5 Common Mistakes to Avoid in PSLE English

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When it comes to English, mastering the fundamentals of grammar and its correct usage is essential for your child to do well in the subject. However, despite many years of learning the language and going through numerous practice assessments, some students may still find themselves making errors that could have been avoided and thus saving them a few extra points.

Ms Suritha Shah, a PSLE English Trainer at MindChamps, highlights some of the mistakes that students commonly make in the PSLE English paper and shares the correct usage for each.

1. Everyday vs Every Day

‘Everyday’ is an adjective. When used as an adverbial phrase of time, it should be written as ‘every day’.

Incorrect: She jogs in the park everyday.

Correct: She jogs in the park every day.

Here’s how to use ‘everyday’ correctly:

Jogging in the park is her everyday activity.

2. Issues with Apostrophes

When used to depict possession

Apostrophes are commonly used to reflect possession, such as:

Jack’s house

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However, do take note of the correct placement of apostrophes in the following instances:

* If two people possess the same item, put the apostrophe + s after the second name.

Jack and Helen’s house is magnificent.

* If there is no joint possession and each person owns a separate item, add apostrophe + s to both names.

Jack’s and Helen’s houses are both magnificent.

When it comes to personal pronouns

When using personal pronouns, do not add apostrophe + s.

For example:

Incorrect: It’s leg is injured.

Correct: Its leg is injured.

Incorrect: She turned to face Helen, who’s face was pale.

Correct: She turned to face Helen, whose face was pale.

Omission of apostrophes in contractions

Apostrophes can be used to show an omission of letters, and is commonly used as part of a contraction.

For example:

it is = it’s

does not = doesn’t

has not = hasn’t

Changing a regular noun to the plural form

Do remember not to use apostrophe + s to change a regular noun into plural.

For example:

Holiday should be changed to holidays and not holiday’s

Apostrophe should be changed to apostrophes and not apostrophe’s

3. Were vs Where vs We’re

Here’s what you need to know when using these three words to construct sentences:

‘Were’ is the past tense of the verb ‘to be’.

Examples:

If I were a king, I would live in a grand palace.

They were in school today.

 

‘Where’ is an adverb to indicate ‘in’ or ‘at what place’.

Examples:

Where is the train station?

Where are we going tomorrow?

 

‘We’re’ is the contraction of ‘we are’.

Examples:

We’re going to Sentosa tomorrow.

We’re having a discussion.

4. Lie vs Lay

First of all, do familiarise yourself with the definition of these two words:

Lie – recline or assume a resting position

Lay – to put or place something in a horizontal position

Take into consideration how the past and past participle tenses would differ, when both lie and lay are taken as present tense.

Present Tense: Lie

Past Tense: Lay

Past Participle Tense: Lain

Present Tense: Lay

Past Tense: Laid

Past Participle Tense: Laid

5. Then vs Than

‘Then’ is most commonly used as an adverb. It is used in relation to time and the order in which events occur.

For example:

He ended the call, then packed his bags.

Walk straight, then turn right when you see the huge painting.

 

On the other hand, ‘Than’ is used to express a comparison between two or more items.

For example:

Tom is stronger than Aaron.

 

This article was first published on the MindChamps blog.

Want to know how to help your child do well in PSLE English? Find out more about our PSLE Success programme now and book a one-on-one PSLE Learning Strength Evaluation for your child.

 

5 Ways to Help Your P3 Child to Love Science

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Here in Singapore, students embark on the learning journey to discover the wonders of science in primary 3. While most students start off the journey filled with high hopes and excitement (after all, science truly is a fascinating subject filled with amazing discoveries), they may soon lose interest in the subject upon learning that their love and interest may not be enough to help them score well in the science exams.

So, what can you do to help your children retain their passion in the subject and motivate them not to give up hope? Charmaine Choo, Assistant Director of Curriculum and Training at MindChamps shares the following tips to help parents instill a love in science in their children from the start:

1. Make learning fun

The rule of thumb to spur your child’s interest in Science is to make it comprehensible, engaging and fun.

