Category: Brain Games

May 7 is National Barrier Awareness Day

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Both visible and invisible barrier can limit the success of otherwise very capable children, teens and adults. From attention struggles and dyslexia, to dysgraphia (trouble with numbers) and memory issues, invisible barriers like weak cognitive skills can sometimes cause extreme frustration because the problem is often unknown. Kids and teens are blamed for being “lazy” or “dumb” when in fact they’re just as smart as their peers—or smarter! Adults are labeled as “unmotivated,” when the reality is that they’re struggling with a learning disability.

Worried that weak cognitive skills are making life harder than it has to be for you or someone you love? Take our free Learning Skills Discovery Survey to find out how to overcome your barriers: https://lsds.learningrx.com/

 

The 2017 Smart Mom’s Toy Box

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10 Classic Games from YOUR Childhood that Boost Brain Skills

If you’re like most of us, you feel torn between letting your child spend time on their technology and getting some free time of your own to get something done (even if that something is a nap).

But what if there was a compromise? What if you chose games and toys that are fun for your kids, but also boost cognitive skills, like memory, auditory & visual processing, attention, logic & reasoning, and processing speed? That’s exactly what you will find in our 2017 Smart Mom’s Toy Box …

LearningRx (www.learningrx.com) has put together a list of classic games that you’ll probably recognize from your own childhood—some with a modern spin. Chances are, you’ll bond with your child, have fun, and maybe boost some of YOUR brain skills in the process!

Simon

Try to repeat increasingly complex patterns with this fast-paced, handheld, electronic game.

Ages: 8+

Cognitive skills: auditory processing, visual processing, memory, attention, processing speed, executive processing, inductive reasoning, sustained attention


Rubik’s Cube

Challenge yourself to match up the colors on all six sides.

Ages: 8+

Cognitive skills: planning, visual processing, logic & reasoning, attention, working memory, problem solving


Chess

Use strategy to capture your opponent’s king before they get yours.

Ages: 6+

Cognitive skills: divided attention, executive processing, logic & reasoning, planning, problem solving, sequential processing, strategy


Battleship

Locate your enemy’s ships and destroy all five before they sink yours.

Ages: 7+

Cognitive skills: logic & reasoning, planning, problem solving, working memory


Stratego

Devise a plan to capture your opponent’s flag in this classic battlefield game of strategy.

Ages: 8+

Cognitive skills: logic & reasoning, planning, short-term memory, working memory


Uno

Get rid of all your cards first to earn points from other players.

Ages: 7+

Cognitive skills: logic & reasoning, short-term memory, sustained attention, visual processing, working memory


Puzzles

Jigsaw puzzles are relaxing, but they’re also working your brain skills!

Ages: 2+

Cognitive skills: deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning, planning, problem solving, short-term memory, visual processing, working memory


Cribbage

Group and play cards in combinations to gain points.

Ages: 7+

Cognitive skills: divided attention, executive processing, logic & reasoning, mental math, numerical concept, problem solving


Connect 4

Be the first to get four discs in a row.

Ages: 6+

Cognitive skills: divided attention, executive processing, logic & reasoning, planning, problem solving, sequential processing, strategy


Scrabble

Earn points by making high-scoring words out of your letter tiles.

Ages: 8+

Cognitive skills: deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning, long-term memory, problem solving, sequential processing, short-term memory, simultaneous processing, visual processing, word attack


Ready to head to the store (or online!) to do your holiday shopping? Take this list, or download a free Games for Skills Chart at: www.unlocktheeinsteininside.com.

The LearningRx Presidents Day Contest is now open!

LearningRx recently launched its annual Presidents Day Contest. This is one of our favorite times of year, because we get a chance to see the amazing, hilarious, crazy talents of our students and graduates! One of the first things students master in LearningRx brain training is the ability to recite all 44 (soon to be 45!) U.S. presidents. By developing memory, visual processing, and attention skills, students are able to run through the list of names forward, backward, while distracted, and even while multitasking! It’s impressive.

Watch videos of past winners, including our 2015 winner John Mark, and learn more about the contest, click here.

LearningRx Reviews “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens”

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What it is: In his book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens,” Sean Covey provides teens (and their parents J) with a step-by-step guide on how to improve their self-image, make good decisions, set and achieve goals, talk to their parents, and much more. The audio version, available at audible.com, includes commentary from teens and their real-life applications of these principles.

Brain Benefitsplanning, logic & reasoning, communication

What I love: I always look forward to our road trips and car time so that as a family we can listen to books. In the past we have listened to some classics, as well as books that were required reading for their school. Every once in a while, I like to sneak in a little inspirational, self-improvement-type book.

My husband and four kids listened to this book last summer on the drive to Yellowstone.  Although only two of my kids are teenagers, my younger two kids also took away some gems. After each chapter we would stop the recording and discuss their thoughts on each habit and how his ideas might be helpful in their life. Our discussions were lively and helped us to talk our kids about difficult and sometimes painful situations and gave us great insight into their thought processes. It was also fun to hear my 5-year-old tell my other kids, who were complaining at the time, that they needed to be more proactive!

What I would change: Since we listed to the audio version of the book, there were times that the narrator’s voice was a little nasaly (and to my kids, sometimes annoying).

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Buy it here.

To read more LearningRx reviews of brain-building games, toys, apps and books, visit www.learningrxreviews.com.