Sunday, March 1, 2009

How To Teach Your Toddler To Read... With Interest

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island. - Walt Disney

Recently I attended a workshop by Woo Li Fong, a holder of Master Degree in International Business, decided to leave the corporate world to run the Pro-Active Mind Training Centre since 2002. She shared with us her methodology for building up toddlers' foundations in early literacy and independent reading.

• Basically her methodology is flash cards of words, flash and flash and flash.
Seems easy? Ya right... It needs lots of effort and determination. Problem comes when you have active or cranky juniors!

• When to start? Say about 18 months or when the toddler can say a few words.

• Preferred NOT to teach A,B,C first as they don't have meanings. Thus, recognize single words to start off.

> DON'T DO IT when you are tired
> DON'T DO IT when the child is tired, moody or cranky or not focus
> DO IT willingly
> DO IT with a positive and play mind

• Five single words to flash everyday, three times a day, about 15 - 20 mins per session
• Retire one word weekly, and add in a new single word
• Continue for at least nine months, then do two-word flash cards
• Then sentence-word flash cards
• Then pick words from story books and eventually, your toddler can read!

PS: Li Fong also shared her presentation slides with us and she also allowed us to share her methodology with our circle of friends. Let me know if you need the materials. Drop me your email address in the comment box.

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Follow up this methodlogy, I met Andy from EdVenture Books Pte Ltd and we spoke for a while. I understand that he also used this method for his girl at 18-month old and it works! Their walls are covered with word cards for a period!

For Andy, he has two objectives: (1) his little girl can read independently > raise a reader (2) his little girl can converse fluently - language with phonics or Letterget books

(Remember Li Fong mentioned that she can pick out some words from story books - samples like EdVenture $400++!!!!!!!! Go library better.....

See for sample - www.edventurebooks.com

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