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Just as each child has their own unique personality, so do they have a unique style of learning. However, many teachers due to their lack of education or funding in their school system, cannot facilitate the individual needs of each student. This creates fundamental learning gaps in many children and the need for help later in their education. Best Brains seeks to solve this issue.

Education

Our teachers are board-certified at state and national standards for professionalism and excellence with years of real classroom experience and the knowledge required to be just what your child needs. They have been trained to assess each student on their educational needs and to find the root of the problem, not just the symptoms.

Your child will work with the same teacher each week to ensure that their progress and problem areas are consistently being assessed. We also pride ourselves on our low student to teacher ratio, which helps to ensure that each child gets the attention and care they deserve and need.

Experience

These teachers have experience in creating a learning environment that is interactive and engaging. We don’t use passive teaching, where we simply tell the students about a topic and expect them to learn from it. Instead, we make sure they are actively participating in the learning process.

They are given examples, activities, and work that not only teach them but allow them to learn on their own. Teaching this way gives kids the opportunity to take ownership of their education and to rely on their strengths and not just the teacher’s knowledge.

Methodology for Success

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Methodology for Success

Our teaching methodology is non-repetitive and focuses on presenting new skills and concepts each week. And while these lessons are fun-filled, they are also challenging so that the building blocks of their education can be constantly being added to.

Here at Best Brains, our teachers help prepare students for what is ahead by giving them a firm educational foundation and a connection to the material, enabling them to catch on to future lessons quickly and easily.

Variety and Continuation

This isn’t just tutoring like many after-school programs. This is a complete enrichment program with the sole purpose to improve your child’s overall academic success and development. Our teachers make use of real-time classroom instruction in multiple subjects. We don’t just teach English and Math. In fact, we are the only learning center that also structures lessons in Abacus and General Knowledge.

Most would say that once a child is up to speed or at the correct grade level in a subject, extra help should be forgotten. However, we disagree. Many students and parents alike have found that continuing the Best Brains program creates some of the best and brightest students around. Not only are these kids understanding and mastering what is being taught in their schools but they quickly rise to the top of their class. The extra help they receive at Best Brains teaches them that can do and achieve anything.

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Every spring in Texas, STAAR (State of Texas Assessments for Academic Readiness) tests are given to all students enrolled in public school for grades 3-12. The number of STAAR tests your child takes will depend on their current grade. In preparation for Spring and the season of standardized testing, we want to make sure you and your children are as prepared as possible for what is to come.

A Little Bit About STAAR…

The purpose of these standardized assessments is to measure how well each student has learned state curriculum standards in their grade and to determine if they are ready for the next grade. Assessments are taken in the core subjects of mathematics, reading, writing, social studies, and science.

By giving these tests, schools can see if each individual student is getting their educational needs met. Schools, parents, and the community can then come together to ensure that each child is given the best chance at academic success.

Test Preparation Tips…

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Here are some great tips to ensure that your child is ready for STAAR this year:

Know what to expect. Most teachers send home some sort of info about the format, length, and types of questions on each test. Go through this with your child so neither of you are surprised on test day.

Get a good night’s sleep. It is recommended that children get, at the very least, eight hours of sleep. For younger students, 3-6 graders, 10-12 hours of sleep each night is needed for healthy brain function.

Eat a good, healthy breakfast. This is not the morning for sugary cereals or Pop-tarts. Instead, eat yogurt with fruit or granola and toast. Something light that will fill your child up and ensure they are able to focus and not crash after a sugar high.

Be positive and encouraging. These tests cover topics your child has already been taught and should know. If she has a tendency to get nervous, teach her to count to ten slowly or give her deep breathing tips to relax during the test. This simple acronym created by our Texas staff has also been a great help to many students:

I know, I need to know: Read and reread the question for important information.

Try to think of my answer before looking at the choices.

Examine all the choices.

X-out answers I know are wrong.

A  Analyze all answers: Take a closer look at the leftover choices and pick the best one.

Satisfied? No Silly Mistakes: Am I satisfied with my work? Go back and look for silly mistakes.

Be physically prepared. Have pencils, erasers, calculators, paper, etc. all laid out the night before, ready to go when the time is right. If he wakes up feeling poorly that morning, let him stay home. He will be able to retake it at a later date when he is at his best.

Encourage good study habits. If you have helped your child consistently with homework and daily activities, these tests should simply be a review for her. Encourage reading whenever possible and ask him to talk about it often to develop healthy thought processes.

Here at Best Brains, academic success is our passion for each and every child. That is why our Texas learning centers hold classes each year in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics specifically for STAAR test preparation. If you are interested in a little extra test help, please contact us today.

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Reading doesn’t just take place in a library, a bookstore, or at bedtime. To help your child read better and more comfortably, follow some of these early learner reading tips.

