Resolutions and a Year in Review

Another year is over and a new one begins but before we press on to our resolutions for 2018, we will bid 2017 a proper farewell.

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Top Posts from 2017

In 2017, we wrote 61 blog posts on Figur8 and the following were the 12 most popular posts:

  1. How to Help Children Develop Spatial Reasoning Skills
  2. Pokemon Trading Card Game Teaches Children Many Skills
  3. Activities That Encourage Grit in Children
  4. Maths Mastery – Transforming Maths Education
  5. Jungle School – A Forest School in Malaysia
  6. Developing a Growth Mindset: Permission to Fail
  7. Teaching Stories for Learning Science and Maths
  8. Assessments for Determining Your Child’s Brain Function
  9. Cogmed Brain Training Program for Kids
  10. Reading List – More Book Recommendations from G1
  11. Story-Based Education Increases Student Engagement and Learning
  12. Physical Fitness and Exercise Increase Cognitive Performance and Brain Health

Why 12, you ask? Because there are 12 months in a year and it seemed fitting that we should have one to represent each month. If you would like to check out the other posts from 2017, they can be found in our 2017 archives.

Top Posts of All Time

Of course, we mustn’t forget that this blog began over 10 years ago and we have had some very popular blog posts over the years. The following have been and still are 12 of our top posts of all time:

  1. Self Control and the Zones of Regulation
  2. Food and Drinks that Aggravate Coughing
  3. Right Brain Education: Activities for Home Practice – Part 1
  4. The Brain Benefits of Doing Jigsaw Puzzles
  5. DIY Costumes: Frodo Baggins – Hobbit from Lord of the Rings
  6. Maths Programs – The Shichida 65 Day Method
  7. Maths Programs – The Glenn Doman Red Dot Method
  8. DIY Costumes: Will Treaty – Ranger’s Apprentice
  9. What’s Your Baby’s Personality?
  10. The Benefits of Art and Working with Clay
  11. Why Playing Mah Jong is Good for Your Brain
  12. Extra-curricular Activities: the Benefits of Drama and Musical Theatre

Why 12 again? Because this will be the 12th year that this blog has been in existence. Yeah, I’m sentimental like that.

On Brain Stuff

In the early years of this blog, I wrote a lot about a brain development program called “Right Brain Education”. Even though I have not written about it in a long time, a number of my old posts still attract a lot of attention. If you are here because of this topic, then let me direct you to the articles page on Brain Development, Brain Training, and Right Brain Education.

On My Book

When I wrote Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential, my goal was to compile a handy guide of “stuff” we can do to help bring out the best in our children. The intention of the book is to provide ideas that will benefit our children’s overall development. It is not meant to be a list that we must strictly adhere to but merely one that every family can cherry pick from to suit their unique requirements.

2018 New Year’s Resolutions

Moving forward from here, I am acutely aware that I am overdue for Book 2. What will it be about? Well, I’m still working on that one. That brings me to my resolutions for 2018 – if I fail to plan, I plan to fail, so these are the goals for this year:

  • Start working on another book. There are a few ideas floating around in my head, but I’m also taking suggestions – feel free to leave them on my contact page.
  • I’ve been conscious of the need to embody the values I want my children to have so I will continue the personal development I started in 2017 that I have been writing about on my personal blog – Back to Basics.

And while we’re speaking of goals, I think the boys will have to set some of their own as well.

How about you? What will your family’s resolutions be this year?

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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