Frequently Asked Questions
Just like a muscle, the brain requires consistent training to improve its function. BrainAhead was developed as a tool to help change the way we learn, move, and feel by “exercising” the brain with specific activities. These activities are based on years of research and trials that demonstrate structural changes in the brain with daily practice of activities just like the ones included in BrainAhead.
Yes! You will receive full access to BrainAhead for 30 days free if you are a new user. Simply register here, follow the prompts and new users will automatically get a free trial, no credit card required.
The program is created specifically to engage students ranging from grade K to 5 (age five to ten years old), but can be used for older grades as well. It is broken into three age groups with age-specific content for each: Grade K to one, two to three, and four to five.
Yes! Even though we have it scripted and geared for specific age ranges, the oldest age range can benefit older youth (adults can benefit too!)
No. If you require BrainAhead for more than one classroom/child, you have the ability to create up to three specific classrooms and track each of them separately.
Not yet, but we plan to offer BrainAhead in French and Spanish in the future.
We host virtual and in-person seminars periodically, some of which can be found on our social media platforms. If you would like to host BrainAhead for a professional development workshop with your school or district, please head over to our Pro-D Page to find out everything you need to know.
You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The most widely used definition of Mindfulness is the act of paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, and without judgement. It is coming back from our “wandering mind” to be in what is happening right now, with kindness and curiosity.
The practice of mindfulness may seem confusing as the ability to remember our past experiences and plan for our future is an important part of being human! It is what allows us to learn from our mistakes or prepare for activities to come. The aim of mindfulness is to notice when we are attaching unhelpful emotions to past and future thoughts, for example, when we remember a pleasant moment and feel sadness that the moment did not last, or when we have a presentation coming up and feel nervous thinking about all the possible ways it could go. Mindfulness invites us to look at past and future thoughts with objectivity and curiosity, as if we were watching our thoughts play out in a movie. This way of thinking can allow us to bring important insights with us into the present moment.
Children are naturally mindful. When a child is playing, it is an immersive experience. When a child falls, the emotion of pain and sadness arises. Once that’s over, play begins again. Placing emotion on past or future experiences is not yet a factor in their moment-to-moment life. It is when we begin to grow older that we develop judgments and emotions to our past and future experiences. Mindfulness can be easier to develop and retain while these young brains are developing and already experiencing some forms of present-moment awareness. This is why we start our programming at age five.
Mindfulness is not a religious practice in itself, though it is a part of some religious practices. Mindfulness is a basic human capacity to be available to what is happening – not yesterday, not tomorrow, but in this very moment.
Just the basics.
BrainAhead’s ‘Physical Literacy’ activities recommend equipment that would commonly be available to most P.E. classes such as: hoops, bean bags, skipping ropes, dice, balls, and cones).
We have a pricing structure specifically for school and district site licenses. To learn more, please contact us at email@example.com
The membership is activated for one year after it is purchased.
BrainAhead is most effective if played four to five days per week. Soon enough, it will soon be one of your favourite parts of the school day!
BrainAhead was created for teachers to help improve readiness to learn in students, but we realize that parents are also looking for resources for their children to bring focus, calm and positive behaviours to their environment. That’s why as a parent, you can register to use the program at home with your children! Simply register as “Educator/Homeschool”.
Repetition is key, that’s why we made it for a classroom setting; however, this may be of benefit to anyone with children who ensures the course videos are played four to five days a week.
No. One subscription will cover an entire classroom as the subjects contain follow-along videos and activities made to accommodate a group setting, no matter what the size.
Teachers are be able to easily assign BrainAhead videos and activities to their students remotely by simply copying and pasting a link to their online classroom platform!
To share a BrainAhead unit with your classroom online, click on the “share” button on the right hand corner of the unit you are working on. This will create a unique link. Once you receive this link, copy and paste the link to your online classroom or via email to parents, and share the access password if you created one.
This link contains the unit of videos that you will be assigning to them that week, but their progress is not attached to your platform, so it will not affect your platform progress as a teacher.