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Halloween: Our Favorite Holiday

Oct-06, 2021

Kids Halloween Party

It’s the most spook-tacular time of the year! Halloween is a favorite holiday for children of all ages. Dressing up like their favorite characters, watching scary movies, trick-or-treating for bags of candy, what’s not to love? Best Brains students love Halloween, and we consider Halloween to be our official unofficial holiday.

Why Do Children Love Halloween?

If you think that Halloween seems tailor-made to appeal to children, that’s because it is! Prior to the 1800’s, Halloween was considered to be a very paranormal and even dangerous day of the year. Children of the time could be terrible pranksters, and depending on the community could do some real damage every October 31st. So, community organizers decided to take over the holiday, organizing parties for kids with music, games, and a whole lot of treats! This tradition proved to be a lot more fun for kids than causing property damage, so they embraced the changes, creating Halloween as we know it today.

There are many reasons why children love Halloween. Kids are full of creativity. Their play is built around storytelling, make believe, and magic. Halloween is where playtime and life meet. Children are also very social by nature, even shy kids. Most Halloween activities are meant to be shared with other people. And, as every parent knows, children love to feel independent and grown up. We put a lot of trust in our kids on Halloween. They get to walk around the neighborhood, ring stranger’s doorbells, view spooky, scary media, and embody another character with their costumes. Halloween gives kids a sense of independence that they rarely get at other times of the year. As parents, we can often gauge what kind of responsibility our child is ready for based on how they handle Halloween activities. Hopefully they are lessons we can apply all year!

The Cognitive Benefits of Spooks and Scares

When it comes to Halloween chills and thrills, most kids can’t get enough! Like they say in The Nightmare Before Christmas, “Life’s no fun without a good scare.” Most people enjoy controlled fear, whether from horror movies or roller coasters or zip lining. Experiencing fear is euphoric, it shakes up the mundanity of life, and it gives us an appreciation for safety and comfort.

Experiencing fear is all a part of being human, and has been shown to have cognitive benefit for kids. As children age, they begin to understand the difference between fantasy and reality. Children as young as 3 start to make these distinctions and it becomes easier as children age. Children experience fear on a much deeper level than adults because of biology. The fear response in young children is about self-preservation, running away from anything scary just in case it might be something that can cause harm. Exposing children to controlled scares like monster costumes, scary stories, and spooky noises helps children develop their fear response and shows them the difference between a real fear and an imagined one.

Halloween and Toddlers

Not every child can embrace the spooky nature of Halloween, and that’s okay. Behavioral psychologists point out that while most children start to understand the difference between fantasy and reality, other children take longer to make these distinctions. While perfectly normal developmentally, it does prove challenging to parents who want to protect their kids from negative emotions and traumatizing situations.

So, what do you do when your child is too scared by Halloween? The best course of action is not to push them beyond their limits. If a child doesn’t understand the difference between a person in a werewolf costume and a real werewolf, taking the rubber mask off won’t help. If you know that your child is easily scared, do your best to prepare the child for what they’re going to experience so at the very least they know that you can protect them. The most important thing to remember with toddlers is that they all develop at their own pace. Even if Halloween proves too much for them to handle this year, next year they might try to give that werewolf a big hug!

Fun Halloween Activities

Are you looking for a few fun Halloween activities to shake up your routine? Here are some suggestions!

  • Decorate with candy corn. Candy corn might not be our favorite to eat, but it’s fun shape and bright, seasonal colors can be used to make mosaics, fun accessories, or just fill up a decorative bowl.
  • Go lights out. Want a Halloween party the kids will remember? Turn off your house lights and utilize only spooky string lights, jack-o'-lanterns, and lots of glow-in-the-dark to create a fun and chilling mood. With advance warning, kids and parents can create special glow-in-the-dark details on their costumes!
  • Get crafty. While we love a basic jack-o'-lantern, switch it up this year by making yarn spider webs, ghost garlands, or pumpkin spice slime!

However you choose to celebrate the favorite holiday of Best Brains, all of our families wish you a very Happy Halloween!!

