For those of you who have not read my article in the local papers on 18.4.2010 - Daily Express - you may read it here:The Daily express.
It is a great honour to have Datin Amy- Jean Yee, the Headmistress of SRS Datuk Simon Fung, a leading private school in Kota Kinabalu, comment on my article. I reproduce her entire comment here.
Agrees with advice given on dyslexia
I REFER to Mary Chin's report (25.4.2010) on the ideas of Luqman Michel concerning teaching dyslexic children to read.
I have been involved in teaching young children to read for many years and fully agree with Michel's points, especially the following:-
1. The mis-teaching of Phonics to Kindergarten Children Especially in English.
Giving letters an added 'er' sound as in b becomes 'ber'. T becomes 'ter', S becomes 'ser', F becomes 'fer' and so on is very damaging to young learners and certainly overwhelmingly confusing to a dyslexic child.
Many children come into our school at Primary 1 with this problem. We have to spend many hours 'unteaching' and 'reteaching' to overcome the problem this causes just as mentioned by Luqman.
2. Children hear to Read by Reading
I couldn't agree more.
No matter what problems a child may have, get your children reading aloud to you regularly.
I would encourage parents to read to their children at least once a day. It need not be very long. Choose a story they will enjoy, slightly beyond what they can comfortably read themselves. Read to them just a little each day like a serial on TV. It's something to look forward to.
A good way to do this is as a bedtime story. Great for language development, great for helping them to read and love reading and great for parent-child bonding.
Datin Amy- Jean Yee
SRS Datuk Simon Fung.
Regret there will be no postings of articles for a week as I will be out station.
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