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All posts by Henk du Plessis

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Feb'17

Vra vir Susan: Die Belangrikheid van Lees

Lees is die belangrikste vaardigheid wat ‘n kind op skool moet verwerf, want hy leer om te lees met ‘n bepaalde doel voor oë: sodat hy kan lees om te leer. Om behoorlik te kan lees, is dus die grondslag van, of voorvereiste vir, leersukses op skool en...

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Feb'17

Kids Should Pay More Attention to Mistakes, Study Suggests

At Edublox learners have always been encouraged not to shy away from their mistakes, in fact they are taught "you may make mistakes, just try your best and then correct your mistakes." Now research suggests teachers and parents should help children pay more attention to the mistakes they make so they can better learn from them, as opposed to shying away from or glossing over mistakes.

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Jan'17

The Role of Working Memory in Reading

The term working memory was coined in the 1970s by two researchers named Baddeley and Hitch, referring to the ability to temporarily hold several facts or thoughts in memory while solving a problem or performing a task. An important and consistent finding is that working memory problems interfere with reading comprehension.

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Jan'17

The Real Facts About Your Child’s IQ

IQ stands for Intelligence Quotient. But it is debatable whether IQ tests really measure intelligence (or whatever it is we mean by “intelligence” — psychologists have been divided for years). IQ tests do not take into account aspects such as creativity, artistic or musical talent — a child can most certainly be “gifted” without having a high IQ....

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Jan'17

Child Gets Good Report Yet Cannot Read, Cannot Do Maths

Johnny's teacher is happy about his performance in reading and maths. She awarded him a 6/7 for reading and a 7/7 for maths on his year-end report. Johnny's parents should be proud... The truth is that Johnny's parents are becoming more and more unsettled. If Johnny's reading is considered to be good, why is his younger sister's reading so much better than his?

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Jan'17

Our Senses Can’t Learn Under Stress

When we train them, we can sharpen our senses thereby improve our perceptual performance. The stress hormone cortisol completely blocks this important ability. In the current issue of Psychoneuroendocrinology neuroscientists of the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) report on this finding.

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Jan'17

Counting Activities for Preschoolers and School Beginners

Of all the maths skills that children will acquire, counting and basic adding and subtracting are what most children will already be doing before they reach school-age.

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Dec'16

A Multisensory Approach to Teaching Reading: Question and Answer

My son is dyslexic. Studies have shown that for children with difficulties learning to read, a multisensory teaching method is the most effective teaching method. Apparently, this is especially crucial for a dyslexic child. What does multisensory mean? How will I use this approach to teach my son to discriminate between b's and d's?

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Dec'16

What Causes Reading Disabilities?

Successful intervention is dependent on finding the cause or causes of a problem. Most problems can only be solved if one knows their causes. A viable point of departure would therefore be to ask the question, "What causes reading disabilities?"

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Dec'16

Give Your Kids the Edge Over this Holiday Season

With thousands of households feeling the pressure of a tight food budget and parents fearing that their children's hard work over the academic year may regress because of the December holidays, grabbing fast food and on-the-go meals has become easier. Although this may save time, they will not help keep kids sharp and ready for the new school year.

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