Scientists Reveal How Specially Designed Physical Activities Enrich Your Preschooler’s Brain Cells

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Why Physical Activity is Crucial for Pre-schoolers?

Our modern lives are lived mostly indoors.  As such, today’s children do not get the same opportunities for physical activity that they did in generations past.  This means parents need to create opportunities for their children to get the physical activity they need.

How much physical activity does my pre-schooler need?

The American Heart Association and The National Association for Sports and Physical Education (NASPE) both recommend that toddlers get at least 30 minutes of structured physical activity (e.g. gym, dance or movement classes) each day, and that pre-schoolers get at least 60.

In addition, all children should get between 60 minutes and several hours per day of unstructured activity, which is self-directed by the child.  Toddlers and pre-schoolers shouldn’t be inactive (except while sleeping) for more than 60 minutes at a time.

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Neuro Mooves gym sessions are offered in MindChamps Preschool as part of the curriculum

Why do pre-schoolers need so much physical activity?

According to the World Health Organisation, regular exercise builds endurance and muscle strength, improves bone health, lowers risk factors for serious health problems like heart disease, colon cancer and diabetes in later life, keeps blood pressure within normal levels, and just as importantly, fosters self-esteem.

In addition to the critical health benefits of physical fitness, there are also cognitive benefits. Physical health is linked to brain fitness.  The pre-school years are critical for brain development, and a child’s physical health and activity impacts on this development.

 

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MindChamps PreSchool @ 143 East Coast Road relocates to OneKM

To uplift the learning experience for our champs, we will be relocating our centre on 143 East Coast Road to OneKM, the latest and newest shopping mall in Paya Lebar. MindChamps PreSchool @ OneKM is set to open in February 2016.

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Located on the 3rd level of the shopping mall, MindChamps PreSchool @ OneKM covers a total floor area of 5,600 sq ft. The centre comes with an outdoor playground where champs can play and explore in a safe and comfortable environment.

Book a centre visit here: 

http://www.mindchampsfamily.com/forms/index.php/preschool-book-your-center

How to get there:

MindChamps PreSchool @ OneKM is a short walk away from Paya Lebar MRT.

Join a business that could change your life!

Be part of a meaningful Education Success Sales Team and create your own desired income!

Why you should be part of the MindChamps Education Success Sales Team

By joining our Education Success Sales Team, you can enjoy the following benefits:

  • Create your own desired income
  • Enjoy flexible working hours and keep your current job
  • Guide children to achieve education success and instil positive values in them

When you join us, we will provide you with training with our top business leaders to help you soar in your career and discover your true potential.

Job Requirements

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Positive attitude and mindset
  • Experience in sales or education industry is advantageous
  • Passion to make a difference in the lives of our future generation

Recruitment Talk

We will be conducting recruitment talks on becoming part of the MindChamps Education Success Sales Team on the following dates:

  • 20 Jan 2016, 7.15pm – 9pm
  • 22 Jan 2016, 7.15pm – 9pm
  • 29 Jan 2016, 7.15pm – 9pm

Venue: MindChamps HQ @ Toa Payoh HDB Hub East Wing, Level 17

Apply now at http://www.mindchamps.org/education-advisor-recruitment

 

 

 

Is My Child A Visual Learner?

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A visual learner is a student who learns best when information is presented visually.  Put simply, they remember information more easily when they have seen it.  Visual learners often have vivid imaginations and they use this to help them learn.

You can identify a student as a visual learner through some of the following behavioural traits:

  • Looking around and examining their environment
  • Animated facial expression which accurately indicates mood.
  • Sometimes stops and stares into space, imagining a visual scene in their mind
  • Recognises words by sight more often
  • Daydreams; a word, sound or smell causes a recall and mental wandering
  • Their eyes look up (often to the left) to indicate they are ‘seeing’ information written or drawn.
  • Restlessly fidgets when forced to listening to verbal information for too long
  • Watches other students when instructions are given by the teacher and then follows their lead
  • Often asks questions and needs verbal instructions repeated

Challenges visual children may face in school:

  • misunderstand information or instructions given verbally
  • daydream often, missing what’s going on in class
  • shy away from speaking in front of groups
  • become impatient when listening for too long
  • fidget and be restless, which may lead to distracting others.

