Homeschool | Summer Program

Summer is an interesting time for me as a homeschool mom.  I get to guide us as we shift from scheduled into the flexible.  I tend to navigate the "scheduled" waters a bit more swiftly, but this year, I'm so looking forward to the flexible.  I am ready to get grocery shopping done in the mornings and to have play dates before naptime, instead of after naptime.

The hard part about summer is knowing that a good deal of the school year progress will be swept away by the lazy-day tide.  I searched for fun ideas to help keep my kids academic minded, yet light-hearted and fun.  A summer curriculum, if you will.

Ella is really into playing spy games and scavenger hunts, so I was really excited to find Brain Chase. It is perfect for her because it keeps her math, reading, writing, and problem solving skills sharp, all while having her search for a treasure.

You also receive fun tools in the mail to help you find the treasure!  The kids love these!!!

The cool thing about Brain Chase is that it is online, perfect for families that are busy, and gives kids the option to earn a real prize- a $10,000 scholarship!  While I'm a scheduled person, I like to know that there is an end to the tunnel up ahead.  Brain Chase is only 5 weeks and is customizable to the age of your kiddos.  The age range is from 2nd-8th.

Each week, Ella will have to Unlock the Adventure by completing four tasks: read for 15 minutes per day, write one journal entry (on the computer), earn 10,000 points on Khan Academy, and do one bonus challenge.  Once she completes those tasks, she can unlock the next webisode which will help her to guess where the treasure is!  Each day requires about 1 hour of effort and if you miss a day, you can make it up later.

The webisodes will feature characters that will entertain and aide the kiddos in completing their tasks and finding the treasure.  Here's the fun part... every 24 hours, the adventurers can log in and guess the location of the actual treasure.  The first adventurer to guess the treasure's location gets to travel to the treasure site to claim the prize!  So, you are racing against other kids/families across the globe.

If you're interested in joining the chase, you can register here.  It is fun and flexible and a great way to get your kids excited to learn over the summer.  There is a trailer you can watch here to help you understand how this works.

I'm super excited because I get to give away a FREE enrollment to one of my readers!  Use the rafflecopter below to enter to win a free enrollment voucher for the 2015 Brain Chase Adventure!
For those of you who want to jump on board, I have a code for you to use to get 15% off of your enrollment fee: QUICK15.  An important note... This summer's adventure begins on June 22, 2015.  Make sure to get enrolled so you can be a part of this summer program!!!

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