MindChamps World Renowned Curriculum Now in Chinese!
MindChamps’ unique curriculum is the result of almost two decades of research and development in the 4 domains of:
Early Childhood Education
With a focus on nurturing Champion Mindset values and character building in children from 18 months to 6 years old, the curriculum creates confident champion learners for life.
Nurturing a Love for Chinese Language in Your Child By infusing Chinese language in its one-of-a-kind curriculum, MindChamps Chinese PreSchool offers a nurturing and positive Chinese speaking learning environment to:
Help young Champions love and speak Chinese fluently
Strengthen every child’s natural learning ability by nurturing their Champion, Creative and Learning Minds
Nurture the Mind-Champion in every child
The curriculum includes the following 10 world-proprietary core and enrichment programs:
MindChamps Reading & Writing™ (Natural Literacy™) – Conducted in English
Fun with Languages™
Love for Chinese Language™
Creativity & Theatrical Strategies™ – Conducted in English
Music for the Mind™
Chinese Culture Appreciation
Chinese Culture Appreciation The Chinese Culture Appreciation is an enrichment program that is available during term breaks at MindChamps Chinese PreSchool. During the program, K1 and K2 pre-schoolers will gain an insight into China’s rich history and culture during lessons, and enjoy hands-on activities such as the clay modelling, Chinese painting and calligraphy.
How is the curriculum different from MindChamps PreSchool? Most of the core and enrichment programs offered at MindChamps Chinese PreSchool will focus on the Chinese Language starting from the Playgroup level. The use of English in the curriculum will be gradually increased as pre-schoolers progress to the kindergarten levels to help them meet the bilingual academic requirements of the primary school curriculum.
Who should attend MindChamps Chinese PreSchool? Research has shown that children who are immersed in a second language from an early age are more likely to do well in language and literacy development. Immersion in a second language like Mandarin also helps children develop a love for the language and appreciate the culture.
With a warm and positive Chinese speaking environment, the curriculum at MindChamps Chinese PreSchool will greatly benefit:
Local families who are unable to provide a foundation in Mandarin to their children
Expat families who are keen to introduce their children to the Chinese language and culture
MindChamps Chinese PreSchool @ Tampines Central 3 Tampines Central 1, Abacus Plaza, #03-01, Singapore 529540
Tel: 9769 9025
We’ve all heard about sibling rivalry and how it is a “natural” part of growing up. However, sibling rivalry does not need to occur if children can learn how to compromise, accommodate each other’s needs and resolve conflicts effectively.
Research has shown that sibling relationships play a major role in young children’s understanding of other people’s emotions and perspectives, which in turn affects how they will interact in relationships with friends, romantic partners and others later on in life (Brody, 2004). As such, positive sibling relationships are important and parents can help their children get along with one another and work together as a team.
In a household with more than one child, it is inevitable that problems will arise from time to time. For example, siblings may borrow items from one another and not return them in perfect condition. They may fight over who gets to watch their favourite television show or play with the new toy. Younger children often feel resentful that older children seem to have the freedom to do whatever they want. Conversely, older children may feel jealous that the baby of the family receives more attention.
Positive Strategies to Manage Sibling Rivalry
It can be very frustrating and upsetting to watch your children fight with one another. A household that is full of conflict is undeniably stressful for everyone, but you can take steps to promote peace in your household and help your kids get along.
Here are some suggestions to help you out:
1. Acknowledge Your Children’s Feelings
It is extremely important that you allow your children to feel what they feel, especially when they are angry or upset with their siblings. Parents often deny or trivialise what their children are feeling with remarks such as “You don’t really mean that” or “Don’t be silly”. Instead, try to understand what the real issue is and view the situation from the child’s perspective.
Validate what your children feel by putting their feelings into words. For example, “It seems like you feel frustrated with your sister because she did not respect your privacy”. Then help them understand how negative feelings can be released in more constructive ways. To do this, parents can encourage their children to write a letter to their sibling explaining how his/her actions had hurt them.
