Friday, June 29, 2012

Brain Quest for Grades K to 7

Brain Quest for Grades K to 7
Published at Workman

About the products

Brain Quest is beloved by kids, trusted by parents, used and recommended by teachers. It’s the curriculum-based, fast-paced, question-and-answer game that challenges kids on the stuff they need to know, when they need to know it. It’s the brand that says “It’s fun to be smart!” And it delivers.

For the fourth edition every deck is thoroughly revised and includes 20 percent new material. The content aligns with national and state standards and is overseen by the Brain Quest Advisory Board, a panel of award-winning educators, each a recent state teacher-of-the-year award winner or a recipient of the prestigious Milken Educator Award. The covers and cards have a refreshed design, giving Brain Quest a cooler, updated look.




My Thoughts

How can I not love a tool that will help my children to challenge their mind with over 300/750/1000/1500 questions and answers?   I have been eyeing the Brain Quest products every time I would set foot into Costco during the months of August and September when the new items of school can be find on the shelves.  Last year I was able to grab the Brain Quest Canada at Value Village and I didn’t regret the purchase.  But finding the Brain Quest at this store is like looking for a needle in a hay stack…  either you are lucky or you are not.

So when I saw the new revised 4th edition at Workman, I thought it would be a great opportunity to review them.

To be honest, not only will the kids will be challenged but mom and dad as well.   We have a tendency to sometime do questions and answers time while we drive long distance.  And with our upcoming move in the northern part of Toronto, I am certain that these cards will be used quite a bit.    Not only it makes the kids practice their reading skills but it helps all of us to step up to the challenge and answer the questions.   Besides, these packs are easy to bring along wherever you go as you can slip them in any type of bag.

Each box contains two deck of cards with questions based on the grade level mentioned on the cover.   The questions will cover different subjects from that grade; reading, math, language arts, science, social studies and miscellany.  When you get in the high grades you will also get some geography as well as history questions.   Please note that these were created in the US which means that some questions are based on that country.   The questions cards are always followed by an answer card.   So you could easily go through a set while travelling like I mentioned or if you want to test your child on a specific subject.  As you advance in the grades, the numbers of questions will also increase.   

The presentation of the Kindergarten Brain Quest is more base don image that you can read to your child and he/she answers.    As soon as you hit the grades 1 to 7, the images disappears and the child can also practice his/her reading skills.    As I mentioned before for lower graders there are fewer questions on a card and the challenges will get harder as you advance.   I sat down with my 4 years old daughter to do some Brain Quest Kindergarten and she enjoyed it quite a bit.  She just wanted to continue doing them.   Now she proudly inform everyone that the Lion cards are hers.  *grin*    The pictures are bright on the card and the questions not too hard.    I also decided to test my oldest son, who will be entering grade 6, next year with some questions from the grade 7 pack because I knew he would be able to answer them.    As suspected he was able to answers some but he stumbled on other ones.    Now both my grade 1 and grade 2 child wants to be challenged with their own levels!   My kids are eager to use their own level of the Brain Quests products!

I think that the Brain Quest products are fabulous whether you homeschool or not.   They can be used by everyone to challenge their kids (or themselves) on subjects that are use daily like English, Math, Science or not so often like Geography and History.   You can used them for a short period of time like 5 to 10 minutes a day or for 20 to 30 minutes challenges.

The Brain Quest products are available at your favourite bookstore, even


Disclaimer: Thanks to Thomas Allen for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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