Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Fast ForWord

More new stuff!

Earlier today there was an email sent to all of the 1st grade parents regarding the recent, district-adopted product, Fast ForWord.  In short, Fast ForWord is a series of computer-based brain excercises that students complete each day for 12 weeks.  The purpose of the excercises; (per the website).
  • Improves memory by having the student hold a statement or question in working memory while retrieving picture-concept associations from long-term memory.
  • Improves attention by developing the ability to focus on multiple tasks and ignore distractions.
  • Strengthens auditory and linguistic processing rates so that students can distinguish sounds quickly enough to discriminate individual phonemes and understand words and sentences.
  • Develops sequencing skills through exercises that require the use of a logical word order to comprehend simple and complex instructions and organize a response that follows the specified sequence of actions.
Understandably, some of you may be apprehensive about having your children working in a computer lab for 40 minutes everyday when they could be spending that time on something else.  However, I am here to tell you that I have seen this product work firsthand.  My last school, Cline Elementary, implemented this product six years ago.  The gains were immediate and long-term, as Fast ForWord was intregal in the school receiving the 2010 Blue Ribbon Award for the state of Kentucky. 

Please feel free to email Mrs. Kumar (nkumar@op97.org) or myself  if you have any questions.