Kursus Asas Bacalah Anakku 13 Feb 2016

“Literasi bukanlah satu anugerah, ia adalah hak setiap kanak-kanak”.

Alhamdulillah, we are done with our first event for 2016; “Kursus Asas Bacalah Anakku”. The event was held on 13 February 2016 at the Auditorium, Kompleks Kejiranan Presint 16 and was made compulsory for all new parents to attend. We were honoured to have the Bacalah Anakku authors themselves; Pn. Nik Eliani Nik Nawi and En. Othman Ahamad to deliver first hand knowledge to Alif Ceria parents on the techniques in teaching kids to read.

It is very crucial that the reading method used at home is the same as what is being taught at the kindergarten (Alif Ceria is adopting the phonics method). This is to avoid confusion, hence fasten the learning process. It was also stressed that when teaching kids to read, it is best to do it in a playful and happy environment. Remember, kids learn best when they are happy!

Some photos taken during the event..

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Thank you parents for making the time to come and learn. Semoga ilmu yang diperolehi bermanafaat dan diamalkan.. InsyaAllah.

Alif Ceria 2013 Inter-Centre Reading Competition

An inter-centre reading competition was held last Saturday, 15 June 2013 at Bilik Serbaguna Kompleks Kejiranan Presint 8, Putrajaya, Alhamdulillah. It was our very first of such event, aimed to inculcate the reading habit among the children as well as to boost their literacy and expose their parents to the reading techniques used at Tadika Alif Ceria.

Tadika Alif Ceria, since its opening in 2010, has been using Bacalah Anakku and ReadEasy phonetic reading series by ReadNetwork in the teaching of Bahasa Melayu and English reading.

The contest, involving 29 kids aged 4-6 years from all five Alif Ceria centres, were focusing on those who were able to read according to their age groups and reading levels in three categories:- Bahasa Melayu, English and Jawi. Judging scores were given based on three key areas:- fluency, pronunciation and confidence. Though some were nervous, these kids stood bravely in front of the audience to read their texts. Well done kids! You were amazing! MasyaAllah…!

Caterpillars 4 & 5 years old: Bahasa Melayu
Cocoon 5 years old: Bahasa Melayu
Cocoon 5 years old: English
Butterfly 6 years old: Bahasa Melayu
Butterfly 6 years old: English
Butterfly 6 years old: Jawi

Parents were also entertained with reading-related shows by our young performers during the short break. Our group of singers cheerfully sang the familiar Abu Ada Ayam, Cory Cat and Sakura songs – all fun but simple songs that are being used to teach phonics at the school. We then had our group of Buletin Ceria newscasters, reading fluently the local news, sports news and weather forecast. Awesome, kids! A job well done!


Winners were then announced and all contestants including the performers each brought home a bag of reading goodies. Thanks to our sponsors, Alhamdulillah!  We sincerely hope that this competition will inspire both children and parents to read more at home, InsyaAllah.

Parent Tips for Creating Lifelong Readers

I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage. – Roald Dahl

Here at Tadika Alif Ceria, our children are given freedom to choose their favourite magazines to read during recess time. Although it is only for less than 10 minutes a day, the progress is overwhelming, MasyaAllah. We noted improvement in their reading speed, comprehension, speech and self confidence.

Let’s start with something interesting for the kids to read, shall we parents? Here are more tips and ideas on how to promote and foster a love for reading:

  1. Read to your child every night
  2. Take turns with other adults to read aloud
  3. Create a library of books in each child’s bedroom
  4. Tell stories to your children
  5. Get your children to tell you stories
  6. Ask other family members to recall stories of family incidents
  7. Share and discuss articles from newspapers and magazines
  8. Read road signs and billboards out loud
  9. Play ‘I spy’ in the car
  10. Listen to audio tapes in the car
  11. Read a recipe together as you cook
  12. Read the movie advertisement together
  13. Write shopping lists together
  14. Organise a library membership for each child
  15. Take advantage of Library School Holiday Programme and Special Events
  16. Encourage children to read the backs of cereal/food packages
  17. Enter competition on the back of cereal/food packages
  18. Share favourite stories over and over
  19. Invent a new ending for a favourite book
  20. Talk books – ask children’s friends about their favourite books
  21. Arrange magazines subscription for each child
  22. Encourage your children to write letters
  23. Get your children to have membership of his/her favourite book store

And last but not least,

If you can read this, thank a teacher. – Anoynomus. 

Have a wonderful, blessed day everyone. Happy reading! 😉