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Summer Reading Ideas for Students

June 23, 2015

frogOne of the joys of having time off in the summer can be getting in some good leisurely reading without the pressure of homework and other after school activities. In fact, research has shown that children who participate in summer reading programs not only avoid the “summer slide” in learning, but they also score higher on reading achievement tests than those who don’t participate.

To get you started, there are any number of sources online that suggest good reads for your child, regardless of their age.

One group is the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)—the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. The ALSC, affiliated with the American Library Association, puts out an annual summer book list that is highly recommended by young readers from all over the country.

robotOther good summer reading sources include Goodreads ( and Scholastic ( Launched in 2007, Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations.

dragonflySome Tips to Make the Most of Your Reading
In addition to just reading your books this summer, try a few additional activities to help you remember what you read and give the book more meaning for you. Here are a few neat ideas:

• Write a letter to the author or illustrator.

• Choose two people or characters from two different books who you think would be great friends. Why?

• Write a short story about what the character(s) would be doing one year later.

• Draw a map of the setting.

• Imagine you could interview the protagonist. What three questions would you ask?

• Redesign the cover.

• Write a short book review. Remember to include a few sentences describing the book as well as a few sentences about why you liked it—or didn’t.

• Choose one book location or setting to live in for a week—it can be fiction or nonfiction. Which book would you choose and why?

• Recommend a book to a friend or family member. Which title did you choose and why did you recommend it?

In addition to getting in some great reading, check out Optiminds tutoring programs to keep your brain sharp this summer. Optiminds has earned a reputation for helping students of all ages improve study, reading, math and cognitive skills. Our customized brain fitness programs take brain performance to new levels by strengthening nerve cells and improving cognitive power and concentration. Learn more about us by calling us today at (248) 496-0150 or by visiting us at:

Sign Your Kids Up Today for Optiminds “Cognitive Camp” 2015

May 9, 2015

Cognitive5Looking for a way to help your children keep their brains in shape over the summer? Optiminds is once again offering its popular Cognitive Camp from June 22 to August 7 at Groves High School in Beverly Hills.

Cognitive Camp activities are available for these groups:

  • Kindergarten to 2nd grade
  • 3rd grade to 8th grade
  • 9th grade to 12th grade

The program is designed to focus on the “3 R’s of Summer:”

Retention—So they don’t lose what they learned this year
Remedial—Helps them catch up and learn how to learn
Enrichment—Moves them up to the next level

Optiminds’ individualized, customized approach helps students of all skill levels with:

  • Math, English, Reading Comprehension
  • Cognitive training for academics and sports
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Sports: the brain-exercise connection
  • Social skills
  • SAT/ACT Prep Grades K-12

You can choose between our 8-week, full-day camp (6 hours) or half-day (3 hours) sessions. And you can choose to attend by the day or the week. Special pricing is available for families with more than one student.

Call us today at (248) 496-0150 to enroll in the Optiminds Cognitive Camp before our sessions fill up. Optiminds has earned a reputation for helping students of all ages improve study, reading, math and cognitive skills, including memory. You can learn more about Optiminds by visiting our website at:

Give the Gift of an Optiminds Program

December 9, 2013

Optimindsnotag3With the holidays just around the corner, most of us are wracking our brains to come up with gift ideas for our loved ones. Speaking of brains, you might want to consider gifting your child, spouse or parent with some brain training sessions at Optiminds.

Optiminds is a professional brain training and tutoring service headed by Jane Stewart, PhD. A brain development expert, Dr. Stewart has spent over 40 years helping people of all ages improve their cognitive and learning skills as a means to achieving their goals and success in life.

Optiminds offers something for everyone on your list—adolescents and teens, college students, adults and senior citizens. We will customize a course for sharpening specific cognitive skills, from memory and math and reading improvement to ACT and SAT test preparation. You’ll find brain fitness classes for baby boomers, programs geared to helping students qualify for college scholarships, and even a Cognitive Summer Camp. We also offer  life strategy programs, programs to facilitate home schooling and parent coaching, not to mention ADHD assessment and tutoring and working with Alzheimer’s patients.

Optiminds classes are held at our facility at 29688 Telegraph Rd. in Southfield. For more information on how we can customize a program for that special someone on your gift list, call us at (248) 496-0150 or email Dr. Stewart at: And be sure to visit the Optiminds website at:

Summer Learning Loss

June 28, 2013

summerreading1The American ideal of lazy summers filled with fun has an unintended consequence: If students are not engaged in learning over the summer, they lose skills in math and reading. For over a century, scholars have recognized that summer vacation is a period when students’ rate of academic development declines relative to the school year. Summer learning loss varies across grade level, subject matter, and family income.

Research shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of summer vacation. According to a report by the RAND Corporation, the average summer learning loss in math and reading for American students amounts to one month per year. On average, students lose approximately 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months.

Furthermore, the learning loss is cumulative, summer after summer. It has a tremendous impact on students’ success, including high school completion, post-secondary education and work force preparedness.

Dr. Jane Stewart at Optiminds has earned a reputation for helping to improve the study, reading, math and cognitive skills of students of all ages. Consider enrolling your child in Optiminds’ Cognitive Camp this summer to keep them mentally challenged. Or you might consider an Optiminds’ Reading/Writing or Math Strategies program.

Learn more about Optiminds’ customized tutoring programs by calling Dr. Stewart today at (248) 496-0150 or email her at: And be sure to visit the Optiminds website at:

Sign Up for Optiminds Summer Cognitive Camp

March 8, 2013

We know it isn’t even the first day of Spring yet, but we are already planning our Optiminds Cognitive Camp schedule for 2013.

Of course, our sessions will include our core areas of focus:

  • Cognitive Training
  • Math, Science, Language Arts, & Social Studies
  • Social Skills
  • Reading Comprehension
  • PCI© Reading Program
  • Orton Gillingham© Phonics
  • FAST© Phonics Program
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Using Puzzles & Games

And new for 2013, we will be including “Expressive Writing: Stories and Poetry.”

Cognitive Camp runs from June 24 to August 9, from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon. (No camp on July 4) Camp location is at Addams Elementary School at 2222 W. Webster Road in Royal Oak. Camp fees are $50/day and $200 /week.

We are also currently organizing a Cognitive Camp with Activities that would be a full-day program, running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Addams Elementary. But we need a commitment of 10 students per week to make this happen. So if you are interested, please let us know as soon as possible. The cost: $100 a day or $400 for the week.

Some of the fun activities we hope to offer in the Cognitive Camp with Activities are:

  • Dancing
  • Cooking
  • Cheerleading
  • Crafts
  • Sports

Also new this year—Ask us about our Early Drop Off service.

We can’t think of a better way to keep your brain in shape over the summer!

You can register for Optiminds Cognitive Camp online by clicking on the “Cognitive Camp Registration” link on our home page at:  Or you can contact Jane Stewart Ph.D. at (248) 496.0150 or Please return your application with a $50 deposit to: Jane Stewart, 2127 Marywood, Royal Oak, MI, 48074.

Dr. Jane Stewart at Optiminds has earned a reputation for helping to improve the study, reading, math and cognitive skills of students of all ages. Learn more about Optiminds’ customized tutoring programs by calling Dr. Stewart today at (248) 496-0150 or email her at: And be sure to visit the Optiminds website at:

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