Question: My son goes to a full day childcare in Singapore and learns his phonics in school. Does he still need to go for enrichment classes or phonics lessons outside? What kind of enrichment class would you recommend for three and a half year old children and why?
Answer: If your child is already taking phonics classes in school, it would be wise to continue the programme and look for complementary lessons outside.
At 3.5 years old, your son’s speech and level of understanding towards aural input should be rather fluent. Building upon this as well as his exposure to phonics, it would be apt to introduce some elements of reading and pre-writing skills to him. This would help to extend his repertoire of linguistic skills.
The forms of enrichment programmes, e.g. speech & drama, linguistics classes, language classes etc. would depend on factors like interests of the child and content of each of the programmes that are offered. Most schools offer trial lessons, Ask for trials before you make a decision on whether to sign up for any particular programmes.
Good luck hunting!
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