Visual learners learn by using visual stimulus to reinforce the verbal message given.  They convert verbal information into internal visual images – that take the form of either ‘photographs’, written words or ‘movies’.  By doing this, they are reconstructing the information into a format that will capture their attention and imagination.  Visual learners ‘think in pictures’.

Check out what activities visual learners enjoy and excel at, and how to develop visual learning skills in others on Page 2

MindChamps PreSchool @ Buona Vista, Biopolis is now open!

For parents who are working and/or residing in Buona Vista, there is a new MindChamps PreSchool centre in your neighbourhood!

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Artist impression of MindChamps PreSchool @ Buona Vista, Biopolis
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Artist impression of the gym

 

Located on level 1 of the Biopolis Synapse, the centre is spread across a total area of 10,000 sq ft, and features a spacious outdoor playground where champs can move around and explore.

MindChamps PreSchool @ Buona Vista, Biopolis also comes with a fully-equipped kitchen to cater for all the meals for our champs every day.

Contact number: 9831 4567

Book a centre visit here: http://www.mindchampsfamily.com/forms/index.php/preschool-book-your-center

How to get there:

MindChamps PreSchool @ Buona Vista, Biopolis is within walking distance from One-North MRT and Buona Vista MRT.

MindChamps Reading or Writing Experiential Class

Before enrolling your child in any enrichment programme, it is important for him/her to feel comfortable with the environment, feel safe with the teachers, and more importantly enjoy the lesson. With this in mind, MindChamps is putting your child as our first priority.
We are introducing our first-ever MindChamps Reading & Writing experiential class (4 lessons only) for your child to experience the environment and enjoy the lesson delivery first-hand!

By joining the experiential class, your child will^:
~ Develop the passion and understanding for reading or writing
~ Actively understand what is read or written
~ Improve his/her reading or writing standards
~ Fully engage in the creative process for reading or writing

For a limited time period, you can introduce the Reading (3 – 7 years old) or Writing (K2 – P3) experiential class to your child for only $288*!
Sign up today to see the difference in your child and let them experience a new way of learning!

Make a booking here: http://www.mindchamps.org/experience-mindchamps

*Experiential class is valid for 4 lessons only. Classes signed up are not refundable. Strict follow-up on class schedule is required. Assessment is required for reading class. Register by 15 Feb 2016. Other terms and conditions apply.

^Child development in learning will vary depending on level.

Vote for Yip Pin Xiu as The Straits Times Singaporean of the Year 2015

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MindChamps’ Brand Ambassador Yip Pin Xiu

MindChamps’ Brand Ambassador and National Paralympic Swimmer, Yip Pin Xiu, achieved another amazing sporting feat by shattering the world Paralympic record in the women’s 50m backstroke (S2 Class)  and winning the gold medal in the event during the 8th ASEAN Para Games held in Singapore in 2015. Pin Xiu also previously won the gold medal in the same event during the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, which earned her the unique distinction of being Singapore’s first and only *Olympics gold medallist, a title which she upholds up until today.

Despite being afflicted by muscular dystrophy, Pin Xiu believes in overcoming her disability and achieving success by adopting a Champion Mindset – a personal attribute that is about being the best that one can be and about discovering one’s strengths, recognising one’s weaknesses and then turning them into strengths. After winning the Olympics gold medal, Pin Xiu shared with MindChamps: “I identify strongly with the MindChamps’ philosophy of nurturing the Champion Mindset in every individual. It is the Champion Mindset that has helped me overcome my disability to achieve my dream of an Olympic Gold Medal.”

Importantly, for the feat Pin Xiu achieved in the 8th ASEAN Para Games, she has been nominated for the 2015 Straits Times Singaporean of the Year Award. This award seeks to recognise Singaporeans whose extraordinary acts of goodwill, ingenuity or perseverance improved their community and the lives of others during the year.

Vote for Yip Pin Xiu, our local sporting heroine with a Champion Mindset here: http://www.straitstimes.com/tags/singaporean-of-the-year

Closing date for votes falls on 28 January 2016, 6pm.

