YelaoShr® Reading & Brain Development Programme
According to experts, children aged 3 – 6 years are in their golden period of learning. Their brains are akin to a blank disc, ever ready to absorb new information. To them, memorizing is not a burden but a biological necessity. Thus, it is important to harness this potential during this period so that your child can learn to master essential words in the primary school syllabus (approximately 2500 commonly used Chinese words).
The advantage that comes with word literacy is the ability to read. The purpose of teaching word recognition is to fast-track reading. Reading is the key to knowledge and wisdom. A child who reads is capable of attaining greater cognitive development. Reading serves to enrich a child’s vocabulary and improves his or her ability to communicate. It also serves to inculcate a passion for learning and helps build self-confidence, essentially laying the very foundation for a bright future.
On the contrary, if a child were to begin word learning only upon entering a primary school, the child may not be able to cope with the pace in school. Consequently, the child’s abilities to read and understand will be hampered.
A British emeritus professor of Psychology, Richard Lynn once conducted a series of IQ tests on British, American, French, German and Japanese children. It was found that children from Europe and America scored an average IQ of 100 while their Japanese counterparts, 111. He discovered that learning Kanji characters has given the Japanese children the IQ edge. In Tokyo, there are many kindergartens that emphasize on word literacy. Based on a research in 1967, a Japanese child who began to learn Kanji characters from the age of five was able to attain an IQ of up to 95, compared to 120 and 130 for children who began at the age of four and three respectively.
The problems faced by students in Chinese primary schools:
- In Primary One, a child is expected to master a total of eight subjects, namely Malay Language, Chinese Language, English, Arithmetic, Science, Moral Studies, Area Research and Living Skills.
- If the child has a poor command of languages, he or she will not be able to read and understand textbooks. Homework becomes a difficult task and the child will eventually do badly in examinations.
- Lacking a good vocabulary of Chinese words makes learning of school subjects more and more difficult as the child moves up to higher levels.
- Many students in Chinese primary schools have a limited vocabulary of Malay Language and English. They are often unable to pronounce and understand words in Malay Language and English.
- When a child is unable to keep up with the pace in school, he or she is likely to lose interest, become lazy and defiant. This is certainly a serious cause for concern to the parents.
- When the child reaches secondary school, the disinterest in reading and schooling grows deeper. Little wonder that the child eventually quits schooling. It is a loss to the society.
Do you wish your child could understand everything that is taught by teachers in school? Do you wish your child would have the initiative to do homework and revision without your supervision?
Do you wish your child could excel both academically and in conduct?
Do you wish your child would not be unduly stressed by examinations and yet could pass with flying colours?
- We employ revolutionary techniques in guiding your children on word recognition. The more words learned, the better. This will inculcate their reading interest and help to kick-start their reading habit from an early age.
- By the time your children enter Primary One, they would already have a rich command of words. Schools will no longer be a source of stress. Instead, schooling becomes fun as the children are able to keep up with the pace. Please make the most of the precious 2 to 3 years of your children’s pre-school age. Send your children to YelaoShr® Creative Learning Centre to build a strong foundation in Malay Language and Chinese Language. With a strong foundation of languages, they will be able to read to pursue further knowledge. A bright future awaits them.
At YelaoShr®, our unique learning method helps children master 1,500 Chinese words to lay a solid foundation in the language.
Advantages of Starting Early
- Builds memory power
- Develops mental focus
- Promotes whole brain development and intelligence
FAQs about Word Recognition, Malay Syllable Pronunciation, Reading and Comprehension Programmes
Q1: What’s the best age for a child to start learning word recognition?
A1: Experts point out that the golden period of learning is between the ages of 3 to 6. During this period, the brain is akin to a blank disc, ever ready to absorb new information. For children, memorizing is not a burden but a biological necessity. This is the time when they learn the fastest and remember the most. A child who starts learning words between the ages of 3 and 6 years can later master 2500 commonly used Chinese words required in the primary school syllabus in a shorter span of time.
Q2: Can a child who performs poorly in school despite tuition still improve his/her grades?
A2: Most students who can’t catch up in school are not ‘stupid’ but learners who need more time in learning. Teaching them require patience and attention. Yealoashr®’s unique teaching and learning method is based on a child’s own learning pace to help him/her build a stronger foundation in language so that he/she will be able to keep up the pace in secondary school. Our one-to-one coaching ensures that learns will eventually learn the words, but not about completing the syllabus.
