Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Nov/Dec 2016 Holiday Workshops

Don't miss our joy-filled, action-packed holiday workshops!
Registration opens on 1 October 2016.

Tiny Acorns 
Suitable for 2 to 3.5 years, a parent-accompanied class

Accompany your toddlers as they explore and discover a world filled with colours and textures. Observe how little fingers create their own interpretations of a colourful world through play-based activities that stimulate their senses in a language-rich environment.  Allow us to open their eyes to the wonders of Science through experiments that delight and surprise.

Workshop 1: 
Dates: Sundays 6th, 13th & 20th November
Time: 9am - 10.30am

Workshop 2: 
Dates: Saturdays 26th November, 3rd and 10th December
Time: 9am - 10.30am

Workshop Fees: $168 per parent/child pair (includes a Totbook and all materials)
Bring-a-friend/sibling and get 5% off per child. Group of 4 pays $630.

Curious Explorers
Suitable for 4 to 6 years old

Do animals play hide-and-seek? As we embark on a journey into the animal kingdom, we invite our curious explorers to discover the secrets of predators and preys in their natural habitats. Through hands-on activities, dramatization and crafts, our explorers will hone their problem solving skills to complete their adventures.

Workshop 3: 
Saturdays 3rd, 10th and 17th December
Time: 3.30pm - 5pm
Workshop Fees: $170 per child (include lapbook and all materials)
Bring-a-friend/sibling and get 5% off per child. Group of 4 pays $630. 

Creative Thinkers
Suitable for Lower Primary & Advanced K2 kids     - ONE place left! 

Through the tale of an endearing spider's life journey, our 6 to 8-year-old participants will be treated to an exciting and experiential three sessions where we introduce current affairs through speech and drama, group discussions and games that stretch their imagination. Participants will put on their thinking caps as a team to solve scenarios that test their ability to think critically and creatively. For some, the writing challenges will be all it takes to ignite the writing spark in them as they discover the power of words.

Workshop 4:
Dates: Sundays 13th, 20th and 27th November
Time: 2.15pm - 3.45pm
Workshop Fees: $178 per child (include lapbook and learning pack after workshop)
Bring-a-friend/sibling and get 5% off per child.

Max 5 students per workshop.

To register, please click here.   Confirmation of places are on a first-come-first-served basis.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Term 1/2017 Bright Minds Lapbookers

Classes are open for registration on 5 October 2016.

For 2.5 - 3.5 years old (parent-accompanied)
Saturday 10.30am - 11.30am
Sunday, 2.15pm - 3.45pm
For 3.5 - 4 years old (parent-accompanied)
Saturday, 1.15pm - 2.30pm    
Sunday 9am - 10am
Sunday 4pm - 5pm

For 4 - 5.5 years old
Sunday, 1 - 2.15pm  

For K2 Level 
Saturday, 11.30am - 12.45pm

For Lower Primary   - New Programme! (*watch this space for details)
Sunday, 10am - 12pm

Term 1/2017 begins on 7 January 2017. For term dates, please click here. 

Limited Period promotions:

1. Join-with-Siblings: Second child gets 5% off term fees, third child gets 10% off term fees
2. Bring-A-Friend: Both students get 5% off fees of the same term (need not be in same class)

All current students (of Term 4/2016) will get priority registration for Term 1/2017. New students will be placed on wait list. All registrations are subject to availability, on a first-come-first-served basis. For all terms & conditions, please refer to FAQs.

To register your child, please click here

Hundreds of children between the ages of 2 and 7 attended our Bright Minds Lapbookers classes since 2009. Many appreciative parents have sent us testimonials via emails, SMS and handwritten notes. To read what other parents said about our classes, click here.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Term 1/2017

7 January 2017
8 January 2017
14 Jan
15 Jan
21 Jan
(no class on 28 Jan, CNY)
22 Jan
(no class on 29 Jan, CNY)
4 February 
5 February
11 Feb
12 Feb
18 Feb
19 Feb
25 Feb
26 Feb
4 March
(no class on 11 Mar)
5 March
(no class on 12 Mar)
18 Mar
19 Mar
25 Mar
26 Mar

Our Term 1/2017 classes will be ready for registration soon.

Priority will be given to current students of Term 4/2016 classes.

To place your child on wait list, please click here for details.

Can Everyone Teach?

An interesting read on The Case of $320,000 Kindergarten Teachers (article here).

How hard can it be to teach preschoolers?

Most people will probably conclude that it can't be difficult at all. It definitely isn't rocket science. 

But can everyone do an equally effective job of coaching and guiding pre-schoolers?

Let's see. 

As long as we are literate, we should be able to coach our little ones in their academic progress. What's more, with the resources freely available on the Internet nowadays, it does empower parents and older siblings alike, hence giving the illusion that everyone can teach. 

I do stress the word 'illusion' for good reasons. 

Everyone can provide answers. But NOT everyone can be an effective teacher. 

Even in formal schools, when teachers are supposedly qualified with the right certification, it doesn't mean they will be effective in delivering the lessons and achieving learning outcomes.

How can we tell if a teacher is effective? 

It isn't straightforward but the easiest way is probably to look at the outcomes delivered (i.e. the children's learning progress over a reasonable period of time). 

Great teachers (like great leaders) do not just provide answers. They should be able to inspire a child to want to learn more by heightening his awareness to his world and teaching him how to inquire, hence cultivating his curiosity and intensifying his thirst for knowledge.

Even with a passion to learn, a child's learning progress can be accelerated only if he has good learning habits and positive attitude, which are definitely qualities that effective teachers should and will take pains to instill in the child. 

Passion for teaching and love for a child alone, are also not enough to make one a great teacher, though they may help to motivate a teacher to put in more efforts. 

So, while all parents should and can play an active role in their children's education and learning journey, not everyone can be an effective teacher in delivering a holistic education to their little ones.

It takes wisdom, courage and honesty on the parents' part to reflect regularly, recognize their shortcomings and be open-minded to learn and adopt better practices.

The mediocre teacher tells. 
The good teacher explains. 
The superior teacher demonstrates. 
Great teachers inspire. 

As parents and educators, the important question to ask ourselves should be this:

How can we become a GREAT teacher who inspire?