* The Olympics Movement Games organised by the International Olympics Committee which includes the Olympic Games, Youth Olympic Games, Winter Olympic, Paralympics, etc.  

All You Need to Know About Impulse Control

How to help your children take control of their impulses

The ability to control impulses is an important life skill.  It has the potential to impact the direction of a person’s life in very significant ways.

A child with poor impulse control may struggle at school both academically and socially.  Adults with mild impulse control problems may find it hard to resist over-spending on their credit card.  Adults with more severe impulse control problems may have violent outbursts or engage in other antisocial, dangerous or illegal behaviours such as theft, which might lead them to have trouble in their personal relationships and with the law.

Fortunately, impulse control is a skill that can be learned early in life, and in fact at any age.

It may seem that impulsivity goes ‘hand in hand’ with pre-school children! Indeed, one of the greatest challenges for parents is helping their children learn to manage their emotions and impulses.

Luckily, there is much you can do as a parent to help your children learn impulse control.

A Famous Impulse Control Experiment

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In the 1960s, psychologist Walter Mischel, from Stanford University, started a 12-year experiment to show the advantages of impulse control for children. In this experiment, a group of four year olds were each offered a marshmallow as a treat. If they were willing to wait for the adult (who was really the researcher) to run an errand, they would be allowed two marshmallows  when he returned.

Some four-year-olds were able to wait what must surely have seemed an endless 15 to 20 minutes for the adult to return. To occupy themselves while waiting they covered their eyes so that they wouldn’t have to stare at the marshmallow, or rested their heads in their arms, talked to themselves, and even tried to go to sleep.

These resourceful pre-schoolers got the two-marshmallows reward.  But others, who were more impulsive, grabbed the one marshmallow, almost always within seconds of the adult’s leaving the room for his ‘errand’.

All of the four-year-olds in this experiment were tracked down 12 years later as they were graduating from high school.

The emotional and social difference between the two kinds of graduates – that is, the pre-schoolers who waited the 15 to 20 minutes, and those who ate the marshmallow within seconds – was dramatic.

Those who had demonstrated the ability to wait 15 to 20 minutes at four were now, as adolescents, more socially competent: personally effective, self-assertive, and better able to cope with the frustrations of life.

What is Impulse Control?

All of us – adults and children – have impulses.  An impulse is an urge to do something or say something: and we can either give in to that urge or we can learn to control it.

Take for example, a child who wants another child’s toy.  The child may give in to an impulse to take the toy, but s/he can learn to control that impulse.

Similarly, the child whose toy has just been taken may give in to an impulse to hit whoever took it, but s/he can learn to control that impulse.

Having impulses is a natural part of being human: learning to control our impulses is an important part of living together.

Tonia Caselman (author of the book Stop and Think: Impulse Control for Children) describes impulse control this way:

“Impulse control is knowing how to stop and think when we have an impulse.  It is the power to freeze the impulse for long enough to think about whether it is a good idea or not to act upon it.  Impulse control is like being the boss of your impulses (instead of their slave).”

Check out 5 activities you can do with your child to help develop their impulse control on Page 2…

Largest MindChamps PreSchool to Open @ Punggol Northshore in Q1 2016

Great news for parents residing in Sengkang and Punggol!

Our latest MindChamps PreSchool centre will be opening in your neighbourhood at Punggol Northshore in Q1 2016.

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Artist impression of MindChamps PreSchool @ Punggol Northshore
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Huge outdoor playground for our little champs to play and learn

Located at Level 1 of the Marina Country Club, MindChamps PreSchool @ Punggol Northshore is set in a lush, idyllic environment. Spread across 15,000 sq ft, MindChamps PreSchool @ Punggol Northshore is our largest centre, to date.

With an eco-garden and outdoor playground with a waterfront view, there will be plenty for your champs to learn and explore at MindChamps PreSchool @ Punggol Northshore. The centre will also feature a dedicated Gourmet Moments room and a library filled with a meaningful collection of books.

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The library at MindChamps PreSchool @ Punggol Northshore stocks a good collection of books for our young champs.

 

For more details and to register your interest, please contact us at 8838 4428.

