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Stretching Beyond Limits

BRAIN DEVELOPMENT LESSON PLANS FOR PRESCHOOLERS: MIND-PATH BRAIN STRETCHER™


It is known that children come in various different ability ranges and to help maximise their potential, it is crucial that we try to engage their minds as much as they are able to. Every child has a mind that needs constant stimulation to discover the hidden potential. This can be achieved through the stretching of their minds and unlock their talent.

As in the case of a rubber band, there are many different levels of stretch quality. A smaller and more rigid rubber band may be stretched to increase its size. However, stretching too much too quickly may cause it to snap. But gradual stretching would increase its size and achieve required result. This can be applied to children’s minds as well, which is the extent to how much it can be stretched. With their varying ability, some activities would be more suitable than others to tease their little minds and help develop their potential. As stimulation of the brain is crucial especially during early learning stages, activities should be carefully designed in a scientific and structured manner. 

The Mind-Path Brain Stretcher™ does just this to enhance early learning. It consists of activities suitable for children with high ability; however, the activities used have proven beneficial for children at all developmental levels. These brain stretchers are scientifically designed based on years of research and experience. Constant use of these activities would push the limits of a child and maximise their potential by bringing out untapped talent.  

Using the Mind-Path Brain Stretcher™ activities, children would be indirectly taught to increase comprehension of any subject matter, which fosters increased retention and application. Activities are fun and engaging, which would leave no room for boredom. Activities require children to be expressive which in turn stimulate verbal development as children learn to communicate. The following skills are gradually induced in the all the activities:

• Introduction to reasoning & making conclusions
• Creative problem solving
• Memory sharpening 
• Visual discrimination
• Thinking out of the box
• Observational skills

For young children, there are many fun ways to learn and enjoy learning but few consider stretching the mind and helping children think effectively. Mind-Path Brain Stretcher™ lessons comprise of activities that does just that. The main features of this programme are:

• Use of multiple senses for every activity
• Helps children of varying abilities as activities can be catered for each ability group
• Constant engagement and stimulation of the mind
• Activities are designed in a scientific and structured manner
• Pushes the limits of a child and maximises her/his potential
• Indirectly teaches children to think in a higher order
• Increase comprehension on subject matter 
• A “warm up” feature in each lesson to better prepare the children
• A “challenge” feature in every lesson for children with higher ability

The features would help children to automatically think effectively and critically which can be applied in any subject matter and especially when they are in formal school. 

Briefly, the Mind-Path Brain Stretcher™ consists of brain teasing activities that help children to think about learning from many different angles, to evaluate all of the information given, and to produce informed hypotheses in order to find solutions. This is even possible for a two year old and as they grow older, it would become a habit of the mind to think in a higher order. This higher order thinking would enable children to not only be exposed to learning but also to apply what has been learnt in different environments. 


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Mind-Path Brain StretcherTM FAQs

What is Mind-Path Brain StretcherTM?
Mind-Path Brain StretcherTM is a revolutionary approach to help transform the way young children learn. Through careful research, insightful methodologies and the adoption of new and emerging technologies, this programme is about equipping the young with thinking skills that would help them throughout their lives. This is achieved in a rich learning environment that is involving, interactive and imaginative.

Does it involve critical thinking?
Yes.

What is critical thinking?
Critical thinking is the crucial ability to actually evaluate and analyse something rather than merely accepting it at face value.

Can a very young child think critically?
Yes, they can if they are taught to think in that manner.

What are the benefits of critical thinking for a young child?
Critical thinking is a skill that will serve children well throughout their lives. Since critical thinking is a habit that should be learnt and practiced early in life, it is important to teach children how to do it. As children are naturally inquisitive, it is important to teach this skill during the early years. A good critical thinker tends to learn more quickly, as well as more in depth, as compared to someone with poor critical thinking skills. Therefore, the earlier this skill is learnt, the better the application.

How can this programme benefit a toddler?
Toddlers are often termed as the “terrible twos”.  The main problem here is that they are not “terrible” at all. This is in fact the stage they are actually making a huge leap in their thinking skills, as they are now able to use their imagination and develop which helps them build a lot of their own ideas. Being so young, the downside is that they still do not have all the skills or the control over their world based on their ideas. Naturally, this would lead to anger, confusion and frustrations, again, feelings they do not yet know how to manage very well. So they have a lot of breakdowns we call tantrums. Therefore, this programme helps them think critically which in turn would help them gradually cope, thrive and learn.

What kind of materials will be used?
Mostly it would be hands-on interactive activities. Materials would be easily available no-frills stuff so parents can even do similar activities at home. 

Will there be worksheets?
No. Children are required to practice thinking with the activities, which would be probed and prompted by instructors based on the detailed lesson plans.

How is the programme presented?
The presentation would be child-centred with handpicked trained instructors who are able to make learning as fun as possible.

How is this programme different from any other programme?
The specialty of this programme apart from helping very young children learn thinking skills is its warm up activity. Every lesson has a warm up portion as an induction and preparation for children for the class activity. Activities are structured specifically for this age group. Another interesting feature is the “challenge” portion, which is meant to stimulate children with higher learning abilities. 

How are the teachers trained?
Teachers are trained personally by the programme developer, Dr Sandhu, who is a gifted education specialist and has been researching on factors that help the young learn better for almost 20 years.

Will they be bringing home worksheets?
No. Rather, children would be bringing home the newly practiced thought process, which would gradually become a habit of the mind. This is crucial for success in formal schooling.

Will there be evaluation? 
No formal evaluation would be done but on-going evaluation is on-going while the tasks are performed. Instructors would always take note of the child’s progress.