You can achieve this by conducting simple Science experiments with your child such as making slime with cornflour, creating static electricity or making ice lollies. On a good day, you can also “wander and wonder” together. This could involve a trip to a nearby park, the Botanic Gardens or the Science Centre. Alternatively, you can also introduce your child to Science games and/or simulations online.

See also: How to Raise a Child Who Loves to Read

2. Make science relevant

When children see how the knowledge learnt in school is applicable to their lives, they will naturally become curious and interested to learn more.

Watch Science documentaries on channels such as Discovery Channel Animal Planet and National Geographic with your child and ask him/her questions such as:

Q: Why is it common practice to spread and hang towels after using them?

A: This increases their exposed surface area, thereby increasing the rate of evaporation of water.

Q: Why is it necessary to brush your teeth before going to bed?

A: Some bacteria in your mouth respire anaerobically and produce lactic acid that causes tooth decay.

Q: Why is it important to exercise regularly?

A: Aerobic exercise makes the heart stronger.

Q: Why is it important to put fresh milk in the fridge?

A: Low temperature slows the growth of bacteria.

When you relate the things that are taught in school to what your child already knows, this helps to increase his/her retention of the new information.

3. Be supportive of your child’s efforts to learn

Form a learning partnership with your child where partners are equal rather than adopting an instructor/student (master/slave) model. Ask your child what he/she is learning in school and encourage him/her to “fill the gaps” by seeking clarification. Empower your child to understand that learning is a process, and that failure is an important part of that process. Also, focus on your child’s strengths and recognise and celebrate your child’s achievements (no matter how small) as these forms of positive reinforcement will keep your child motivated to learn.

See also: Top Ways to Encourage Your Child to Learn Chinese

4. Inculcate healthy study habits

This includes being ready for class, paying attention during class and revising the material that was covered in class as soon as possible. It is also important to help your child stay organised and in control of his/her work. You can help your child by setting up a system when filing his/her school papers and assignments, and drawing up a simple and realistic timetable to follow every day. With everything in place, your child will be able to take charge of the learning schedule without feeling overwhelmed, and in turn, he/she will be more motivated to learn.

5. Communicate

Encourage your child to express his/her opinion, talk about his/her feelings, and make choices together. Good learners have the confidence to be heard without the fear of being judged, put down, discouraged or ignored.

On the other hand, it is also beneficial to catch up with your child’s teachers every now and then. This will give you a better understanding of the school curriculum and activities and help you support your child better. A positive parent-teacher relationship also demonstrates to your child that he/she can trust his/her teacher.

 

Does your P6 child need help in PSLE Science? Find out more about our PSLE Success™ programme now and book a one-on-one PSLE Learning Strength Evaluation for your child. 

5 things parents should know about the Direct School Admission (DSA) programme

Are you so over your child preparing for PSLE?

Is there another option besides PSLE that determines your child’s admission into secondary school? There is, and here are some factors to consider in acing that option, called Direct School Admission – Secondary, or DSA-Sec.

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What is DSA?   

A DSA-Sec participating school is one that offers your child the opportunity to secure a place in secondary school prior to Secondary One posting, after the release of the PSLE results, through the following considerations.

Getting onto the DSA route has several advantages. Firstly, by looking at past results, you can determine how well your child would fare in the PSLE. This has the effect of quelling some nerves. Secondly, DSA goes beyond academic results to consider your child’s chances in the areas of sports, music and drama, for example.

As with all important milestones in life, DSA is a programme that is supposed to work for you, but in cases of insufficient or ineffective planning, the situation could wreak havoc or be reduced to nothing instead.

