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The Carden®Language of Numbers prepares young people to educate themselves in any occupation involving mathematics. It does so by developing math vocabulary, encouraging mathematical thinking outside the classroom, and assuring math comprehension. Although certain specifics with regard to math may change, ability to communicate in the language of numbers will enable students to grow as knowledge of math unfolds. 

As in Carden® language arts, students are guided by their teachers to first experience, then identify, and finally, define the concept being learned. This procedure assures a firm grasp of mathematical concepts and a strong foundation for the future. 

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Our mailing address has changed! Write us at:

The Carden Educational Foundation, Inc.

PO Box 600405

Jacksonville, FL 32260-0405

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 In the words of Mae Carden, "Our teachers are instructed not to scold and to smile often..." Wouldn't you enjoy a scold-free school? 

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Please register for Carden® Kindergarten and Grade One Demonstrations on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM PST at:

Observe and discuss Carden teaching techniques as used in a Carden Kindergarten and Grade One classrooms. Carden Specialists Merle Zbrog and Joel Reed teach a variety of lessons to unrehearsed Kindergarten and Grade One students. 
Join the discussion as they lead their students to develop vocabulary, apply the two-vowel rule, read rhythmically, and gain fluency in the language of numbers. 

Important: To enjoy the video portions of the demonstrations, you must log in to the meeting via web browser Google Chrome. 

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

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Once Carden students have read the text of their reader, they may be encouraged to create their own illustrations. What an excellent way to demonstrate reading comprehension, while enjoying creative expression and the development of a mental image. But why aren't there already pictures  in the book?

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Mae Carden wrote, “There are teachers and other adults who think that the attention span of children is short. If the presentation of subject matter is given on the correct age level, if the tempo is correct, and the teacher gives his or her full attention to the task in hand, the attention span of the children is long — very, very, long.”

How have you found this to be true?

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The Mae Carden Memorial Fund Drive


A Year with Carden®

Time flies when you are having fun. That’s certainly true for Carden® people, who know that a good education leads to a life-long love of learning.

When Mae Carden formed the Carden Educational Foundation in 1962, her goal was to create an entity that would protect and continue her life’s work for future generations. Today, the Foundation makes it possible for us to teach and learn from the curriculum Mae Carden developed over her lifetime.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, the Carden Educational Foundation accepts tax-exempt donations to support and continue the work Mae Carden began. What does this mean for you? Your generous support has helped the Foundation control the cost of Carden publications used in the classroom. It’s also helped us take advantage of modern technology to create engaging and beneficial continuing education classes for teachers. When you give to the Foundation, your students benefit.

Your Contributions at Work

This fall, Carden® lessons taught by specialists Joel Reed and Merle Zbrog were professionally recorded as part of the Carden Educational Foundation’s teacher training program. We thank Carden Cascade Academy of Hillsboro, Oregon and St. John’s Episcopal School of Odessa, Texas for participating.







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People new to Carden® often ask, "Which reader comes next?" 

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Parents often ask, "How much homework can I expect my child to bring home from Carden School each day?" and "How much help will my child need in order to finish it?"

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Mae Carden


                Mae Carden, “one of the outstanding educators in twentieth-century America,”1 was born December 16, 1894 in Honolulu, Hawaii, and died January 7, 1977 in Ridgewood, New Jersey. She was the youngest of the four children of John Joseph and Anna Diane (Woodard) Carden. At home she was called Sister.


       Her interest in the education of children manifested itself early. When she was in second grade, she would bring home youngsters who were having difficulties in school. On the back porch of the family house on Fort Street, she spent many an afternoon tutoring some of her classmates in reading and arithmetic. This continued until her graduation from McKinley High School in 1911.


       While she attended Vassar College, Mae Carden and her mother lived in Poughkeepsie, New York. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1918, she traveled and studied abroad. They spent about five years in Rome and a year in Paris. Their travels also took them to England, Scandinavia, Egypt, Palestine, and Greece. They returned to America to live, and Mae Carden received her Master of Arts degree from Teacher’s College, Columbia University, in 1927.


       For a time she was head of the music department at Ann Reno Training School in New York City. From 1929 to 1934, she taught at the Whytehill School in New York. She had been interested in children from her childhood, and she had done valuable work with them. She wrote afterwards concerning these early years that she had “achieved an approach to child development which appeals to every thoughtful parent.”2


       In October of 1934 she established a school in order to develop fully her own methods of instruction and particular practice of teaching. Thus Carden School opened in New York at 24 East 68th Street, and two years later moved to the brownstone residence at 43 East 67th Street. Here Mae Carden provided “an atmosphere of understanding and stimulating guidance” in which each child was “encouraged to unfold and develop his own personality.”3 This atmosphere, including her educational philosophy and teaching techniques, accompanied by materials for students and their teachers, came to be known as the CARDEN METHOD®—often expressed simply as Carden.


Under the pen name Marie Chardin, she wrote Moi, Je Sors, and Lisons for children in the 1930s. She wrote hundreds of books in English for teachers and students. In 1967 she wrote one for parents—Let’s Bring Them Up Sensibly.

       The CARDEN METHOD® provided opportunities for the “natural unfolding of the mind, personality, and capacities” of every child. Carden schooling meant assurance of success for the youngster. Teachers from other schools began to learn her teaching methods under her guidance, adopt them as their own and use them in their teaching.


       In 1949 she closed her school so that she could work more effectively with new schools. In 1963 she established the Carden Educational Foundation. This organization advances the curriculum today.


            In time, parents and teachers established private schools using the CARDEN METHOD®. In some schools members of the fourth generation of a family are learning the Carden way.

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