child level of language and literacyQuestion: How or where can I find out my kid’s level of speech and writing development? My girl is 4 years old and currently attending childcare.

Answer: School is often where children who might be challenged in their learning ability is brought to the parents’ attention. Some areas of concern that a teacher might observe and bring to your attention could be in the areas of language development, social skills, motor skills or communication. I will be cautious of what is available online that serves as guidelines to children’s learning milestones as each child, within different contexts of exposure and culture, would be developing at a different pace. If there are however real concerns in specific areas of developments and your child does seem to have learning challenges, do seek for professional advice.

LEAP Schoolhouse has an ‘Ask and Learn’ section every Thursday. If you have any questions regarding language or literacy development, feel free to drop your questions in the comment box below, or post them on LEAP SchoolHouse Facebook page.

Esther-and-her-three-kids-smallIn this Ask The Expert section, we asked Esther Lim, CEO and Founder of LEAP SchoolHouse, about language and literacy development in children. Born and educated in Singapore, she holds a Master Degree in Education (NTU/NIE), Bachelor Degree in Arts (NTU), Diploma in Marketing – Top student for the year 2000 (Chartered Institute of Marketing). Esther has more than 10 years of teaching experience and has taught widely in both Secondary and Primary schools. She was also involved in curriculum planning and development work for the primary unit at MOE for several years. Esther has also conducted workshops and talks for educators, locally and overseas. Besides all the above credentials, Esther is also a mother of three children.

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