Getting Your Child On Board

Motivation and effort are essential for program success.  Helping your child understand why the program is worthwhile can make all the difference.

Talking To Your Child About Gemm Learning

Here is a guide to Language v2 or Literacy you can use to talk to your child about the individual exercises in each program — how to play them and how they work.

It can be difficult to understand the correlation between the cognitive exercises and academic goals.  Consider using one of the examples below when explaining the program.

Compare it to other sports.  For example, a student who wants to play soccer, baseball, or basketball will need to develop specific muscles and skills before he or she is able to do well in the game.

Repetition helps make things automatic.  For example, when learning to drive or tie your shoe, you go over the steps again and again.  But with experience, these steps become automatic and you no longer think about them or the process.  You just do it.

Compare completing the cognitive programs before the Reading Series to running small distances to build endurance before running a marathon.

Compare completing the cognitive exercises to building with blocks.  A solid foundation is necessary to create a strong, lasting structure.

A student wanting to learn guitar or piano, would need to start with scales and build before attempting to play “Stairway to Heaven” or a Billy Joel song.

Working hard on Fast ForWord, consistently, and completing the assigned programs, has the potential to make reading easier, shorten homework time, improve your ability to follow directions and recall information the first time it’s heard, and make test taking less overwhelming.

Here are seem ideas you can use, after which you could have your child sign a pledge to take some ownership of the program.  The idea here is that while prizes and rewards can help, nothing can compete with tapping into your child’s desire to do well AND to be better at his day job, school.

As you know, there is something to be said for showing confidence that there will be positive outcome, a confidence your child should pick up on.  Here are some ideas:

This program exercises your brain.  If you shoot baskets every day, you should  improve.  Gemm Learning programs are a workout for the brain that has the potential to:

  • Make reading easier
  • Lessen study time or hours spent to complete homework
  • Make the school day less frustrating and more productive – listening to the teacher should be easier.
  • Help you improve test scores

You do want these things right?  To change your brain though, you need to give us your best effort every day and try to beat the point scores from the day before.  If you do that you will do great!


Compare it to other sports and a student who wants to play soccer, baseball, or football having to go through practice and drills where you work on strengthening the muscles and skills necessary to be successful before you’re actually ready to get in the game and play without frustration or fatigue.


It’s something you do for a limited period of time that will impact you for the rest of your life.   You can compare it to eating vegetables or going to the dentist and why skipping either, just because they are disliked would prevent the child from receiving benefits which have a tremendous impact.


(for teens) Students of all ages, including college students and adults work on Fast ForWord.  Being able to understand the teacher in class, keep up with conversations with friends on a noisy playground, follow directions the first time they are given and finding reading easier will have a huge impact on quality of life and sense of confidence and self worth.  The program can make all of this easier, and the results can be amazing.

Signing The Pledge

Many families find it helpful to then have their child sign a pledge like these for children 10 and under and program commitment for older children.