Thus, we provide you with the following tips so you have a better idea of DSA and how it works:

Ensure you are not barking up the wrong tree

You can find out a with distinctive programmes participating in DSA-Sec Exercise. If your child has an interest or has already cultivated Community and Youth Leadership, Admiralty Secondary School might just be the school you want to target. Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road) lists Speech and Drama, as well as Sports & Outdoor Education. East Spring Secondary School is into Environmental Science & Sustainable Living and Community & Youth Leadership, while there are several schools that list “English Language” as pivotal for applicants.

It’s prudent to have a school of choice in mind, with two alternative options when planning for your child’s DSA-Sec application. This may prove to be a piece of wise advice indeed.

 Start Planning Early

Most agree that Primary 4 is a good time to start planning. Planning can begin by ascertaining your child’s potential for what’s to come. Say your child is a genius for debating on a wide range of subjects, but if he/she still feels uncomfortable with public speaking, then it’s something that he/she can work on.

DSA is not a haphazard accumulation of result slips, but rather, a compilation of proper documentation provided by the school, such as examination results or certificates to show your child’s persistent participation in the non-academic area of choice.

Academic wise, based on results beginning from primary 3, you can determine if your child is apt academically or otherwise, so that you can begin your efforts to encourage him/her to tread in the right direction. Do note that children who get into the DSA scheme are usually children from the top or second top classes in their schools.

What are the procedures?

Some schools require applicants to do a piece of writing, like “Why You Chose Our School”, while other schools get the hopefuls to sit through a test. Some schools will have the candidates undergo a selection process, like organising debates to determine the best speakers and winning teams.

There will likely be an interview with your child. This is the part that can be quite challenging for him/her.

The Interview

Another major way to overcome this is to seek help through specialised programmes such as the MindChamps Thinking Cap Programme. Apart from helping your child build self-esteem, confidence and motivation to study, the programme also leads to learning outcomes like improved ability in oral communication, increased ability to understand and express written English, synthesis and expression skills, and more.

To find out more, click here to book seats to our next complimentary workshop!

 

This article was first published on the MindChamps blog

5 Things You Can Do to Help Your P5 Child Prepare for PSLE

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We all want our children to do well in their studies and exams, especially the all-important PSLE in Primary 6. While current P6 students are feeling the stress and are frantically doing what they can to prepare for PSLE which is just months away, this does not make things any easier for your child in Primary 5 who will be in the exact situation next year.

Education experts often recommend early preparation as the secret to PSLE success. But what can you and your child do to kick start the PSLE preparations now without letting stress get to the both of you?

Here are some areas to focus on to help you and your child stay ahead of the PSLE preparations in P5:

1. Start a study timetable and set realistic targets

Start preparing for the big exam early by drawing up a practical and realistic study timetable to help your child get the most out of the time he/she has available. From the timetable, both of you can zoom in further to establish realistic and measurable goals which he/she is confident about achieving.

If your child is not one who has been scoring straight A’s throughout his/her primary school life, it may not be realistic to expect him/her to work towards that for PSLE. Instead, since your child has the advantage of time on his/her side, you could encourage him/her to focus on perfecting one module at a time before moving on to the next. By conquering the task in bite-sized pieces, your child’s confidence level will increase and his/her performance might just surpass both your expectations.

2. Reinforce the relevance of studying

Discuss with your child on his/her aspirations in terms of the secondary school, junior college or university that he/she hopes to attend. However, be mindful and nurturing about the way you approach the subject and do refrain from making judgemental remarks which may make your child feel discouraged. This discussion will help to reinforce the reasons why he/she should put in the effort to study hard and get good results for PSLE, because at the end of the day all these will help him/her reach his/her goals.

3. Explore proven study methods and exam strategies

Instead of letting your child get caught up in a marathon of assessment books and past exam papers, take some time to look up on study methods that can help him/her prepare for the exams better. Try them out and see if they are suitable for your child and make necessary tweaks according to your child’s strengths. Talking to his/her teachers and other parents whose children have gone through PSLE on strategies for tackling exam questions helps to make the study preparation more effective.

