As time passes, the approach to preschool education gradually changes. Whether textbooks or teaching methods, and engaging interaction is adopted.
The founder of Bao Bei Reading Wonderland, Elly Teh Fuai Meng, follows the flow of the current direction. She is determined to create an ideal place for children to learn through play as well as to stimulate children’s interest and potential in learning through engaging and fun teaching methods. In order to complement the development of the right brain, the learning content is diverse to meet a variety of needs. It provides a chance for the children to self-explore and broaden their horizons.
“Before I founded the learning centres, I asked myself, what kind of environment do modern parents want their children to learn in? Zero pressure? Learning through play? Finally, I found the answer, that is, to be happy!”
She smiled and said it was every parent’s sincere hope that their children would take the first step towards happy learning. A good learning environment was crucial in determining whether a learning journey could be successfully embarked on.
“Conventional teaching methods often do not excite children. Children learn languages and a lot of basic knowledge but they lose the golden opportunity to build creativity and imagination. In the beginning of the learning process, they lose out on this key factor.”
Therefore, Elly Teh constantly strives to improve the learning content and tries to find the most suitable way for modern children to learn. In addition to academic advancement, the training of various abilities is also a key consideration. The “happy” element is then inserted into the process for children to enjoy as they grow up.
Elly Teh believes that imagination and creativity are akin to navigation lights that lead the children’s smooth sailing in the vast sea of knowledge, while the art of lively teaching guides them to the joy of learning.
After numerous researches and improvisations, “Children’s Super-Learning Programme” is nearing completion.
Apart from the main teaching method using flash cards, the content also includes music and games, poetry recitation, theme-based learning, arts and DIY crafts.
Furthermore, in order to cope with the local Chinese primary school curriculum, the “5-Stage Teaching Method” was specially created. From word recognition to the systematic reading programme, a child’s understanding and utilisation of Mandarin will be quickly enhanced. Systematic and progressive writing guidance will also help children to be patient and develop their thinking ability.
Elly Teh believes that a satisfactory learning environment not only cultivates good habits and independence in children, but also helps to discover creativity and logical thinking skills.
“Of course, it is more important to provide children with the opportunity to experience group interaction and to get along with their peers in order to develop a positive and optimistic attitude towards life.
Appropriateness-inspired education puts emphasis on the children where guidance is provided based on a child’s personal development. This is my career and also a course of lifelong education.”