Friday, March 15, 2019

Spelling options for /k/




On 14.3.2019 I gave a presentation to 13 kindergarten teachers in a school in Kota Kinabalu. This is my 3rd presentation to schools and the first to a kindergarten.

The head teacher had collected questions from the other teachers and asked me many questions and the Q&A session went on for more than an hour.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Notes for parents and teachers (Part2)






I regret that the uploading of my book on the internet will be a little delayed as we are having a little problem with sound recording.

Meanwhile here is part two of 'Notes to parents and teachers' which will be part of the book.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Notes for parents and teachers (Part 1)



                                                                   

Is phonics still taught?
The short answer is no or at least in most instances phonics is not taught correctly. The main reason is that few teachers are trained or equipped to teach phonics. Most schools that teach phonics add extraneous sounds to consonants which leads to about 20 to 30 percent of children predisposed to shutting down to disengage from learning to read. 

Friday, February 15, 2019

Teach your child to read




Here is the preface to my book which I hope to upload onto the internet by next month at the latest.

A majority of children are wrongly classified as dyslexics when in fact they are instructional casualties. Many smart children who are predisposed to shutting down will disengage from learning to read when they have been taught wrong sounds of the alphabet.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Early input



Here are excerpts I collected from the internet on early learning.
Simply put, a child’s early years lay the foundation for all that is to come. In recent years, researchers have learned that the human brain develops the vast majority of its neurons, and is at its most receptive to learning, between birth and three years of age.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Sight words – My first student for 2019 (Part 2)



Yesterday was the 7th lesson for my first student,Emmanuel,  for 2019. He has now memorised 57 sight words and has been taught to read many words using phonics. Listen to the 2 YouTube videos below.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

My first student for 2019 - Psychological Assessment



On 5.1.2019, a father brought his primary 4 son to me for tuition. He has been diagnosed as a dyslexic by Dr. Fauziah of Gleneagles hospital in Kota Kinabalu. His psychological assessment report done in January this year says that he is ‘strongly at risk of having dyslexia’. 

The report further says that there are five signs of dyslexia, namely: - At Risk Quotient (ARQ) is 2.2 - Strongly at risk; - Spiky skills profile; - Weak literacy (mean 1.25 - in the lowest 5 percent). - Discrepancy of 2 points between fluid IQ and phonological skills - Weak phonological skill (mean 1 - in the lowest 5 percent).

I told the father that I can get the boy to read within 4 months of 3 one hour lesson per week. How do I dare say such a thing when he has been diagnosed as a dyslexic with weak phonological skill?

Read one of my articles on phonological skill at



Let us together observe his progress. Today – 27.1.2019 will be his 7th lesson with me. I shall record what he reads today and post it here for you to see. I will take one sentence each from his lessons learned to-date and see how he reads.

Meanwhile, please read the story of my two students last year (primary 3 and 5) who were diagnosed as dyslexic and requested by the dyslexia association to go for therapy in Kuala Lumpur for 3 months.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Info-Communication Media Development Authority (IMDA) -Singapore



I wrote several emails to the MOE of Singapore, the ministry of communication and information and both passed my email to Info-Communication Media Development Authority (IMDA). Earlier, MOE had asked me to contact the producers of the TV programme – Baby TV-. 

Monday, January 14, 2019

Critical Thinking (Part 3)


Here is an email to the CJ of Sarawak and Sabah. Please read the attachments below the email. Let us use this to have a discussion on critical thinking. Let us share all our thoughts on  the following matter. Write whatever comes to mind.

14.1.2019
Dear Chief Judge Datuk David Wong Dak Wah,

Request for sealed judgment

I have tried in vain to get a copy of the sealed judgment from the High Court here in Kota Kinabalu.
I would be grateful if you could please let me know what I can or should do to get hold of the sealed judgment of a case I was involved in.


Saturday, January 12, 2019

‘When government is wrong, it is dangerous to be right’ (Voltaire)



I have been writing to Reading Reform Foundation of UK of which Mona McNee is the founder.

Here are a few extracts of emails from Mona to me in 2015. Read it carefully and it may explain why no one wants to discuss why many smart kids are unable to read.

“I am 92 next month and failing daily -eye sight, and have been deaf for 60 years so now I merely exist. 
Thank you for your help. Keep fighting for phonics based on 26 letters>sounds which works for all.”
 I am delighted to hear of your fight.
Remember I myself thought it was just look-say vs phonics. The Evils behind all this must be very clever.”

My comment: I stopped writing to the lady above in 2015 because she was almost blind and I did not want to burden her.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Critical thinking (Part 2)



“Surely, Scott must be aware of Finkel’s views and yet he has made no attempt to counter or rebut them.” (Greg Ashman)

The above comes as no surprise to me.

Other than the three professors no one attempted to counter or rebut my posts on my blog, Face Book or on LinkedIn.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Response to Critical thinking - Greg Ashman (Part 1)



The following is in response to an article in a Blog post byGreg Ashman

In the article above Greg said:


“You need to know a lot of stuff in order to think critically about it. It is daft to set these up in opposition. As cognitive scientist Dan Willingham suggests, a child can think critically about something she knows about and a trained scientist can fail to think critically about something she does not know about."

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The National Organisation for Dyslexia AND Dyslexia Association



In my article on 3.11.2018 in response to The National Organisation for Dyslexia Malaysia’s (NOD) article in the Star Online dated 4.10.2018 I had said;

"New learning builds on previous learning. The kids who are prone to shutting down cannot transfer what they have newly learned unless they truly understand what they are learning and connect them with what they have learned."

The president of NOD, Dr. Mullai A Ramniah, did not respond.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

University Sains Malaysia and their lackadaisical attitude



I wrote to Professor Datuk Dr. Asma Ismail of University Sains Malaysia (USM) in 2010 September and did not receive any response.

I believe she did not understand what I had written.

Now, in September 2018 I wrote again and someone from USM responded. I guess they too do not understand what I am writing about and are probably embarrassed to ask me to give them a presentation of what I have discovered. I did write and request for a presentation by me to the lecturers in USM interested in why many kids leave school as illiterates.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

My email in response to Astro's email



Here is my response to Astro’s email posted here yesterday. I have copied this email to the CEO of Astro and his PA, many of the officers of Ministry of Multimedia and Communication and to the consultant, Debbie Pattinson of BabyTV.

I am still awaiting the response from MCMM (KKMM)

Here is my email and let us see what anyone of the recipients will say.