2. Avoid Comparisons
It can be tempting to use comparisons to motivate your children to behave in certain ways. However, comparing your children to each other is a guaranteed way to incite sibling rivalry and build resentment. Avoid passing remarks such as “Why can’t you clear your plate after dinner like your brother?” or “If your sister can finish doing all her homework by 9pm, why can’t you?”
Focus instead on the behaviour that displeases you. Voice your observations and describe clearly what action needs to be taken without bringing other siblings into the picture. For example: “I see that you did not clear your plate after dinner. This disappoints me as each one of us in the family has responsibilities to undertake. Please put your plate in the sink now.”
3. Love Each Child for Who He/She is
Parents often think that they need to treat each child the same, but keep in mind that you will always love each child differently because they are different people with unique needs and abilities.
Children are different because of their ages, personalities, strengths and passions, so a parent’s love should cater to their development individually. Instead of worrying about treating children exactly the same, focus on helping your children understand that you give each child what they individually need.
4. Avoid Labelling Your Children
Parents often assign children with rigid roles that can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. For example, one child gets the label of the “problem child” and another is known as the “responsible one”. By labelling your children and treating them as such, you create certain expectations that they may unconsciously or otherwise live up to.
Avoid phrases such as “You always ______” or “You are ______ again” as doing so locks your children into those roles and creates a fixed mindset in which they see abilities or behaviours as fixed traits. Help your children understand that they can change their behaviour and their situation. This approach is empowering as it equips them with a growth mindset of ability, which is the view that they can cultivate traits they value and desire.
5. Intervene When Necessary
When your children fight, try not to step in immediately as you do not want them to become overly dependent on you to resolve their conflicts. Learn to ignore general bickering.
However, if a situation starts escalating, step in and acknowledge their anger. Then recount each child’s point of view, describe the problem, express confidence in your children’s ability to find their own solution and leave them to it.
If the situation appears to be physically violent or dangerous, separate your children and have them take a time-out. Encourage them to reflect and when they are ready, encourage them to ask for the other’s forgiveness, express honest emotions and show compassion.
Remind them that they should treat others the way they want to be treated. Teach your children that it is perfectly normal to not see eye to eye on things, and that they must not let arguments affect their positive interactions.
6. Hold Regular Family Meetings
A family meeting is a time for all family members to come together to make family decisions. Parents, children, and any others who live in the home and have a stake in decisions affecting the daily life of the family should take part. Choose a time that works for everyone and give everyone the opportunity to speak without interruption.
During this meeting, recognise that everyone’s opinion matters. The meeting allows the family to cultivate good listening skills, share their opinions, seek understanding, find resolutions to problems, share love, develop unity, and build trust and self-esteem.
Parents, Take Note of Your Role!
In any family, it is expected that not everyone will hold similar views. However, that is no excuse for children to behave disrespectfully or cruelly to one another. Your role as a parent is to model good behaviour by treating your children with kindness and respect, teach them conflict resolution and communication skills as well as intervening when necessary. These social skills and attitudes that your children develop within the family circle are what they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
MindChamps PreSchool @ Yishun held their grand opening last Saturday, 14 November 2015. It was a joyous and fun celebration with Lion Dance performances and a fantastic magic show to entertain the families who attended!
Come experience our curriculum, and register for a trial class now: http://www.mindchampspreschool.org/trial
MindChamps PreSchool Wins the 2015 Influential Brands Top Brand & Top Franchise Brand Awards (Pre-school Education Category)
The achievement affirms the commitment of MindChamps towards its shareholders (including Singapore Press holdings) and stakeholders in lifting the standards of education
Singapore, 6 November 2015 – MindChamps PreSchool has been accorded the 2015 Influential Brands Top Brand and Top Franchise Brand awards under the pre-school education category and was recognised as a Top Asian Influential Brand in Singapore.