Check out how some of our centers celebrate Halloween around the country!

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How Teachers Make Money with Best Brains

Aug-18, 2021

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There are few professions more difficult and rewarding than teaching. Education is one of most valuable employment sectors and educators have a huge impact on the people we become as we grow up. So why are teachers themselves so undervalued?

Currently, the US is facing a teacher shortage. State and local governments are down over a half million jobs, and a recent survey of teachers found that nearly a third are planning to leave their careers sooner than they had planned. While some districts have implemented to handing out bonuses to new teachers and current ones to try grow their numbers, many teachers feel that even with these incentives, their overall compensation is not worth continuing on.

As a prominent employer of certified teachers, what is that Best Brains can do to help teachers make money and achieve financial freedom and stability? Let's take a look at the options which are currently available: Part Time Teacher, Administrator, and Franchisee.

Teach for Best Brains

Best Brains was created to be the perfect side hustle, part time job, or supplemental income solution for teachers across the US and Canada. Unlike other tutoring jobs, our teachers incur no costs by working for us. We provide our teachers all the materials and equipment they need to run a successful class. Our curriculum is designed to support a teacher in the classroom, utilizing their skills with children to impart knowledge.

Our centers are also run to support a teacher's schedule, hosting classes after normal school hours to avoid conflicts but not running late into the night. We also restrict our weekend hours so that teachers have plenty of time to relax and recharge before another work week begins. Working with the center owner, each teacher creates their schedule to fit their life and their goals.

Additionally, our teachers are competitively compensated for the valuable work they do for us, according to local standards. Teachers also receive discounted tuition for their own children who participate in Best Brains programs. Overall, teaching with Best Brains is the perfect part-time position for a teacher looking for a job that will value their skills and support them doing what they love: teaching children.

Summer Camp, Preschool, and Specialty Programs

Best Brains classes don't stop when the school year ends! In fact, summer provides the perfect opportunity to increase our course offerings when teachers and students alike have more free time. We offer a variety of programs like Public Speaking, Creative Writing and Science Lab which teachers can run to impart more specialized skills. These weekly classes offer more time for teachers to work with students to increase their confidence and creativity. Any teacher looking for summertime work can benefit from running one of these classes just as much as their students benefit from taking one!

Our Summer Camp program provides the same standard of education as our core curriculum, employing teachers as counselors to run both tutoring and activities. Best Brains parents find our summer camp options to be the safest and most trustworthy they can find in their area, with qualified educators looking after their children for multiple hours per day and keeping them from the learning loss that so many other students experience during summer break.

Recently added, our Preschool Program functions similarly to our summer camp, employing Early Childhood Educators to provide an education-forward preschool experience for our Baby Geniuses. Again, teachers are provided with all the materials and equipment needed to provide the most fun-filled learning experience for preschoolers and prepares them for their first day of school better than any other program.

Administration and Starting a Franchise

While most of our locations are administered by their owners, some of our franchisees require help to manage their many centers. A teacher can be employed full time by an owner as an administrator, trained at our corporate office to provide the same level of center support parents would expect from any owner operator. Many Best Brains teachers and administrators want to become more deeply invested with Best Brains over time. This is why we created our Teacher Franchising Program.

The Teacher Franchising Program is designed to help teachers transition from working in a classroom to running their own center in a matter of months. Any teacher, regardless of previous affiliation with Best Brains, is eligible for this program, provided that they have current state or provincial board certification in ECE or K-12 education. The Teacher Franchising Program provides discounts and incentives to get your Best Brains center up and running with minimal burden so that a teacher can do what they do best: provide quality education to their community.

Franchisees who are eligible for the benefits of the Teacher Franchising Program pay no upfront fees for franchising or training with us. We also cover the costs of advertising for their first Open House, which is a crucial event to getting a new center on its feet. Lastly, teachers who open a center with Best Brains are able to utilize a loan program directly through us, so that there are no financial obstacles between them and their dream of financial independence and stability. Teachers have already invested so much into their education and we believe that we should invest in them!

