Welcome to the May 2017 edition of The Learning Brain.

I hope you had a good rest and recharge in the Term 1 break.

This month you can read about what happens to your brain when you are trying to maintain eye contact in a conversation. And there is new research about the emotional challenges when your children leave home.

Also, for those of you who have been using the Maths Skills Booster in your classrooms or at home, there's a new resource to help you get even more out of it. It's the "Make Learning Maths Easier - Maths Success in 10 Minutes a Day" eBook


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PS: Early bird registration for the Educating with Neuroscience Conferences is closing soon. Register here.

PPS: Check out Book of the Month - It describes Autism from a girls' perspective.

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Dr_Steve_Miller-653975-edited.pngHow are the 4 elements of language linked in the brain?

Hear Neuroscientist Dr Steve Miller talk about how the 4 elements of language (listening, reading, writing, speaking) are linked in the brain. And what to do when a deficit in one affects the performance of the others. Plus much more.

Latest Research

Thoughtful woman looking up - isolated over a white background-919216-edited.jpegWhy It’s Hard to Maintain Eye Contact During Conversations

Scientists at Kyoto University have discovered that it can be taxing on our brain when we try to maintain eye contact during a conversation. Our brain finds it difficult to “share cognitive resources,” and so we break eye contact to better process what we are hearing. Read more.


birds in nest.jpgFor Parents, 'Empty Nest' Is An Emotional Challenge

Can’t wait to become an empty nester….. looking forward to the day when your kids leave home?  Or not sure if you will cope with an empty house?  New research says for many parents an “empty nest” poses significant emotional challenges.  Read more.


What's New

Make Learning Maths Easier eBook

Almost 3,000 people have downloaded the free Maths Skills Booster, since maths expert David Stanley shared it. Now he has written an eBook, Make Learning Maths Easier – Maths Success in 10 Minutes a Day. His new book is for parents and teachers wanting to help children succeed with maths.

Maths book cover.jpgThe book covers:
• Why the Maths Skills Booster is different from maths tutoring
• The 8-step process to help a child become “friends with numbers”
• Learning advantages from handwriting the answers, instead of using a computer
• How to use “the reward economy” to motivate learners
• Opportunities for positive conversations about maths
• Curious facts about numbers that many people don’t know

You can get the eBook from the LearnFast Shop.

As always, additional worksheets are available in this Newsletter under 'Free Downloads'.


What's On?


5 Ways to Develop Executive Functioning for Early Learners

Thursday 18th May

Join Harvard University professor Dr. Rebecca Rolland as she reviews the latest research on age-appropriate ways to build executive function. Learn practical tips that educators can incorporate into existing classroom practice and after-school interventions. Register here.


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The Learning Success Blog

Pupils listening to their teacher at map at the elementary school.jpegPaying Attention: It's Harder Than You Think

Do you ever forget what you came into a room to get? Or, have you ever been listening to an audio book only to realise that you stopped paying attention several pages back?

Speech language pathologist and neuroscience educator, Dr Martha Burns, explains attention and describes how we can improve it by specific types of training. Read more.

Free Download

First steps in math education,children's office.jpegMaths Skills Booster – May Worksheets

Thanks again for sending through your Maths Skills Booster feedback. It is always great to see how students are benefiting from this simple tool. Here are a few of the comments we received last month:

  • Repetition, helping with confidence when learning tables not already taught at school - LOVE IT
  • The individual challenge for students with a significant increase in their scores in a short time
  • Seeing students improve their times, and with that, their confidence levels
Ready for your new set of Maths Skills Booster Worksheets? You can download the May worksheets here.

Did you miss out on the original Maths Skills Booster? You can get it here.

10_ways_reading_brain2.png10 Ways to Help your Child Develop a 'Reading Brain'

The reading skills of phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension as well as cognitive skills of memory, attention, processing and sequencing are critical to reading fluently. Use these pointers to help your child develop these skills.

Girls with Autism.jpgBook of the Month

What Every Autistic Girl Wishes Her Parents Knew

The Autism Women's Network has published an anthology, What Every Autistic Girl Wishes Her Parents Knew. It features 21 contributors who write to parents in a deep and personal way about some of the knowledge they’ve gained and wanted to tell their parents about how it is to be an autistic girl or woman.

grammarly.jpgApp of the Month


Grammarly is a free online grammar and spelling checker. It's algorithms flag potential issues in the text and suggest context-specific corrections for grammar, spelling, and vocabulary. Grammarly explains the reasoning behind each correction, so you can make an informed decision about whether, and how, to correct an issue.