The Power of Adversity in Developing Grit

Gattaca is a movie that has inspired me since the day I first watched it. It is a movie about achieving your dreams even when nobody else believes you can – or should – achieve those dreams. If you’ve never seen it, you can read the plot summary below and click the link to the […]

Figur8 Highlights: Best Articles from Figur8

Before we move into 2017, let’s take a look some Figur8 highlights from 2016… Figur8 Highlights We Launched a Book! On Friday 3 June 2016, I launched my book Brainchild at Garden International School. More about the Book Launch. Top 10 Articles from 2016 Self-Regulation and the Zones of Regulation Self–regulation is the ability to manage […]

Essential Life Skills for Kids: Stress Management

Stress management may once have sounded like a course that was relevant only to adults, but the hectic and rapid lifestyle of the 21st Century has seen rising levels of stress in children and adults alike. If we want our children to lead healthy, happy and successful lives, we must teach them to learn how […]

Growth Mindset Tools for Children

We’ve written a lot about the Growth Mindset in Education and why it is important for helping children to do well in school. Part of helping children develop their growth mindsets is helping them understand how their brains work and what the growth mindset is all about. So here are some terrific resources that speak to children… […]

Self-Regulation and the Zones of Regulation

Some time back, I noticed posters like this in our school hallways. I found out from learning support that they were to help the children learn self-regulation. The posters were based on a concept called The Zones of Regulation. What is Self-Regulation? Self–regulation is the ability to manage disruptive emotions and impulses, and to think before […]

Lully Sleep Guardian: Helping Children Sleep Better

When G1 was very young, he suffered from night terrors. He would wake up crying and screaming and it would take me a long time to help him calm down. I could hold him and tell him he was okay but it was like he couldn’t hear me. Although we finally got through that painful […]

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Alongside Carol Dweck, Michael Merzenich, and Barbara Arrowsmith is another brilliantly inspiring researcher I have been following since her TED Talk on Grit – Angela Duckworth. She has devoted much of her work researching grit – the common link between individuals who succeed in all walks of life – and it has been most enlightening. Unfortunately, there […]

Book Release: The Modest Tortoise & the Horrible Hare

For almost 3000 years, Aesop’s ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’ has epitomized the importance of understanding that, no matter one’s starting block in life, great things are never unachievable. It is a message that transposes perfectly into the world of a modern child with the societal pressure to be “perfect”. It is the fierce bullying […]

Get Kids Moving with GoNoodle

There is a deep connection between the mind and the body and we have seen how movement of the body can influence the development of the brain: Movement is good for the brain If you only do one thing for your brain, it should be this… Physical activity and sports are important for brain development and academic performance […]

Coming Soon! Glenn Doman – Gymnademics @ JayaOne

The Glenn Doman – Gymnademics (Human Development Center) will soon be opening at Jaya One… What is Gymnademics? Gymnademics is an early enrichment center for children from 4 months to 4 years of age. They adopt a holistic approach to early childhood development by incorporating both intellectual and physical activities in their classes.  The curriculum is built upon […]