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Dr. Daniel Amen and
Dr. Jesse Payne’s

Brain Thrive:
Pre-K — Grade 1

Let's help young brains become great

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Give your children a huge head start in everything they do by teaching them to love and care for their brains and minds. This fun, interactive course helps preschoolers, kindergarteners, and first graders understand how important their brain health is now and as they grow. Utilizing comedy, animation, puppetry, and repetition this powerful course can be used by families, schools, and church groups to help children have better brains and better lives.

What you will learn…
Course Outline

Unit 1
Lesson 1 - I Am My Brain
Lesson 2 - My Brain is Amazing
Lesson 3 - My Brain is Soft
Lesson 4 - I Can Help My Brain
Lesson 5 - I Can Love My Brain  

Unit 2
Lesson 1 - The Boss of My Brain
Lesson 2 - When My Boss Works Right
Lesson 3 - When My Boss Has Trouble
Lesson 4 - Helping My Boss Brain
Lesson 5 - Boss Brain Exercise  

Unit 3
Lesson 1 - I Have Feelings
Lesson 2 - I Can Share My Feelings
Lesson 3 - I Can Check In With My Feelings
Lesson 4 - I Can Check In With My Breathing
Lesson 5 - I Can Practice Mindfulness  

Unit 4
Lesson 1 - My Thoughts Are Powerful
Lesson 2 - My Thoughts Are Automatic
Lesson 3 - We All Have ANTs
Lesson 4 - "Just The Bad" ANT
Lesson 5 - "Blame" ANT  

Unit 5
Lesson 1 - Others Have Feelings Too
Lesson 2 - We All Have Strengths
Lesson 3 - We All Have Struggles
Lesson 4 - We Can Work Together
Lesson 5 - We Can Be Kind To Ourselves  

Unit 6
Lesson 1 - I Will Love My Brain
Lesson 2 - I Will Love My Boss Brain
Lesson 3 - I Will Be Mindful
Lesson 4 - I Will Love My Thinking
Lesson 5 - I Will Show Kindness

Brain development

Every single thing you do, say, think, and feel is because of how your brain works. Even how you taste, see, and smell happens because of how your brain works! Learn how amazing your brain is and how to protect it.

Achieving success

Your brain is the most amazing organ in the known universe. Get to know your Boss Brain! Learn how to feed, move, and rest your brain so it grows

Educate others

Learn how to be smarter and a better friend.


Practice mindfulness, kindness, and use “I feel” statements to get past stress and negative thoughts. Learn how to supercharge your young brain.

Summary of Brain Thrive: Pre-K - Grade 1

Unit 1: Learn to help and love your amazing brain! Which is really soft—like butter!
Unit 2: Learn about your Boss Brain—The Prefrontal Cortex—which helps you pay attention
Unit 3: Learn how to check in with your feelings, breathing, and practice mindfulness
Unit 4: Learn how powerful your thoughts are and how to Kill the ANTs (Automatic Negative Thoughts)
Unit 5: Learn how to celebrate your brain’s strengths and overcome struggles
Unit 6: Learn how to be mindful, kind, and love your thinking so you can be a better friend

Meet Your Instructors

Dr. Daniel G. Amen, MD

Daniel G. Amen, MD’s mission is end mental illness by creating a revolution in brain health. Dr. Amen is a physician, adult and child psychiatrist, and founder of Amen Clinics with 10 locations across the U.S. Amen Clinics has the world’s largest database of brain scans for psychiatry totaling more than 200,000 SPECT scans on patients from 155 countries.

He is the founder of BrainMD, a fast growing, science-based nutraceutical company, and Amen University, which has trained thousands of medical and mental health professionals on the methods he has developed. In addition, he has produced 16 national public television shows about the brain and his online videos on brain and mental health have been viewed over 300 million times. Dr. Amen is a 12-time New York Times bestselling author, including Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, The End of Mental Illness, Healing ADD and many more. You, Happier, published March 2022, is also now a national bestseller.

Dr. Jesse Payne, Ed.D, MA

Dr. Payne has been involved in education since 2000, beginning with non-directive play therapy/group instruction and general teaching for elementary-aged students. He has taught in kindergarten, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and in high school. He also spent five years as the Director of Education for Amen Clinics, Inc., and an additional three years as their Director of Human Resources.

Dr. Payne is the author of several books and programs, including: Brain Thrive by 25 (2018), Change Your Brain, Change Your Life Before 25 (2014), Understanding Differences in Perceptions of Effective Urban Elementary School Principals Among Various Educational Stakeholders (2012), Making a Good Brain Great: High School Course (2009), and What I Learned from a Penguin: A Story on How to Help People Change (2006).

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can benefit from the Brain Thrive: Pre-K — Grade 1 course?

Everyone! But this is crucial for young children. The sooner they understand how amazing their brain is, the more likely they are to take care of it for a lifetime. All Amen University courses especially help parents and teachers who enjoy helping children through these easy-to-implement techniques.

What are the key components to having a healthy brain that I can teach my kids?

Nutritious foods, plenty of sleep and lots of exercise.

How can I help my kids make good brain healthy decisions?

By giving kids lots of choices so they can learn to make good decisions. Would you like carrots or broccoli with dinner? Would you like to have grapes or watermelon with your lunch? Would you like to ride your bicycle or run to the park today? Would you like to read one or two stories before bedtime?

How do kids best learn brain care life skills?

Modeling. So important for kids to see you making healthy choices. Thinking out loud, “man I really am craving some chocolate… I bet my brain would appreciate some pineapple instead and that will satisfy my sweet tooth as well”, can be an effective way to model as well.

How much does the Brain Thrive: Pre-K —Grade 1 course cost?

The individual course is $29

You get unlimited access

How does the 30-day guarantee work?

Our goal is to make sure that you have the best learning experience possible. If Brain Thrive: Pre-K — Grade 1 Course isn’t for you, then email us within 14 days of the date of your purchase, and we’ll offer a full refund.

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