Studies show that young children in low-income families often miss out on reading at home.
As part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) outreach, the Skool4Kidz Care Fund sponsored a set of English reading books each for 800 preschoolers under the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) KidSTART programme. Notably, ECDA KidSTART supports children from low-income families to have a good start in life in three areas of child development.
Cultivate the Love of Reading to Young Children.
Each child received a set of three books of rhymes authored by well-known local early childhood education specialist, Dr Khoo Kim Choo. According to Dr Khoo, reading, being read to and talking about the illustrations in each book contributes a great deal to children’s language development. They also contribute to parent-child bonding in the process.
The Importance of Developing a love of Reading.
Dr Khoo adds, “A love for reading opens the door to different worlds for children – the world of imagination, entertainment and knowledge of nature, people, culture, values and more. Most importantly, it increases children’s vocabulary – which has far reaching outcomes”.
The book titles include Going Downtown, Whose Cat Is That and House By The Woods, all with other rhymes included. They were submitted by the National Library Board to the International Children’s Digital Library soon after they were published.
With the books, parents could spend more time with their young ones to make an impact on the children’s language development and overall learning.
The total cost of $24,000 for the books is funded by the Skool4Kidz Care Fund, in support of deserving social causes for young children.
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