Month: May 2015

A Newbery Book Club

In June 1921, Frederic G. Melcher, editor of Publisher’s Weekly and a longtime advocate of children’s literacy, petitioned the Children’s Librarians’ Section of the ALA (American Library Association) to create an annual children’s book award. The librarians loved the idea, and together with Melcher, they founded the Newbery Medal*, the first children’s book award in […]

Eye on Elegance

When you think of Washington, D.C., a few things probably come to mind. Definitely government: the Capitol, White House, Cabinet offices, federal agencies, and embassies all reside here. Next, memorials: gorgeous, majestic, symbolic creations can be found all over the city that pay homage to major events and figures in American history. But after that, […]

Offline Learning for Online Kids

One parent recently wrote us a note suggesting that students should ditch summer screen time in favor of spending some quality time outdoors. Bravo! As a father of five young children, I could not agree more! Qualitative feedback from last year suggests that Brain Chase participants spend significantly fewer summer hours on television and video […]

What Lies Beneath

At this very moment, a $10,000 scholarship composed of ten stacks of ten crisp $100 bills lies carefully sealed in a brown, string-tied envelope. This envelope is resting peacefully in a small metal safe deposit box deep in the vault in the back of a bank. This vault is guarded 24/7, and the safe deposit […]

Circus School: Daring Mighty Things

When you were a kid, did you ever want – or threaten – to run away and join the circus? This concept has perhaps fallen out of usage; until recently, my children were unaware this was an option. Then we went to a day of circus school, and now they’re all about it. Through a […]

Even Adventures Have Fine Print

Big question: if Brain Chase is a treasure hunt that rewards learning, shouldn’t everyone be able to go for the gold? Short answer: yes, but even adventures have fine print.   We recognize that the ‘chase’ can only seem as good as the treasure at the end, and there is certainly a disappointment in learning […]

Armchair Art #Funfindfriday

There’s nothing quite like gathering up the family and spending a rainy Saturday wandering the halls of a favorite museum. You may not recall your very first visit to a museum, but most adults can still remember a distinct impression made by a visit during their childhood, whether it was the excitement of a scientific […]