Reading, Maths and Learning



Teaching Reading IS Rocket Science

Contrary to the popular theory that learning to read is natural and easy, learning to read is a complex linguistic achievement," Dr Louisa Moats writes in her booklet Teaching Reading IS Rocket Science. "For many children, it requires effort and incremental skill development."

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Learner Scores 5/5 for Reading Skills When He Cannot Read

How does a learner score 5/5 (80%-100%) for reading skills at the end of Grade 2 if he cannot read? We don't know, but it happens, and more often than you think. Watch a learner's remarkable progress in just 9 days since joining Edublox for a new 2-month intensive programme that combines reading lessons and our new online program, Edublox Online Tutor.

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Laterality versus Directionality: What Is the Difference?

Laterality refers to motor awareness of the two sides of the body, while directionality refers to the ability to know right from left, up from down, forwards from backwards, etc. The child who has a laterality problem has not yet internalised the knowledge that the body has two sides...

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Understanding Auditory Processing Deficits

Auditory processing is the ability to identify, interpret, and attach meaning to sound. Berry and Eisenson state that children with auditory processing deficits can hear sounds but are unable to recognise them for meaning. Auditory processing plays as important a role as visual processing in reading.

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Maths Difficulties Are Real: How Edublox Can Help

In today’s world, mathematical knowledge, reasoning, and skills are also no less important than the ability to read. Whether in science, business, or daily living, we cannot escape the use of numbers. Every job, from the rocket scientist to the sheep herder, requires the use of maths! So how do we help a child with maths learning difficulties?

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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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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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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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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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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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