HELPING YOUR K1/K2 CHILD SUCCEED IN READING
WHY CHOOSE A TRUE CHILD-BASED METHOD OR PROGRAM ?
A true child-based method is the only way to ensure your child gets the optimal speed of progress during the course.
Many children don’t learn well in large-group settings
No two students progress at the same speed though they may start at the same point
Faster children move smoothly ahead
Slower learners progress at the fastest possible pace
Each child takes his/her time to achieve the first crucial milestone
Each child goes through the necessary number of iterations before being tested
Every student is promoted at his/her own pace
A true child-based method is the only way to ensure your child gets the optimal speed of progress during the course
It is child-friendly and has worked well for 'mildly' dyslexic, autistic, hyperactive and hearing-impaired children who came to us
WHY DO SOME EARLY READERS FALL BEHIND THEIR PEERS?
Among the many possible causes why some early readers fall behind their peers, we shall mention three that should be highlighted here:
1. The Child:
i) No formal or structured training in early reading:
For an early reader with typical intelligence, his first difficulty usually stems from associating letters with sounds (lack of phonemic awareness). He has difficulty blending sounds to form words. Moreover, many pre-schoolers cannot read fluently because they have trouble recognizing ‘key’ or ’high frequency’ words by sight.
ii) Weak Listening Comprehension in English:
In certain instances, a child could be slow to pick up the phonics and sight-reading skills taught in class because his mother tongue is another language (e.g., Chinese), and he was brought up entirely in that mother-tongue speaking environment.
2. The Kindergarten’s Teaching Approach:
Most kindergartens use the ‘one speed fits all’, or classroom approach to teach pre-schoolers reading. This kind of approach may not fully benefit those children who are hyperactive or inattentive in class. If your child is the energetic and restless type, he or she may inadvertently miss what is being taught during class and subsequently not be able to catch up.
3. The Parents:
In some cases, parents underestimate the time/effort required for their child to master the first stage of reading which includes a good command of ‘high-frequency’ key words as well as a healthy dose of basic vocabulary. Being preoccupied with work and hectic routines, these parents leave it to the teachers in the kindergarten to ‘do their jobs’ when it comes to developing the reading proficiencies of their children.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON HELPING YOUR K2 CHILD:
By year two in kindergarten, if your child ‘knows phonics’ but still can’t read, he or she may potentially need extra help and time. That is the role played by private reading centers like The Reading Gym which can provide individual child-based coaching to ensure that your child does not fall through the cracks in early reading.