“Looks like learning can be lots of fun!” The exemplary teaching of an experienced teacher prompted Elly Teh Fuai Meng to change her mindset about modern education. She broke away from the framework of conventional teaching and sought her own direction in education.
Elly Teh recalled the past with a smile and said, that twenty years ago, due to her work commitments, she entrusted her child under the care of an experienced teacher who had retired. The teacher’s unique, lively and interesting teaching method served as an eye-opener to Elly Teh and deepened her understanding of education.
During this time, through her eagerness to learn coupled with the teacher’s devoted teaching, they became like-minded people with a mutual understanding. Later on, they worked together to study the teachings of the ancient Chinese reading classes. They combined ancient and modern methods to teach children and surprisingly, the children’s learning ability improved tremendously and rapidly.
This successful case study boosted Elly Teh’s confidence in child education. She applied the early childhood education theories that she had learnt to repeated practices and justifications. Finally, she managed to successfully develop her own unique educational method.
“As I worked in the insurance line, my social circle expanded. During that time, I met many parents. They wanted to send their children to Chinese schools and everyone talked about the importance of Chinese education. That was when I began to realize the importance of the Chinese language…”
“I was thinking, on the basis of early childhood education, can I make the process of learning Chinese more interesting for my children? Later I found out that cultivating the love of learning is key.”
Elly Teh firmly believes that there is no best education in the world, only education that is most suitable for her children. For children to learn well, first they must be interested in reading, therefore the method to develop a good reading habit must be lively and interesting; while for the development of creativity, right brain training is a key element. By combining the above elements to set a stable foundation for Chinese primary schools, she employs lively teaching, right brain training instilling of the reading habit to create a localised and exclusive teaching model.
In 2000, she decided to share this fun learning method with more parents. With the support of her husband, David Lim Oon Meng, together they founded “Bao Bei Reading Wonderland”. “In education, there is no curriculum for learning and there is no end. A new chapter on education in my life is just about to begin…”