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Indulge in mind games

FUN LEARNING: Mr James Tang, who runs Brainy Moves, guiding a child in a cross-lateral movement. ST FILE PHOTO

BRAINY MOVES STUDIO

Participants carry out 15 to 25 types of movements in a 50-minute session, and they include walking in a line with eyes closed, balancing on platforms to catch balls and raising the opposite arm and knee at the same time.

These target psychomotor skills such as balance and hand-eye control, and train different parts of the brain to work together.

BRAINFIT STUDIO

Students receive sensory-motor fitness training twice a week for about 50 minutes each session. They jump in specific patterns on a mini trampoline, do movement exercises on a scooter board, strengthening exercises on a mat, and ball exercises for hand-eye coordination.

Participants say the eye-tracking exercises have helped them in mastering reading and comprehension.

GENIUS MIND ACADEMY

The centre has what it termed a "midbrain activation" programme to get the child to use both sides of the brain instead of only one. The child is also taught the correct method of breathing, listening stimulation, eye-ball exercises, colour stimulation, imagination and photographic training.

After just one day of the programme, participants are said to be able to identify the colour and number of poker cards and UNO cards while blindfolded.

MATH MONKEY

It uses Vedic maths, a method extracted from ancient Hindu texts. Pupils learn addition, subtraction, multiplication and division differently from how it is taught in schools - working from right to left, not left to right.

Akin to the abacus, an ancient Chinese method of computation, it aims to solve difficult problems in a matter of seconds, without the need to write out the working.

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