being consulted for the series and being able to add her experience and input to the process. She retired from the BCSS in 2000.
“There is so much being done now on how to stimulate the brain and the sooner you start with those children, of course, the better off they’re going to be and it’s sort of an awakening for the brain with using different methods to stimulate that,” Knight said. “... [McGowan and I] would sit down and start talking and that would remind me of something I had done [in the classroom] and then we also tried to pull in some ideas for children that were maybe ADD and how they needed a lot of memory work.”
She continued, “I think a lot of it was what you would think about multiple intelligence, just stimulating the different areas of the brain, like the musical part of the brain [and] putting some of the things we’re doing into a song, stimulating the part of the brain that you would use for math — just all the areas that we could think of that would prepare the child...”
All books in the series, which include descriptions and previews, are available at www.amazon.com.