Welcome to our
Family, below you will read about my Mother Dr. Marie LeDoux, and the birth of
Play 'n Talk. We have used Play 'n Talk with our two sons, and plan on using
it with little Amiee as soon as she is old enough. Jean Marc is now excelling
in his 5th grade scholastics. Christian, a kindergarten student is
now reading and spelling at 2nd grade level. They both are advanced
in reading and spelling.
The new version of Play 'n Talk was truly a family
affair! Our entire family voted on themes, colors, and fun extras to make Play
'n Talk more fun, and even easier to use!
Play 'n Talk is not a money making venture, but a labor of love.
We all wish to carry on with my Mother's mission, to Help children
all over the world to learn how to read.
Le Doux Family
Dr. Marie LeDoux, author and founder of Play 'N Talk, is herself
an American success story. Born on an Iowa farm of European
parentage, she graduated from high school as valedictorian
at the age of 16. She completed a two-year college business
course in one year at the age of 17 and launched a varied business
career during the depression. At the age of thirty-five, Dr.
LeDoux was president of 26 privately owned corporations. Her
frustration with the current school methods began when she
realized that her business managers were misreading simple
soon discovered the prestigious Isabelle Buckley School
in Beverly Hills, California. This school, which was founded
in 1933, had taken the best aspects from every phonics
program in the world, and developed their own method of
teaching reading through phonics. The program was designed
to teach children in a unique, systematic, and logical
sequence. This enabled the students to learn and apply
the concepts of phonics as opposed to memorizing certain
word patterns which then inhibited the student from moving
on to more complicated words and concepts.
LeDoux decided to give the school a try and enrolled her
eldest son Mark, in the first grade class. By the end of
his first grade year without prompting, Mark picked up
a copy of the trade journal from the coffee table and started
reading an article aloud. Marie looked at him in excitement,
she was thoroughly impressed.
November 1961, she scheduled a meeting with the principal
to make the
Buckley School’s phonics system available to the public.
Over the next ten years Dr. LeDoux recorded the lessons and
perfected the program.
Marie and her sons Bruce (right), Mark (left)
LeDoux passed away in December of 2001 at the age of 85. Her
legacy of love and sharing will live on through the thousands
of families who have become a part of the Play 'N Talk