Zoophonics at Jurong West

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Any Comments abt Zoo-Phonics @ Blk 502 Jurong West Ave 1

Postby Xiaowen » Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:30 am

Hi Mummies & Daddies,

Anyone put their child in their enrichment program?

Can share with me your experience, feedback or comments please?

Thank you.

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Zoophonics at Jurong West

Postby dadelina » Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:33 am

Hi there...

Any feedback on Zoophonics - Jurong West Branch?
For the K1 and K2 classes.
My K2 is a confident reader however, would like to expose her to Grammar, Compre, Creative Writing, etc...

Hope to hear feedbacks soon.

Thanks!

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Postby cherrygal » Sun Jan 16, 2011 2:35 am

I sent my kid to their Thomson branch and can testify that their program is effective. My son only went for a year and his phonics reading ability improved by leaps and bounds. He doesn't even attend phonics classes now but can pronounce new words very well.

I feel like sending him back for their reading classes coz he's lacking the love for reading even though he can read well. Hopefully they can ignite the passion.

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Postby tamarind » Sun Jan 16, 2011 12:51 pm

I sent my boy to Zoophonics when he was 3 years old, I was not happy with the school so I do not recommend them.

In Jurong West, I think that Morris Allen is a much better choice.

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Postby sean wife » Sun Jan 16, 2011 3:27 pm

Hi Tamarind,

Can you share who you think is a good teacher at Moris allen?

Thanks!

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Postby dadelina » Sun Jan 16, 2011 7:21 pm

tamarind,
You mean you sent your child to their branch at jurong west? cos a couple of times I called the branch and was put off by the lady who answered my queries. So always changed my mind in enrolling my girls. Btw, how abt the enrichment classroom at jurong west recreation centre? They also have phonics and language classes for diff levels. Anyone have any feedback?

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Postby tamarind » Mon Jan 17, 2011 5:15 am

sean wife wrote:Hi Tamarind,

Can you share who you think is a good teacher at Moris allen?

Thanks!


sean wife,
My boy was taught by Miss Sally Ann Eagle, and I highly recommend her. Although my boy said she is boring, I have sat in her class before, and I think she is a very good teacher. She is the only teacher who truly understands my boy. I sent him there because I had to work in China last year (he has stopped attending now that I am back) He is already reading very advanced books for his age, I send him there purely for social interaction. His written work used to be quite sloppy at home, but in the class, his work was so neat and good, must be something to do with Miss Eagle.

But honestly, just sending to enrichment class is not helpful, if a child is weak in English. The best way to improve a child's English is to read as many story books as possible, and parents must read with them at home every day.
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Postby tamarind » Mon Jan 17, 2011 5:17 am

dadelina wrote:tamarind,
You mean you sent your child to their branch at jurong west? cos a couple of times I called the branch and was put off by the lady who answered my queries. So always changed my mind in enrolling my girls. Btw, how abt the enrichment classroom at jurong west recreation centre? They also have phonics and language classes for diff levels. Anyone have any feedback?


Hi dadelina,
I cannot stand that lady too and I tried to avoid her. There is a young man at the counter and he is much better.
I haven't tried the enrichment classroom.
Actually I taught my boy phonics at home, don't need to send him to phonics class.

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Postby sean wife » Mon Jan 17, 2011 8:14 am

Hi Tamarind,

Actually my kids (going to 3.5 yrs old in march) can read quite well for their age, partly on memory and partly on phonics. Thanks to your sharing in your blog and forum, they are completing 12b of P&J, and can read about 80% of the 3-letters and 4-letters words in your blog. Problem is I never really ‘teach’ them blending, and although they can read those words, they are not always willing to break down the individual sounds in the words. But they can read some new words phonetically even though they have not seen it before, so I am quite sure they get the idea of blending. I know the next stage should be to gauge them on spelling (but they can’t write their letters yet…), but if I just read them the word ‘cat’, I dun think they know how to spell leh…unless I breakdown the sounds for them, which defeats the purpose of spelling using phonics skill right? They are supposed to know the sounds in the word by themselves…

Anyway, they are currently in the elementary level of some enrichment class…recent feedback from teacher is that although they know their sounds and the requirement of that level, they probably can’t be promoted to the next level soon as their attention span is not long enough for the structured learning of the next level, and they are not always co-operative to complete their activities. I am OK if they are still enjoying their lessons, at the same time I am also worried if they will get too bored if they stay at the same level for too long, especially if they already know what is supposed to be covered in this stage. That’s why I am looking around to see if there are better options elsewhere…I know that it’s possible to keep a child engaged in the lesson even know he/she already knows what is taught (as in their berries class), but somehow I can’t seem to find the ‘ideal’ English enrichment around for them.

Sorry for the long post and thanks for reading…

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Postby dadelina » Mon Jan 17, 2011 9:31 am

Hey Tamarind,
Thanks for ur reply - I thought I was being bias when I felt that way abt her. 'Glad' that I found someone who shared the same sentiment ;p

Just to share, my K2 is a confident reader hence now, I'm thinking of exposing her to Grammer, Compre, creative writing etc... I'm quite confident in her progress and she is self-motivated.

However, my K1 (she's a quiet girl), she has short attention span and she tends to give up easily. And, when she doesn't want or she faces difficulty, she'll totally shut down and you'll end up forcing her (and she'll start crying, of course) - This is what I don't want to to... 'forcing' her. I did explain to her that when u know how to read, u can read any books. and she wants that but she wants me to read to her.

As for planting the love for reading in my girls (even my youngest who's turning two in march)... I'm happy abt it cos I've started reading to my girls before bedtime since they were very very young (think since babies) and hence, they have the love for reading. and now, bedtime stories is a 'must-have' for them every night :)

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