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.
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:
- Read to your child every night
- Take turns with other adults to read aloud
- Create a library of books in each child’s bedroom
- Tell stories to your children
- Get your children to tell you stories
- Ask other family members to recall stories of family incidents
- Share and discuss articles from newspapers and magazines
- Read road signs and billboards out loud
- Play ‘I spy’ in the car
- Listen to audio tapes in the car
- Read a recipe together as you cook
- Read the movie advertisement together
- Write shopping lists together
- Organise a library membership for each child
- Take advantage of Library School Holiday Programme and Special Events
- Encourage children to read the backs of cereal/food packages
- Enter competition on the back of cereal/food packages
- Share favourite stories over and over
- Invent a new ending for a favourite book
- Talk books – ask children’s friends about their favourite books
- Arrange magazines subscription for each child
- Encourage your children to write letters
- 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! 😉