Welcome to the April 2014 edition of the Learning Brain.
This is the first anniversary of our newsletter and to celebrate we are offering you all the chance to win one of 5 great prizes for the school of your choice.
By simply voting for one of our two new videos, you will go in the draw to win two terms of Fast ForWord for a whole class of up to 30 students.
There will be 5 winners, so make sure you vote.
Vote for your Favourite Video to Win one of 5 Prizes
LearnFast has produced a new video about Neuroscience for Educators. There are two versions. View both videos and vote for the one you prefer. Each prize is valued at over $10,000.
Voting closes 5pm, 15 April 2014. Everyone who votes has a chance to win.
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Have you ever wondered how our minds work, and how we make decisions?
Thinking, Fast and Slow reveals how our minds are tripped up by error and prejudice (even when we think we are being logical), and gives you practical techniques for slower, smarter thinking. It enables you to make better decisions at work, at home, and in everything you do.
Introduction to Fast ForWord for Teachers
Would you like to know more about the Fast ForWord programs and how you could use them to assist your students?
For a limited time only this course is available to you at no charge (normally $49).
Discover the neuroscience principles behind the Fast ForWord programs covering language development and its connection to reading and learning.
Do you have questions about your child or students? Email us
Question: My son struggles with remembering his spelling words. He does reasonably well in weekly spelling tests but then misspells those same words in his story writing.
Answer: This is a common problem for many children. There are various aspects involved in the process of spelling.
Firstly, a child needs to be able to identify the parts of a word, break them up into sounds and syllables and apply sound-letter knowledge to choose the correct letter or letter combination to represent the sounds. Application of spelling rules and the ability to make a mental picture of the printed word are also needed.
See this spelling strategies video by Devon Barnes for further understanding of the spelling process and why some students struggle with committing spelling patterns to longer term memory.