The Importance of Reading & Writing

Dear Parents, 

Thank you for your interest in your child's development. 

Bringing up a child is a lifelong journey that requires you to nurture and provide him/her with the necessary skills and right mindset, so as to prepare your child for success in school and life. 
 
Similarly, nurturing your child’s potential as a skilled and confident reader & writer is also a learning journey that requires more than just academic skills. It takes an integrated learning approach that combines the learning, creative and champion mindset to set a solid literacy foundation for your child.

Did You Know?

Many parents have been side-blinded by several misconceptions about the proper way to develop a child’s reading and writing ability, thus end up wasting thousands of dollars on enrichment courses that bring no positive benefits to the child.

Misconception #1

My child will learn the skills of reading and writing when they start formal education.
Sad to say, this is far from the truth because the best time to develop your child’s reading and writing abilities should actually be as young as during his/her toddler years. At this stage, your child will undergo great cognitive, emotional and social development. This provides great opportunity to develop their love for reading, which will naturally progress into their ability to write later.

Misconception #2

My child does not need any enrichment courses because he/she has learnt how to read through flashcard training or learning by rote.
Flashcards can be a useful learning tool to help your child improve memory through repetition. Although your child may be able to read the words on the flashcards, it does not necessarily mean he/she understands the meaning of the word due to absence of context. This only sets up a potential roadblock in his/her ability to write later on.

Misconception #3

My child has learnt phonics, which is sufficient for him/her to be able to read well.
Experts worldwide agree that reading is a process involving a number of key skills – with proficiency in phonics being just one. Phonics, when learnt in isolation, does not serve your child well in his/her ability to understand what he/she is reading. Instead, it requires an integrated approach that blends graphemes and phonemes within the body of text. For example, it is about putting the ph in phantom.

 

Misconception #4

Reading and writing are not the most important skills my child needs, as there are also other academic subjects that are just as important.
In fact, building a strong literacy rate in your child is one of the most essential skills that will determine his/her overall academic success, as well as life in general. Besides English language, other subjects like Mathematics and Science also require skilled ability in reading, comprehending and writing to score well in exams.

Introducing MindChamps Reading & Writing Programme

Developed by International Literacy and Early Childhood Experts with over 300 years of combined experience, MindChamps Reading & Writing Programme is the brainchild of the expert team led by Brian Caswell – Dean of Research and Programme Development, MindChamps.
 
Brian has more than 40 years of success in the areas of education and literacy, as well as author of over 100 Reading Books, 110 phonics books and 50-60 novels for young children.
Using the MindChamps Literacy Assessment, we will help you identify your child’s ability profile through the following 6 tasks:
 
Writing
Vocabulary

 

Letter/Alphabetic
Symbol Identification
Hearing and Recording Sounds in Words
Accuracy and Errors made when Reading Text
Concepts about Books, Print, Letters and Words
Understand and Read Most Frequently Occurring Words
After the assessment, we will be able to identify the areas that can be improved and work together to help the child in building his/her love for reading.
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