HSP 042 Cindy West: Training the Brain


Welcome back to a new season of the Homeschool Snapshots Podcast! We are kicking off with an interview with Cindy West from Our Journey Westward and Shining Dawn Books. 

While Cindy is known for homeschool nature study, she is also passionately interested in using a process called Brain Training in her homeschool with some of her wiggly boys. She heard about the techniques years ago and has studied them and how she can implement them into her homeschool

On this episode of the podcast she shares more about her homeschool, how she got interested in brain training, and some of the techniques she uses with her kids.

HSP 42 Cindy West: Training the Brain

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  • Where can I learn more about Brain Training? Do I need to go through a formal training? Where would I find an 8-week program to do with my kids at home? I would really love to do something like this with my boys this summer – I resonated with the way you (Cindy) described your own kids before the training.

  • Cindy West says:

    Hi! I think you’ll find my main brain training post at Our Journey Westward helpful – http://ourjourneywestward.com/brain-training/. Towards the end of this post, I share the curriculum I used to teach me how to do all the activities at home. I would definitely suggest at least some “formal” training using that curriculum so you have all the tools you need. Best wishes with your boys!

  • Cindy says:

    Hi Pam and Cindy,

    Loved this podcast! Three of my four children have special needs (autism, Asperger’s, ADHD & dyslexia) and we do biomedical therapy and in-home therapy through the Son-Rise Program for them. I LOVE the idea of weaving in brain training with them during their therapy time. Is there a *reliable* long list of games you can recommend?
    P.S. Cindy, I love your blog. I have read on and off for a while and I really resonate with you (and not just because of your name ;)). I’m looking forward to checking out your nature study series.
    Thanks, ladies!

  • Karen K. says:

    This was such a fascinating topic to explore!! I have already been pretty intentional over the years to include games like Spot It and Quirkle into our lives but I’m so curious to read more about the formal training that is available and other things I can do to help my boys along mentally! Thank you!!

  • Elizabeth Hafferty says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed this podcast! I am checking out her blog link right now.

  • Kortney says:

    Loved this episode! We have the USA Brain Box game that Cindy recommends on her website. And we LOVE it! A little brain training, a little geography, and little history facts–lots of fun!

  • Another podcast that has changed our homeschool for the better– we’re adding in exercises and games immediately as I continue to learn more from Cindy’s site. Thank you!

  • Jennifer says:

    Your beginning to homeschool story matches mine exactly. I simply wasn’t ready to “give her up”. Of all the homeschool families I’ve met over the years, no one has ever had the same story as me. I’m totally looking forward to the topic of this podcast.

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