As our children move from home to preschool and then onwards into primary school, their learning needs change. Read on to find out how Lorna Whiston Workshops for Parents and Teachers can help you enable your child’s learning.
Your little one is growing up so fast!
She has moved up from the cooing and goo-goo-ga-ga-ing stage and is now able to string together three to four words. Soon, she will be ready for kindergarten and reeling off truckloads of questions and telling long tales that leave you both, exhausted and secretly very very pleased.
This is also the stage when all children are like little sponges, soaking up all information and experiences around them to form the foundation of their lifelong learning journey.
As parents you will undoubtedly want to enable their learning journey as best as you can. But to be able to do that you would have to begin by understanding your child’s learning style and moving on to helping them become better readers and writers.
While some of this might be instinctive parenting, a lot of this enabling also has to be learned.
This is something that Lorna Whiston, a pioneer in English Language Programmes in Singapore, understands. Over time, the team at Lorna Whiston has developed a series of workshops and short courses for parents to help support their children in reading and writing.
In response to parent’s needs
Lorna Whiston has been running the workshops for parents for over 10 years now. The first workshop was a response to feedback from involved parents, who wanted to learn how they could get more involved in their children’s learning.
Says Headteacher Ms Lori Bormann, “We get asked by parents all the time about what is the right way to teach; they worry about doing the wrong thing.” She adds, “We address their concerns on an ‘as and when basis’ but these workshops help them have a holistic understanding about their children’s learning.”
Don’t worry too much early on
“Actually you don’t need to worry about the formal teaching until your child is about 3 or 4, but it is important that they become familiar with the rhythm and sounds of the language at an early age,” says Ms Bormann.
One thing that Lorna Whiston teacher, Ms Heather Mahy warns against doing is talking to infants and toddlers in baby language. “Baby language is dumbing down. By saying ‘horsie’ instead of horse and ‘doggie’ instead of dog, you are also adding in extra sounds and making words longer.” She suggests that parents use simple and short words and don’t add any extra sounds.
Preparing yourself to enable happy learners
It is important that that parents understand the developmental stages that children go through and what is appropriate for a child to be learning at any given time and also what they are expected to learn in school.
Says Ms Bormann, “We also hope to reassure parents that children develop at different rates and help them understand how they can help encourage a love for reading and for learning for life at home.”
Read on to find out why the Lorna Whiston parenting workshops in Singapore are right for you.