Wednesday, July 3, 2013

GIVEAWAY + REVIEW! Neuromath Junior Math Intelligence Programme: The Importance of Cognitive Development

In my earlier posts, I have shared an overview of Neuromath Junior's Math Intelligence programme and also delved into 'Values and Math Concepts'. 

Unique to the Math Intelligence Programme is also the Cognitive part of the lesson plans where the first half is usually on Math concepts while the second half focuses on cognitive development, taught through games. 

Neuromath Junior believes that cognitive development is critical in young children as these are the formative years that determine how a child’s mind receives, processes and uses information and hence, memory games are often played in each class.


:: Auditory Memory
An example is that after "whole numbers and values" are taught to the class, a way that Neuromath Junior reinforced the concept was through an auditory game where the children had to move their bear counter based on the audio instructions before finally checking if their bears have ended up on the right 'number'. This worked on not only her listening skills, spatial awareness (right, left, up and down) but also the recognition of whole numbers and simple counting-on where the children had to move the counter to find the mystery number.

Being an audio-visual learner, this is one game which Dumpling clearly enjoys. 

 

:: Visual Memory
Neuromath Junior also believes very much in on other areas such as memory training as this allows the children to be able to absorb more information and recall them quickly and easily. An example of how this can be useful is that when reading off instructions from the whiteboard, children are able to process the information very quickly as a whole image and hence can work on the problems quicker. 


Above: here Teacher Esther puts up some 'occupational cards' for a said set of time before the children attempts to line them up in the correct order

Above: Dumpling trying very hard to recall... 


Above: Dumpling with her 'super duper' camera taking a mental 'snapshot' of a beach scene...

Above: and the children pointing out to the 'correct' picture! 

:: IQ & Higher Order Thinking Games
In every lesson, IQ games are also being played. The objective is to train the children on their concentration, develop their spatial reasoning skills as well as ranging from their logical thinking skills. 

Unlike the usual tangrams available outside, Neuromath Junior creates its own materials which includes shapes with curve lines. Besides introducing to the children basic 'fractions' incidentally, Neuromath Junior develops them into creative 'pictures' which resembles animals (hones their creativity and imagination) too.  


Above: picture of a rooster made with semi circles, quarters, etc

Above: Dumpling having a go at it and unused to the finer details of curved versus straight lines


Above: an activity on spatial reasoning skills  


Above: Dumpling with her worksheet; trying to guess what the underside of the paper would look like


What I found really interesting was also a series of higher order thinking activities which the children were introduced to. Higher ordering thinking questions basically are non-routine problems which uses heuristic 
strategies to solve the problem. There are different strategies used to solve heuristics questions one of which includes 'draw and construct'.

Draw and Construct 
Dumpling's class worked on a problem which gave them a total number of "wheels" some vehicles (a mix of cars and motorcycles) have. The children had to work on the sum with stickers to 'assign' the wheels where they can then identify how many cars (4-wheeled vehicle) and motorcycles (2-wheeled vehicle) there were. 

I like that even for such sums, the children had hands on tools (in this case stickers) to help them grasp the concept and the way to go about solving the problem. Having done this activity in class, the children were given another sum to attempt at home too.  

Nets
Having attempted the spatial reasoning activities (shared above) for a few weeks, the children were then led to doing some Nets activities using a cube which also trains their logic reasoning and perceptual skills which aids in their understanding of geometry. 




Dumpling has definitely benefited from the Math Intelligence Programme where her understanding of basic operations (addition and subtraction) is now much stronger. From the homefront, this makes it much easier for me to continue our Math journey where I can continue to scaffold on what she has learnt. While previously I was a tad unsure of how useful the Cognitive part is, I can now see that she has better focus when she attempts Math questions and has strong spatial reasoning and logical skills. More than that, what is most important to me is that she is engaged in the classes, likes the subject and has also taken an interest in puzzles and heuristics problems.   

Just for Beanie N Us Readers ~ FREE TRIAL!
I am excited to share that 10 lucky winners will stand a chance to win a trial lesson worth $30!
Take part now and you can win a trial for your child to enjoy a first-hand experience of Neuromath Junior lessons!

:: Details
Each lesson is designed to cover 2 sections:
1) Mathematical concepts
2) Cognitive & motor skills development

* Parents are required to accompany pupils aged 3 and 4 during the lesson.
For 5 and 6 years old trial lesson, we also welcome parents to attend with their children so that you can have a good understanding of the Neuromath Junior approach.

