MindChamps PreSchool @ West Coast Plaza

MindChamps PreSchool at West Coast Plaza is located on level 1 of the neighbourhood shopping centre.

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The front entrance of MindChamps PreSchool @ West Coast Plaza

Its close proximity to major highways such as the AYE and West Coast Highway makes the preschool centre easily accessible for parents residing in the western part of Singapore, such as Clementi, West Coast, Pasir Panjang, Jurong and Bukit Timah.

Do check out the following snapshots of the centre:

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Look out for the towering Wishing Tree installation as you walk into the centre.

The Wishing Tree is MindChamps PreSchool’s initiative to inculcate in every young champ the number one core value of the preschool – HEART. Through this, we encourage champs to make wishes for others (i.e. a family member, another child or the less fortunate) to foster in them the habit of thinking of others first before themselves.

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The Mind Gym, where enrichment programmes are conducted for the champs.
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Find out what goes on during your child’s classes.
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Bright and conducive classrooms where lessons are held daily.
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Cosy reading corners to inspire young readers.

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mindchamps preschool, west coast plaza
The bathroom which comes with child-sized facilities to ensure the safety of champs.

 

Contact the centre at 6900 4500 or book a centre visit here: http://www.mindchampsfamily.com/forms/index.php/preschool-book-your-center

Kids Who Spend Time with Their Fathers Have a Higher IQ

Through the eyes of a child, Daddy is someone they turn to when it comes to fun activities and making sense of important life lessons, skills and values.

Thanks to an increasing number of fathers being more involved in parenting these days, kids in most households get to spend quality time with dad regularly. This has proven to spur wonderful results when it comes to the development of children while growing up, according to a study conducted by academics at the University of Newcastle, United Kingdom.

kids who spend time with their fathers have a higher IQ

Dads do matter

The 2008 study involved more than 11,000 British men and women born in 1958. The mothers of the subjects were asked how often the father of their child spent time doing activities with them, such as reading, organising outings and general “quality time”.

Through the findings, researchers found that children whose fathers spent more time with them had a higher IQ and were more socially mobile than those who lacked fatherly involvement while growing up. It was also interesting to note that the differences were still noticeable later on in life.

Dr Daniel Nettle who led the research affirmed to The Telegraph: “What was surprising about this research was the real sizeable difference in the progress of children who benefited from paternal interest and how thirty years later, people whose dads were involved are more upwardly mobile.”

“The data suggest that having a second adult involved during childhood produces benefits in terms of skills and abilities that endure throughout adult life.”

In 2012, Ronald Rohner, the director of the Center for the Study of Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection at the University of Connecticut, reviewed the findings of this study and found out that in most cases, fathers have more influence on their kids’ development.

“Knowing that kids feel loved by their father is a better predictor of young adults’ sense of well-being, of happiness, of life satisfaction,” Rohner commented.

What are some activities which dads can enjoy with their children? Head over to the next page for some ideas.

 

What is Your Child’s Learning Style?

Is your child’s constant fidgeting while doing homework or their need to listen to music while studying causing you to worry? There’s no need to lose sleep over this – he/she might just be doing what is needed to learn.

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According to child psychologists, every child learns differently, and finding out your child’s learning style can help you work with him/her towards academic success. In a classroom setting, some kids learn best by hearing the teacher explain it, some learn by observing what’s on the whiteboard, while others learn through hands-on activities.

Do take note of the following types of learning styles to find out what works best for your child:

Auditory Learners

Auditory learners typically absorb information from spoken words, and they may like to study by reciting information aloud. If your child is an auditory learner, he/she may need may need a quiet space to study with soft music playing in the background.

Strategies that work:

  • Talking to themselves or with others about what they are learning
  • Reciting important information aloud – they may even record it and play it back again
  • Using word associations to remember facts, or creating a tune to help them remember information
  • Limiting distractions and background noises/activity

Kinaesthetic Learners

Kinaesthetic learners learn best by “doing and touching”. As they prefer to be active while studying, they may have problems focusing when sitting still. They process information by writing it down or doing hands-on activities.

