A Better Solution to Summer Brain Drain – Brain Chase

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I participated in a campaign with The Motherhood and Brain Chase. All opinions are my own.
Summer is about fun and traveling with your family but it’s also the time when all that learning slowly drains from their brains. Startling research shows that kids lose more ground academically over the summer than one might expect. A 2011 RAND study found that by the end of summer, students perform, on average, one to two months behind where they left off in the spring. Teachers claim that the first handful of weeks that students return to school after summer spend their time reviewing what the kids forgot during the break. Brain Chase is a five-week summer learning challenge disguised by a massive global treasure hunt. The hunt begins on June 22, 2015

15% off Brain Chase coupon code: JAMONKEY15

(register before April 30th for early pricing) 

Here is how Brain Chase works:

  • 5 weeks of structured challenges on external reading (through myOn) and math websites (Khan academy)
  • Weekly writing exercises with feedback from credentialed teachers or weekly language challenges from Rosetta Stone
  • Weekly progress reports emailed to parents
  • Exclusive access to an original animated adventure series loaded with hidden puzzles and clues
  • 3 adventure tools mailed to your home to help solve special bonus challenges
  • Participation in a massive global treasure hunt for a golden trophy containing the key to a safe deposit box holding $10,000 (Yes please!)

During the adventure Brain Chase sends your child a set of special adventure tools that they will need to complete their challenges. This year there will be a sun dial, decoder and a mystery gift. Brain Chase is geared towards 2nd to 8th graders or early readers ages 6-16. 

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Each week the adventurers have four tasks: read for 15 minutes per day, write one journal entry, earn 10,000 points on Khan Academy, and do one bonus challenge. When they’re done, they unlock the next webisode, which contains hidden pictures, numbers, and riddles to help them guess the treasure’s location.11051823_818484588244503_7013210290165701037_o

The 2015 Brain Chase challenge is to find the Sunstone of Cortés, a mysterious calendar stolen from the Aztec empire by Hernan Cortés in the 1500s. Kids join Mae Merriweather, her brother Max, athletic Sean Drake, and former nemesis Savannah Bryce to find the fictional Sunstone of Cortés… and the real one!

We tried the learning books last summer and every time I asked her to sit down and do them she gave me a terrible look followed by the whine, “Mom, do I have to?” Needless the say, the book was never finished. Actually I think we did all of 10 pages all summer. With Brain Chase the learning is offered in a fun format with characters and easy to follow prompts and videos. We are looking forward to doing our first Brain Chase adventure this summer. Win a Brain Chase entry for your child below! 

Attention Teachers! 

Teacher referral reward program. Brain Chase is offering $15 to teachers for each of their students they refer to Brain Chase. Registrants who hear about Brain Chase from a teacher can simply enter that teacher’s name and school name at registration. Kids fight summer brain drain to win a treasure… and teachers win too!

Download flyers to share with students here: http://brainchase.com/for-teachers/

Win a Brain Chase Registration for your child! 

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Meghan Cooper is a writer, content creator, movie critic, and geek living in Atlanta, Ga. She loves movies, traveling, and lots of coffee. Member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association, Georgia Film Critics Association, and Atlanta Film Critics Circle. Buy me a coffee

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