Parental involvement in raising positive, self confident and responsible children

Children are valuable resources for the country. The children of today are leaders of tomorrow. Raising positive, self-confident and responsible children is like planting seeds in a garden. Parents are like gardeners because the journey of parenthood is like sowing seeds of love, nurturing them and believing that the seeds will grow to be a healthy, responsible and self-confident person. The parental role of loving participation in their children’s developmental milestones is the most important time in the children’s brain development. Parents’ involvement is so vital in building the character and values of their children. A safe, positive and loving environment contributes greatly to the physical, emotional and cognitive needs of children. Read More

“So that she can be happy.”

Last Friday we had mid autumn celebration in church. It has been a practice of our church to observe some Chinese culture and create a learning opportunity of the Chinese history. Prior to the celebration, some church members started to prepare the lanterns one week early for the event. My daughter enjoyed watching the adults Read More

Improving Self Confidence of a Dyslexic Child

I have been working with many children with different level of learning difficulties. They are between the age of 5 to 8 years old. Most of them have very low self confidence and behavioral problems. I’ve discovered beside encouragement and motivation (which are very important), there are other practical ways we could apply to help these children to build on their self confidence. Hope you find the article below useful for your pursuit to make a difference to your child or other children with learning difficulties.

Ways to improve a dyslexic childʼs self confidence

by Phoebe L

 

Self-confidence is having confidence and being sure of oneself own value and abilities. In view of the difficulties a dyslexic child maybe experiencing peer pressure and familyʼs expectation on him/herself, a dyslexia child usually has low self confidence instead.

In order to help the dyslexic child to overcome their difficulties, firstly we need to help him/her to build a basic foundation to be secured and have self confidence.

A dyslexic child needs to be accepted as who he/she is. Itʼs important that adults i.e. parents, care taker and teachers who are in direct contact daily with the child need to be positive, encouraging in words and actions.

The followings are some of the ways the adults could help to improve a dyslexic childʼs self confidence: Read More

Hear your child read

Hearing a child reads with pleasure is a very rewarding experience a parent could enjoy. Here are some steps how you could improve the way you hear your child read.

Building confidence

  • As reading is an acquired skill, it is important that we must always build a child’s confidence and interest when we encourage him/her to read. This will result a life long love for reading.
  • The Golden Rule for hearing a child read is to tell him/her the word he/she does not know, and the moment you feel you are tensing up, just switch over to you reading to the child for the next few pages until you feel a bit more relaxed.
  • By doing so, your child is learning to be confident that you will always tell him/her a word which he/she does not know, and can trust that reading with you will be a pleasurable experience.

Create a routine and the right ambience< Read More

Effective Teaching Strategies

Most of the dyslexic children and teenagers (learners) face difficulties in coping with the traditional curriculum and teaching styles focusing on the use of visual and audio senses. This is due to their difficulties with either or both of these senses. Some of them may have difficulties with tracking, visual processing, seeing the words become fuzzy, auditory memory or auditory processing. Nevertheless, with proper teaching strategies, they can achieve their true intellectual potential.

Below are some of the recommended teaching strategies for dyslexic learners.

Multi-sensory teaching approach

One of the most effective teaching strategies is using multi-sensory teaching approach. This approach helps them to learn also through tactile and kinetic sensations. For example, in helping a dyslexic child to have breakthrough on the confusion over the direction of ‘b’ and ‘d’, multi-sensory approach means the child has a visual memory from seeing the letter, an auditory  memory from hearing the sound it makes, a tactile memory from writing the letter in the air, touching the sandpaper letter, forming letter using the manipulative such as play-dough, clay or plasticine and  a kinetic (body movement) memory from having draw the letter really large on the carpet.

My personal experience with an 8-year old boy learning his spelling list using multi-sensory approach: Read More

Happy Teacher’s Day

When You Thought I Wasn’t Looking When you thought I wasn’t looking, you displayed my first report, and I wanted to do another. When you thought I wasn’t looking, you fed a stray cat, and I thought it was good to be kind to animals. When you thought I wasn’t looking, you gave me a Read More

Be a clown again?

Attended Uncle Button’s creative teaching with balloon today. He has challenged me to let WaWa clown back in action. Well, for your information, WaWa clown made a public appearance at the Taman Tun Dr. Ismail Park on 23 December 2005 to bring Christmas joy to a group of children from the Rumah Hope. Thank you Read More

How to help a dyslexic child to improve in math/s – part 2

Many dyslexic children also have problems comprehending the vocabulary and symbols used in mathematics. It is also a common problem that these children will be confused with math symbols that look similar. Likewise, they often reverse numbers, which lead to errors when performing simple calculations and arithmetic. Despite facing the above mentioned difficulties, a dyslexic Read More

How to help a dyslexic child to improve in math/s – Part 1

It has been estimated that around 90% of dyslexic children have problems in some areas of math/s, and most of the time they will need extra help especially when new concepts of math/s are introduced. To help a dyslexic child improve in his math/s, we must first look into the reasons for this problem. One Read More

A day with Dr. Paul Dennison, Founder of Brain Gym International

Wow! Today is a great day. I have a great learning experience with Dr. Paul Dennison, the Founder of Brain Gym International in Petaling Jaya. Dr. Paul, you are really a remarkable person, sharing with us the heart beat of Brain Gym. I greatly treasured the hand-on experiences we had in going through the 26 Read More

Sweet Memories

Darlene was delighted that her cousins slept over at our home for two nights during the recent school holidays. It was really fun to watch the kids enjoying themselves and later settling some issues together. For me, the kids brought me back to my childhood memories. So sweet … and I can still remember so Read More

Learning from the nature

A mentor is not measured by the splash he makes when he enters the water, but rather by the ripples he leaves in his wake. Amy, Adeline and myself met last Thursday morning at the Marmalade, Bangsar Village II for  brunch and farewell gathering. It was interesting that we could meet and talk about ourselves, Read More

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