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I CAN READ KOTA KEMUNING GRAND OPENING



I Can Read Kota Kemuning Grand Opening

It is with great excitement that we can announce the much-anticipated opening of our newest I Can Read centre in Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam!

 The grand opening was held last weekend and we are extremely thankful for the turnout. Dozens of parents and their children joined us to celebrate this exciting day! 

 All attendees were treated to delicious food including a magical unicorn cake complete with a sparkler! There was a funny clown who made amazing balloon animals and entertained the children, a creative colouring corner and make believe cooking station! Parents had the opportunity to talk with centre staff and the centre's teacher, and sat in on an informative presentation about our amazing programme. Everyone was delighted to see the new I Can Read centre come to life! 



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WE HAVE THE BEST READING PROGRAMME!



Why is I Can Read the world's best reading programme?  Why is I Can Read the parent's system of choice?

It is because no other reading programme can make the following claims:

  • Created by educational psychologist following years of research.
  • Created by educators with the following qualifications: PhD, BA, MA, Hons, DipEd, Master of Letters, Literature, Linguistics and Psychology majors, thesis based on research into reading acquisition and over 20 years field work.
  • ICR creators are also the authors of “Dealing with Dyslexia and Reading Difficulties” published by Pearson Education.
  • Is a proven programme trialled in Singapore and overseas and backed by statistical data.
  • Has successfully taught over 170,000 students.
  • Has been hailed by Professor Brian Byrne (author of The Alphabetic Principle) as being in line with current research into optimum ways to teach reading.

If you choose I Can Read, you are choosing a reputable system which has proven itself over 16 years, is the market leader and is supported by professionals in the field.  The evidence is clear: you can't go wrong with I Can Read!



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2017 Holiday Camp

This month we have an exciting Holiday Camp coming up! Do you want to work on your vocabulary and communication skills? Do you want to spend some time perfecting your pronunciation?

We'll be working on all of these important skills through a variety of fun and engaging activities!

There will even be some chocolate fun! Click through to our website for more in-depth information and pricing.
You won't want to miss this!


      
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WHAT IS THE BEST APPROACH TO LEARNING LITERACY SKILLS?



A good instructional approach to reading lessons will make explicit the manner in which sounds combine to create words. It will teach students that accessing the sounds accurately makes pronunciation clearer.

As students become aware of how sounds blend together, they realise that whole, meaningful words are actually an array of smaller sounds which can be added or subtracted, stretched and blended in the process of word construction. Thus by the time these students move on to looking at letters, what they are able to demonstrate is that letters representing sounds combine, as do sounds and are in fact pictures of sound. This is the first essential stage on the way to learning to read the English language. 

However, it is by no means the end of the story. English is a hybrid language and lacks an agreed rule system for its grammatical constructs, its syntactical outlines and most confusing, for the pronunciation of strings of letters or combinations of letters that combine to complete words. 

Take the letter a. It can represent several different sounds, as in words like cat, gate, was, any, tall, bath and area. Or take the combination of letters ough. It is impossible to know the correct pronunciation of these letters. In the word cough, the sounds are /k/-/o/-/f/.

Now take the word bough. The sounds are now /b/-/ow/ (as in cow). With the same letter sequence in words like though, through and enough, one can see that learning to read in English means knowing how to access the sound array accurately at all times. To not be able to do this means having to guess and hoping to get lucky in the attempt, frequently resulting in reading difficulties.

As English is not rule-bound, it cannot be learned by rules. The challenge faced by educators in recent times is how to empower children to accurately access the sound sequence. Once the foundational requirement to accurately manipulate the phonological array has been taught, the next challenge is how to guarantee accurate pronunciation of the sequence. 

As you saw by the example above, pronouncing the same group of letters is not always straightforward. Many words in English are unpredictable with regard to pronunciation. There has been a need for some time to create an instructional approach that would remove the confusion and ambiguities that can arise when group of letters letters combine in unpredictable ways. 

Children must know whether to say /off/ or /ow/ (for example) in a word like cough. Additionally many words in written English contain letters that seemingly make no contribution to the pronunciation of the word. This can lead to confusion and reading difficulties for any student. A word like apple could as easily be written /apl/ where the three sounds are all present and eliminating the remaining letters /p/ and /e/.

Historical conventions are not easy to override and few have tried or succeeded. Webster managed to eliminate a few anomalies in written English and changed colour to color for instance, but what has happened is that generally the spelling conventions established by the 17th century have remained in place since and have been impervious to change, notwithstanding the differences between written British English and written American English.




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WHY DO SOME STRUGGLE WITH READING?



There are a number of contributing factors as to why many children have reading difficulties. They are comprehensively covered in the book, Dealing with Dyslexia and Other Reading Difficulties, written by registered psychologists and founders of I Can Read Antony Earnshaw and Annabel Seargeant and published by Pearson Education. 

The authors, who have spent nearly 20 years investigating reading development as research psychologists, support the view that in general, poor reading skills are the consequence of ineffective and inadequate instructional approaches.

What this means is that, in general, children fail to learn to read English easily or well because they are not taught properly. Well-meaning teachers may have exposed students to the alphabet prematurely, making it confusing for a beginner reader who has not yet developed sufficient pre-reading skills such as syllabic and phonemic awareness.

Through our reading programmes taught by Reading Specialists, I Can Read ensures that learning how to read is a rewarding and fun process for children.

Contact an I Can Read Centre near you today for more information or to book a diagnostic reading assessment. 



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