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5 Back To School Tips From Brain Balance

Parenting / August 18, 2017

With 2 months of reading and nearly 3 months of math lost each year to the summer brain drain (learning loss that occurs each summer), parents should prime their kids to fix the damage now that school has started back. This is even more important if their child has behavioral, social, or learning difficulties.

The education advocates at Brain Balance Achievement Centers []—a holistic, drug-free approach to addressing behavioral, social, and  learning difficulties—have five surprising strategies to get your child (with or without difficulties) ready to learn again.



Activities that involve active physical motion help children learn faster and retain more information. Enjoy the last rays of summer while teaching your child “learning can be fun” by taking them on activities like gallery walks.


A concrete routine keeps your children grounded, and it’s especially necessary to re-establish one after the unscheduled months of summer. Let your child have input into the plan—it will give them agency and make them feel empowered.


Let your child do simple activities like measuring ingredients, dividing up portions, and reading recipes. This reinforces their reading and math skills without making them feel intimidated. Plus, it helps you with dinner—or even back to school meal prep.


Have your child write about their feelings or thoughts. This is a fun way to re-activate their writing skills and show them that writing is meaningful. And, of course, that will reflect  in their school assignments and grades


Stimulate your child’s tactile and visual senses by letting them play with toys like sidewalk chalk and finger paints. These activities are sensory and help your child develop fine movements. They’re also plain ol’ fun!

To understand whether your child might have left- or  right-brain weakness, check out this simple online assessment:

After years of helping children with behavioral and social challenges, the experts at Brain Balance Achievement Centers have developed a cutting-edge (and drug-free) program combining sensory motor stimulation, academic exercises , and nutrition to correct brain imbalance and improve achievement.

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on August 21, 2017

Spend time in the kitchen is a great tip – not just for kids but even for adults like me, who hardly visit the kitchen.

on August 21, 2017

These are all great tips and I agree with everything, especially the concrete routine tip. It just makes them feel more secure when they know what to expect.

    on August 21, 2017

    Yes, I totally believe that having a routine for kids is important.

on August 21, 2017

The kitchen time is a favorite in our house as our girls are discovering the science behind baking! I’m working on journaling with my oldest child who hates writing but can talk a hole in your head lol 🙂

    on August 21, 2017

    LOL! Journaling is always a great idea. Kids that talk a lot also have a great imaginations. I need to get my on in the kitchen. That is going to be a chore.

on August 21, 2017

Great Tips! My daughter and I love to cook together and it helps her fine motor skills so I always have her helping but really I am working on those skills, and she loves that she is helping.

    on August 21, 2017

    Cooking is always fun with kids. It’s also a great way to bond.

on August 21, 2017

Back to school time!

on August 22, 2017

These are great tips. Helping my mom in the kitchen was always one of my favorite things to do. Journaling is also a great way to teach them how to express their thoughts and feelings as well as serve as a document of their evolution from their perspective.

on August 22, 2017

Having a daily schedule is key to managing the daily hustle and bustle.

on August 23, 2017

Thank you for sharing this resource and the tips. I do these things with my kids but I want to do more.

    on August 23, 2017

    You are welcome. Hope you kids have a great school year

on August 23, 2017

Back to school season is serious. I dont have kids but this is great info for parents!

on August 23, 2017

Sounds like Brain Balance is a great resource. It always amazes me as time goes on how many things are available to assist parents and kids with learning and school

on August 23, 2017

LOL I know I loss some things when I was on Summer break as a child so I know its true. I would def recommend that children continue to learn during the summer by doing light reading, math activities, I like the idea of cooking in the kitchen as you can learn math skills and how to cook. I also think journaling is important as you always want to know at your children’s thoughts are.

    on August 25, 2017

    Yes, summer vacations are not the same anymore. With so much emphasis on education nowadays, you have to keep them busy even when school is out.

on August 26, 2017

Great Tips!! I’ve been thinking of introducing my 10 year old to journaling. I started when I was about her age and it was a great release for my feelings, thoughts and ideas!

on August 28, 2017

I guess I should have planned better. The great thing is we did do some of these things this summer. I was on it and didn’t know.

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