Next week is Spring Break – which means there are only a few short weeks left until Summer. I am not sure who is more excited about no alarm clocks for 12 weeks – the girls or me. However something I am not looking forward to is days of “I'm bored” and “what can we do?” I also know that along with that boredom (my word children we can not go to the beach every.single.day) comes “brain drain.” Did you know your kids lose one to two months of learning over the summer months? This year we are battling the boredom and stopping the brain drain with a cool new online challenge called Brain Chase.
Brain Chase is an engaging and educational online treasure hunt for kids ages 7-14 supported by curriculum from Khan Academy and other online partners, to help prevent learning loss over the summer months. This five-week online summer learning challenge is like a massive global treasure hunt powered by reading, writing and math that keeps your kids engaged and beats off the “I'm bored!” The platform can be completely personalized to your child's academic level and Khan Academy does a pre-test to help students begin in the right place. BrainChase can be played on all major PC browsers as well as on an iPad and can even go with you when you travel!
In addition to returning to school confident and fresh in September, Brain Chase Kid Adventurers get:
- 5 weeks of structured challenges on external reading and math websites
- Weekly writing exercises with feedback from credentialed teachers
- 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
Midge is beyond excited about joining in BrainChase this Summer. At 9 a.m. ET on Monday, June 22, 2015, Brain Chase: The Sunstone of Cortés begins. Adventurers log in to watch the first animated webisode and meet Mae Merriweather, the star of the show. Then they dive into their first week of learning challenges. A proprietary (patent pending) learning management system – the “Dashboard” – tracks each student’s progress as they journey through the 5-week challenge. 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. In addition to the online curriculum, your kids will receive three different packages, each with its own letter and its own project. Midge barely let me take pictures before she ripped in to hers.
The hunt for the Sunstone isn’t just fiction – there is a real golden Sunstone of Cortés and a key that unlocks a $10,000 scholarship buried somewhere on Earth. Every 24 hours, adventurers can log in to enter their guess of the treasure’s location based on all of the clues from the chase. The first adventurer to guess the location within a two-mile radius travels with his/her family to the treasure site to dig it up and claim the gold.
Sign up right now for the EarlyBird pricing, and save an additional 15% by using the promo code MOSCATOMOM15. The Early Bird pricing ends in just a few weeks and spaces are limited so you want to go ahead and sign up now. They have special sibling prices too, so the whole family can get in on the game!