Introducing: The BrainFit Classroom

I’m a firm believer of brain training techniques that are aimed to help young children learn more effectively. With the right training, each child can experience extra success in school.

For that reason, I was thrilled when I was introduced to BrainFit Classroom. BrainFit Classroom is an English Language program that incorporates an interactive and structured English curriculum with online reading program, as well as proven brain fitness training.

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The program is aimed to help students build stronger memory, attention, focus, processing speed and sequencing, while boosting their English Language performance. The English curriculum is developed based on the MOE English syllabus.

This program may sound relatively new to you because BrainFit Classroom is FIRST of its kind in Singapore. Nonetheless, its expertise is based on more than 30 years of scientific research into how the brain learns.

As a parent, I admit that I do not like to send my son for too many enrichment classes and submit him to unnecessary stress. So, this program is truly a time-saver. It’s a two-in-one program that combines English Language and brain fitness training.

I’m not going to talk into details about the neuroscience now, but more about this program itself. BrainFit Classroom program consists of 8 levels, with 46 weeks for each level, and is designed for students from K1 to P6.

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Each session runs for 90 minutes, and it’s divided into 3 segments with 30 minutes each. The class details are as follow:

1. 1 x 90 minutes session at the centre:

* 30 minutes of specially designed English Curriculum (based on MOE English Language syllabus)

* 30 minutes of training using Fast ForWord® Reading or Reading Assistant ™ software

* 30 minutes of specially selected SMART Vision ™ Brain Fitness training exercises

2. 2 to 4 x 30 minutes online sessions at home

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Students will be given access to the two online programs. The computer-based homework is to be completed at home for 2 to 4 days for 30 minutes each day. This is to allow practise and reinforcement on the concepts and skills taught in the classroom.

No enrichment class can guarantee instant success with just one lesson a week without regular and frequent practise. Thus, the home access to these online programs is truly useful. Regular practice of the computer-based homework builds stronger neuro-networks for greater language mastery. Remember, practice makes perfect. It can never go wrong.

I wrote a review on the Reading Assistant software HERE, and this program is mainly on reading. Fast ForWord is another interesting program that will improve critical language and reading skills such as auditory processing, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, working memory, syntax and grammar. As you can see, it is very comprehensive.

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This is Little Edison, doing his exercise on ‘Bed Time Beasties’ from Reading Level 1. Mama Elephant will read a sentence. After that, the Beasties will provide four word choices for him to complete the sentence. This exercise helps him to develop sentence comprehension skills and build critical early reading skills. He enjoys doing these exercises. He usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete one exercise.

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Little Edison having his assessment at BrainFit Classroom Kovan Branch

All in all, I find that BrainFit’s teaching method is unique, and their online software is effective in improving language as well as reading abilities.

For more information about BrainFit Classroom, please visit their website at www.brainfitclassroom.com. Call them to arrange for a trial lesson.

Read Also: Reading Assistant – Our New Reading Tutor

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Disclosure: Reading Assistant and Fast ForWord softwares were provided by BrainFit Classroom for review. No monetary compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.

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Introducing: Reading Assistant – Our New Reading Tutor!

I’m a bit fascinated to introduce to you a new reading software. Last night, I was telling V that this software is like a ‘personal reading tutor’ to Little Edison, and he was very excited about it. Much to my delight, our boy is showing great interest in this software too.

It’s really cool, I’ll tell you why.

This software is called the Reading Assistant by Scientific Learning. It builds brain fitness with intensive reading practice using speech verification technology to act as a tutor, and provides one-to-one guided oral reading support.

First of all, to operate the Reading Assistant software, you’ll need a computer/laptop, internet connection, covered headphone, a Web-browser with Adobe Flash Player, a user ID and a password.

This is how it works:

Main Menu

After we login to the main module of the Reading Assistant, a selection of reading topics will appear in the library window.

Preview

Once a topic is chosen, our child will be given a preview of the topic. He can choose to read the text silently, but if he can’t, he can also choose to listen to a model reading.

Example
Example: The word “surely” is highlighted here when the user has difficulty in reading it.

After the initial read, the speech recognition mode will be turned on. Our child will read the text aloud to the Reading Assistant. This is the most interesting part of the software, I think. When he has difficulty reading a word, Reading Assistant will provide a visual cue on the screen. And if he does not self-correct, Reading Assistant will intervene by pronouncing the word.

After the oral reading is completed, our child will take a quiz to assess his comprehension. A progress report will then be created, and it shows every word that has been read correctly, words that require practice, as well as words that were missed completely.

Progress Report

The report will also show his progress in the measure of Words Correct per minute (WCPM). This is the progress report for Edison, it shows a marked improvement and on the third day, he reached his goal. When he saw the fireworks on his progress chart, his eyes were beaming with joy. He felt encouraged.

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The overall process can be summarized as follows:

  1. Preview and / or read silently
  2. Listen to a model reading
  3. Record their reading
  4. Answer guided reading questions

What do I think of the Reading Assistant software, you may ask. Well, I’m liking it because I haven’t seen any other program or e-book in the market that provides real-time guidance like what the Reading Assistant does.

In addition, I like the report that the program generates after the oral reading. It shows me words that he needs to work on, and a standard measure of his oral reading fluency – that is Words Correct per Minute (WCPM). With this, I can track his progress effortlessly.

And one last thing to add, this software is very easy to use. Little Edison knows how to use it by himself, and I don’t have to sit by his side all the time. But of course if I’ve time, I’ll sit near him so I know if he’s really reading or not.

Edison using Reading Assistant on his own

I would recommend the Reading Assistant to beginners and struggling readers. It’s also suitable for intermediate readers who have attained basic word recognition and are now building their vocabulary, fluency and comprehension.

Reading Assistant software is available at BrainFit Classroom. For further information, please visit www.brainfitclassroom.com.

Before I end this post, I have GOOD NEWS for you. If you’re interested in a trial class or holiday programme with BrainFit Classroom, please read on.

Quote “Our Little Smarties” to enjoy this offer!

+Offer is limited to the 1st 10 customers:

1. Sign-up for BrainFit Classroom Trial Class at a very special price of $20 (U/P: $45) + FREE Reading Assessment.

2. Get $20 OFF BrainFit Classroom Holiday Programme.

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Disclosure: Reading Assistant software was provided by BrainFit Classroom for review. No monetary compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.

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