A Child’s Development Begins with Brain Training

Dear Parents, did you know that a human’s cognitive abilities develop from the ages of 2 to 7 years old? This age is the best age to maximise your child’s mind through brain training.

Brain Training is a series of activities and exercises designed to boost neuronal connections and stimulate mental activity. There is increasing evidence that brain training and enrichment classes can be useful to both children and toddlers.

The brain is split into two hemispheres; the left and the right hemisphere. By training both sides of a child’s brain, they will grow into an individual who excels in both logical and creative thinking abilities.

The Digital Brain: The Memory Archive

The digital brain is a metaphor for a system for archiving, note-taking, and brainstorming, the left part of the brain hemisphere is associated with memory, speech and language and analytical abilities. Left-brained kids are very strong in verbal communication, calculations, and coding.

Brain training is being used by parents of young toddlers to enhance their cognitive development, both for improving their language skills as well as fostering better memory capabilities.

Memory Training for Kids

Memory training exercises that help in recollection train your left brain. As memory is used for storing and retrieving information, it is crucial to any student’s learning journey. This is especially important in Singapore schools where memorization techniques will help in learning some of the education and curriculum.

These memory techniques are commonly used by teachers or parents, such examples include elaboration, mnemonics, organization, mental imagery, and rehearsal.

Speech And Language: Communication for Children

Speech and language not only help with reading, writing and comprehension in school, but it helps with understanding others too. To develop communication skills in children, speech and language skills are important, this enables them to express themselves fluently and concisely.

Some speech and language techniques to encourage communication include reading to your child, speaking slowly and clearly and even singing nursery rhymes together with younger kids.

Analytical Abilities for Decision Making

Analytical abilities allow a child to make logical decisions with a thorough thinking process. It is important to nurture analytical abilities to bring out critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making abilities in kids.

Try asking your child questions, allowing them time to deliberate on their answers. By asking some follow up questions, kids will eventually develop useful critical thinking skills – these are some techniques you can use to train analytical abilities in your children.

The Analogue Brain: The Visual Brain

The analogue brain is involved with spatial awareness and movement, the right part of the brain hemisphere is associated with being very visual, its strengths are attention, creativity, and intuition. Right-brained kids are very strong in arts, music and are more sociable in a group setting.

Right brain training includes techniques that improve visual and listening abilities, speed and other skills that come from learning visually.

Focus To Improve Attention

Children who find it difficult to focus might seem disinterested or might be distracted easily while doing tasks such as homework. Improving a child’s focus will have significant benefits such as paying more attention to their surroundings, obeying instructions, and actively listening in conversations. The role of self-control in children to not react on impulse is one of the most beneficial reasons for training their focus.

To improve focus in children, you can create games with their homework to make it more engaging, like tossing a ball back and forth when asking and answering math questions. Another focus technique that parents can use is to set time-based goals for kids to concentrate on their schoolwork, this will allow fewer distractions and they will focus more of their attention on the task assigned.

Creativity and The Arts

Training creativity helps in self-expression, not only through the arts but for a child to express and cope with their feelings themselves. This also allows kids to be curious and discover new ways of thinking and decision making.

Spending some time with your child to create things with their hands, such as science, art or building projects together can encourage creativity. Giving children the opportunity to think out of the box when playing intriguing board games will foster creative thinking as well.

Bonding and Social Skills

Social skills allow your child to relate to, communicate and connect, these teach your children how to share, build relationships and foster team spirit with others.

Reminding children how to be conscious of others and their surroundings will allow them to be more socially responsible, we can also teach them respect for one another and have teamwork. Playing team games or having interactions with other children will enable your kids to have a sense of unity, concern for others and foster deeper friendships.

Unlock Your Child’s Brain Potential

Whether your child is left or right brained, your encouragement and support as a parent are crucial to maximising their potential. Always teach your child with patience, a calm demeanour, open communication, and open ears.

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Child Development Phase – ‘Terrible Twos’

‘Terrible Twos’. A phase all too common among parents and perhaps one of the more gut twisting conversation mothers might discuss about.

