Breaking News in this Issue
Dr. Stanilas Dehaene, professor and chair of experimental cognitive psychology at the College de France, Paris, reports in his book, Reading in the Brain, on his research into how the brain reads. From his work we learn for the first time exactly what is happening in the brain as the eye scans text in reading. He pinpoints an area of the brain that he calls the brain's "letterbox." Understanding this allows us to determine the best methods for teaching reading, and four methods of teaching reading currently in use at the Vancouver Learning Centre are described that best support the brain's natural process for reading.
Upcoming Topics in Future Newsletters
Reading in the Brain: The New Science of How We Read, Part Two
This is a continuation of the research reported in Part One in this Newsletter. We go deeper to consider the way the brain allows us to attach meaning to what we read through its "mental lexicon or dictionary."
How We Learn Mathematics
In a subsequent issue we will look at the equally exciting research on How the Brain Learns Mathematics.
New Reading Program
The Vancouver Learning Centre
embarks on the delivery of a new brain-friendly reading program for
children aged 3-8+.
Teaching using this method will be introduced in the fall of 2011 into all appropriate programs at the Vancouver Learning Centre. Pilot programs for small groups are planned for the beginning of 2012. To participate contact
We are pleased to announce two new enhanced services
Underachievement due to English as a Second Language.
We offer special programs to support children who were not brought up in the English culture and who are having difficulty in school. (read more)
Underachievement due to Transfer from French Immersion to English Language Instruction.
We offer special program support to children who are transferring to English instruction from French Immersion and who are having difficulty in school (read more).