My Little Genius Review - Enrichment Classes for Kids in Singapore (Part 1)
The "My Little Genius" Centre Premises
This is our "My Little Genius" Review (Part 1):
My Little Genius invited us to attend their open house event at their Jurong branch.
There are two My Little Genius centres currently: In Jurong and in Hougang.
The open house event was organised for a few parenting bloggers in Singapore and their kids attended the event too.
Upon entering the centre, someone immediately took Maeleth's temperature.
We believe that this is a necessary measure to make sure that there are no children with sicknesses in class who will spread the virus to the other children.
The branch manager Gene Chua who is the main English teacher, greeted us warmly and made us feel very welcome.
When we see her interacting with Mae, it is obvious that she is good with children.
Teacher Gene even carried Mae! When Mae allows a new person to carry her, we always believe that it's a sign that the person carrying Mae has kind intentions.
I especially like the positive and educational design of the centre.
Here are some photos of the Jurong centre and its premises:
Balloon Sculpting Workshop for the Kids
For the open house event, My Little Genius conducted a balloon sculpting workshop as a fun activity for our kids.
The main Mandarin teacher Priscilla conducted the workshop and taught the kids how to sculpt a balloon flower.
Maeleth is a balloon lover and really enjoyed playing with her balloons.
However halfway through the workshop, Mae lost interest and ran off to play in the toys area, and Amilee sculpted the balloon flower instead, haha!
Explanation of "My Little Genius" Program and the Science Behind It
After the workshop, Teacher Gene did a presentation for all of us about My Little Genius' brain stimulation program and about the science behind it.
The below is basically what I understood from the presentation:
My Little Genius aims to activate the whole brain of the kids: both left and right brains.
The left brain is the logical side, whereas the right brain is the creative side.
All kids apparently start off as predominantly right-brained, but as they grow up into adults, they become more predominantly left-brained.
People who are more predominantly right-brained have less structured type of thinking and shorter attention span in general, so the brain stimulation activities in My Little Genius are designed to be numerous (up to 60-70 activities in one lesson) and brief (maximum 3 minutes).
The brain has synapses which disappear if a certain action or behaviour is not repeated, whereas more synapses are formed if the action or behaviour is repeated.
Actions and behaviour can be encouraged to be repeated with positive reinforcement.
For an example, you could say "Well done!" whenever your child does something good that you want him/her to continue doing in the future.
The Trial Programme
After a short tea break, the teachers conducted a trial programme in both English and Mandarin languages for all our kids to demonstrate how a lesson is like.
There were nine kids in total, so the teachers formed three groups of three children each, and each group had one teacher-in-charge.
The teachers led the kids in activities like quick-changing flashcards, solving shape puzzles, and fast-paced songs with hand actions, etc. to stimulate the kids' brains.
The teachers were fun and engaging, so even the parents were participating, especially when singing the songs!
I was really impressed by the flashcards segment because both teacher Gene and teacher Priscilla could recite the words by memory in English and Mandarin respectively and change the flashcards really quickly at the same time.
Each flashcard changed in under one second. That's how fast it was!
This tells me that the teachers have practiced a lot and are very experienced in the activities that they lead the children in.
Maeleth's Certificate of Achievement and Parting Thoughts
Overall, we are satisfied with how the trial class went and with the teachers' positive attitude and well-trained skills.
At the end of the event, the teachers conducted a certificate presentation ceremony and gave each child a certificate for completing the trial programme.
Here's a photo of Mae's certificate:
We are excited to start bringing Mae for lessons at My Little Genius, and will continue our My Little Genius review in a future blog post, which will be after Mae attends a few classes.
You can find out more about My Little Genius at their website HERE.
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