Jump a gap

This service helps young readers associate good feelings with reading practice. To explain that more fully, it’s important to understand how the brain works; the brain has evolved to reward itself for doing things that lead to its survival. Effort that forces the brain to make connections that make sense of the world get rewarded.

Here is a simple explanation of what happens when we learn. The  brain jumps gaps to make connections. Jumping a gap requires effort. When we know something it’s just flowing along a pathway requiring little or no effort. When we retrieve something from memory that may not have a strong pathway, we need to make the jump. Successfully making that jump feels good.

The mnemonic is a small gap between what is in the book and the information on a card. When the card is used in a game the player must retrieve the words from the book from memory. The player may not be able to retrieve all the words but can still get credit for retrieving some words correctly.

The mnemonic shows the first letter of each word in the book. A student may not be able to recall all the words the first time. This is ok, because you can point with your finger to one letter in the mnemonic. A mnemonic can represent the whole idea or part of the idea. The mnemonic is a simplified reference to the book. So it is always best to use the book images to point out the meaning of a word.