This is a partnered post with Brain Chase. As always, all thoughts and opinions stated are my own.
It’s already March and that means the countdown to summer is on. The kids usually don’t start their countdowns until May, but I start mine the week after spring break. After spending the week going at a leisurely pace and doing whatever it is we want, I look forward to the slow mornings with no rushing and stress. I look forward to the days in the pool or at the park. I look forward to impromptu movie dates with my children and surprise visits to the zoo.
In case I haven’t made it clear yet — I love summer and the time I get to spend with my children!
But I’ve heard the studies year after year that say children perform one to two months behind after returning to school after summer break. While I absolutely adore the time with my children during the summer, I know we need to do things that keep their minds sharp so that when they return to school, their little brains are sharp and ready to learn. That’s why I’m so excited for my children to participate in Brain Chase this summer. Not only is it an online treasure hunt, it’s a summer learning program for kids.
Summer Learning Program
Brain Chase is a 5-week summer learning program that offers structured challenges for children in grades 2nd – 8th in reading, math and writing. Each day (5 days per week) requires about an hour of online academic work in a fun animated adventure series with hidden puzzles and clues. In addition to the weekly reading and math challenges, children will also participate in a weekly writing exercise that will be reviewed by a credentialed teacher. Teachers will give feedback on the writing exercise so that the child can improve and grow in their writing skills.
During the course of the challenge, tools will be sent to help with the process of deciphering the clues given. The photo above shows some of the items participants received last year. Packages will be sent throughout the challenge and can be shipped to alternate addresses if you plan on traveling during the course.
During the 5-week summer learning program not only are the children participating in reading, math and writing assignments, but every time they complete tasks they unlock animated webisodes that unlock clues to the location of a $10,000 college scholarship buried somewhere on the Earth. If the work is not completed, children will be unable to advance to unlock other clues.
Each day participants will be given the opportunity to drop a pin to guess the location of the buried treasure based on the clues received to date. The first child/family that correctly drops the pin on the correct location will be flown out to dig up the treasure and claim the prize.
Brain Chase has partnered with learning institutions like Khan Academy and myON to supply the online learning material that is tailored for each individual child with their own account. Since I have three children, each child will need to have their own account, although the family can work together to try to figure out the location of the scholarship based on the clues received.
The 2014 winners were from Austin, Texas and correctly identified the treasure location in the South of France. The family was flown to France so that the boys (they worked as a team) could dig up the treasure and claim the prize.
This year’s program will officially begin at 9:00 am EST on June 22, 2015 and the challenge is to find the Sunstone of Cortes. Are you up for the challenge?
And for a limited time only, I have an incredible offer to pass on to you. Now through April 15, 2015 my readers can receive a 15% discount on their Brain Chase purchase. Simply by using the code SIMPLYBEING15 at checkout you will receive the discounted pricing. If you purchase before April 15th, with the discount and early bird pricing, you’ll pay only $127 for the the first child. Each additional child is $100, but with the discount it comes out to just $85. For all three of my children it will cost me less than $300 for a 5-week summer learning program. I think this is such an incredible deal and I can’t wait for my children to participate.
How do you prevent summer brain drain?