Carmee Lim Wins Outstanding Alumni Award for Faculty of Education

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MindChamps’ World Advisory Board Member and Mentor Principal, Mrs Carmee Lim, has been accorded the Queensland University of Technology’s Outstanding Alumni Award for the Education Faculty earlier this month. She was accorded this award due to her outstanding achievements in education and for being a respected and visionary educator who has influenced generations of young learners and their teachers, entrepreneurs and civic leaders across Singapore since the 1960s.

Read more about her achievement and her contributions in the field of education HERE

MindChamps PreSchool @ Bishan

Located at the Midview City commercial building, MindChamps PreSchool @ Bishan is a short distance away from the districts of Ang Mo Kio, Bishan, Toa Payoh, Yio Chu Kang, Lornie and Thomson. This makes the centre easily accessible for parents who are residing and/or working in the North and North East of Singapore.

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The centre also provides school bus service that connects to various areas, including Sengkang and Hougang. Shuttle bus services from Bishan and Marymount MRT stations are available as well.

With the centre located on the ground floor of the commercial building, drop off and pickup is quick, convenient and safe.

Learn and discover

At MindChamps PreSchool @ Bishan, Champs get to experience the inquiry approach towards learning through hands-on experiences. For example, our teachers will bring in live caterpillars to allow Champs to learn about the metamorphosis of a butterfly. This also opens up a world of learning and discovery for Champs and their teachers, and provides teachers the opportunity to share about the concept of a life cycle and the importance of caring for nature.

Excursion at Science Centre

Excursions are planned to suit the themes that the young Champs are learning for the term, as this helps to bring the learning experience beyond the classroom. To date, Champs have gone on trips to vegetable farms, the Science Centre, animal farms, parks, botanic gardens and even to the Singapore Repertoire Theatre for a play! Theatre forms a part of our curriculum where we immerse our young Champs in theatrical exercises and divergent thinking skills through our Creativity and Theatrical Strategies programme.

MindChamps PreSchool @ Bishan

A Champion Team

As the curriculum focuses on crafted play and providing a holistic learning experience, your Champ will have the opportunity to realise their talents and develop to their fullest potential under the guidance of our qualified teachers.

The team at MindChamps PreSchool @ Bishan comprises assistant teachers, teachers, lead teacher, principal, operations manager, our very own dedicated enrichment teacher, and centre directors who will keep close tabs on your Champ’s progress throughout their learning journey. Our team of experienced and caring teachers have been trained to bring out the Champion in your child, in their own unique way.

Click HERE to book a centre tour.

September School Holiday Workshop

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CHAMPION VALUES PROGRAM

The Champion Values Program is the only program of its kind that nurtures CHAMPION VALUES in your child!

The program nurtures children to be respectful towards others and their ideas as well as develops them to express themselves without fear. Emphasis will be placed on cultivating each child’s ability to see the beauty within others and embracing feedback as a seed for growth.

The program imparts the following champion values to facilitate the character development of your child:

  • Confidence
  • Creativity
  • Gratefulness
  • Integrity
  • Life-long learning
  • Self-reflection
  • Compassion
  • Seeing the beauty in others
  • Embracing setbacks as setups
  • Embracing feedback as a seed for growth

Workshop Details
Date: 07 & 08 Sep
2 Days @ $288 (For P3 – P5 students in 2015)
Time: 9am – 6pm*
*Lunch will be provided

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PROFESSOR SNYDER‘S THINKING CAP LEARNING SYSTEM

Professor Snyder’s Thinking Cap Learning System gives your child a headstart in life! The workshop is specifically designed to develop age-appropriate learning strategies and techniques that can be applied directly to the MOE (Ministry of Education) Primary 1 and 2 curriculum.

Your child will benefit from the workshop in the following ways:

  • Learn about the Champion Mindset and how it would positively influence him/her
  • Cultivate his/her confidence through self-awareness and creativity exercises
  • Develop his/her self-directed learning skills through creative problem solving and divergent thinking

Workshop Details
Date: 9 & 10 Sep
2 Sessions @ $68 (For K2 – P2 students in 2015)
Time: 10am – 1pm

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3 essential tips to inspire your child to learn

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by Mr Brian Caswell, MindChamps‘ Dean of Research & Program Development

The brain of a child is a work in progress – it does not respond the way an adult’s brain does. Studies have shown that the mind of a child is most receptive when it is engaged via the emotions. Hence, positive feelings of enjoyment, security and calm promote learning. And by learning, we do not mean drilling – the best learning strategies are based on students developing active understanding. They need to be able to understand and synthesise information before applying it to any given situation.

