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[Reading] Fun memory game created by Jae

We love playing memory games and Jae (5y3m) just created a new version that may thrill your little one while he’s learning to read. The Progressive Phonics free printables include memory game cards to help in remembering the words through a fun way. Usually, I’d arrange the cards in neat rows and columns, which is …

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[Chinese] Easy & fun reading activities

This post is on easy and fun activities to teach a young child to read Chinese characters. There’s a free flashcards download at the end too, so read on… Over the past two weeks, the family has fallen in love with this Chinese nursery rhyme — 老鹰捉小鸡 (translated as “the eagle catches the chick”). It’s catchy, related …

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Farsightedness & reading skills

Nearly-7yo Vee has been progressing well across subjects with one exception — reading. I observe his development closely and it’s clear that he isn’t keen to read much despite being able to read. He loves solving and discussing math problems usually verbally, with maniplatives or simple model drawings. When it comes to a story problem …

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Home Practice Learning Materials & Books

Following feedback from the recent home practice workshops, I’ve compiled a list of home practice learning materials and books for teaching 3 to 6 years old. I start reading and speed-reading the books to my kids from newborn stage onwards. (You may either think this is extreme kiasu-ism or believe that I’m setting a solid multi-language foundation …

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When should I teach my child to read?

Reading is a very hot topic among the parents in my workshops: When should I start teaching my child to read? As a baby? Or when? How to teach her to read? Flash cards or phonics or what? What materials to use? Vee learnt to read in 3 languages (English, Chinese and Bahasa Melayu) from about …

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Where to get great books at low prices

For classic children’s books, I prefer to buy than borrow from the library. This way, they can be read and re-read many times as long as the child enjoys it. Then one day, he starts reciting the entire story word-for-word, such a magical moment! Children’s books with beautiful illustrations and big words are also great for …

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