Welcome to the November 2016 edition of The Learning Brain.

It’s almost the end of the year. This one seems to have gone extra fast, but maybe that’s just because we have been so busy. But there’s no time to rest yet. There is a lot happening.

In this newsletter, you will be able to register for 2 webinars in November (Attention/ADHD and Executive Function), get new free resources, and check out 2 school holiday brain builder programs.

Plus, read about the Build English Fast neuroscience - based program that is helping English Language teachers around the world get better results, faster.

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PS: If your school has students learning English as a second or other language, you might be able to take part in multi-country research project.

What's On?


2 Webinars in November

This month you can learn about Attention & ADHD and how
Executive Function impacts early learning. 

Executive Function &
Early Learning

Dr Rebecca Rowland

Thursday 17th November
8am AEST

What You Need to Know About Attention & ADHD

Dr David Rabiner & Dr Ed Hamlin

Friday 18th November
10am AEST


School Holiday Programs

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Brain Builder BootCamp

School - Ready, Set, Go

  • For ages 7 – 18
  • At home or anywhere with
  • Intensive 90 mins a day, 6-8 weeks
  • Specialist support
Builds learning capacity &
reading skills
  • For ages 4 – 6
  • At home or anywhere with
  • 10 – 30 mins a day,
    8 weeks
  • Specialist support
Builds early learning &
social skills
Learn More Learn More

What’s New?

Build English Fast: For English Language Learners in Australia & New Zealand

buildenglishfast1.pngThe Build English Fast program is being introduced to Australia and New Zealand, following its success in countries as diverse as USA, Turkey, China and Thailand.

Build English Fast speeds up English language acquisition for students learning English as a second or other language.

It fine tunes their brains to recognise the 44 phonemes of English, and adds intensive oral reading practice with immediate feedback.

LearnFast has been invited to participate in a multi-country research project focussing on Build English Fast. We are looking for 20 schools to take part. How does your school participate? More information


short-sleep-neurosciencenews.jpgLatest Research

Looking Into the Brains of Habitual Short Sleepers

Some people habitually sleep much less than the recommended amount, yet report feeling no ill effects. A new University of Utah study, finds that patterns of neural connections in the brains of so-called “habitual short sleepers” suggest that some of these people may be efficient sleepers, but may also be more tired than they realise.

happy_boys_in_class-861753-edited.jpgMany kids not ready for kindergarten

Many children are still learning to control their behaviour as they enter kindergarten and may need educational support to develop that critical skill, indicates one of the most conclusive studies to date of early childhood self-regulation. Read more.

poverty infographic snippet.jpgThe Learning Capacity Blog

How Poverty & Disadvantage Impacts Learning for 730,000 Children

More than 730,000 children in Australia are living below the poverty line.

These disadvantaged children are at risk of having their learning compromised.

The Poverty in Australia 2016 Report, released last week, found the number of children living in poverty is increasing.

The report was written by the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) in collaboration with the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales.

Find out how poverty and disadvantage can disrupt learning – see this infographic (courtesy of We Are Teachers and Scientific Learning Corporation).

Free Download

Maths Skills Booster – November 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:

  • Brain_pattern.jpgMy daughter's maths has greatly improved since using this tool
  • I've passed them on to my Maths team for students to take home and practise
  • Great for reinforcing taught concepts

Ready for your new set of Maths Skills Booster Worksheets? You can download the November worksheets here.

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

GraphicOrganizers-247851-edited.pngGraphic Organisers to Help Kids With Writing

Graphic organisers are simple yet powerful tools that can help kids with dysgraphia, executive functioning and other issues that can cause trouble writing. Understood is sharing 5 downloadable graphic organisers commonly used for primary school but can help high school students as well.

SharpBrainsGuide-707942-edited.jpgBook of the Month

The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimise Brain Health and Performance at Any Age

The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness cuts through the clutter of misconceptions and conflicting media coverage to help readers discover what really works, and what doesn’t, to improve brain health and performance at any age, to delay or prevent cognitive decline, and become smarter consumers of both media coverage and scientific research in the process.

Social adventures app.jpgApp of the Month

Social Adventures

Created by parents, Social Adventures offers an eight-week social skills awareness program that can double as individual lessons for practicing relationship behaviours and initiating interactions. Designed for children aged 3-13 years with autism spectrum disorders and social difficulties, this app offers valuable practice in thinking about social situations and how to behave in them.