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The SnapWords® System

Our mission is to empower children to learn from a position of strength, with an approach that works in harmony with their unique wiring. Our goal is to reach the 60% of children who are struggling or failing, because their natural strengths do not match their learning environment.

We accomplish this goal by focusing on the child first so we can work in harmony with their learning strengths. We create neurodiverse resources that include elements children of varying gifts need in order to learn with ease. Our system has explicit, systematic phonics instruction and is designed to be easily taught by teachers and parents, bypassing the need for training. Learn more about how the SnapWords® System was designed here.

Child1st, helping 14+ years.




Sold in all 50 states.




Sold in over 150 countries.




For the classroom and at home.

The SnapWords® System integrates word recognition, phonics, and essential reading skills instruction

Our Story

Sarah Major, M.Ed. launched Child1st in February 2006 and began to share her breakthrough experiences working with her students with parents and teachers. Her absolute belief in every child’s ability to learn, and her passion to empower children by supporting their own unique giftedness have fueled her life’s work and provided a new pathway for children to succeed academically. Child1st began in a tiny home office and has grown through word of mouth to every US state and over 100 countries around the globe. Sarah is a mother, grandmother, teacher, and author who lives in Michigan. Read More