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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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Happy Childrens Day!
15 November 2020
Happy Childrens Day!

A day of action for children, by children. It’s Global Children’s Day this Friday, November 20th! The annual celebration is a day to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improvement of children’s welfare.  Kids today are facing an entirely different childhood than the generations before. Climate change, ever-evolving technology, and a global pandemic […]

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Three Ways to Introduce Mindfulness Into Your Routine
30 October 2020
Three Ways to Introduce Mindfulness Into Your Routine

Chances are, we have heard of mindfulness before (and maybe already practice it!), but did you know about the incredible benefits it can have on kids? What is mindfulness? 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 […]

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Primitive Reflexes and the link to Classroom Challenges
20 October 2020
Primitive Reflexes and the link to Classroom Challenges

This could be the culprit behind your classroom chaos. What are primitive reflexes? Primitive reflexes are present during the earliest stages of life to aid in birth and survival- these are normal and healthy at this time. Retention of these reflexes as a child grows can play a factor in learning outcomes, emotional behaviour, and […]

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Brain 1st’s Fall 2020 Reading List
30 September 2020
Brain 1st’s Fall 2020 Reading List

Looking for some healthy reads for your classroom or home? Look no further! With most classes back in full-swing (in-person or virtually), there is no better time to add to your classroom book collection! We have compiled a list of our favourite books below to make refreshing your book roster just a little bit easier. […]

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Brain 1st Version 2.0:  Ready for Our New Reality
09 September 2020
Brain 1st Version 2.0: Ready for Our New Reality

THERE ARE A LOT OF MOVING PARTS GOING BACK TO SCHOOL. How can we make it easier on our teachers, parents, students and children as we navigate between changes at home, in school, and everything in between? Give them the tools to self-regulate, focus, understand their emotions, and be better humans. We’ve worked hard over […]

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Try This Physical Literacy Activity at Home!
06 July 2020
Try This Physical Literacy Activity at Home!

Looking for activities to do with your kids over the summer? Kevin Dieleman, our Director of Physical Literacy, has provided a fun activity you can do with your kids at home to help them develop strong foundational movement skills while at home. This activity can be conducted indoors or outdoors and requires minimal equipment. Enjoy! […]

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