4. Instil a positive mindset towards learning

Oftentimes, the one thing that is holding back your child in reaching his/her fullest potential lies in his/her lack of interest in learning. You can help to turn this around by zooming in on what is expected of your child for each subject to ease his/her confusion and frustrations towards the study preparation.  With the right mindset and learning strategies in place, your child will be able to handle the PSLE preparations with confidence and ease.

5. Practice balance and don’t leave fun out of the picture

Although you are helping your child stay on track of his/her PSLE preparations, it is equally important to create a balance in his/her life. Make sure your child gets enough rest and has enough time to destress by doing other things that interest him/her such as watching TV, spending time with friends or playing his/her favourite sports. This teaches your child about goal-setting and achievement while taking care of his/her emotional and physical growth and well-being to avoid getting a burnout.

 

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Kick Start Your Child’s PSLE Preparation with MindChamps Enrichment Programmes

Apart from helping your child start his/her study plans for PSLE early with the suggested actions discussed above, you can take this a step further by enrolling him/her for the following MindChamps Enrichment programmes:

Professor Snyder’s Thinking Cap Learning System (For P1 & P2)

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Let your child benefit from MindChamps’ proprietary Professor Snyder’s Thinking Cap Learning System that meets and goes beyond the latest requirements in the MOE curriculum. This programme empowers your children with effective learning and thinking skills to help them excel in school, and fosters emotional resilience and effective communication skills in them. The combination of all these skills will greatly benefit him/her during the learning journey in primary and secondary school, as well as upon moving on to tertiary studies and beyond.

Primary 5 Success™/PSLE Success™

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MindChamps’ Primary 5 Success™ and PSLE Success™ programme is developed with the specific purpose of equipping your child with proven strategies to excel in his/her PSLE English, Maths, Science and Chinese exams with confidence. In line with MOE’s syllabus, the programme features the proprietary OPTIMAL FLOW METHOD™, a special ‘brain-friendly’ approach to learning the curriculum where students learn to actively understand and recall concepts effectively. This method has been found to be more effective compared to when subjects are taught separately and students struggle with joining the pieces into a coherent whole.

Ask us about our “100% Money Back Guarantee” terms when you enrol your child in the Primary 5 Success/PSLE Success by August 2016!

 

Find out more about the programmes and enjoy great savings when you enrol your child by 30 June 2016!

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MindChamps featured in The Business Times on 29 March 2016

Dear Parents,

It gives us great pleasure to share with you that The Business Times has featured the MindChamps ChampionGOLD Standard and the appointment of our Chief Academic Officer, Mr Steven Andrews, in their paper on 29 March 2016.

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As a progressive and innovative education institute, we do not believe in resting on our laurels and will continue to raise the bar for education with the development of our ChampionGOLD Standard, which is a comprehensive array of educational, operational and service-oriented benchmarks. This will allow us to implement our standards organisation-wide and ensure that the quality of our education and service is solid and scalable. Importantly, as MindChamps is already the mark against which other organisations measure themselves, the Champion-GOLD Standard is now the mark against which we, at MindChamps, measure our own performance.

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The ChampionGold Standard logo, our mark of distinction

We are also pleased to introduce to you, Mr Steven Andrews, who has joined us as our Chief Academic Officer. Steven’s distinguished career include his appointments as the former Senior Education Advisor to the United Kingdom government under the Tony Blair administration, former CEO of Tanglin Trust School, Singapore and the former Director of Education, Leicester City. Steven will play an important role in the implementation of our Champion-GOLD Standard and help us achieve the very highest standard of quality.

Lastly, we are proud to share with you that our Founder, Chairman and Group CEO, Mr David Chiem, was amongst the 56 out of 2,000 business leaders from the top Singapore 1000 corporations and SMEs who were featured in the Business Times (see below and attached) yesterday as well.

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Thank you for your continuous support and we look forward to sharing with you more of such exciting news in the near future!

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.”

