The Champion Mindset
Incorporating the behaviours and learnings from known luminaries like Nelson Mandela and Sir Edmund Hillary, Professor Emeritus Allan Snyder developed MindChamps and the Champion Mindset Academy.
The Champion Mindset Academy moves away from a traditional educational system that teaches ‘what’ to learn. Instead, our 3-Mind Champ philosophy teaches young children ‘how’ to learn, promoting self-fulfilling success.
The 3-Mind Champ encompasses:
The Champion Mind – Celebrating the individual’s uniqueness, going beyond conventional wisdom and overcoming adversity to achieve success.
The Learning Mind – Learning How to Learn strategies that actively assist our learner to understand, store, recall and synthesise information and concepts.
The Creative Mind – Connecting multiple perspectives and integrating them to generate new, creative ideas.
The Bamboo Metaphor
The symbol of MindChamps Nursery is the bamboo plant – strong and resilient with a solid foundation.
Like the bamboo plant, our programmes develop early learning strategies and behaviour in children to ensure success from the nursery through to the tertiary level.
The bamboo is one of the strongest plants in the world, able to withstand natural disasters due to its structural soundness and flexibility. However, before the bamboo plant can mature into such a strong plant, it first has to build its foundations. It does this by extending its roots deep into the soil. The roots provide sustenance for the bamboo plant by providing it access to resources like water and nutrition. The roots also provide stability and a strong base before its shoots can begin to grow above the ground. Once the bamboo shoots do appear on the surface, they grow quickly and efficiently, having developed all the necessary components in order to thrive in its environment.
Like the bamboo, MindChamps Nursery prepares children for learning and development by nurturing a solid ‘foundation’ of skills and strategies in one or more key areas.
10 Key Roots of the Bamboo
KEY ROOT 1: CHAMPION VALUES AND EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE BUILDING STRATEGIES™
Champion Values and Social Skills are more important today than ever before, and they are learned young. Fear, of public speaking, of sharing our ideas – even fear of rejection – is a learned response; a behaviour programmed in childhood and lodged in the non-conscious mind.
Our young children need to develop their self-confidence and social skills – including their empathy and compassion – at an early age.
KEY ROOT 2: CREATIVITY AND THEATRICAL (C&T) STRATEGIES™
Young Children learn best through hands-on experiential activities – as exemplified in MindChamps’ ‘Crafted Play’. MindChamps’ Theatrical Strategies are developed from solid, established theatrical principles and practices.
Creativity and Creative expression are developed through exploration of diverse media, and through the employment of generative questions. C & T strategies are designed to engage young minds and bring life to every aspect of the curriculum.
KEY ROOT 3: ASSOCIATIVE THINKING & COGNITIVE STRATEGIES™
Associative Thinking and Cognitive Strategies are developed in the programme through ‘relationship and connection’ questions and exercises, ‘cause and effect’ questions and exercises, problem-solving activities, and numeracy-based, language-based and inquiry-based learning activities.
KEY ROOT 4: COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES™
With communication skills being critical to success in the 21st Century society, laying strong preschool foundations for language and communication is essential.
Communication Strategies are developed in MindChamps PreSchool Programme through a variety of engaging social language activities, which enabled young children to develop their own responses.
Language skills are further enhanced through the specialised MindChamps Natural Literacy and Reading and Writing Programmes.
KEY ROOT 5: NARRATIVE INTELLIGENCE STRATEGIES™
MindChamps’ Narrative Intelligence Strategies are designed to build a child’s mastery of learning domains through their natural affinity with stories and metaphors. These strategies are designed to create successful future readers, writers, storytellers (and learners), and provide an environment that nurtures the child’s love for story and reading.
KEY ROOT 6: LANGUAGE AND READING STRATEGIES™
This approach is based on the latest scientific research into language acquisition and the importance of a child’s engagement with language, rather than the discredited ‘drill and kill’ approach.
MindChamps has developed the ‘MindChamps Reading and Writing’ and ‘The Love for Chinese Language’ programmes especially for pre-readers and emerging readers.
They incorporate age-appropriate activities, including our unique ‘Say and Sing’ approach to developing phonemic and phonics awareness.
KEY ROOT 7: NUMERACY STRATEGIES™
These strategies lead children to see several possible pathways to the final answer. Children learn to focus on the ‘how’ (process) of arriving at the answer – as opposed to simply memorising the algorithm (conventional method) for reaching the answer.
Fun numeracy activities lead children to understand the logic of numbers, number structures and patterns. Children also develop their own written and verbal language responses to number facts and relationships.
KEY ROOT 8: NATURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS STRATEGIES™
In a world where the environment is endangered, our children’s generation will need to act positively and effectively towards environmental protection. Our children develop their awareness of the nature and environment through experiential learning.
Our Nature and Environmental Awareness strategies are an on-going priority and are developed in our programme through the exploration of themes focused on Me, My Family, My Friends, My Community and My World.
KEY ROOT 9: MOVEMENT FOR THE MIND STRATEGIES™
Decades of research have shown a strong and positively connected relationship between certain movements and cross-lateral neural development.
MindChamps NeuroMoovesTM programme is scientifically designed and uses a variety of engaging and exciting developmentally appropriate activities, such as coordinated cross-lateral movements to help our children develop gross motor skills, musical intelligence, coordination and balance.
These developments help provide better blood-flow to the growing brain while laying neural foundations for a wide range of thinking skills.
KEY ROOT 10: MUSIC FOR LEARNING AND LIFE STRATEGIES™
Music for Learning and Life draws on the ground-breaking work of our World Advisory Giant, Dr Larry Scripp from the New England Conservatory – one of the World’s leading authorities on music and music integration in early childhood education.
Music is important in developing shared neural networks and integrating conceptual development in all areas of learning and social-emotional growth.
This is a new and exciting area of study in neurology and psychology, and in this area – as in many others – MindChamps PreSchool is significantly ‘ahead of the curve’!
Music, used in accord with the latest scientific research into integrated cross-domain learning, is the root that connects and empowers all the other roots, making Music for Learning and Life, a unique and vitally important development in the area of early childhood education.
The bamboo must first lay its foundations in order to grow strong. The only thing stopping its growth is the unnatural limitations of the pot – which cause it to wither.
Using the latest methods in early childhood mind and personality development, the MindChamps Nursery programme is designed to free the natural flow of learning in your child, helping to:
1. Strengthen the desire to learn
2. Enhance natural curiosity and creativity
3. Employ strategies that build neural networks and associative thinking