But what exactly is ‘Terrible Twos’? Well when a child goes pass the infancy stage to the pre-symbolic stage, there are many changes taking place in their brain and behaviour.

From being an angel, to what is more commonly known as ‘Terrible Twos’.

Well this is mainly a transition stage as your child goes through to toddlerhood. But what exactly is the cause of parents’ frustration during this phase? We all love our children, but sometimes, the ‘Terrible Twos’ stage puts us at our wits ends. How do we help ourselves? Is this simply just a ‘Terrible’ phase as it is called.

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Careless in School. Help My Child!

 

Why can’t my child see the difference? Why is he constantly so careless in his work and missing out on important details? Why does he make careless mistakes in his assignments? In modern day terms, most parents would assume that their child is careless.

More often than not, we focus on the aftermath, which is the red markings on the papers and schoolwork.

What are the reasons? Are our children simply careless, or is there more underlying reasons?

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Feeding the Young Brain – ‘Praise’

Humans don’t thrive on praise, but a little praise is like an jubilant boost to the brain and a person’s confidence.

There are debates on whether praise is beneficial or detrimental to children. However, the important thing to note is not whether “Should” we praise but “How” and ‘When” we praise children.

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Child Development – (Listening) Auditory Disorder Impacts Learning

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Are you listening to me?

Are you doing this on purpose?

Can you please follow the instructions?

Are you guilty of saying of any of these phrases during parenthood?


When young children mispronounce words, more often than not parents will enjoy a good laugh. When children hear us talk, they may try to imitate us in speech.


However…

What if children hear words wrongly and at an alarming frequency?

What if they are unable to comphrehend or follow through with simple instructions?

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IQ VS Cognition Functions

In the past 10 years, if you are an inquisitive adult, we would have guess that you would have probably had your fair share of IQ tests. Be it physical test papers or the online questionnaires, we’ve all played our part. But how many adults have actually participated in a cognitive assessment before? How far are we in terms of our cognitive functions? Continue reading IQ VS Cognition Functions

My Child is Careless – Visual Skills (Visual Discrimination)

Visual skills are important as it can affect an individual’s ability to excel in reading, learning, sports, and in day-to-day activities. We will be touching on one component: Visual Discrimination.

Visual discrimination is a component of visual skills. It is the ability of the individual to distinguish and identify subtle differences, be it in words, shapes, size or patterns or colours. Another easier explanation is how attentive an individual is to details.


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Brain Training On the Go!

While we place emphasis on keeping our mind active and fired up, not all brainy activities must be carried out within the vicinity of the classroom or computer programme. More often than not, we can train our minds on the go.  Continue reading Brain Training On the Go!

Exam Stress Management!

Exams have become a norm in the education system and serves as a gauge of how the child is performing at their studies. While it may not give a full picture of how the child copes with the various subjects, what it does show you is perhaps how far your child has come along in learning, and even show you some of their characteristics.


Undeniably, exam stress does come to most people, be it adult or children as the skill sets varies among individuals, likewise strengths and weaknesses.

For example, in Mathematics, there are questions which require more problem-solving skills, while there are others which may require more meticulous attention and carefulness. Likewise in English or Literature, it may offer you a glimpse of your child’s range of vocabulary and language skills. Art may reflect creativity and perception, while perhaps argumentative essays can highlight your child’s reasoning skills.

While these exams may offer some insight to your child’s personality and learning, it does not reflect the entire makeup of the child.

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Brain Training Boost Brain Ability

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As children grow and develop, there are several milestones that they meet in the different growing phases. This growth is not just physical but also encompasses mental development. In fact brain development / Cognitive Development is a field that has been widely discussed in over the years, and brain laboratories are popping up over University Campus all over the world.

For example, Piaget’s theory of cognitive development as discussed earlier, gives us a better understanding on how far our children has come along in their brain development. As adults, we may think ‘Why waste time playing when you should be learning your ABCs,’ but what we may not be aware is that playing is actually an essential part of development.

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