What’s new at Brilliant Publications? (27 January 2022)

Dear Brilliant customer,
Here is what is happening in the office this week.

We have the final cover for Contemporary Children’s Literature for Years 5-6!
This has been such an enjoyable book to work on. Kate Heap has selected extracts from some really lovely wonderful contemporary books. Can you work out which books Kate has chosen from the pictures on our cover?

The book will be available in March. You can pre-order it from our website, Amazon or any other bookshop.

Fantastic review for A Brilliant IQ: Gift or Challenge?
We were thrilled to read the review for Lyn Kendall and Chris Allcock’s book, A Brilliant IQ: Gift or Challenge? by Brian Page in the February edition of the Mensa magazine.

Here are just a few quotes:
“…an inspiring blend of sound advice on issues ranging from initially recognising gifted children, through helping them to to cope with early life social and physical challenges to finding the best way to support them and at school.”

“It’s written in a clear, jargon free, simple and sensible manner – with lots of case study examples to support the points that she [Lyn Kendall] and Chris Allcock cover.”

We were really keen to make sure that the book would benefit both parents and teachers, so it’s great to get these comments.

Do you use flashcards to teach foreign languages?
This week I got involved in a very interesting conversation on Twitter about the use of flashcards to teach foreign languages. Now that there are IWBs in almost every classroom, you might wonder if the days of flashcards has gone. But I still find them very useful and, in my experience, children love being able to handle the cards.

I’m investigating creating flashcards to go with some of our books. One key decision we are still mulling over is whether it would be better to produce printed cards, or whether a digital download would be better, so that it is easy to replace a card if one gets damaged or lost. If you have views on this, I’d love to hear from you.

If you’d like to have some great ideas for using flashcards to teach foreign languages, I recommend looking at 100+ Fun Ideas for Practising Modern Foreign Languages in the Primary Classroom by Sue Cave. There is a whole chapter devoted to flashcards.

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With best wishes for next week!
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