MindChamps received the awards at the “Celebrating Entrepreneurship and Brand Leadership in Asia” event held at InterContinental Hotel today. The said event was organized by Brand Alliance, an award-winning and multi-disciplinary brand consultancy and whose research arm is Influential Brands. This is the second consecutive year which MindChamps PreSchool has won the Influential Brands Top Brand award and it is the first time that it was accorded the Influential Brands Top Brand Franchise award, which was introduced this year.
Brand Alliance determined MindChamps PreSchool as a winner of the Influential Brands Top Brand award based on research gained from field consumer insights since 2013, analysis of branding qualities, social listening and brand impact on consumers through face-to-face and online surveys conducted with more than 4,000 consumers to assess brand favourability and top-of-name recall.
Moreover, MindChamps PreSchool was determined a winner of the Influential Brands Top Franchise Award by Brand Alliance due to its success it achieved for using franchising as a tool for business expansion as well as being a top consumers’ preferred brand based on the findings derived from the various consumer research methods mentioned above.
MindChamps’ Chief Marketing Officer, Executive Director, Singapore and Group General Manager, Ms Michelle Peh (2nd from left), receiving the Influential Brands Top Brand award trophy at the “Celebrating Entrepreneurship and Brand Leadership in Asia” event
MindChamps Founder, Group CEO and Chairman, Mr David Chiem, was amongst 30 successful entrepreneurs who was featured in the recently published Influential Brands book entitled “Influential Brands: 30 Singapore Brand Leaders”. The feature write-up of him in this book contains deep insights of his philosophy towards education and explains how he had applied his philosophical ideas and leveraged on the power of branding and franchising to build up the reputation and stature of the MindChamps brand.
Special “Influential Brands: 30 Singapore Brand Leaders” book jacket cover featuring
Mr David Chiem – Founder, Group CEO and Chairman of MindChamps
In emphasising the importance of branding and his philosophy towards nurturing pre-schoolers, Mr David Chiem said: “In education, branding is critical – it’s all you have. The foundation of MindChamps is based on teaching children about respect and confidence. Being a successful citizen of the 21st Century requires us to act with 100% respect, but zero fear. When a child has this – as well as a great relationship with learning – in their pre-school years, they will do well, because when they go to school, if there is something they don’t understand, they will not be afraid to ask.”
The achievement affirms the commitment of MindChamps towards its shareholders (including Singapore Press holdings – who has a 22% shareholding stake in MindChamps’ PreSchool division) and stakeholders in lifting the standards of education, especially for young children. Moving forward, MindChamps will be looking into expanding the number of preschool centres abroad and running Chinese preschool centres in Singapore. It recently opened such a centre in Tampines which offers to impart its proprietary preschool curriculum to pre-schoolers using Chinese as the primary medium of instruction.
School’s out for six weeks starting from 21 November 2015, and your champs are all set to take a breather from lessons and homework – at least for a while.
To help you plan their year-end activity schedule before boredom sets in, we’ve put together a list of holiday activities and fun happenings that are taking place in and around Singapore from now until the last day of 2015.
From going on an exciting journey down the human body to catching enchanting theatre productions and going on a Mother and Child dance date, you don’t really need to crack your head for ways to keep your kids entertained.
Scroll down the page to check out the list now!
Theatre Plays and Concerts
1. The Enormous Turnip
Follow the adventures of Eek, a tiny mouse whose dream is to be noticed by the people around him. On the other hand, Diggory the gardener hopes that he can win a prize for his vegetables one day – and he got his wish when a turnip starts to grow and grow and grow.
Find out which of the two friends is strong enough to pull the enormous turnip out of the ground in this colourful and interactive theatre production filled with cute characters, memorable songs and a clear moral message for everyone.
How many times have your little Champs read the classic tale of “The Emperor’s New Clothes”?
Let them watch the characters of their favourite fable in action by taking them to this heart-warming musical which incorporates a hint of Singaporean taste. Find out what happens to the vain and pompous Emperor when two cheeky tailors decides to teach him a lesson by weaving a “special” ensemble for the National Dress Parade on the 50th anniversary of his reign.
