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Marilee Sprenger is an independent educational consultant. She consults and presents nationally on topics of learning, memory, differentiated instruction, and brain-based teaching practices. A former teacher, she is an adjunct professor at Aurora University. Often known as the "Brainlady," she is affiliated with both the American Academy of Neurology and the Learning and the Brain Society and is the author of several books on the brain and learning.
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Chapter 1: Language Development
From Neural Sensitivity to Neural Commitment
The Right Way to Babble
Windows of Opportunity
Experience and Brain Development
Ages and Stages in Language Development
An Enriched Environment for Language Development
Language and Gender
Speaking Out of Both Sides of The Brain
Chapter 2: Imaging and Imagining the Brain
The Structure of the Brain
How We See the Brain
How Cells Communicate
What We Thought We Knew
What We Found Out Along the Way
Two Diverging Roads
Learning and Memory: A Definition
Chapter 3: The Body-Brain Connection
Food, Glorious Food!
The Learning Brain’s Diet
To Sleep; Perchance to Remember
Making the Right Moves
Sunshine Came Softly Through My Window
Stress Can Hurt the Body and the Brain
What Does Bullying Do to the Brain?
Chapter 4: Breaking the Code
The ABCs of the ABCs
Neurons That Fire Together
Dr. Seuss and Mother Goose?
Getting to the Core
Teaching Phonemic Awareness
Chapter 5: Patterns and Programs and Phonics! Oh, My!
Patterns and Programs
The Alphabetic Principle
One to One ? Not Exactly
The Common Core: Where Do We Stand with the Standards?
Decoding Development in the Brain
Factors That Lead to Learning
Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Moe. Or is it Eeny, Meany, Miny, Mo?
Chapter 6: The Fluent Reader
What Fluency Means
The Brain’s Pathway to Fluency
Reading Is Pleasure
High-Frequency and Sight Words
Some Steps to Fluency
Chapter 7: Building Vocabulary
Two Types of Vocabulary
Vocabulary Size Matters
The Common Core State Standards and Vocabulary
The Common Core College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language
Choosing Our Words Carefully
Chapter 8: Comprehension: Reading It and Getting It
Before, During, and After Reading: What These Strategies Have to Do with the Brain
Chapter 9: Putting It All Together
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