Date: 20 July 2013 (Saturday)
Time: 12nn (for 3 & 4YO), 2pm (5 & 6YO)
Topics:
~ Comparing Set within 10 (2 sets) (3 and 4 years old)
~ Money (5 and 6 years old)
Duration: 60 minutes
Venue: All free trial lessons will be conducted at the Upper Bukit Timah Old Fire Station Centre



Note: Trials cannot be exchanged for cash or take place on another date / time. 
As the Neuromath Junior trial takes place in Singapore, this giveaway is opened only to Singapore Residents.
Winners will be chosen randomly and winners will be announced on 17 July 2013 on this blogsite and via your email address. Should you be unable to attend the trial, BeanieNUs and Neuromath Junior reserve the right to give your slot to the next winner.
By taking part in this giveaway, you agree to have your details shared with Neuromath Junior. 

:: Neuromath Junior Enrichment Centre
West
272 Upper Bukit Timah Road #01-13/14 Singapore 588212
(Old Fire Station @ Green Block).
T: (+65) 6466 0145

East (Opening Soon!)
80 Marine Parade Road 
#17-02 Parkway Parade Singapore 449269 

Email: ask@neuromathjunior.com  
Facebook at www.facebook.com/neuromathjunior

Disclaimer
Dumpling and I are invited to participate and review Neuromath Junior's 5YO Math Intelligence Programme in order to give my opinion of it. All opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but were not influenced by the company or the complimentary classes given. 

25 comments:

  1. This sounds interesting! Would love to have a free trial for my daughter - MIchele

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  2. michele, micheleckp@gmail.com
    my gal is into counting recently, so I'm certain the trial lessons will stimulate her interest in mathematical concepts

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  3. I'm interested in the free trial too. Am poor in maths all my life n hate maths, wonder how can I introduce maths in a fun, interesting way?

    Feralyn, missflyn@yahoo.com

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  4. Shih hui
    xihui14@gmail.com
    My daughter is 3yo and loves to learn maths in interactive ways. I hope to win this for her!

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  5. Carol Lim Mei MeiJuly 3, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Carol Lim Mei Mei
    cmeilim@gmail.com

    My son is 4 yo and struggle to count his numbers from 11-20 properly. I also struggle to find the right and fun ways to teach him. Hope to attend this trial to gain some inspiration!

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  6. Hope can win the trial class for J :). Should he go to 3-4 yr or 5-6? Thanks! Mona

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  7. Connie - sherbetgal@yahoo.com

    hope can win so that Isa can have an opportunity to learn maths in an interesting way! :D

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  8. Hope to be able to send my 2 daughters.1 in the 3-4 years old,1 in the 6 years old for the free trial,as hope to experience first before signing them up,thanks so much
    Joyce here
    Kkjc88@gmail.com

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  9. This looks interesting. My boy is 4.5yrs old and he's a visual/ audio learner as well. I hope to win the trial for him and I can learn something out of it too. judyfoo@me.com

    Thanks!

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  10. Hope to kick start the learning journey for my little bomber. Thanks for sharing!!!

    pc lee
    khor.pc@gmail.com

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  11. WOuld love to win!
    ade.ong@gmail.com

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  12. hi! my girl is 3 and also an audio-visual learner.
    would like to win this for her! the activities look really interesting and engaging!
    thank you!

    furrypawie@gmail.com
    Jacquelene

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  13. Interesting visual memory technique!

    Marveille@gmail.com

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  14. maths? Maths! Yeah! My son's fav subject. Let's see if he has luck to gain more from free trials =P.

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    1. Oh, he is one lucky boy. Thanks Beanienus!

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  15. My boy is 4.5yrs old. Hope to try and see if it's interesting for him.

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  16. This would be good exposure for Sophie. Plus it sounds interesting and challenging.
    Name: Susan
    Email: susan (at) ajugglingmom (dot) com

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  17. Hihi

    Would really love to win a trial for my son, Noah! Have been looking for something that's focussed on Math and am so glad to read about this!


    1) Audrey Soo

    2) sweetsweethalo@yahoo.com

    Thanks for sharing this great giveaway :)

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  18. Name : Shirly
    Email : mashlim@gmail.com

    Would like to get my son more interested in Maths especially he will be heading for Primary soon.

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  19. Shirley Yong
    yokoluvstospree@gmail.com

    Thanks for the arrangements!

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  20. Hi Alicia,
    My kid is so into this topic that'll be covered for the 5 and 6 yr old class!
    writetodaphne@yahoo.com

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  21. The skills taught are impt for higher order thinking. Pls write to lindakohlll@hotmail.com

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  22. Hope I can win a free trial as I have always been wondering how classes are conducted in neoromaths junior ever since I saw it at the old fire station and cos my kid is pretty bad in concentration span.

    Sw.leong@yahoo.com.sg

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  23. Have not touched on math concepts with Kieran, so winning this will be good exposure for both him and me!! Hope we will have this chance to attend the trial.

    Alicia Wee, aliciawee@hotmail.com

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