Learning is an adventure, and BRAIN QUEST decks and BRAIN QUEST Workbooks can play a positive role in your child’s quest for knowledge.
BRAIN QUEST strives to make learning fun. And it’s about helping to keep your children motivated and curious, and giving them the confidence they need to do well in school. BRAIN QUEST helps hone reading abilities and sharpen math skills. It’s a great review tool for what students have already learned, and a preview to what’s coming next.
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Using BRAIN QUEST
Decks at Home
BRAIN QUEST is terrific for those awkward transition times. Keep BRAIN QUEST Decks in your handbag to use with younger siblings who are waiting for their brothers and sisters. Or put a BRAIN QUEST card deck in your child’s backpack for bus rides or at lunch time.In a family with several children, encourage the older children to read BRAIN QUEST questions to their younger siblings. This not only helps the younger children to learn, but is also reinforces previous learning for the older children. Older children also love to feel like the “teacher” to their siblings.
Use BRAIN QUEST as a conversation starter at breakfast or lunch. Children can take turns reading questions (the level of cards isn’t important) and discussing the answer.
Using BRAIN QUEST
Workbooks at Home
BRAIN QUEST Workbooks are the perfect tools to help children get a leg up in all areas of curriculum; they can hone their reading skills or dig in with math drills, review the basics or get a preview of lessons to come. These are not textbooks, but rather true workbooks—best used as supplements to what kids are learning in school, reinforcing curricular concepts while encouraging creative problem solving and higher-level thinking.Each BRAIN QUEST Workbook has been written in consultation with an award-winning teacher specializing in that grade, and is compliant with most school curricula across the country. We cover the core competencies of reading, writing, and math in depth—with chapters on science, social studies, and other popular units rounding out the curriculum. Easy-to-navigate pages with color-coded tabs help identify chapters, while Brain Boxes offer parent-friendly explanations of key concepts and study units. That means parents can use the workbooks in conjunction with what their children are learning in school, or to explain material in ways that are consistent with current teaching strategies. In either case, the workbooks create an important bridge to the classroom, an effective tool for parents, homeschoolers, tutors, and teachers alike.
BRAIN QUEST Workbooks all come with a variety of fun extras: a pull-out poster; BRAIN QUEST “mini-cards” based on the bestselling BRAIN QUEST game; two pages of stickers; and a Brainiac Award Certificate to celebrate successful completion of the workbook.
You and your child can tackle a page or two a day—or an entire chapter over the course of a long holiday break.
Your child will be getting great help with basic schoolwork, and you will be better able to gauge how well he or she is understanding course material.
Q&A with KIM TREDICK
National Spokeswoman for Brain Quest® 2012
How can Brain Quest help teachers in the classroom?
Brain Quest is motivating because it is fun and entertaining. Teachers will find that when they promise flashcards when assignments are in, the students will hustle to finish. The Brain Quest Flashcards deck is an excellent “sponge” activity as well.
How can Brain Quest supplement classroom learning at home?
Since the flashcards are based on grade level curricular standards, many of the concepts and skills taught in the classroom are reviewed throughout the decks. Kids can either review by using the deck correlating to their current grade level, or they can get ahead by looking at the next—one of my fifth graders told me that he was going to get the sixth grade set so he can “know sixth grade stuff before I’m a sixth grader.”
How can kids use Brain Quest independently?
My students have figured out several ways to “exercise their intellect” by challenging themselves with the cards. One student has devised a system in which she awards herself two points for each correctly answered question on the card. She then tries to beat her score on each flashcard. I have students who “study” the decks in hopes of memorizing every answer so they can shine during our team challenges.
How is Brain Quest different from homework?
Brain Quest is naturally motivating; the flashcards are fun and involve self-choice so that kids do not feel like they are doing work to get smarter. Homework is usually not a choice. It is assigned, content specific practice, and it is often repetitious in nature.
How can Brain Quest stimulate parent-child bonding?
I have enjoyed the interaction Brain Quest Flashcards enable with both my students and my own children. A little friendly competition or a quiet rainy day activity with the flashcards will kindle the relationship. I know from personal experience that homework is often a very stressful time between parent and child, but it is often the only interaction many kids have with their parents. Because the flashcards are so enjoyable, a few minutes with the cards will be fun and can nurture a positive interaction.
P.S. I learned a few things too!