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Why Brain-Based Movement is Crucial for Classroom Achievement
05 May 2021
Why Brain-Based Movement is Crucial for Classroom Achievement

Classrooms today are not the same as they were 10-15 years ago. More sedentary lifestyles and improper early physical development are some of the reasons why so many of today’s students are not reaching their academic potential. Growing numbers of children are showing signs of developmental, behavioural, and learning difficulties in modern classrooms. The good […]

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Brain 1st Named an Emerging Rocket ICT Company
15 April 2021
Brain 1st Named an Emerging Rocket ICT Company

We are thrilled to announce that Brain 1st has been placed on the 2021 Emerging Rocket ICT list by Rocket Builders. Ready to Rocket is a unique business recognition list that profiles technology companies with the greatest potential for revenue growth. Each year, based on analysis of trends that will drive growth in the information […]

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Must-Read Mindful Books for Children and Adults
12 April 2021
Must-Read Mindful Books for Children and Adults

A great classroom can never have too many books! We have put together some of our favourite mindfulness books for both younger and older students, parents, and teachers. We hope you enjoy these books as much as we do – Happy reading! For younger kids (Grades K-3): Charlotte and the Quiet Place, by Deborah Sosin […]

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3 Nourishing Ways to Boost Your Brain
24 March 2021
3 Nourishing Ways to Boost Your Brain

Our brain is responsible for managing just about everything in our body, from movement to focus and mood. A properly nourished brain can work wonders for our ability to concentrate, problem-solve, coordinate, balance, and regulate emotions. Because the brain plays such a vital role, it is important to fuel it with the best nutrients to […]

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Epigenetics: How a Child’s Environment Can Change Their Genetic Makeup
24 February 2021
Epigenetics: How a Child’s Environment Can Change Their Genetic Makeup

Your inherited genes are an important part of what makes you, you, but new studies show that your environment and childhood experiences can also shape your genetic makeup. When thinking about your genes, many people often think that your genes are pre-determined and inherited from your parents, such as eye colour or how tall someone […]

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Why SEL Should Be a Part of Your Classrooms “New Normal”
03 February 2021
Why SEL Should Be a Part of Your Classrooms “New Normal”

After almost one full year of adjusting the education system to meet various COVID-19 restrictions, many areas are finally starting to resume in-person instruction again. The safety of both education staff and students is priority #1, but another concern for many is how this past year and current restrictions on in-class learning is going to […]

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1 in 5 Children Face Mental Health Challenges.  Are Teachers Supported to Manage This?
21 January 2021
1 in 5 Children Face Mental Health Challenges. Are Teachers Supported to Manage This?

Now, more than ever, teachers need resources capable of helping improve the mental, behavioural, and emotional struggles that one in five children face. The additional pressures of remote teaching, re-opening of schools, and implementing new health and safety routines seem to have negatively impacted both students and teachers.  Though 94% of teachers reported that they […]

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Meet the Founders
06 January 2021
Meet the Founders

Program co-founders Laura Dieleman and Cally Bailey joined forces in 2019 to create what we now know as the Brain 1st Program. The two were prompted to answer the question,“Why did you create Brain 1st?”, check out their answers in the videos below!

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New Findings in Connection with Learning and Behavioural Challenges in Children
16 December 2020
New Findings in Connection with Learning and Behavioural Challenges in Children

Incredible new findings may change the way we think about our children’s learning and behavioural struggles. A study was recently published involving the largest group of children ever researched with regards to primitive reflexes, a topic which we are beyond passionate about here at Brain 1st. About the study Over 2000 children and youth who […]

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3 Steps to Setting New Year’s Intentions for the Classroom,  Home, and Yourself
01 December 2020
3 Steps to Setting New Year’s Intentions for the Classroom, Home, and Yourself

What a year it has been. As we reflect on 2020 coming to a close, we can likely all agree that it has been full of new and unexpected experiences. The whirlwind of thoughts and emotions that surround the unique challenges we have faced has possibly left us tired, confused, or simply relieved to move […]

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