How to get there:

MindChamps PreSchool @ Punggol Northshore is a short 3 minutes’ drive away from Punggol Central.

The centre is also located close to the upcoming Samudera LRT station, along the North-East Line.

How Hugging Your Child Can Lead to Academic Success

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Children adore being hugged by their parents.  But did you know that this simple expression of love for your child is at the heart of a hugely significant and influential area of research by psychologists known as ‘Attachment Theory’, and can have a significant effect on your child’s academic and social success?

What is Attachment Theory? 

Attachment Theory describes the special emotional relationship between a care-giver (usually the parents) and a child. That relationship involves the development of a secure emotional attachment through the exchange of comfort and care which makes a child feel secure and safe, and sets a solid emotional and psychological foundation for life.

Psychologist John Bowlby, the world’s best-known researcher of Attachment Theory, found that children who formed secure attachment with their parents at an early age have:

  • higher self esteem
  • greater academic success
  • increased ability to manage their impulses and their feelings
  • increased ability to cope with difficulties
  • positive relationships with parents and other care-givers – and with authority figures.

Studies have shown that securely-attached children are less disruptive, less aggressive, and more mature. They are better able to concentrate, and therefore learn more effectively and more successfully.

Bowlby’s extensive research revealed that the best way to achieve a strong Attachment with a child is through what he called ‘Bonding Experiences’.

What are Bonding Experiences?

While it is always valuable for parents to spend as much time as possible with their children, just being in the same room with a child is not necessarily a bonding experience.

Cooking a meal, or vacuuming the house, washing the car or even sitting knitting can all become bonding experiences, if you share the experience with your child in a fun, loving way, with lots of tactile attention and eye-contact, verbal interaction and encouragement, fun and laughter.

Then there are the quiet times, which you set aside to just be close and share with your child. These include talking about shared experiences, reading a book together, singing a song or sharing a poem.  The acts of holding, rocking, singing, feeding, gazing, kissing and other nurturing behaviours involved in caring for infants and young children are all bonding experiences.

A bonding experience typically has four elements;

  1. The parent is paying attention to the child;
  2. Parent and child are interacting in some way by having verbal and/or non-verbal exchanges and may be doing an activity together
  3. Positive emotions are experienced in rapport between the parent and child. (Being ‘in rapport’ is most easily defined as connecting or sharing – as being ‘in tune’ with one another at an emotional level.)
  4. Bonding often involves touch, such as hugging.

Even half an hour a day will make a world of difference to your child – and to you! It will ease your stress and has, for many parents we have worked with, become the period of the day they most look forward to.

Characteristics of Children and Adults with Secure Attachment

Securely-attached children become secure adults. Below is a table, adapted from the work of John Bowlby (1988), which describes the behaviours of securely-attached children and how these behaviours evolve as they grow to adulthood.

Children Adults
1. Able to separate from parent with confidence 1. Have trusting and lasting relationships
2. Seek comfort from parents when frightened 2. Tend to have good self-esteem
3. Return of parents is met with positive emotions 3. Comfortable sharing feelings with friends and partners
4. Prefers parents to strangers 4. Seek out social support


Bonding is Not Spoiling

Parents of securely-attached children tend to play more with their children.  Additionally, these parents react more quickly to their children’s needs and are generally more responsive than parents of insecurely-attached children.

Of course, bonding with children is different to spoiling them.

While being there and sharing time and experiences are crucial, this does not mean submitting to every whim of the child. Nor does it mean compensating for a lack of attention by attempting to buy happiness with gifts.

Research worldwide shows that as society has grown more materially wealthy – as more ‘things’ have become available for children – the incidence of depression and emotional problems has also increased.

Remember the Reverend Jesse Jackson’s perceptive and often-quoted observation:

“Your children need your presence more than your presents.”

Bonding – the Easiest Parenting Task of All!

Of all the things parents must do to take care of their children, Bonding is not only the easiest, but it is the least expensive and the most enjoyable.  And of all the things a parent can do to make the greatest impact on their child’s future happiness and success, bonding with your child to create a secure attachment has by far the greatest impact.

It all starts with a simple hug…

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