Announcing June Holiday Programme! It’s school break and children get extra time to explore, learn and develop reading and writing skills. Scholar Base will be organizing short reading and writing programme at all 3 chapters that includes excursions for the different age groups. More details can be found here. Places are filling fast, call to enquire!
What better than to learn reading than during holidays? With no school lessons and homework to get in the way and no examinations to prepare for, June is a perfect time for children to learn, to immerse in the adventure and joy of reading without the threat of being judged for their learning efforts.
While children as young as 4 are using electronic devices with ease to watch videos clips on line or flip through digital magazines, they are not as eager to read story books or literature. It is disappointing that the advance of technology and the many portable digital devices has not produced a generation of avid readers or writers.
Ironically, today with the advance of technology, we have more aliterates than ever; children who are able to read are too uninterested to do so. Students of all ages are drawn to being passively entertained, watching online videos or movies and playing digital games instead of engaging their psychic faculties to actively read, imagine, feel, create and to produce writing that expresses the inner thoughts.
Seeing this unhealthy drift, Scholar Base launches reading and writing programme in our curriculum to reverse the trend. We’ve put together a special June reading and writing programme encouraging students to employ their faculties (eyes, ears, heart and mouth) to actively think, imagine and immerse in the adventures of the stories, to feel the plot, to identify with the characters and to act out the characters onstage with costumes and stage settings.
Human resources and recruiters report that it is getting increasing difficult to find critical thinkers as educational system continues to emphasize passive memorizing and lazy repeated route learning. These do not challenge the creative thinking mind. We have found that our graduates who have been guided to love reading develop healthy thinking habits and are problem solvers who can adapt in today’s changing world.
If you too want to save your children from “readicide“, the ‘systematic killing of the love of reading, often exacerbated by the inane, mind-numbing practices found in schools’, a term coined by Kelly Gallagher, then expose your children to active reading and writing.