Archive for August, 2013

Early Action Helps Students Experience Success!

Friday, August 30th, 2013 by admin


A New School Year! There are many things you can implement now, as a parent, to help your children experience success throughout the school year. Think about making life at home a bit more predictable and reliable:



  1. Develop a homework bin with all supplies necessary for task completion (paper, pencils, markers and all the extra school supplies they may require)
  2. Determine a time for homework completion. Your child needs time to decompress after school, but after a snack and some wiggle time, s/he may be ready to get to work.
  3. Offer an option for background noise ( or other stimulation, like a fidget, to help maintain focus while they are working.
  4. Play the student (and let your student be the teacher) while you practice flashcards, spelling words, etc. Make some mistakes so your “teacher” can correct you!
  5. BRAINJOG! Brainjoggers know that they hold the secret to preparing their brains for learning! Brainjog before school, before homework time, and once again before bed to jumpstart the next day, prepare the brain for producing answers, and clearing the chaos so the brain can absorb the information during sleep hours!

Think about thinking! It’s that time of year and we are here to make the transition a smooth one!

Back-To-School Bootcamp!

Monday, August 19th, 2013 by admin


Departing summer hath assumed
An aspect tenderly illumed,
The gentlest look of spring;
That calls from yonder leafy shade
Unfaded, yet prepared to fade,
A timely carolling.
– William Wordsworth, September

It’s that time of year! Time to gear up the back-to-school brains, thinking of lists and clothes and activities and forms. As September fast approaches, there are several things you can do now to help your child ease into a new academic year:

Retrain the Body Clock – begin that evening routine. It can be as simple as bathing, brushing teeth, and being in bed with a good book by a specific time;
Cut Off Screen Time – shut down phones and electronics after the dinner hour, providing at least two hours of no stimulation prior to bedtime;
Reward Routine – for every day your child follows the routine, add marbles to a jar or points to a chart. After so many marbles/points, allow your child to pick out his/her favorite cereal or morning breakfast favorite to start off the school year right!

The key is getting your child’s brain to start thinking about thinking! Morning and evening routines must be a part of the preparation for school. Brainjoggers can begin entering NEW VOCABULARY into word lists for the new school year! Get back into the habit of Brainjogging early in the morning and again in the afternoon. If you have suggestions, tricks, or new ideas for helping your school-aged child start off on the right foot, please send in your comments!

Good Luck out there, troops!

Get Your Zzzzzzzz

Monday, August 12th, 2013 by admin

Getting your child to bed at the same time every night could give your child’s brain a boost, reports Researchers at University College London. They found that when 3-year olds have a regular bedtime, they perform better on cognitive tests administered at age 7 than children whose bedtimes were inconsistent. It did not matter whether children went to bed early or late – only that their bed TIME was regular.

Researchers suggested that having inconsistent bedtimes may hurt a child’s cognitive development by disrupting circadian rhythms. It may result in sleep deprivation and affect brain plasiticity at critical ages of brain development. If a child’s sleep is deprived AND inconsistent, the risk for cognitive impairments is even higher.

Researchers found that GIRLS were more negatively affected by this issue than boys. The difference in scores between groups of boys and girls were not statistically significant for reading and spatial tests, but math assessment outcomes were. So what can we do to prevent this?

Get your children going on pre-bedtime routines now before school begins. In order to keep the body’s internal clock in sync with the brain, bedtimes on weekends and in the summer should only be one hour off the normal time. The brain needs that consistency in order to most effectively perform! Help your children develop this healthy habit!

Video Games: Designed for Addiction!

Monday, August 5th, 2013 by admin

If you are a Brainjogger, you know NOT to play video games. Gaming undoes the positive effects of Brainjogging. But unlike other unhealthy bad habits, video games are specifically DESIGNED to be addictive, reports National Public Radio. “An unexpected reward has much more power than one that is regular in driving behavior,” head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse Nora Volkow told NPR.
When individuals play video games, dopamine is released; this is the unexpected reward. Although there is no definitive research yet on what technologies inspire true addiction, there is evidence that people who play video games often do so for the neurochemical payoff — the good-feeling chemical dopamine. Volkow likens the behavior of avid gamers to that of Skinner’s rats. Remember? They pushed a lever and received food – randomly, but, nonetheless, they kept hitting the lever hoping for the reward.
Watch your child for things like affect, behavior problems, sleep issues, or other uncommon occurrences in your children when they have too much screen time. When staring at a computer screen, the eyes actually turn INWARD in order to look at a single object. Children can develop accommodative dysfunction; they may experience symptoms like eyestrain, temporarily blurred vision and/or headaches.
It’s simply NOT WORTH IT! Monitor your children. Determine time limits for technology. Remember that as their parents, you have a responsibility to keep your children safe from harm. Simply put, video games can be harmful!

Swim for Your Brain!

Thursday, August 1st, 2013 by admin

As we enjoy the last few weeks of summer, get swimming to help your brain! A study out of Indiana University discovered that swimming improves brain functioning. 80 year old brains act 30 years younger! When we swim, we engage every muscle from our fingertips to our toes! Our muscles work in sync when we swim – it requires “complete corporeal coordination!” This coordination sharpens motor function, which speeds up how quickly our brains talk to our bodies. Have you ever witnessed your children acting on an impulse only to have them hurt themselves because their brain didn’t get the message to their bodies quickly enough? Swimming improves this communication! Guess what else does? BRAINJOGGING!

Brainjogging stimulates both sides of the brain to improve processing, so when your body needs immediate action, your brain is ready for the challenge!

Enjoy the rest of summer! Play, read, and swim so your brain can be fully ready for the upcoming school year! A new school year begins within weeks! NOW is the absolute BEST time to start your student on Brainjogging!