Interesting Articles

  1. Why is it that one child can snuggle up with a book while the other finds reasons to move throughout his waking hours? Yet they’re both equally intelligent and capable! We believe you’ve seen this, even within the same family. Neuroscience explains the differences in brain activity during learning (e.g., Eldar et al., 2013). All of us have our preferred learning styles (read more).
  2. List of recommended reading by Victoria Carlton to choose according to a child’s specific needs and discuss the stories within his or her context. Please view here for a comprehensive list.
  3. In the recent National Day Rally speech, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong conveyed the need to recalibrate the education system to focus on things which matter more than grades in the long run. Details of the Prime Minister’s speech can be found here. Education Minister, Heng Swee Keat, echoed PM’s speech where he was concerned that over-emphasis on exams and grades may come at the expense of the development of well-rounded individuals, including the character and values of the student which ultimately matters most, Today paper, 13 March 2013 (read more).
  4. Illustrated phonics story books by Angela Weeks.  The books are grouped in a developing order based on the order of sounds introduced in the Jolly Phonics early literacy program. Each book is published with suggestions on how parents, tutors and teachers can get the most out of the book.  There are currently 125 books available online for free courtesy of Angela Weeks of SPELD, South Australia.
  5. Evaluation of EQ4KIDZ by Lynnette Caroline Oliver – read here to find out more.
  6. Effects of Reading to Infants and Toddlers on Their Early Language Development by Carl J. Dunst, et. al – read here to find out more.
  7. Longitudinal Study of the Effects on Reading and Spelling of a Synthetic Phonics and Systematic Spelling and Grammar Program. 2010-2011 Interim Report by Angela Weeks, Clinical Director, Speld(SA) and Jill Ozols, Educational Consultant – read here to find out more.