Mapping A Trip

Reading is a critical part of learning, not just when it comes to books but also to other activities. An exciting way teach this is to map out a common trip your family makes, like to the grocery store or church. Get out a local map and show your child the way to these areas. Have them write out the directions. Then on your next trip there, have your child read these out loud to you as go along.

Pictures Galore

While on your next vacation or outing, take some action-packed pictures. Once you are home, have your child create a photo album or collage with captions and speech or thought bubbles for each photo. While this will build memories and a fun family activity, it will also help your child practice their reading and writing skills.

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There are quality reading opportunities everywhere. For example, the next time you need to pick out a card for someone (birthday, get-well, or otherwise), have your child pick out and read several of them. Then decide which one sends the best message you are going for.

Find What Is Just Right

When choosing books for your young reader, it is crucial to find ones that fit into their reading level. A good rule of thumb is to have your child read the front, back and first page of the book. If they have difficulty pronouncing or understanding five or more words, the book might be too hard for them at this point. Helping your reader to choose a book that is just right for them will help them feel successful in their reading endeavors.

Building Vocabulary

One the biggest tools to helping your child to read well and love to do it is to build their vocabulary up. This can easily be done by labeling everything in your home. Get some paper, drawing utensils, and tape and create labels for furniture pieces, toiletries, and knick-knacks. Reading these labels often and learning to sound out these items will help your child to amass a larger and more extensive word bank. If your family is bilingual, label items in both languages.

Encourage Appreciation

As your child reads more and more, they will start to appreciate some authors and illustrators more than others, becoming a fan of their work. Help your reader develop and write a letter to her favorite author. You will be surprised by how many authors will write a letter back to your child in joyous response.

By trying out a few of these easy and fun reading tips at home and on the go, you will teach your child that reading can be exciting and used anywhere you go. You can also try out some of our fun and kid friendly activities. Besides, you might just find some new family favorite traditions along the way.

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Help Your Kids With Homework

Homework can be difficult and stressful, not just for the student but also the parent. Here are some ways to help both you and your children master their homework with efficiency and ease.

Create A Dedicated Space

It is important to for students to have space where they can successfully work on class projects and homework. Designate a place in your home for them to work that is well-lit, quiet, and free of distractions. Supply this area with the tools necessary such as pencils, erasers, extra paper, a calculator, and coloring items depending on their grade and the nature of their typical homework.

Set A Time

Creating a routine is key for children of any age. Make out a schedule of sorts so they know when they should do their homework each day and how long to work on it. Studies show that doing it first thing is the most beneficial. This also helps to install that education is their number one priority.

Be Organized

If a child has several different projects, subjects, and classes they are working on, their plate can be pretty full and it is easy to become overwhelmed. Help them create a game plan enabling them to knock out those assignments and projects with ease and focus. This will help them become more organized and how to prioritize both their time and efforts.

Be Involved

One of the most important things you can do for your child’s education is to simply be involved. Check their grades, be aware of homework, projects, and class assignments. Keep tabs on their overall progress. And be a cheerleader. Support them and give out encouragement often, even in their failures. Push them to do their best but don’t get angry when they don’t meet your expectations. This teaches them not only is their education important but they are as well.

Take Notes

Studies show that note taking is one of the best ways to increase memory about any given subject. And while technology is readily available for most children, handwritten notes help them to remember better. Teach your child the value of great note taking. For most, this is an outline form, however, each child learns differently. Come up with a system for studying and taking notes that your child can thrive on.

Know When To Get Help

Its ok if you don’t know the answer to every question. Most parents find themselves in that situation more often than not. However, the question still needs an answer. Know where you and your child can get extra help. Maybe that means a tutor for you child. Maybe it’s an educational online website or 24-hour phone number service. Find something that works for you and make sure it’s available when you need it.

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Best Brians Public Speaking Program

Public speaking has many benefits for professional success. But did you know that it has been proven to have many positive influences on a child’s academic success as well? For more information keep reading.Public speaking has many benefits for professional success. But did you know that it has been proven to have many positive influences on a child’s academic success as well? For more information keep reading.

Increased Listening Skills

As children enroll in speech classes or leagues like the one we offer, they get accustomed to hearing other students present topics of a wide variety and with many different opinions and viewpoints. These opinions may differ drastically from their own.

As a result, these children learn to listen not only to other viewpoints but also learn to understand why they may have differing opinions. This teaches them to compromise and find solutions to relational issues between family, friends, and coworkers in the future.

Increases Courage And Influence

Engaging in public speaking of any kind requires that a student voices their own opinion in the hope that they can positively influence others. By learning to do this successfully, a child becomes comfortable with this task, whether its speaking in front of a large group or just a few peers who may need some sound advice.