Here are 3 tips that you can apply to help your child learn better:


Make learning fun and do not dwell on mistakes or past failures.
Children know these without being constantly reminded and dwelling on the negative tends to create a self-fulfilling prophecy (for a number of well-documented psychological and neurological reasons). If there were mistakes in the past, establish each of these ‘setbacks’ as a ‘set-up’ for future success!


Praise progress and be interested in what your child is doing

Ask them to explain (a) what they are learning and (b) how they are learning it. Explaining new information to another helps to cement it strongly into the long-term memory, because we must verbalise and visualise it in order  to construct our explanation. So, do celebrate every victory and they will go to great lengths to keep the accolades coming.


Do not focus all your effort on the limited goal of getting good grades in the exams
They are important, but look at it this way – a good learner will always do well at exams, but someone who excels at ‘cramming’ for exams is usually not prepared to do very much else in life. Do make time to talk – about anything and everything, not just school-work. A child will accept advice and suggestions far more readily, if it is not the only communication they receive.

Build a strong reader with these 8 critical aspects!

Experts worldwide agree that reading is a process involving a number of key skills – with mastery of phonics being just one.

1) Engagement
Actively engaging your child to develop the love for reading and writing

If your child is actively engaged, he/she will enjoy the process of reading. This leads to the ability to read aloud with rich expression. If your child loves reading, he/she will also love writing. Writing is more than just penmanship – it is about thinking, feeling and connection with the written world.

2) Active understanding
Developing your child’s active understanding for effective learning
It is your child’s ability to actively understand and interact with words in all 4 areas of language: reading, writing, speaking and listening that supports the development of his/her analytical and Higher Order Thinking Skills.

3) Narrative intelligence for higher order thinking skills
Nurturing your child’s thinking and intelligence to make better sense of the world.
Narrative Intelligence is the ability to make sense of the world through sequential understanding and unique ways to ask the right questions and generate innovative answers. MindChamps Reading and Writing builds your child’s Narrative Intelligence via Immersive Reading and Theatrical Strategies to develop higher Order Thinking Skills and interaction with the written content and knowledge.

4) Phonemic Awareness
Teaching your child to hear sounds in context for future mastery of the language
Phonemic Awareness is the ability to ‘hear’ and manipulate the individual sounds of the language – Your child needs to hear these sounds in meaningful context, otherwise mastery will be harder in later years. Through meaningful reading activities, your child will become aware of words as individual entities. Your child will also develop a sense of sounds and words while being engaged in meaningful writing experiences.

5) Phonics
Helping your child to connect sounds to symbols with MindChamps’ unique ‘Say & Sing Phonics’ approach
Phonics is important for a balanced reading program but it is only one part. Here at MindChamps Reading & Writing, we have developed a hybrid approach to cater to different learning styles. Our unique ‘Say & Sing Phonics’ method helps your child master the connection between symbol and sounds (phonics) by experiencing their correlation in meaningful context.

6) Fluency
Familiarising your Child with the natural flow of the language
Fluency is the ability to understand – and use – the natural flow and rhythm of the language. Children, especially those whose mother tongue is not English, need to hear and model good readers. Through engaging experiences, your child will be able to reach fluency and attain comprehension. Those experiences include the use of rhyme, repetition and songs.

7) Vocabulary-building
Building your child’s vocabulary through MindChamps’ extensive reading library
Vocabulary – or word-mastery – is vital attribute of the life-long reader. With the books available in MindChamps’ extensive Read-along Library, your child will learn vocabulary through stories, rhymes and alliteration making the mastery of vocabulary easy and fun.

8) Structural Awareness
Cultivating your child’s understanding of how language is constructed
Structural Awareness is the ability of the brain to intuitively recognise how the words in a sentence ‘fit together’. Through sharing conversation, stories, poems, songs and ideas verbally, your child will progressively assimilate how language is constructed, leading to an appreciation off how to relate what he/she has read to prior knowledge.

 

Developed after years of extensive research and development, MindChamps Reading & Writing establishes the love for reading and writing in the early years by engaging both your child’s emotions and intellect. Providing your child with these 8 essential learning tools to develop their literacy skills will give them the edge in primary school and beyond!

To book a free literacy assessment, click HERE

8 Easy Ways to Raise a Reader

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Allow them to choose their own books.
Most bookstores have a reading corner where children are allowed to choose and browse. Make a visit to the bookstore as exciting and as positive as visiting a toy store.

