ABOUT OUR FAMILY BUSINESS
The Paradigm Company was founded by Peter & June Watt in January 1984, in Boise, Idaho, to publish books for Samuel Blumenfeld, author of such books as Alpha-Phonics and How To Tutor. They have continued to offer what they feel are the best possible materials to educate young children, especially in the so-called "3-Rs," reading, handwriting and arithmetic.
During that 23-year span they have constantly added experience in helping families, especially homeschooling families, to successfully educate their children. To hold to a Christian perspective has always been their goal.
Paradigm’s products over the years have been sold throughout the USA and the world; on virtually every continent. Paradigm’s original website (alpha-phonics.com) is seen by nearly 70,000 unique visitors annually, producing nearly a million-and-a-quarter 'hits' per year.
This new sister website (mcguffeysreaders.com) is called McGuffey's Readers World and features selected tried and true old-fashioned teaching materials like Ray's Arithmetic, Harvey's Grammar, Webster's 1828 Dictionary and, of course, several versions of the timeless McGuffey's Readers sets. This new website, while only up since April 2006, is generating visitors at the rate of over 6,000 per year. The interest in the products offered on McGuffey’s Readers World website has truly been very rewarding.
One of the special features of Peter and June's business is to make themselves available nearly 24/7 to their potential or actual customers who have questions about selecting or using Paradigm’s / McGuffey's Readers World materials. Potential and actual customers have grown accustomed to calling the Watts by phone even on evenings or weekends and speaking to a "live" person. If not in that manner they were able to leave a message on the answering machine and know they would get a return call quickly. It has not been uncommon for Peter or June to return a call and speak to a parent-in-need for a half-hour or more. Occasionally they have counseled someone to continue using or to purchase a competing product because it would be best for their needs. There has never been a charge for this assistance.
In order to assure continuity they have worked their children and even grandchildren into their business.
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Peter & June's Family:
Middle: Daughter-in-law, Darik's wife Michelle; granddaughter Hailey (Darik); June; daughter-in-law Tracy (Deran) holding grandson Christopher.
Front: Granddaughter Karyssa (Darik); Madalyn Rose (Deran).
August 11, 2007 Jaryn was at football practice.
L-to-R: 12 yr. old Karyssa; oldest son Mark; Peter; June
13 yr. old Hailey
15 yr. old Jaryn, taught with "Alpha-Phonics."
6 yr. old Madalyn Rose packaging books. She was taught with "Alpha-Phonics."
12 yr. old Karyssa with her dad Darik. Karyssa was taught with Alpha-Phonics
June at her desk
Paradigm's Webmaster & Tech Manager Phil Hurley
The grandchildren "Raising the Colors" the family gave grampa Peter for his birthday. 3 yr. old Christopher hasn't found a job in the business yet but he undoubtedly will soon.
Christopher (almost 5) now has found his place in the family business.