The rib-tickling moments in this musical are sure to bring cheer to you and your family during the holiday season!
Follow the enthralling theatre production that tells the tale of Cinderella, a girl who meets her prince and true love through a missing glass slipper. With the help of a sceptical reporter who inspires Cinderella to take control of her own destiny, this classic fairy tale is given a contemporary twist complete with a colourful burst of music and spellbinding transformations that work to bring this classic tale to life.
This is the perfect show to capture the feel-good moments with your family during the holiday season.
Date: 10 December 2015 – 4 January 2016
Thursday – 7pm
Friday to Monday – 2pm and 7pm (No shows on Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
Venue: Resorts World™ Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa
Usher in the Christmas cheer at Victoria Hall together with the SSO, Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir and the Singapore Bible College Chorale. Under the guidance of Associate Conductor Jason Lai, you and your family will be treated to three magical musical performances filled with traditional Christmas Carols and well-known yuletide melodies.
If your little ones love singing and dancing to shows like Hi-5, then you’ve got to take them to The Amazing Toybox Concert and ring in the holiday season together as a family.
Abby Ant, Sheriff Bob and The Boogie Bug Dancers have been bringing high-energy, sing-and-dance performances to families in Singapore for the last 10 years, and they’re all set to celebrate this huge milestone with you.
Make sure not to miss the party this yuletide season – we hear that Santa Claus might be making an appearance!
Note: Only 160 places are available per show, so do book your seats now!
Current research shows that some of the most common and seemingly positive phrases we use with kids are actually quite destructive. Despite our good intentions, these statements teach children to stop trusting their internal guidance system, to become deceptive, to do as little as possible, and to give up when things get hard.
Here’s a list of the top ten things to eliminate from your vocabulary now – and some suggested phrases to replace these habitual statements so as to encourage intrinsic motivation and emotional connection.
1. “Good Job!”
The biggest problem with this statement is that it’s often said repeatedly and for things a child hasn’t really put any effort into. This teaches children that anything is a “good job” when mum and dad say so (and only when mum and dad say so).
Instead try, “You really tried hard on that!” By focusing on a child’s effort, we’re teaching her that the effort is more important than the results. This teaches children to be more persistent when they’re attempting a difficult task and to see failure as just another step toward success.
2. “Good Boy (or Girl)!”
This statement, while said with good intentions, actually has the opposite effect you’re hoping for. Most parents say this as a way to boost a child’s self-esteem. Unfortunately, it has quite a different effect. When children hear “good girl!” after performing a task you’ve asked them for, they assume that they’re only “good” because they’ve done what you’ve asked. That sets up a scenario in which children can become afraid of losing their status as a “good kid” and their motivation to cooperate becomes all about receiving the positive feedback they’re hoping for.
Instead, try “I appreciate it so much when you cooperate!” This gives children real information about what you’re wanting and how their behaviour impacts your experience. You can even take your feelings out of it entirely and say something like, “I saw you share your toy with your friend.” This allows your child to decide for himself whether sharing is “good” and lets him choose to repeat the action from his internal motivation, rather than doing it just to please you
3. “What a Beautiful Picture!”
When we put our evaluations and judgments onto a child’s artwork, it actually robs them of the opportunity to judge and evaluate their own work.
Instead try, “I see red, blue and yellow! Can you tell me about your picture?” By making an observation, rather than offering an evaluation, you’re allowing your child to decide if the picture is beautiful or not – maybe she intended it to be a scary picture. And by asking her to tell you about it, you’re inviting her to begin to evaluate her own work and share her intent, skills that will serve her creativity as she matures and grows into the artist she is.
4. “Stop it Right Now, or Else!”
Threatening a child is almost never a good idea. First of all, you’re teaching them a skill you don’t really want them to have: the ability to use brute force or cunning behaviour to get what they want, even when the other person isn’t willing to cooperate. Secondly, you’re putting yourself in an awkward position in which you either have to follow through on your threats — exacting a punishment you threatened in the heat of your anger — or you can back down, teaching your child that your threats are meaningless. Either way, you’re not getting the result you want and you’re damaging your connection with your child.
