Monday, November 11, 2013

Last lap before Primary 1 - Neuromath Junior

Mathematics and I are not always the best of friends. Not being a fan of it makes it even more difficult for me to teach Isadore for I went through the many yet ineffective methods.

You may ask, 
"So why is Maths so important in today's learning?"

According to Neuromath founder, Mr Norman Tien in his interview in "Mad about Math" article in The New Age Parents, he had stated that

"Singapore is known to have one of the best Mathematics syllabus in our education system. However, many children still struggle to grasp mathematical concepts.."

I know I would NOT want Isa to go through what I had - struggle with the subject and ending up dreading it. But after being introduced to Neuromath Junior's Step Into Primary One (SIPO), I became a student myself all over again and to know that there are MORE than meets the eye for the subject.

Here are the common misconceptions of Maths which many of us can be quite familiar with:
  • Maths is about drilling
  • Maths is about addition and subtraction
  • My child learns the same way as I do
extracted from article"Mad about Math", The New Age Parents interview.

Rather, learning Maths need not be in a mundane way.

"Introduce Mathematics using everyday objects and let children learn math concepts and skills by doing meaningful and engaging activities, activities that can bring out the logic behind."
extracted from article"Mad about Math", The New Age Parents interview.

Does this sound very easy? How about..

" (having a) Play based learning allows children to learn by doing in a purposeful way. These motivated practices and activities enable them to develop Mathematical concepts and skills."
extracted from article"Mad about Math", The New Age Parents interview.

So we were more than glad when we got approached by Neuromath Junior to sit in and participate in their SIPO Programme at their sparkling new outlet!

Isa and I were both very excited. I can't wait to seek advice from the experts on how we could help enhance Isa's thinking skills and definitely prep him up for Primary One! 
Come, join me and Isa on this meaningful and purposeful journey of learning Maths!
  • The SIPO programme
This programme that Isa is undergoing is basically crafted meant for the Primary 1 goers. It comprises of Math and Cognitive development with the focus point on the previous. In the SIPO programme, these vital concepts will be covered:
  1. Number Sequencing*, Pattern and Bonds
  2. Model Drawing
  3. Maths Concepts and Strategies through Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract approach
  4. Logic Reasoning, Visual Spatial and Fine Gross Motor skills


I have never seen such a keen and enthusiastic learner!


Isa's teacher - 
Teacher Nana briefing the children before she starts a game on number sequence.


Simple game it may seemed but it suits the 3 primary kinds of learners: 
Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic.
Visual learner learns through sight, auditory through sound while kinesthetic through movement. 


One of the many follow up activities of the topic.


Oh why does Isa looked so lost?

Stayed tuned how Isa took a new leap on this familiar yet challenging topic on "Number Sequence".


This is part one of a three-part series in this review of Neuromath Junior's SIPO Programme. The second post is on Isadore's break through in his learning with Neuromath Junior in a span of one term and the last post will be a highlight topic of the SIPO programme.


Neuromath Junior @ Parkway Parade
80 Marine Parade Road #17-02 Parkway Parade S(449269)

Tel: 6440 0809 Email: ask@neuromathjunior.com
Facebook at www.facebook.com/neuromathjunior


Disclaimer
Isa and I are invited to participate and review Neuromath Junior's SIPO Programme. These opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but were not influenced by the company or the complimentary classes given. 

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