Q3: Does learning word recognition at an early age help improve a child’s intelligence?
A3: British Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Richard Lynn conducted a study on children’s IQ development across Britain, America, France, West Germany and Japan. The study revealed that American and European children have an average IQ of 100 whereas their Japanese peers have an average IQ of 111, which is attributed to learning Kanji characters at kindergartens. According to a study in 1967, 5 year olds who begin learning Kanji characters can develop an IQ level as high as 95 while those who start learning at 4 can reach as high as 120 and even up to 130 if they begin at 3!
Q4. How is YelaoShr® ® Teacher Yap Creative Learning Centre different from other tuition centres?
A4: We are a centre specializing in teaching literacy and reading, especially for young learners who can’t read Chinese or spell Malay words (ejaan).
We use one-to-one guidance to help children read flashcards and remember words, with the aim of improving their memory and imagination. Our teaching methods are fun and innovative without grading students.
Our prorammes have helped more than 500 children in literacy. Children who have successfully completed the programmes are able to read more than 1500 Chinese words, which is equivalent to Standard 3 syllabus; and they can read and spell Malay words without difficulties.
Q5. How do YelaoShr® ® systematic teaching materials help children in learning?
A5: Our scope of teaching is based on commonly used words. We use storybooks containing new words repeated frequently in the stories. Our books are packed with colourful, attractive illustrations and simple dialogues, all of which are intended to capture your child’s interest to reinforce learning.
Continuity in our lessons strengthens your child’s abilities to think and organize ideas. Children will enjoy reading so much more when they can understand the meanings in the stories that are tailored to their levels. Our teachers will guide your child through each lesson or storybook to pave way for independent reading.
Q6. What is the unique method used by YelaoShr® to teach Malay syllables (suku kata)?
A6: Based on our years of experience, though many children can memorize suku kata, they might still be unable to pronounce Malay words. Some children might need to pronounce each syllable first before pronouncing the whole word.
Our unique teaching methods will enable your child to master Malay pronunciation effectively. Our teachers will guide your child in mastering Malay Language phonetics before proceeding to spelling practices. Upon completing this stage, your child will be able to read and write Malay words.
Q7. How does YelaoShr® group students into age and level? How long will a learner take to complete a programme?
A7: At YelaoShr®, children are not grouped according to age groups or school levels. Every student will first sit for an assessment to identify his/her proficiency level before a learning solution is formulated for him/her. We adopt one-to-one coaching and does not subscribe to academic year system. Teaching is paced according to individual learning abilities. We ensure mastery of a lesson rather than the completion of syllabus. Only when a child is able to learn faster will the teacher increase her teaching speed.
Q8. What should parents do after enrolling their children in YelaoShr® Word Recognition, Malay Syllable Pronunciation, Reading and Comprehension?
A8: Some children may not be interested to learn in the beginning. Therefore, parents should give encouragement and praises for the progress their children have made rather than asking them what they have learned after each lesson. As young learners begin to make small steps, they will be able to read after 3 months, subject to individual learning pace.
Cooperation from the parents is crucial at this stage. If a child is not making any noticeable progress within a month after enrollment, parents should take initiative to talk to the teacher to discuss the problem or find solutions like adjusting the frequency or duration of lessons, instead of giving up prematurely.
Q9. Is a vocabulary of 100 words learned in kindergarten sufficient for coping primary school syllabus?
A9: According to SJK(C) syllabus, Standard 1 students should have a command of 1,500 Chinese words. Therefore, a vocabulary of 100 to 200 words may not be sufficient for children in Standard 1.
In other words, adequate preschool preparation can help reduce stress in children so that when they enter Standard 1 they are able to channel their energy to cope with learning other subjects in a new environment.
Q10. When I was young, I learn Hanyu Pinyin before learning to pronounce Chinese words. Doesn’t the same rule apply here?
A10: Learning Hanyu Pinyin is not learning to recognize words but recording pronunciation. Using Hanyu Pinyin to improve literacy and reading is often frustrating when children can’t master it. Eventually children may shun reading all together. Chinese words are pictographic writing. So it is actually easier for young learners to recognize words than learning phonetic alphabet.