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  • “Help! My child reads too fast!”

    Some children rush when they read and make wild guesses about how sounds should fit together, or about whole words or sentences! How can parents and teachers help these children read accurately? Try one or more of these ten ideas!

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  • What do parents look for in a primary English programme?

    Parents look for a programme that helps with English as a school subject, that improves their children’s English foundation for the future, and that keeps children eagerly engaged in learning. Read more to see how our programme delivers quality English learning!

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  • The My English School owl mascot
    Why an owl?

    My English School chose an owl as its mascot because owls are associated with wisdom and learning. Here you can read some interesting facts about our owl!

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    Why young learners confuse letters b and d

    Anyone who has questioned a small child about the letters of the alphabet has probably noticed that there can be some confusion regarding the letters ‘p’ and ‘q’, ‘m’ and ‘w’, ‘u’ and ‘n’ and, especially, ‘b’ and ‘d’. Young learners who are sounding out words often pronounce them incorrectly if they contain these letters. […]

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  • Reading in the Brain book
    Sounds before words:
    How whole language lost the reading war

    Techniques for teaching children to read are constantly evolving. In the search for the optimum approach to reading instruction, education professionals have turned to analysis of how reading skills are acquired in the brain. Informed by scientific findings, they have made great improvements in teaching literacy. An important change has been the return to a […]

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    Talk to your infant or toddler to boost literacy skills

    An article from The Economist describes how researchers have found a disparity in the size of the vocabularies of children that were spoken to often and children that were spoken to less often as infants and toddlers. Differences in vocabulary size are noticeable even at 18 months, when toddlers can be tested by scientists who […]

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  • Mindset book
    Help your child choose to try: Foster a growth mindset

    Book Review: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. (2006) Your personal success depends on your attitude and Stanford Psychology professor Carol Dweck wants to help you improve it. What’s more, her research on the link between mindset and success has powerful implications on how parents and teachers can encourage children […]

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    Reading is *more* than phonics

    Studies have shown that there is a strong correlation between ability to read at a young age and socioeconomic status in later life. So, give your child a head start in school and life by helping your child to read early and well.

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    Straits Times advises parents to read to kids at home

    We at My English School thought parents would be interested in a Straits Times article over at AsiaOne that recommends reading at home interactively as part of a series on preparing children for a smooth transition to school. Of course, even after your child starts Primary school, reading at home is a good idea!

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    Stronger readers at age 7 will see higher incomes as adults, study finds

    We at My English School thought parents would be interested in an article over at AsiaOne that indicates a link between childhood reading skill and adult income.

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