While it can be difficult to resist the urge to threaten, try sharing vulnerably and redirecting to something more appropriate instead. “It’s NOT OK to hit your brother. I’m worried that he will get hurt, or he’ll retaliate and hurt you. If you’d like something to hit, you may hit a pillow, the couch or the bed.” By offering an alternative that is safer yet still allows the child to express her feelings, you’re validating her emotions even as you set a clear boundary for her behaviour. This will ultimately lead to better self-control and emotional wellbeing for your child.
5. “If You ___ Then I’ll Give You ___.”
Bribing kids is equally destructive as it discourages them from cooperating simply for the sake of ease and harmony. This kind of exchange can become a slippery slope and if used frequently, you’re bound to have it come back and bite you. “No! I won’t clean my room unless you buy me Legos!”
Instead try, “Thank you so much for helping me clean up!” When we offer our genuine gratitude, children are intrinsically motivated to continue to help. And if your child hasn’t been very helpful lately, remind him of a time when he was. “Remember a few months ago when you helped me take out the trash? That was such a big help. Thanks!” Then allow your child to come to the conclusion that helping out is fun and intrinsically rewarding.
6. “You’re So Smart!”
When we tell kids they’re smart, we think we’re helping to boost their self-confidence and self-esteem. Unfortunately, giving this kind of character praise actually does the opposite. By telling kids they’re smart, we unintentionally send the message that they’re only smart when they get the grade, accomplish the goal, or produce the ideal result — that’s a lot of pressure for a young person to live up to. Studies have shown that when we tell kids they’re smart after they’ve completed a puzzle, they’re less likely to attempt a more difficult puzzle after. That’s because kids are worried that if they don’t do well, we’ll no longer think they’re “smart.”
Instead, try telling kids that you appreciate theireffort. By focusing on the effort, rather than the result, you’re letting a child know what really counts. Sure, solving the puzzle is fun, but so is attempting a puzzle that’s even more difficult. Those same studies showed that when we focus on the effort (“Wow you really tried hard on that!”), kids are far more likely to attempt a more challenging puzzle the next time.
7. “Don’t Cry.”
Being with your child’s tears isn’t always easy. But when we say things like, “Don’t cry,” we’re invalidating their feelings and telling them that their tears are unacceptable. This causes kids to learn to stuff their emotions, which can ultimately lead to more explosive emotional outbursts.
Try holding space for your child as he cries. Say things like, “It’s OK to cry. Everyone needs to cry sometimes. I’ll be right here to listen to you.” You might even try verbalising the feelings your child might be having. “You’re really disappointed that we can’t go to the park right now, huh?” This can help your child understand his feelings and learn to verbalise them sooner than he might otherwise. And by encouraging his emotional expression, you’re helping him learn to regulate his emotions, which is a crucial skill that will serve him throughout life.
8. “I Promise…”
Broken promises hurt. Big time. And since life is clearly unpredictable, I’d recommend removing this phrase from your vocabulary entirely.
Choose instead to be super honest with your child. “I know you really want to have a play date with Sarah this weekend and we’ll do our best to make that happen. Please remember that sometimes unexpected things come up, so I can’t guarantee that it will happen this weekend.” Be sure you really are doing your best if you say you will too. Keeping your word builds trust and breaking it deteriorates your connection, so be careful what you say, and then live up to your word as much as humanly possible.
One more note on this, if you do break your word, acknowledge it and apologise to your child. Remember, you’re teaching your kids how to behave when they fail to live up to their word. Breaking our word is something we all do at one time or another. And even if it’s over something that seems trivial to you, it could matter a lot to your child. So do your best to be an example of honesty, and when you’re not, step up and take responsibility for your failure.
9. “It’s No Big Deal!”