 

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Make sure that they have time to read for pleasure.
Try not to fill your children’s day so much that they do not have the leisure to just sit back and pick up a book and read whatever they want. Do not tell them what to read; they must be guided to their own interests and tastes.

 

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Create a comfortable reading space in their room.
Whether it is pillows on a mat or a beanbag, it is good for children to have a fixed place for their reading. It can be a haven as well as a retreat for them, so make it a pleasant spot with enough light that they do not need to strain or squint.

 

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Schedule daily family reading time.
Reading for pleasure is a good way to wind down after a long day. In the hour after dinner and before retiring for bed, you can either read to your children from a book that you all chose as a family. Or you can use the time for each of you to pick your own books. A nice way or blending indoor and outdoor pursuits is to take the family out for a picnic- break out the mat, pack some sandwiches and head to the park where you can settle down and read under a shady tree.

 

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Make regular trips to the book store as well as join the public library.
The wonderful thing is that there are books to be found everywhere. You can make weekly trips to the bookstore as well as become members of the public library and this will serve you in good stead.

 

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Rather than give the latest toys or computer games, give books for birthdays and holidays, or let the children choose a book as a reward for good behaviour.
Trust that there will be people to give your children toys. Your job should be to provide them with a steady supply of great books that they are happy to own in their own library.

 

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Read books that encourage book discussions at the dinner table.

There is great pleasure in reading a book together as a family chapter, by chapter. You can even take turns reading. The next step is of course fostering a spirit of discussion at the dinner table. Trying to figure out what will happen next is a fun way to acquaint children with the dynamics of story and narrative.

 

 

Do all these things yourself; if you are a reader too, your children will happily follow your example.
Needless to say, if all these things come naturally to you, reading for pleasure will come naturally to your children as well. And if they happen to be late boomers where reading is concerned, do not be alarmed. It is never too late to start reading and enjoying the magical world that books can open up for them.

 


MindChamps Reading & Writing programmes aim to develop your child’s literacy skills and give them the edge in Primary school and beyond by establishing a lifelong love for reading and writing. Book a literacy assessment for your child and learn more about our offers and promotions: http://www.mindchamps.org/mindchamps-reading-contact-us

How to best start preparing for the PSLE Examination?

How children fare in their PSLE will determine their choices in their secondary and tertiary studies, and potentially their future. Students who fare poorly in exams are more often than not failing to connect with the content they are being taught. It is seldom a reflection on the children’s ability, or even on the curriculum content. Rather, the method of instruction is failing the children.

In traditional learning environments, pieces of a subject are often taught in isolation, and the students fail to grasp an overview of the whole or make connections between the units. They learn content without understanding it. Consequently, students feel overwhelmed by information and the ensuing stress worsens their performance.

You may ask, what can my child do to stop the loss of information and start connecting again? What is needed is a learning strategy that joins all the pieces together and helps make the important cognitive and emotional connections. By having a learning strategy, effective learning will then provide the overall picture and organises information so that it provides a natural – and ‘brain friendly’ flow – This is the principle behind MindChamps Optimal Flow Method of learning. The Optimal Flow Method helps students connect the new information to concepts they have already understood, to create a new and more complete understanding

Join us in this Primary 5/6 PSLE workshop and pick up useful tips and techniques on how your child can start re-connecting and tackle the PSLE.

Workshop Details:
Date: 16 August 2015 (Sunday)
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Fee: Complimentary
Venue: MindChamps @ Toa Payoh HDB Hub East Wing, Level 17

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FAQ

What will my child learn at the end of the workshop?
– How content mastery can help fill in the missing gaps from the curriculum

What will I (as parents) benefit from this workshop?

– How the PSLE aggregate score will affect my child’s placement in secondary schools
– What successful PSLE students know that I don’t
– Why is my child not improving after 5 years of primary school and tuition

Who is suitable for this workshop?
P4 students transiting into P5 in 2016
P5 students transiting into P6 in 2016

 

Why is developing the love for reading so important

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Non-readers lag behind academically, handicapped by poor reading comprehension in all subjects, from maths to science. Thus, reading is a foundational skill with wide ripple effects.

Tan Tarn How (Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies) and Loh Chin Ee (Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Education), discusses the importance of cultivating love for reading especially amongst children, how reading can help children attain better grades and give them a happier, richer and more flourishing childhood and adult life in their article that is published in the Straits Times.

You may ask, “When is the best time to build the love for reading in your child?” Find out HERE

Read the full story HERE

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