Childhood, in general, is a time of great change and personal growth. By giving your child the tool of public speaking, you give them the opportunity to voice their own opinion on things that matter, instead of simply following the crowd.

Improved Academics Overall

A crucial part of every good public speaking or speech class is to help children learn to research and write their own speeches. This trains them to dive into wells of information about certain topics and choose what is the most important or the most influential.

As a result, students learn better research skills and analytical thought processes that help them relate topics to each other and to be well-reasoned. When these skills are applied to other subjects and classes, students’ grades are shown to improve and papers are more thought out.

Overcoming Fear

The number one fear in the world over is public speaking. Therefore, it is likely that your child will be uncomfortable with this class. However, that fear can be overcome. A great public speaking class can take this child’s fear and turn it into an amazing tool for them to use for the rest of their life.

While the butterflies may still exist a little, your child will build confidence in their abilities to deliver presentations and be able to do so with conviction. Soon they will be using their skills to influence others for good, no matter how nervous they are.

Preparation For The Future

One of the most sought-after qualities of an employee is effective communication skills. So, it stands to reason, that learning to do well at this would enrich a student’s life, especially when it comes time to move towards a career.

These are also qualities of a great leader as well. Giving your child the opportunity to improve their leadership skills is an unmatched gift that will serve them and their community for years to come.

Those with a high degree of confidence, a listening ear, the ability to work well with others, and to also understand and relate to others can accomplish just about anything. These skills are needed in all areas of life. This is why we think it is so important for children to begin learning about speech at a young age. Our Speech League is designed to teach students to write and present various types of speeches all while cultivating their leadership skills, communication, and social skills.

For more information on our Public Speaking Classes and to enroll your child, click here.

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Each year in the month of November, the National Diabetes Month is celebrated and the communities across the country observe this day to bring awareness to Diabetes and its impact on millions of people. The government and the media are more concerned to increase the awareness among the people and are focused on the need to slow the “widespread” growth of Diabetes and pre-Diabetes in the United States.

However, the efforts to end Diabetes was first started by the American Diabetes Association’s Stop Diabetes campaign. This campaign helps people to take an online risk test to measure their personal risk of developing pre-Diabetes or Type 2 Diabetes. Then they refer them to a specialist who can recheck their test results, suggest a high risk, and how to come out of it.

Living with Diabetes can be challenging to everyone as managing it is a big task. While this is an essential month for the people to know more about it, you have teams who can help you to get proper knowledge on how you can plan your diet and get rid of it.

But what if you already have Diabetes or someone in your family has it? Is there anything in National Diabetes Month for you? Yes, of course, there is! For people who already have Diabetes, it’s a good time as any to take a look at your Diabetes management and ask yourself how things are going and how you need to work on them.

Commit yourself to new healthy habits for one month. Here are some tips for you which may help you to have good health:

Lifestyle habits — are not just eating and exercising. But you have to know the best way to manage your general health and your Diabetes management. While these habits may affect your blood glucose levels directly, and others may have a more indirect effect, allowing or preventing you from carrying out your daily practices.

More sleep — Not getting enough sleep can increase insulin resistance, meaning your body needs more insulin to get glucose into your cells. This can lead to higher blood glucose levels and is supposed to have other negative health effects. Whereas, the inadequate sleep also tends to leave you feeling fatigued during the day, and believe it makes harder for you to exercise, eat right, think good, remember, and cope with stress.

Drink more water — Dehydration can make you feel tired and because thirst is often mistaken for hunger, it can also make you eat more. Drinking more water can make you feel soothed and help your body function in the better way. But, remember if you’re not dehydrated, drinking more water in place of caloric or alcoholic beverages will probably be good for your health. While the calories consumed in liquids don’t incline to satisfy hunger the way calories in food do, so make a habit to intake more liquids, and quench your thirst with water, then eat food if you’re hungry.

Try to inspect your feet every day. Yes, you may not probably find nothing of great attention on your feet in a month of daily checking, but it’s never too early to familiarize yourself with what your feet normally look like. In this way, if you find any changes then this will help you to know more why you see changes in your body and see a specialist.

Try a new fruit or vegetable — Fruits and vegetables offer many nutrition benefits, which include fiber, potassium, and other vitamins and minerals that are essential for everyone. While the amounts of various nutrients vary from different fruits and vegetables with more darker-colored, they produce more nutrients. Consuming such variety of fruits and veggies is an excellent way to gain a full range of benefits.

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How to celebrate this day

Find a Diabetes-related event or activity that takes place in your area. As you will find many organizations sponsor events such as health fairs, walkathons, support groups, bike rides, and other activities that are aimed at raising public awareness of Diabetes, or offering education and support to people living with Diabetes. Not all of them take place during November, but most will have information available on when and how to sign up for upcoming events.

