There is more than one way to help children read effectively. However, many local educators – and parents - think that Phonics is the ONLY way to teaching children to read well.
Some parents may have resigned themselves to the fact that their children are 'phonics-reading casualties'. This article is hoped to shed some light onto the path of teaching preschoolers to read well. There is much to be hopeful for.
Phonics trains the brain to decode sounds while the whole-language approach trains the brain to assimilate words. While the former is technical in nature, the latter is holistic; it not only assimilates the words but also the meaning of the words presented. Hence, a child who is trained to read in this way will do so with a clear understanding of the text. We believe that words are symbolic representations. Therefore, they are meaningful. For instance, here's a real car, a pictorial car and a symbolic car – CAR.
Reading is all about appreciating and understanding text, not merely decoding of sounds. The difficulty in decoding of sounds lies in the root words from
different sound systems as in Hebrew, Latin, French, German, just to name a few. The phonics rules are not simple or straight forward - 'The photographer takes a photograph of a shepherd in his photography class,' is a classic example.
iReadnWrite is a revolutionary reading and writing programme, designed for children from three to nine years. The materials are staged for vocabulary, print size, language functions, tasks and content for the children to make sense of the print. Our positive and stimulating environment, coupled with the easy and meaningful presentation of the programme, brings out the confidence, motivation and interests in each child.
As this is a book-based centre, each child (regardless of age) reads at least 70 books up to K2 levels. With a child reading each book only once, there is no chance of memorization happening in the class, quite unlike the home where she may 'read' even before she turns the page. This methodology ensures that each child not just read the type-written font but also the handwritten font. Hence, this takes away the memorization so commonly found in young children.
Very few centres can truly claim a child-centred programme. iReadnWrite can! Our low Teacher-child ratio of 1:4 is TRULY child-centric. Our teachers facilitates according to the child's pace in his learning as he reads individually to the teacher in the class. In the session, there is no group singing, no story-telling and no group teaching at all. The whole session is devoted to introduction work, recall work and written work for each child. The laughter and happy faces attest to the fact that all is not tiresome for the little ones.
A good reader may not necessarily be a good writer or speller, as these skills are all quite different. To possess good writing skills, one needs to have:
- good content,
- good grammar & vocabulary
- good organisational skills.
iWrite! develops all the vital writing skills systematically.
The teaching of the Parts of Speech. Having frameworks to work with gives guidance to emergent writers.
• Teaching of Parts of Speech.
• Imparting Frameworks that can help emergent writers.
• Training on the Opening and Closing paragraphs.
• Proof-reading is a highly neglected skill today as they have not given enough effort/time to do it.
• Self-editing is highly encouraged as a child rates his previous piece of writing critically.
This hand-holding of a young writer enables him to confidently put print to his thoughts is especially important. The joy reflected on a young writer's face is priceless as she marvels at her own story-writing. The day that my student asks for homework is the day that writing has become sheer pleasure..... It has happened!
We’re closed on all Public Holidays, Teachers’ Day & Children’s Day. Replacement classes must be attended within the term.
iReadnWrite Programme is the answer to all your concerns. It is a premium holistic approach which has been proven to help children of all abilities to read and write effectively and efficiently. It is definitely stress-free, homework-free as well as full of fun!
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