February-March 2021

posted Mar 10, 2021, 6:43 PM by Alvin Yen   [ updated Mar 10, 2021, 6:45 PM ]
Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a wonderful Chinese New Year holiday. Although traveling overseas is still not exactly an option at the moment, I am sure with the aid of technology, we all managed to find ways to connect our friends and loved ones.  

As we continue the school year with the annual reading challenge, I would like to encourage you to (continue to) keep up your reading with your child at home. At times one may feel it's a one-way thing- that "I (parent) read, and you (child) listen." In fact, reading during the early childhood years can be interactive and fun! There are two things you can try with your child at home:

First, instead of jump straight into the content. Take some time to scan through the cover page. Read the title aloud, talk about the illustrations. If it's your first time reading this, ask your child to guess (based on the title and illustrations) what the story is about. It's always good to hold a conversation about what you are going to read. 

Second, asking good questions that encourage your child to think and reflect. For example, when something happened (or when a character made a decision) in the story, ask your child: "Will you be doing the same thing? Or do you think there are other ways?"  Although it may seem off-track from the content, yet it's a perfect opportunity to encourage your child to think and reflect while reading.

Unlike oral communication skills, reading comprehension is something that takes up years of exposure to be accumulated. If you haven't started a reading routine with your child at home, it's never too late to do so!

Happy reading!

Cordially,

Alvin C. Yen
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