Strategies that work:

  • Reading aloud and tracking words on a page with their finger
  • Writing things down multiple times to help them memorise
  • Highlighting and underlining key points
  • Taking frequent study breaks
  • Doing hands-on activities, such as building models and playing games

Visual Learners

Visual learners take in new information by reading, looking at and drawing graphics and charts, or watching a demonstration. Children who are visual learners benefit from seeing information presented in a chart or graph, and may get impatient listening to details and explanation for long periods of time.

Strategies that work:

  • Organising facts by using flash cards, charts, tables, mind maps and illustration
  • Highlighting, underlining and colour-coding information
  • Taking down notes and reviewing them

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What to do next

Maureen McKay, author and founder of Optimistic Outcomes, a website that provides tips to parents based on their child’s learning style, advises parents to keep in mind that although it is tempting to stick with learning strategies that work, their child’s preferred learning style may change as he/she grows up. In addition, people who learn in a variety of ways are known to be  able to absorb information more easily.

“Really well-balanced students will be able to be comfortable learning in all ways. Knowing that and working on that when they’re young gives them a competitive advantage,” she says.

They key here is to use a variety of approaches to help kids learn. For example, when your child gets bored with the same flash cards routine (a visual strategy) to learning Maths, McKay suggests using a family board game that uses two dice and asking him/her to count how many spaces each player should advance. This is a kinaesthetic approach which may also appeal to visual and auditory learners.

An Understanding that Strengthens Family Relationships

Indeed, when parents are aware of their child’s learning style, this can help to reduce study battles and strengthen the parent-child bond.

“It’s very empowering for families to really understand each other and how they learn and how they think to work out problems,” McKay says. “This kind of involvement is a great way to bond with your kids and to impart knowledge, and it’s really fun.”

5 Values to Teach Your Kids Before They Turn 5

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The early years of your child’s life are the most crucial, as it is during this time that the brain triples its weight and establishes thousands of billions of nerve connections.

According to paediatric experts, this is also a time of great discovery for children as their language, basic motor skills and thinking start to flourish. They are now more aware of how things work in the world, and are able to understand their own feelings and pick up those of others around them.

With this in mind, it is crucial to take extra care of the things that we say and lessons that we would like to impart to them, for these will shape them into the person that they will become in the future.

To get things off on the right path, you can start by instilling these five values in your children during the first years:

1. Honesty

Children learn best by observing what you do and how you interact with others throughout the day, so the way to encourage your children to be truthful is to practice truthfulness yourself.

“If there’s a discrepancy between what you say and what you do, your kids are just going to ignore what you told them. But if your actions are consistent with your words, then your message is going to be reinforced,” stressed Dr Gary Hill, Ph.D., Director of Clinic Services at The Family Institute at Northwestern University.

On the other hand, it is also important to try not to overreact if your child lies to you. Developmental Psychologist, Susan Ayers Denham, affirms to parents that before the age of 3 or 4, toddlers are not able to fully grasp the concept of lying, as they are unable to differentiate between reality and fantasy.

They key is to take time to listen to their explanation and help them find a way to tell you the truth.

 

2. Perseverance

Perseverance is a value that you should encourage in your kids from a very young age. During this time, children are likely to keep trying until they can manage a task successfully (e.g. learning to feed themselves). As they grow up, they will start comparing their abilities with their peers and siblings, which can lead to feelings of inadequacy.

As a parent, it is important to let your child know that you are proud of him/her and give praise for the effort that he/she has put in. When he/she feels discourages, guide him/her towards the right path – without “spoon-feeding” by solving the problem for them youself.

When practiced from the start, your child will make it a point to give his/her best in everything that he/she does while growing up.

 

We often overlook the importance of instilling in our children the ability to love with all their hearts. More on this on the next page…

Diamond Rain

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Imagine this.

Tomorrow, when you wake up, you swing your legs out of bed, find your slippers with your feet, and make your way across to the window to open the blind and let in the new day.

It is raining. Again.

Nothing particularly unusual, you might think – except that as you watch the rain falling down outside the window, you realise that this time it is different.

Because, this time, instead of raining… rain, it is raining diamonds. Beautiful, brilliant-cut, high-quality stones – some the size of pigeon eggs, some barely a carat, but all of them perfect.

