Make reading fun for your children!

Assalamualaikum dear parents,

What are the most common problems we face with our children when it comes to reading? You might hear them saying…
“Ummi, I don’t know how to sound out these words.” OR
“I know my letters and sounds, but I just can’t read words on a page, ayah.”
You may also notice that his reading is very slow because he spends so much time figuring out words or that she is unable to understand much about what she is reading because she is focused on trying to sound out the words.
Well, this is where phonics comes in.

Phonics helps our children learn the letter-sound relationships. Meaning, when they look at a certain word, they are able to associate each letter of that word to its sound, hence, a sound comes our from their mouth, and wallah! Your child is now pronouncing the word.

Phonics also helps them to correctly pronounce written words. There are many ways one can intemperate how a word sounds but with phonics, those words are easily recognised and pronounced accurately.
From my experience, this will easily help a child win a spelling bee competition!
With that, we can definitely say that phonics gives children the ability to recognize familiar words quickly and to figure out words they haven’t seen before. And that makes your child a reader!

As a mother of five children, I am very passionate about Islamic early child care and education. Alhamdulillah. Besides being a Founder and Executive Director of Integrated Islamic School Shah Alam (IISSA), my path has also taken me into being the trainer, consultant and academic author of The Little Caliphs Program, an Islamic-English-Creative preschool program which I run alongside my husband Haji Roslan bin Nordin.

This creative pre-school curriculum integrates the basic teaching of Islam with other basic knowledge and skills such as reading, writing, drawing, Math, and English. One of my visions among many is to cultivate the ability to read in all young children around the world at the tender age of 4. Furthermore, I would love for this program to be adopted by kindergartens all over the world so that children will have the correct understanding and positive attitude towards Islam, Insya Allah.

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