“The world has so many lessons to teach you. I consider the world to be like a school, and our life, the classrooms.” Oprah Winfrey
One of the most common reasons parents decide to educate their children at home is to provide them with a better education than they believe they will receive in the school options available to them. Sometimes this means a more challenging and rigorous curriculum. Sometimes this means an environment that is better adapted to a child with learning issues, attention issues, a different learning style or another special need. While the number of students being homeschooled has grown, charter schools and school district programs have developed as well to support the efforts of homeschooling families.
Whatever a family’s motivation and whether a child struggles with or excels at learning, the underlying cognitive skills needed to succeed academically are the same. Skills like attention, visual processing, auditory processing, memory, sensory integration and thinking skills are critical for learning and they can be improved. For many homeschooled children, improved cognitive skills mean both greater success in academics and greater self-esteem and motivation.
BrainWare SAFARI as Part of a Homeschool Program
Thousands of students have used BrainWare SAFARI in a homeschool environment. Parents, and students themselves, typically see significant changes in the students’ ability to:
- Complete school assignments
- Stay focused on school work
- Take on more challenging work
- Improved academic success
- Improved problem-solving
- Work independently
In a study during the 2010-2011 school year, students at Circle of Independent Learning Charter School (COIL) in Fremont, CA, a school that supports homeschooling families with personalized resources, were provided with BrainWare SAFARI. Cognitive skill improvements were seen in all areas:
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Many parents also find that BrainWare SAFARI is a wonderful way to work with one child while keeping the others busy and productive, developing the skills they need to have to excel academically.
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The study involved 4th and 5th grade boys with a history of behavior problems in school. BrainWare SAFARI was used within the curriculum by the two teachers. The students had an average chronological age of 11 at the time of the pre-test but tested at an intellectual age of 8 years 2 months.
Students studying English at a Chinese community center used BrainWare SAFARI. On average they experienced 3 years 6 months cognitive improvement over the 11 weeks of the study, and 2 years 4 months improvement on the achievement tests. As in other studies, each student improved his or her performance on the tests.
In peer-reviewed, published research, children who used BrainWare SAFARI (treatment group) showed an average of 4 years and 3 months improvement on the tests of…