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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10 March Holiday Activities That Will Keep Your Kids Meaningfully Occupied

It’s time for the kids to take a breather from school and lessons, as the March school holidays draw near!

Despite it being a short one-week break this time round, there are heaps of activities that you can slot in to keep them stimulated and occupied. Here’s a list of 10 March Holiday activities and programmes that you can add on to your list to keep things fun and exciting for your kids:

TIP: Look out for the promo codes provided for selected listings to enjoy a special discount on admission fees!

1. U Picnic – Space Odyssey (Perfect for the whole family)

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(Photo: NTUC U Family Facebook page)

NTUC’s U Picnic returns once again with an astronomical theme that promises a fun day out filled with intergalactic activities, tantalising food and bonding opportunities for the whole family!

Join in the “astrordinary” line-up of activities such as moon-walking with rebound shoes, launching into the air with bungee trampolines, meeting friendly Space Allies, and star gazing. Come dressed in your best space outfit and stand to win attractive prizes in the Best Dressed Space Explorers Contest and Best Anti-Gravity Photo Contest

A cosmic family picnic awaits!

Date: 12 March 2016

Time: 5pm to 9pm

Venue: Grand Lawn 1, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park River Plains

Admission Fees: $50 per family of 5 (Public) / $20 per family of 5 (NTUC Members)

Each ticket comes with an intergalactic goodie bag worth $40.

Click here for more details.

 

2. MindChamps ‘The Force Awakens’ Workshop (11 & 12 years old)

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Through a combination of English, Math and Science elements, your P5 and P6 child will learn about the principles of magnetism through hands-on activities and inspiring demonstrations in this MindChamps school holiday workshop. The workshop will also cover the basics of report writing and develop your child’s problem-solving skills which they can apply to their school work.

Date: 14 March 2016

Time: 9am to 5pm (Lunch is provided)

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

Admission Fee: $98/child (Enter promo code SP0316 to enjoy 15% off)

Click here for more details.

 

3. Elephant & Piggie’s “We are in a Play!” (3 years old and above)

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(Photo: The Players Theatre website)

This musical tells the tale of an elephant named Gerald and a pig named Piggie who are the best of friends – despite being very different from each other. Filled with beloved characters and lively songs, follow the adventures of the two friends as they discover fun lessons on friendship, being true to yourself, trying your best and thinking outside of the box.

 Date: From now until 13 March 2016

Time: 11am (5 & 12 March 2016), 1pm (6 & 13 March 2016)

Venue: Ulu Panda CC Theatreatte

Admission Fee: $32 (Per adult or child)

Click here for more details.

 

4. MindChamps’ Professor Snyder’s Thinking Cap Learning System (7 & 8 years old)

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Empower your child to stay ahead of the curve by applying MindChamps’ proprietary Professor Snyder’s Thinking Cap Learning System that meets and goes beyond the latest requirements in the MOE curriculum.

During this one-day workshop designed for P1 and P2 kids, your child will get to develop their motor and visual perception skills through fun activities and games and participate in creativity exercises using story-telling, drama and visualisation. Emphasis will also be placed on building emotional resilience and fostering effective communication skills in your child.

Date: 14 & 15 March 2016

Time: 10am to 1pm, 2pm to 5pm

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

Admission Fee: $98/child (Enter promo code SP0316 to enjoy 15% off)

Click here for more details.

 

5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites (3 years old and above)

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This ACT 3 International theatre production presents The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Little Cloud and The Mixed Up Chameleon.

Join The Very Hungry Caterpillar as he chomps his way on his journey to metamorphosis. Then, follow the bored Little Cloud who decides to straw away from his mates to go on a thrilling adventure where he transforms himself into various shapes such as an airplane, a sheep, a clown with a funny hat and even a shark! Lastly, tag along The Mixed Up Chameleon who doesn’t think much of his colour-changing abilities.

Come and get up close and personal with these lovable characters from Eric Carle’s book up on stage!

