What is The First Wave?

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The First Wave, LLC is a leading children's educational media company dedicated to inspiring a child's life-long love of learning. The company was co-founded by a mother-daughter team, Melissa and Dolores Neumann.

Co-founder Melissa Neumann has over 16 years of finance and entrepreneurial experience. She founded three successful companies, including GenArt, which now operates in five cities in the U.S. and a profitable magazine company at Harvard Business School. She is a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Business School. Co-founder Dolores Neumann, the niece of Eugene Ormandy (former conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra), composed all the original music and lyrics in the videos. Melissa Neumann has three young children, Lita, Lachlan, and Eva. Dolores Neumann has three daughters and six grandchildren.

The company believes that a young child has a tremendous ability to comprehend and process information. It presents concepts to young children with clarity and simplicity. Music is used in the videos to help children learn and remember. Ms. Neumann's daughter at 15-month old spoke over 200 words including 'door', 'roll', and 'purple'. All of these concepts were introduced to her daughter through Fundamentals, the first video produced by The First Wave, LLC.

Unique and inventive characters, called the Starlets, are introduced. They embody educational properties such as color, as in lively little Red Star and friendly little Orange Star, which children can relate to inherently and instinctively as they embrace the characters as personal friends.

The company's products include books, music CDs, and videos. Age appropriate information is presented simply and in an entertaining manner in the context of a comprehensive educational program. The educational materials provide the youngest infant to 5-year olds an easily accessible foundation in language, math, science, art, music, fine & gross motor activities and much more.