“Oh no, our 6-year old can’t read and primary school is starting very soon!” Will this scenario throw your household into a panic? Well, it should because the meritocracy system officially starts on day one of primary one. In fact, nowadays, parents may even push the panic button earlier if they notice that little Samantha next door child already starts reading at 3 while little Tommy still can’t do so at 5! During the good old days of 60s and 70s, children were only expected to acquire alphabetical and numerical literacy in primary school. However, much more is expected of the child born in the 21st century.
Thus, parents eager to give a heads-up to their children have turn to enrichment or tuition centres in droves. These additional lessons are beyond the regular nursery and kindergarten classes attended by their children. However, as there are myriads of programmes available, it becomes a daunting and time-consuming affair to select a programme that will be effective for their child. Most parents rely on recommendations from their friends and relatives and in this regard, Children’s Cottage through its unique iReadnWrite programme enjoys tremendous success.
Children’s Cottage is an enrichment centre for children ages 3-8 years, whose aim is to help all non-readers – read with joy; and all emerging writers – write with pleasure. The referral rate is 90% as many satisfied parents have been proactive in sharing their experiences with others.
Ms. Leong Sook Wai, Founder and Head Teacher at Children’s Cottage, designed and trademarked the unique iReadnWrite programme to revolutionise the way children learn these crucial skills. While the typical Phonics system are used in most preschools, most children will find the iReadnWrite programme which emphasises on the Whole-Language approach to be particularly effective in helping them to comprehend and learn to read rapidly. The secret of the Whole-Language approach lies in teaching children to appreciate and comprehend the text and not merely in decoding the sounds. It trains a child’s brain to assimilate both words and their meanings. It is achieved through a Learning Cycle - an easy and highly- effective reading process.
Elaborating further, Sook Wai said: “The difficulty in decoding of sounds lie in the different root words from different sound systems as in Hebrew, Latin, French, German, just to name a few. The phonics rules are not simple and straight-forward and the classic example of a tongue twister is mouthing the following sentence – ‘The photographer takes a photograph of a shepherd in his photography class’.”
Teachers at the centre use a child-centric approach to help each child read. The low teacher-child ratio of 1:4 is an optimum arrangement as it allows the teachers to facilitate learning according to the child’s pace in his learning as he reads individually to the teacher in the class. The whole session is devoted to introduction work, recall work and mastery work for each child. The beauty of this methodology ensures that each child not just read the type written font but also the handwritten font. Furthermore, there is no homework to be done. The lesson is conducted in a child-friendly environment in which the children learn and play throughout the session. The relaxed and warm atmosphere highly promotes active learning – Both at the table as well as on the floor!
iReadnWrite is a revolutionary reading and writing programme, designed for children from 3 years to 8 years. The materials are staged for vocabulary, print size, language functions, tasks and content for the children to make sense of the print. It is our joy to mention that this methodology is suitable for children with Global Delay, Down Syndrome, Hearing-impaired & Mild Autism. They have benefitted greatly from this programme.
Sook Wai believes that the ability to read and write are very different. Hence, a good reader may not write or spell well. To write well, young writers need a firm grasp of Grammar & Vocabulary, Writing Structures, Summarisation & Organisational Skills on top of learning the breadth of the English Language. The iReadnWrite programme has a specially tailored programme for children (K2-P2) to learn and master these skills in a highly motivated and interactive environment. For young emergent writers, writing must be easy to learn, enjoyable and encouraging. Many children who have undergone this programme are so inspired to write that they have asked for Writing homework!
Children’s Cottage is an enrichment centre with a solid track record of producing young voracious readers and competent writers. The centre is currently open 25 hours a week and the children engage in 90-minute sessions weekly. As the reading classes are taught individually, siblings of differing ages could attend the same session, thus making logistics a breeze for the family.
Since this is the only centre using a Whole-Language, book-based approach in Singapore, increasing number of students travel long distances to the centre at Pandan Valley frequently. This is surely a testimony of the effectiveness, fun and success that she offers to the children and parents.
For more information and videos on the iReadnWrite Programme, kindly visit www.ireadnwrite.com
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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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