Bendy Brains is a pre-launch Kickstarter company that designs niche luxe educational products. There are currently three products in design, focusing on inventions that help children learn their times tables well, and for longevity. They are also beautiful, so you can display them with style in your home and classroom.
Our learning framework is based upon bringing recent research in cognitive science to the classroom and home. We focus on products that utilise:
- a growth mindset;
- visual and spatial processing;
- luxe design.
Bendy Brains is an subsidiary of Kuraman Creative – a design firm that problem solves.
We don’t conduct our own research and testing into educational design, rather incorporate the research of institutions such as YouCubed at Stanford University, and the concrete-pictorial-abstract (CPA) approach of Singapore Math.
We get a lot of questions about what practices we use. For Australian students, we use the following texts:
- Singapore Math Primary Mathematics from Education Reformation. The Singapore curriculum is the closest version of the Australian math curriculum that embodies Singapore Math.
- The amazingly illustrated Maths – No Problem! which uses the UK curriculum retold in Singapore Math style. We used these to introduce our kids to the Singapore Math style, as the illustrations are so enticing.
- If your child has covered the curriculum solidly, these Math Olympiad books will engage their executive function control with complex problem solving.
These are pure recommendations – Bendy Brains has no affiliation with these publishers and distributors.
- Jo Boaler’s book: “What’s Math Got to Do with It?: How Teachers and Parents Can Transform Mathematics Learning and Inspire Success“ Revised ed. Edition
- Character Lab (discovering strategies and practices that build character, translates scientific insights into educational tools, creates practical tools, including interactive online activities for students and professional development materials for teachers, and creating next-generation measures for research and self-reflection)
- Khan Academy – You Can Learn Anything initiative – trying to change how people think about learning based on research on growth mindset.
- MindShift – How We Will Learn. Explores how learning is impacted by technology, discoveries about how the brain works, poverty and inequities, social and emotional practices, assessments, digital games, design thinking and music, among many other topics.
- YouCubed shares research-based teaching methods, math tasks, videos, and ideas that draw on the science of growth mindset.