Thursday, 20 February 2014

Free class at Punggol on Saturday, 22nd Feb!

by TOG (The Office Gal)

Hi everyone!


Just sharing that we have a free class happening on Saturday, 22nd Feb at our Punggol location. Its at a futsal pitch (Sports Planet) at the area near Popeye's. Actual place is just opposite the Chinese Temple when you turn into Tebing Lane.

Come and bring your 3 to 6 year old kids to join us. Class is from 11.15am to 12.00pm. Call us at 9855-8221 to register interest ok?

After the lesson, you can stay back and chat with our wonderful trainers there - Izzuddin and Jessica and get more details about how to enrol and how much to pay.

OK? See you on Saturday!




Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Keeping fit Boosts Brain Development In Children

by a contributor (Teresa Cheong from Lifebridges Communications)


Planning to enrol your preschooler for another enrichment class? Think again. Research by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign shows that the key to smarter kids and faster brain development in children is more physical movement and exercise, not more sedentary activities.


Psychologists at the university did a study on 49 nine and 10-year old children and discovered that not only did fitter kids do much better in cognitive and memory tests, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) results also show that fitter children have larger brain structures than less fit children. 


Kids being active and sporty! 
Image from www.123rf.com


Physical activity linked to larger brain development in children

The MRI images show that fitter children have significantly larger basal ganglia – an area deep in the forebrain that keeps us attentive, coordinates our movements and thoughts, and maintains our working memory. A good working memory is crucial to a child’s learning, reasoning and language comprehension.

In another study by the same university, researchers found that fitter children not only did much better in memory and information integration tests than less fit children, they have a bigger hippocampus – a part of the forebrain responsible for learning and memory. A more developed hippocampus and basal ganglia are needed for more efficient complex thinking such as solving mathematical problems.

As the child’s brain would have reached 90% of its adult size by age 6, these fitter kids are likely to be physically active before entering school.


Exercise triggers brain’s nerve cells to multiply

According to DrJohn Ratey, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, brains of physically active children have more neural connections due to higher levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor or BDNF.

BDNF is why brain’s nerve cells multiply and make new connections, enabling the child to acquire new learning and knowledge. It also spurs cellular growth (neurogenesis) in early brain development in children.



Dr John Ratey (top) and his book 
"Spark" (above). Both pictures are taken 
from his website www.johnratey.com



With so much research supporting the direct link between physical movement and brain development in children, are Singapore parents neglecting a most fundamental aspect of growth by focusing too much on academic-based enrichment classes for their preschoolers?

What you can do to promote faster brain development in 

1) Peel your child away from the iPad, video and computer game consoles!

2) Get your child to be more physically active: it will naturally boost your child’s capacity to focus, learn and store information. How exercise benefits your child

3) Lay the foundation early for good physical fitness.

4) Enrol your child in an established multi-sport and exercise programme designed to help preschool children develop fundamental movement skills before they enter school. Sign up for a trial lesson at Ready Steady Go Kids to find out more!



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Monday, 17 February 2014

Why Ready Steady Go Kids for me?

by The Chief (Wee Lee)...

In today's post, I want to share why I did what I did. I quit my secure, stable MNC job. I left the security of a paycheck. All this to run a franchise for something I believed in, but wasn't sure if Singapore was ready for.

I was always into sport but never an accomplished athlete. I was decent and good in certain things. I even made it to school team for softball - a squad player. I continued playing sports in University and even had a "career" in it - one year as Sports Secretary in Hall 2, NTU. 


RJC Softball Team 1991

After graduating, I never veered far from sports, playing regularly as a weekend warrior at the football pitch. Even at work, I eventually joined a sports company (adidas) and spent 7 years there.


adidas and friends Football match 
at the old National Stadium



adidas office Run circa Xmas 2010

So, my path was never far from sport. That is truly one of my biggest passions in life.

My one other passion which has grown bigger than sports is my kids. Like every parent, I want my children to fulfil their potential and I want them to enjoy their childhood the way I enjoyed mine. Which is why I gently nudge them to do sport.

Imagine my surprise in 2011, when my eldest daughter was 5, and she could not catch a ball. Not catch a baseball with one hand. She could not catch a basketball with 2 hands and her arms.

This led me to looking for something that taught pre-schoolers fundamentals and help them improve motor skills. This also led me to research, read and understand that not all of this is natural talent. Quite a lot is something you learn and pick up just like you would any other skill.

So, long story short, I went looking and found something that combines both passions. I was actually doing relatively well at work, but felt this need to embark on this journey. And so in May 2012, I left my job and started the Ready Steady Go Kids franchise for Singapore.


My 2 older children in our Singapore
photo-shoot (the girl in the middle, 
and the boy with the ball)

Do I think this concept will work in Singapore? Most definitely. Is everyone in Singapore ready for this? Well, I do not know but I hope parents do see the importance of sport, motor skills, coordination and the hidden benefits of all these - build confidence and develop listening skills, and ultimately have a life-long love for an active lifestyle.

This is why I do what I do. 


Wednesday, 12 February 2014

First steps...

by TOG (The Office Gal)

Hello one and all, and welcome to the Ready Steady Go Kids Singapore blog! Here you will find our thoughts (and some thoughts from guests and regular contributors) on what we enjoy doing... playing sports and learning very important things while doing it!

Firstly, let us share that this blog will carry a variety of voices (no, we are not schizophrenic)...




1. TOG - that's me, The Office Gal, and I will write about everything - our programme, where we are this weekend, what we are doing and how you can find us, etc, etc...

2. The Chief - also known as Boss, or Wee Lee. He's the main guy running this show.

3. Trainers - no, no, we are not talking about sneakers. Its the many energetic guys and gals we have going everywhere to run our programme. And what an awesome programme (I'm sure you will agree... right?)!

4. Contributors - we are also working with experts and writers to do the heavy lifting for us. They will be digging, researching and finding out more about the topics that are relevant to our programme, for example "Developing fundamental movement skills in young children". 

And there you have it... our wonderful team who will be blogging and telling you more about Ready Steady Go Kids in Singapore.

If you want to know more about us, you can go to our website (www.readysteadygokids.com.sg) and like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ReadySteadyGoKids.sg).