There are so many ways we minimise and belittle kids’ feelings, so watch out for this one. Children often value things that seem small and insignificant to our adult point of view. So, try to see things from your child’s point of view. Empathise with their feelings, even as you’re setting a boundary or saying no to their request.
“I know you really wanted to do that, but it’s not going to work out for today,” or “I’m sorry you’re disappointed and the answer is no,” are far more respectful than trying to convince your child that their desires don’t really matter.
10. “Why Did You Do That?”
If your child has done something you don’t like, you certainly do need to have a conversation about it. However, the heat of the moment is not a time when your child can learn from her mistakes. And when you ask a child, “Why?” you’re forcing her to think about and analyse her behaviour, which is a pretty advanced skill, even for adults. When confronted with this question, many kids will shut down and get defensive.
Instead, open the lines of communication by guessing what your child might have been feeling and what her underlying needs might be. “Were you feeling frustrated because your friends weren’t listening to your idea?” By attempting to understand what your child was feeling and needing, you might even discover that your own upset about the incident diminishes. “Oh! He bit his friend because he was needing space and feeling scared, and he didn’t know how else to communicate that. He’s not a ‘terror,’ he’s a toddler!”
There are many factors that can cause your child to wake up in the middle of the night. Most of the times, night waking episodes are caused by tiredness and over-stimulation during the day – both of which may lead to nightmares and night terrors.
What are Nightmares?
Nightmares are scary dreams and it is common for children to get them from time to time. Most nightmares happen during the second half of the night (usually after 2am), when dreaming is most intense.
Your child may wake up crying and come to you for comfort, and might even have trouble going back to sleep.
What Parents Can Do:
Go to your child as quickly as possible
Assure him/her that you are there and will not let anything harm him/her
Encourage your child to tell you what happened, and remind him/her that dreams are not real
Allow him/her to keep a light on to help him/her feel and sleep better
Once he/she has calmed down, encourage him/her to go back to sleep
See if there is something that is scaring your child (e.g. shadows). If so, make sure to remove them.
Are nightmares and night terrors the same thing? Find out more about night terrors on the next page.
Children from pre-school chain MindChamps were among the first to check out the Shark Ball Pool and other features at Pororo Park Singapore, which opened officially yesterday. The park, a 1,000 sq m indoor playground in Marina Square, is themed after a cuddly penguin called Pororo, a popular animation character from South Korea. Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/a-whole-new-ball-game
MindChamps has partnered with the park to offer three half-hour storytelling sessions to visitors every Sunday, from Nov 15 to Feb 29.
Easily accessible from Toa Payoh, Bishan, Ang Mo Kio and Serangoon, MindChamps PreSchool @ Serangoon also has 3 school buses servicing the areas of Hougang, Sengkang and Punggol. In addition, the Lorong Chuan MRTis a stone’s throw away, making the preschool at New Tech Park within reach of many families living and/or working in the north and north-east of Singapore.
There are two tennis courts in New Tech Park where we conduct outdoor activitiesfor our young Champs. The activities are organised with the objective of linking learning across the curriculum so as to deepen their understanding. For example, we use the outdoors for the Inquiry Moments portion of our curriculum to share with the young Champs about the weather and cloud formations.
We also have excursions planned according to the themes for the term to extend the educational environment beyond the classroom. This meets a set of learning outcomes and provides an active learning experience for our Champs. There are 3-4 excursions annually to such places as the Science Centre, farms and parks where themes of Our Human Body, Sources of Food and Farm Animals are further explored. Other activities include watching plays in a theatre to provide an opportunity for Champs to link their understanding of our enrichment program – Creativity and Theatrical Strategies.
Our team of teachers, assistant teachers, senior teachers, principal and directors keep tabs on our Champs’ progress closely. As a team, observations are shared and communicated by their class teachers through various modes of communication; face to face discussions, connection books and emails. We also hold bi-annual Parents-Teachers conferences to discuss our Champs development and review the Champs portfolio and progress reports.