The breakfast announcer on the radio, his voice even more hysterical than usual, informs you that this miraculous diamond rain phenomenon is repeating itself across the entire planet, on every continent, in every major population centre. Billions and billions of the precious stones, falling like a gift from the heavens.

For a moment, it is better than Christmas. A fortune dropping out of the sky; yours to pick up and possess.

You rush outside to fill your pockets. Perhaps you take a shopping bag, so that you can gather even more of the treasure.

Some of your neighbours are already out there, raking the stones into piles, shovelling them into wheel-barrows or sacks, smiling like Aladdin in the cave of the forty-thieves.

But then you stop, as the realisation strikes.

There is no point in rushing to gather up the precious stones, to store them away like a squirrel’s cache of winter nuts.

The phenomenon is worldwide. Which means…

That from today on, diamonds will be as common, worldwide, as pebbles or rocks.

That the value of a diamond will, therefore, be about the same as that of a pebble or rock.

Virtually worthless.

And that goes for the diamonds which in the past, you spent so much of your hard-earned salary to buy.

We live, today in an era akin to the diamond rain of this imaginary scenario. The sky has not unleashed a storm of the once-precious stones, of course, but human ingenuity has, almost overnight, devalued what has been, for most of human history, the most valuable commodity known to Man – information.

Like the diamonds in our story, it falls from the air around us, bidding us to pick it up and use it – but as we will discover later – its very availability renders it, in and of itself, almost valueless.

In the world of the Information Revolution, our concepts of information and knowledge – and of education itself – are in drastic need of a rethink.

Information – in the sense of raw data – is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, and wisdom is not foresight. Each grows out of the other and we need them all.
~Arther C.Clarke (scientist and author)

The above is a modified abstract from the book ‘The 3-Mind Revolution‘.
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3-Mind Revolution discusses the concept of a “trinity of minds” that consists of:

  • The Champion Mind
  • The Learning Mind, and
  • The Creative Mind

If we are to negotiate our way successfully through our exciting new world, all the three minds need to develop in unison. Join our complimentary workshop to learn more about how MindChamps programmes are specially designed by experts in the fields of education, neurology, psychology and theatre from around the world, to develop the 3 minds of young children.

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Which is Better for your Child – Digital Books or Traditional Books?

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Recently there has been considerable, and sometimes heated, debate in the media regarding the relative merits of digital books and traditional (or paper) books.

So, which format is better for your child?

This question involves what educational researchers call ‘a false dichotomy’. After all, very little – in education or in life – is ‘either/or’.

Some parents are concerned that the quality of digital books is not as high as traditional books, and are avoiding using them at home. As technology continues to move forward, however, we must accept that some, if not all, books and stories our children will read later in childhood and into adulthood will be in digital form. Given this reality, it is prudent to prepare our children, by familiarising them thoroughly with digital formats.  Having said this, however, we must exercise caution and good judgment in regard to the books we choose – in any format – and the ways in which we use them.

Both traditional and digital books have beneficial features that can assist the literacy development of our children, as we can see here:

Beneficial Features of Traditional Books

The main benefit of traditional books for pre-schoolers (especially babies and toddlers) is that they have tactile features that digital books do not have – such as moving parts and a variety of surfaces.  Young children have a heightened tactile affinity and benefit from the stimulation of an unusual surface in a book, or opening, closing and sliding parts to add meaning to the story and generate greater interest and excitement.

The intonation and emotional interpretation a parent can put into reading a book is far superior to the pre-recorded voice of a digital book.

Beneficial Features of Digital Books

There are some fantastic features of digital books too, such as animation of pictures, sound effects and music. These features will capture the attention of infants and young children, and will add excitement to a reading experience – as long as they are carefully designed so as not to divert the easily-distracted child, thus interfering with the narrative flow and the association between the written word and the sound.

Despite its benefits, digital books come with a hidden danger too! Find out what it is on the next page…

Your Child’s Future is Collectively in Our Hands

Are you looking for a preschool for your child?
Unsure which preschool is the best for him/her?

You are invited to attend the MindChamps Preschool Curriculum Talk presented by Founder and Group CEO, Mr David Chiem.