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Grandparents Day has been a secular holiday in the United States and the United Kingdom since 1978 and it is officially recognized in many countries on various days of the year.

History

The inspiration behind Grandparent’s Day was generated from Marian McQuade. She has been recognized nationally by the United States Senate. In particularly by Senators Jennings Randolph, and Robert Byrd and by President Jimmy Carter, as the founder of National Grandparents Day.

Marian initiated a campaign in the early 1970s aimed at highlighting the difficulty of lonely elderly people in care homes and to encourage the grandchildren to take advantage of the wisdom and guidance their grandparents could provide them. This thrived into a great event known today, which is held each year to honor both grandparents. However, the main aim is to bring love and affection towards the grandparents and the idea of an older generation’s understanding being passed on to youngsters.

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Forget-me-not is the flower that symbolizes National Grandparents Day, which blooms in the spring. Seasonal flowers are given in thankfulness to grandparents on this day.

What Do People Do?

Honor your grandparents by giving them gifts or if they stay far from you send them a lovely card. Plan your evening after school with them or take them out and have a nice dinner. Take part in story-telling activities and relate it with your grandparents. There are many things you can do to make them happy so think of some ideas on your own!

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Happy Grandparents Day!!!!

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Twister Trouble - Could 2017 be one of the worst years ever for tornadoes

Tornadoes can whip up unexpectedly without warning. The cone-shaped, violently rotating clouds have winds that can reach 300 miles per hour and have the power to wipe out almost everything in their paths. So far in 2017, they’ve been churning up more mess than usual.

Did you know that so far, 755 twisters have been reported in the U.S this year; and most of the tornadoes that have been recorded were from January to mid-May. The mid-May twisters had killed 33 people, including 16 in Georgia alone. Tornadoes had also ravaged, caused severe damage in many homes and other buildings, causing several billion dollars loss across the country.

Twister Trouble - Could 2017 be one of the worst years ever for tornadoes?

Although, spring and summer are usually the seasons for tornadoes it seems as if the tornado season is going to begin early this year, with 432 twisters touching down in the first three months of 2017.

Do You Know Why Tornadoes Got a Head Start This Year?

It’s always good to grab knowledge and know how a twister forms. The two main key ingredients are warm and moist air which travel low to the ground and cool, dry air above it. When these two air masses meet, a thunderstorm forms and it is said that under certain conditions, the storm can produce a tornado.

Twister Trouble - Could 2017 be one of the worst years ever for tornadoes?

This winter was unusually warm in much of the eastern cities of the U.S and water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico were also reported to be far above average. The warm, moist air from the Gulf combined with cool and dry air traveling east from above the Rocky Mountains, causing more thunderstorms than normal for that time of year.

While the Meteorologists warned usthat as the weather warms up in late spring, we could be in for even more tornado problems; and the season of tornadoes runs from March to June or sometimes in July.

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A Boost for Bees -  An endangered bumblebee gets new protection..

A boost for Bees—There’s a lot of buzz about some bees recently. This spring, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Organization have added the rusty-patched bumblebee to the endangered species list. These are the first bees in the contiguous United States to be added to the list.

Saving the Species

These rusty patched bees were once found in prairies and other grassy areas in 28 states of the United States, but its range has slowly fallen since the late 1990s, whereas its population also dropped by nearly ninety percent.

As per the research, the scientists say that these bees face many threats, including diseases and loss of its habitat; and this is due to the construction of cities, farms and roads. Pesticides also play a vital role in endangering the species; farmers spray these pesticides on crops to protect them from harmful insects, but these chemicals are being the cause of harming and killing bees.

As the rusty-patched bees are listed as endangered, harming them or its habitat is now illegal; as per the Protection Act. However; the Fish and Wildlife Service Organization is working to develop a plan to help the bee’s population to recover, which may include setting new rules on where pesticides can be used and where they cannot.

A Boost for Bees -  An endangered bumblebee gets new protection....

The rusty-patched bumblebee is one of more than 4,000 bee species native to North America. Like all bees, they play an important role in nature. Did you know that bees help pollinate many types of flowers and plants, enabling them to reproduce; and about one-third of our food crops, from tomatoes to blueberries are pollinated by bees.

Unluckily, scientists estimate that nearly one-quarter of all bee species in North America are at risk of extinction and are no longer found alive. But still, the conservationists are in hope that the new measures that are taken to protect the rusty-patched bumblebee will also help other bees that share its habitation.

Scott Hoffman Black, the head of the Xerces Society says - It’s a really good day for this bumblebee and all of the other bees that are out there."

However; seven other bee species are listed as rare, but they are only found in Hawaii.

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