It’s a familiar sound during the summer: “Mooooom! I’m bored!!” And it’s not just about entertainment: Having a lengthy break from school can also cause kids to fall behind academically. A 2011 RAND study explored the phenomenon of summer learning loss and how it can put students behind, which is no surprise – anybody would feel rusty revisiting topics they hadn’t thought about for months. What if there was a way to keep kids on track while school’s out – and keep them thoroughly occupied with a fun, engaging activity all summer to stifle those summer boredom complaints? Brain Chase offers just that, with an amazing summer learning challenge that immerses families in an interactive treasure hunt.
Brain Chase works by offering an interactive webisode series that follows a group of cartoon adventurers searching for the “Sunstone of Cortés”. Children follow the series for clues and hidden puzzles to try and help our intrepid heroes find the treasure – and it’s not just fiction. There is a real Sunstone of Cortés buried somewhere on Earth right now, along with a $10,000 scholarship for the child who finds it! The winner will travel with their family the spot where the treasure is buried in real life to dig it up, just like the winners of the 2014 Brain Chase summer learning challenge did!
New webisodes are available each week for 5 weeks, and can be unlocked by completing weekly assignments, such as earning 10,000 points on Khan Academy, reading for 15 minutes every day, and writing one journal entry, which will be reviewed by a credentialed teacher who will provide feedback. Families also receive a package of 3 “Adventure tools” to help you complete weekly bonus challenges – last year’s tools included a decoder ring and magical seeds that gave a secret message after planting – just in case you were worried about your kids doing nothing but sitting in front of the computer!
This program gets me excited because it makes me so happy to see learning presented for what it really is: Enjoyable! Sometimes, the drier parts of academia can obscure the fact that learning is incredible and fun, so anytime it can be put into practice with real-world applications and benefits is so incredibly important, because it sets children up for a love of learning that will shape the rest of their lives.
Another amazing thing about Brain Chase is that, although it is aimed at 2nd through 8th graders, it is appropriate for all learning levels, including those with learning disabilities. Khan Academy does a pre-test to help customize the program appropriately, and students are free to do everything from basic phonics to Calculus – students are measured strictly based on effort. Last week, I spoke with the founders of Brain Chase, Heather and Allan Staker, and we heard some inspiring stories about students who used Brain Chase last summer, including one who had gotten far behind in studies due to serious illness and used Brain Chase to get caught up. The program is also flexible: Although it takes about 4 to 5 hours per week to participate, families are free to complete any weeks that they miss later on due to family vacations or other commitments.
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With this discount, the cost is as follows:
Prices After 15% MomStart Discount:
1 Child: $127
2 Children: $212
3 Children: $296
And if you have more than 3 children, just let us know and we’ll get you a coupon code to use!
Do your children forget a lot of what they’ve learned over the summer? Do you think something like Brain Chase would be fun for your family?