At any level, Best Brains supports local teachers. We see you, we appreciate you, and we are here for you. Together, our incredible staff of teachers across the US and Canada helps thousands of kids to Be Their Best every year.

If you're a teacher who'd like to know more about what Best Brains can do for your career, email us at info@bestbrains.com.


Time to Get Back to School

Aug-04, 2021

A desk covered in books and papers, school supplies, and an apple.

Yes, you read that right. Back-to-School season is upon us again. Pretty soon our kids will be sitting down in the classroom or in front of the computer to attend classes. Do you feel prepared?

If you're concerned about getting ready for the new school year, be sure to consult our Ultimate Back-to-School checklist. Transitioning from summer to fall can be a lot of steps.

Next, prioritize the educational goals of your kids this year. What is going to be their biggest academic challenge? Are they starting their first year at a new school? Is there an important exam like the Texas STAAR that may determine future opportunities? Maybe it's their last year at a school before they graduate to a new one, transitioning from elementary school to middle school? Whatever the circumstances, you can anticipate and work towards any upcoming or ongoing event which may cause a lot of stress.

You'll also want to check in with your Best Brains center administrator. How will your child balance school work and Best Brains work? Maybe you'd like to change the frequency of receiving homework packets, or change the date and time of weekly classes to fit your child's new schedule. Our center admins can work with you to help with the transition and make sure that your child feels confident and supported.

We also suggest looking into our other programs. You might be thinking that your child can't handle more work, but we offer a variety of homework-free courses designed to both teach and entertain. School can be stressful! Having a new after school class to look forward to can help relieve some of that pressure. Our new Coding courses are beginning at many locations. Public Speaking is a great course to take as well, especially if a new school or uncertain situation is causing anxiety in your child. They can use our Speech League exercises as a way to cope and gain back their confidence.

Lasty, many of our test prep programs will begin this fall. Students in grade 7 or above are eligible for our new ACT/SAT prep course. This program is designed to boost students' performance in high school level courses, as well as prepare them for college admission tests. Now is the time to start planning and making sure your child will have the availability in their schedule.

From all of us at Best Brains, we wish you a productive Back-to-School season, and we'll see you in class!


Best Brains Summer Camp is Serious Fun

May-10, 2021

A group of children standing outside wearing backpacks with their arms raised up and smiling

Our kids have a lot of catching up to do this summer! Between potentially having fallen behind in their studies due to distance learning and being separated from friends and opportunities for socialization, our kids have been missing out!

Lots of parents are making plans to enroll their children in day camps to combat this situation. But did you know that your local Best Brains can also provide those services? They sure can! Best Brains Summer Camp provides serious fun for your kids while keeping them caught up with their studies!

What is Best Brains Summer Camp?

Our Summer Camp is a daytime program with morning, afternoon or all-day sessions running on weekdays. Campers are provided with a snack and enjoy a number of activities. All Summer Camps include regular Math and English instruction so that campers can attend class during the day instead of the evening. Abacus students also have their weekly classes during camp hours. Camp itinerary also includes an additional Best Brains program, such as Public Speaking, Creative Writing or Science Lab.

Depending on location, other activities include arts and crafts, life science, book club, outdoor activities, field trips, sports and more! Parents are provided with an activity guide so that they can keep track of the daily activities.

Who Qualifies for Best Brains Summer Camp?

Children in Kindergarten through 8th grade qualify for our Summer Camp program. New students are welcome to Summer Camp and it is often a great introduction to Best Brains and motivates them to continue their studies all year long. Current students also benefit since they attend their normal classes during the day and have their evenings and weekends free for unstructured activities and visiting with friends and family.

How are Summer Camps Staffed?

Since Math and English classes are taught during summer camp, our certified teachers are on hand to conduct daily teaching sessions and other activities. We also employ qualified educators and educators-in-training much like other city-organized day camps. Our staff is dedicated to providing quality education along with lots of fun!

How is this Program Priced?

We offer competitive pricing based on number of weeks, days of the week and hours per day that parents sign up for. Since pricing varies by location, we encourage parents to contact their local center for detailed information.

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