I’ve wanted to transition to a year round schedule for ears. I’ve thought about a six weeks on/one week off type calendar. That would be awesome! I’m sure like anything it would have its pros and cons, but I’ve always wanted to try it. Even though I’m intrigued by the idea, we’ve done it.
Taking a long summer break has it’s down side, but the much needed break always takes priority over all the cons. My boys have always been very aware of the public school calendar through family and friends. They’ve never been on board with the idea of year-round school and I can’t say I blame them.
This week and next, we’re wrapping up our school year. I’m busy compiling year-end portfolios (not my forte) and making sure we have all our bases covered for the year. This involves evaluations, tests (Yes, we test our kids sometimes) and a little bit of getting ready for next year. I guess you could say it’s like my teacher work day, except that it’s two weeks long.
My boys’ workloads have dwindled down to almost nothing as special area subjects are complete and our co-op is over. We have a few things left, but next Friday will be our last official day of the school year! It’s time for this mama to relax!
Bring on Summer!
As much as I love summer, there is a down side. I know I’m going to spend some time at the beginning of next year getting back into the swing of things. There’s always a transition period I don’t love. Review is inevitable and I wish there was a way I could motivate my youngest to do some learning over the summer without him feeling like it’s a chore or me nagging him.
If I had it my way, we’d do some kind of summer school just to keep their minds fresh, but the truth is, I don’t do a lot in the summer because I don’t want the fight. I do require they read. Something. Anything. Words on a page of some kind, but other than that we enjoy our time off.
We eat, sleep and breathe school during the year and a break is important. My youngest would die if I made him do math. He.would.just.die.
But? What if there was a way I could prevent summer brain drain in a way that was enjoying enough that he’d actually want to do it? I think Brain Chase may have the answer!
Brain Chase is online summer learning adventure your kids will not want to miss! It’s more than just your average online course. It’s an engaging adventure, a REAL treasure hunt, and the best program I’ve seen for preventing summer brain drain!
Watch the official 2015 trailer to learn more about the upcoming scavenger hunt (a $10,000 college scholarship) and how the program works.
There’s a $10,000 scholarship up for grabs and one lucky kid will win a trip to dig up the treasure, The Lost Sunstone of Cortes. Get a peek at the actual the Sunstone of Cortes being made! Inside it rotating hidden compartment is the key to retrieve the $10,000 prize.
Brain Chase and Rosetta Stone
Brain Chase has partnered with Rosetta Stone and now student will have the option to choose a foreign language requirement. There are 30+ languages to choose from!
The Brain Chase Library Challenge
Throughout the month of May, Brain Chase will hosting a 4-city Library Challenge. In each of the following cities, they will hide a voucher worth $1,000 in a local public library:
- Salt Lake City (May 4)
- Seattle (May 11)
- Boston (May 18)
- Orange County (June 1)
A unique riddle will lead adventurers to the exact location of the voucher and a complimentary Brain Chase registration.
Teacher Referral Program
Brain Chase is offering $15 to teachers for each of their students they refer to Brain Chase. Download the flyer and share with the teachers and students you know!
Register Now For Premium Price Package
Beginning May 1, after early bird pricing ends, Brain Chase be offering their regular pricing package ($199 for the first registration, and then $100 for each sibling), along with a premium pricing package that will include Brain Chase registration plus a Brain Chase-branded adventure backpack, a Brain Chase t-shirt and Sunstone of Cortés patch. Register here!
How will your prevent summer brain drain?