Have your questions answered on the following:
– What is the school’s educational philosophy?
– What kind of training and credentials do the teachers hold?
– What is science behind our world-renowned curriculum?
– Why MindChamps PreSchool is voted as the No. 1 choice by Singapore parents?*
– How does MindChamps PreSchool prepare young children for the challenges of the future?


MindChamps PreSchool Curriculum Talk
Date: 19 March 2016
Time: 10am – 12.30pm (Sat)
Venue: Professor Snyder Theatre
Address: HDB Hub East Wing, Level 17, 480 Lor 6 Toa Payoh

Click HERE to register for the talk.

 

*According to a survey of 4,000 participants carried out by Brand Alliance, 2015

Communicating With Your Pre-schooler – Fostering Effective Communication and Social Skills (Part 4)

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Golden Rule #4: Develop strategies for Controlling Negative Emotions in Any Situation

When emotions (yours or your child’s) create a barrier to resolving a situation, it is important to have strategies in place, to ‘defuse’ the moment.

1. Especially in times of crisis, or when they are ‘in trouble’, don’t ‘stand over’ your child.

Standing over your child may well win reluctant obedience, but our aim is to guide and share, rather than dictate and dominate.  Instead, physically try and get down to your child’s level (crouch, sit on a low stool or on the floor), then talk.  For an excellent example of this approach, watch a really good kindergarten teacher in operation.

2. If you are very upset or angry about a behaviour or an incident, allow some ‘time out’ to calm yourself down and regain control before ‘dealing’ with the incident.

Emotional responses are never as effective as considered ones.  Though you might feel the need to address the incident immediately, it is far better to deal with it effectively and with a positive resolution, than to take action that is fuelled by unmanaged emotion.

As a guide, it takes about 20 minutes for a heightened emotional state to subside, as long as there is an absence of further aggravation.

Give your child some time on his/her own, to think about what has occurred, and then find a way to disperse the anger before discussing the incident. Say something non-threatening like “We both need some time to calm down and think a little bit about what happened.  When we are both calm we can have a talk about it”.

3. Avoid asking “Why?” as your first question

“Why” is usually interpreted as an accusation demanding an excuse and puts the child on the defensive.

Begin by simply asking “What happened?” and follow with something like “Tell me all you can” or “How did you feel”. The “Why?” question will follow naturally, but without forcing the justification – which may be unclear.

Questions which draw out the truth without accusation reduce the level of ‘threat’ the child is feeling and lead to a resolution far more efficiently than threats or badgering.

 

What should you do if you suspect that your child is lying to you? Read on for more tips on the next page.

MindChamps Brand Ambassador – Yip Pin Xiu

Pin Xiu is a MindChamps ambassador and National Paralympic Swimmer. She won the gold medal in the women’s 50m backstroke event during the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, which earned her the unique distinction of being Singapore’s first and only Paralympics gold medallist to date. Pin Xiu is also a recipient of prestigious awards including the Meritorious Service Medal BBM in 2008, the Junior Chamber International’s 10 Outstanding Young Persons of the World award in 2011 and has been inducted in the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame in 2014.

“I don’t ever want to stop training. I know that I can achieve what I want if I put my mind to it.” ~ Yip Pin Xiu

 

In 2016, Pin Xiu has made news several times after being nominated and subsequently awarded as The Straits Times Athlete of the Year. Her world record breaking feat achieved at the 8th ASEAN Para Games held in Singapore in 2015 in the women’s 50m backstroke (S2 Class) had earned her this nomination. For her amazing achievement, Pin Xiu was also previously nominated as 2015 The Straits Times Singaporean of the Year in January this year and was accorded The Straits Times Star of the Month award for December 2015.

Importantly, despite being afflicted by muscular dystrophy, Pin Xiu believes in overcoming her disability and achieving success by adopting a Champion Mindset, which is a personal attribute that enables individuals to achieve their true potential as well as recognising their weaknesses and turning them into strengths.

 

At MindChamps, we believe that the Champion Mindset is a transferable commodity. In other words, it can be taught and learned. Join our ‘What Makes A Champion Student’ workshop to find out more about how our award-winning programmes can impart the Champion Mindset to your child. (Suitable for children from 4 years to tertiary level.)