Mind Your Brain’ tour of NZ with Terry Small 11-18 March 2010

The Firelight Foundation proudly presents the

‘Mind Your Brain’ tour with Terry Small.

Terry Small a.k.a. “The Brain Man” is described as Canada’s #1 Learning expert and is touring NZ for the first time ever in March! An experienced teacher of all ages through to adult level, Terry is a sought after International speaker who will leave you astounded at the wonders of the human brain while giving practical tips to help your brain work more efficiently. Over 175 000 people have attended Terry’s seminars worldwide and he comes highly recommended by those on the USA speaker circuit. Scroll down to the bottom to read a short article by Terry.

Registrations are due to go live next week so if you haven’t already, send an email to firelight@learnex.co.nz and you will added to the mailing list. Terry will be speaking in Auckland, Palmerston North, and Christchurch.  The “Learning with the Brain in Mind” tour is brought to you by the Firelight Foundation, a not for profit organisation committed to bringing quality international speakers to New Zealand. Past speakers have included: Steve Demme, Dr Jay Wile, Sally Clarkson, Jim Weiss and Andrew Pudewa.

Pricing will vary from centre to centre but has been dramatically cut for this tour as Terry has been willing to waive his standard appearance fee for these homeschooling events (after some arm twisting!) which means his loss is our gain. : –  Further information will be posted next week. Save some supervisory allowance if you haven’t already spent it on violin lessons!

Volunteers needed

The Firelight Foundation is a not for profit organisation which aims to support home educating parents so this is an opportunity for  you to give something back and help organise an event in return for reduced or  free entry.  Last conference had 400+ attendees so we simply cannot function without your help!

Available jobs:

Registration coordinator for Auckland – computer skills (Word, Excel & email) and adept record keeping are a must for this


Helpers on the day (Auckland) – kitchen roster (this is an excellent job for teenagers!) carparking attendants, handing out notes, AV desk, welcomers, registration desk etc.

Cleaner (Auckland) – this is a paid position

If any of these sound like you (or your teens), please email fusfam@learnex.co.nz


Tours of this magnitude cost into the tens of thousands of dollars so we are currently looking for sponsors for all three events. You may choose to sponsor all three centres or just one centre. Sponsors will receive publicity on all outgoing emails, web links and/or email links, acknowledgement in the printed programme, verbal mention at the venue and wall display space/powerpoint. Please contact me off list to discuss this if you are interested or know someone else who would be. We are limiting the number of sponsors so don’t miss out.


Palmerston North (combined with Curriculum Fair) – Thursday 11 March

Reformed Church, Ruahine Street

Times & contact details to be advised

Auckland – Friday 12 (evening) & Saturday 13 March

Details to be advised (venue will be in Manukau City)

Christchurch – Wednesday 17 (afternoon & evening) & Thursday 18 March

Full childcare programme available. Further details to be advised.

Further Information

Further information about the topics covered in each centre as well as registration details will be posted next week. In the meantime, please circulate this information to your home education networks. We’d like to offer the opportunity to home education families before opening this up to the wider public.


The Mind Your Brain tour is brought to you with the help of the following organizations:


Superior Resources to Excel in Learning


Suppliers of Singapore maths and more


Below is an article written by Terry to whet your appetite.

By Terry Small a.k.a. “The Brain Guy”

Family Concern recently completed a study involving three groups of young people. One group was consistently praised for previous performance, another group was criticized, and the third group was ignored. Those who were praised improved dramatically, those who were criticized also improved (but not as much), and the group that was ignored barely improved at all. Charles Schwab said, “I have yet to find the person – however exalted his or her station – who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.” By the same token young people who are raised in a spirit of praise and approval are going to be happier, more productive, and more obedient than those who are constantly criticized. We become, in large part, what we think about. Therefore, the input into a teenager’s mind is very important.

Here is a great tip: The two most powerful times for this input is early in the morning and late at night. Some psychologists have estimated that the first encounter of a significant nature that you have each day has more impact than the next five encounters as far as your thinking and your attitude are concerned. With this in mind, it is extremely important that these first and last encounters of the day with your kids be positive. These are great times for specific, well-earned praise

Congratulations on learning something about your brain today. The Brain Bulletin goes out to almost 20,000 people worldwide and is committed to help to do just that. If you missed any Brain Bulletins you can find them in the Brain Bulletin Archive:

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