Date: 5 to 13 March 2016

Time: Refer to showtimes here

Venue: Drama Centre Theatre @ National Library Building

Admission Fee: Ticket prices start from $18

Click here for more details.

 

A workshop that instills good values in your children, and a chance for them to manage their own flea market stall. More exciting March holiday activities for kids on the next page…

Top 1% for five consecutive years

For the 5th consecutive year since 2011, MindChamps has been placed amongst the top 1% of Singapore’s leading corporations and SMEs. The rankings, which involves stringent and intensive reviews of over 70,000 audited financials obtained from the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority of Singapore (ACRA), was announced by DP Information Group – the official ranking body of companies in Singapore.

 

MindChamps Founder and Group CEO, Mr David Chiem, explained the reason for its consistent success: “Success in education is the result of earning people’s trust. We were very pleased, this past year, when an independent survey showed that MindChamps is most often associated in people’s minds with programmes based on strong research and science.”

 

To ensure that standards could be implemented organisation-wide and the quality of its education and service is solid and scalable, MindChamps spent years developing its ‘Champion-GOLD Standard’, a comprehensive array of educational, operational and service-oriented benchmarks that can be applied and measured across every service it offers.

Through the development and implementation of the ‘Champion-GOLD standard’, MindChamps is working to take the gold-standard of education to a whole new level so as to achieve the very highest standards of quality.

David expounded: “MindChamps is already the mark against which other organisations measure themselves. Now, the Champion-GOLD Standard is the mark against which we, at MindChamps, measure our own performance.”

 

Media Contact:

Mr. Alwyn Chia
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
MindChamps Holdings Private Limited
DID:  6828 2675
Email: alwynchia@mindchamps.org

The ‘Hour-Glass’ Model of Learning

My father was a wise man. Not because he held university degrees or a wall full of certificates, and certainly not because he held positions of great power. He was born with no great advantages, and he struggled all his years to build a life for his children that was better than the one he had inherited. He was a wise man, because, having spent every spare moment of his life in the pursuit of knowledge, he understood what it truly means to be educated.

The purpose of education is not merely to give us the answers we need right now, but rather to provide us with the confidence to go out and teach ourselves

I was about twelve years old, but I still remember the words he used to explain his philosophy to me. “The purpose of education,” he said, “is not merely to give us the answers we need right now, but rather to provide us with the confidence to go out and teach ourselves – for the rest of our lives.”

The complexity of modern society and the demands it places upon all of us – especially the young have resulted in information overload. The world is shrinking, and we are bombarded with data from so many different sources that it is difficult to make sense of it all. At school, the curriculum is filled with topics and facts, processes and techniques in all the myriad subjects, and students have available to them more raw information than at any other time in history.

Raw information can be daunting

But such an array of raw information can be daunting. Which facts are vital? Which are irrelevant? What do I already know that may be important? What do I still need to find out, and where can I access it? For a student facing these issues in a number of disciplines, the task can seem impossible, and the individual can slip into what psychologists call ‘overwhelm’.

But this form of overwhelm is just a symptom of the 21st century obsession with data, where the devil is, indeed, in the details. Our society and, consequently, its educational institutions have become so tied up in content that method is often lost in the background noise.

When I began teaching back in 1976, one old teacher warned me of this tendency. “Teaching,” he said, “is a cumulative profession. They keep adding things, but they don’t take anything away.” That was thirty-seven years ago, and the trend is accelerating. With the availability of so much information – from so many more sources – and with industry and the commercial world demanding so much more schools and their students, teachers are faced with crammed curricula, and it is a heroic task just to negotiate the information. But there is little time left to concentrate on the best approaches to learning.

What is needed is a model of thinking – a simple and effective approach to study – that enables the student to deal with the complexity of the available information in a way that controls it and focuses on the essential details, while filtering out the ‘white noise’ of irrelevant facts and erroneous opinion that fills so much of the internet and many print publications. To achieve this, we have developed an Hourglass Model of Learning:

 

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