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How we Read – part 2

2 May 2018

Word Recognition This is the second installment relating to reading – to read the first one, please click HERE Reading is a complex task that takes years of dedication to master.  It is a vital skill, as all further education rests on one’s ability to read.  In the early stages of learning to read much…

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Skilled reading for children

How We Read

4 April 2018

“Reading is the fundamental skill upon which all formal education depends”. And yet, learning to read is an incredibly complex and multifaceted skill. The act of reading is far from “natural”, therefore many children stumble and battle with reading. Reading difficulties can have far reaching consequences. To understand how we read, and how we can…

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Products to facilitate second language acquisition

Learning Tools Multilingual Products reviewed on 702!

26 July 2017

Learning Tools had a boost on Saturday morning when our Multilingual Products – Viva Vocab and Conversation Station were reviewed on Radio 702  Weekend Breakfast with Phemelo Motene.   Many thanks to Talent Whisperer, and all around inspiring Nikki Bush for doing such a great job for us. Learning Tools has developed two products to…

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Working Memory

Working Memory – what is it? And how can we improve it?

12 July 2017

You’ve heard of Short-Term Memory, and Long-Term Memory – so what is Working Memory?  Working Memory is an area of the brain that we use while we are manipulating information.   Working Memory is used for carrying out complex tasks such as learning, reasoning and comprehension.  It is a limited space when comparing it to Long-Term…

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Products to facilitate second language acquisition

Multilingualism – what does it mean, and how can we achieve it?

8 June 2017

I attended a most fascinating talk on Multilingualism last night – thank you Bellavista SHARE for the evening.  It was given by the Esteemed Professor Heila Jordaan, who is very worth listening to if you ever get a chance.  I will share a few of the salient points. Living in South Africa, Multilingualism is part…

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Shapeometry educational game to develop reasoning skills.

The building blocks of geometry

17 February 2017

Shapes are the building blocks of geometry. Learning about shapes is a fundamental step in the basics of maths. Children need to start to understand what the properties of shape are, and how to classify shapes. Why do we need Geometry? Geometry is necessary for us to discover patterns, find areas, volumes, lengths and angles,…

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Vowel Games

Building a good foundation in reading – starting with VOWELS

1 February 2017

Learning letter sounds is one of the first steps in learning to read. And while most consonant sounds come easily to kids, vowel sounds can be an entirely different monster. For one, vowel sounds are not “felt” as much in the mouth as most consonant sounds, making it harder for kids to hear them. Vowel…

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Learning Tools Catalogue

16 January 2017

We are happy to publish our catalogue for 2017. Please feel free to download this and share with friends. We would like to see more educational games and resources in the hands of South Africa’s children. Learning Tools Catalog January 2017

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Learning Science with the Bones Series

17 October 2016

It is always so exciting to find new products, and introduce them to the South African market. Just in we have some exciting new Science Games – these are especially for the Senior Primary phase, and I know the teachers are going to love them. Food Chain Flip Chart and Food Chain Bones The food…

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Kinetic sand is a 3D building toy that mimics the physical properties of wet sand.

Educational Toys for the Family

10 October 2016

Learning is always more fun when the whole family can enjoy it together. These education toys for the family offers a valuable opportunity for families to play and learn together. Kinetic Sand: Construction Zone Kinetic sand is a three-dimensional construction toy that mimics the physical properties of wet sand. Kinetic sand was originally designed for…

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