Date: Thursday 22nd April, 2021
“My Baby Can Read!”
2. Reading is so much more than just mastering phonics. During the early years of 0-3, parents and educators should focus on helping children understand and enjoy the stories in books, tuning in to the sounds in words and sentences, and encouraging child-directed conversations during reading activities. Phonics, or the “mechanics” of reading, which involves letter-sound association or actual decoding of words would be the focus after 3 years and should ideally be built upon a foundation of strong oral language.
3. The 6 “must-haves” for solid reading skills, typically developed in chronological order:
- Oral language experience
- Phonological awareness
- Letter-sound association or Phonics
With more than 20 years’ experience in brain fitness training, Cheryl is an accomplished paediatric physiotherapist, who is also the founder of BrainFit, an entity that specialises in scientific brain fitness training. Cheryl holds a Master Degree in Physiotherapy Studies (Paediatrics) from the University of Queensland, Australia. She was awarded a full scholarship from KK Hospital and was also the overall coordinator for paediatric neurology physiotherapy there. She has lectured in Nanyang Polytechnic and is a much sought-after speaker, including at events organised by MediaCorp-SMART Parents, the Child Guidance Clinic and schools. She is a frequent invited guest on Parenting Made Easy Radio 93.8, where she shares her expertise on brain fitness to help parents raise smarter and more resilient children. Cheryl is also an author and a mother to two young girls.