Mak­ing a smart choice for your chil­dren

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - PARENTING -

THE best gift that a child can re­ceive is a high-qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion ex­pe­ri­ence. It be­gins when the child is in his or her early years – the time most cru­cial to a child’s life­long growth and de­vel­op­ment.

Through the Smart Reader Kids and Smart Reader Kids++ pro­grammes, chil­dren as young as three years old are ex­posed to a safe and lov­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

The de­vel­op­men­tal ac­tiv­i­ties and cre­ative learn­ing meth­ods en­cour­age chil­dren to de­velop their so­cial, emo­tional and in­tel­lec­tual po­ten­tial.

How­ever, not all chil­dren are ea­ger to be­gin their school­ing years that early. Most would feel anx­ious or even scared to en­ter school for the first time.

Jen­nifer Foo, grand­mother to four-year-old Isaac Lim, re­flects: “Ini­tially, we were very con­cerned about his readi­ness. How­ever, af­ter two months at Smart Reader Kids Sea Park, Pe­tal­ing Jaya, I’m pleased that his tran­si­tion has been smooth-sail­ing.

“He en­joys his time there and thanks to the en­cour­age­ment from his teach­ers, he has de­vel­oped an in­ter­est in arts and craft.”

Another par­ent, Herma Hay­atty M. Jeet, ex­pe­ri­enced sim­i­lar reser­va­tions as Foo when en­rolling her four-year-old daugh­ter in Smart Reader Kids Ta­man Se­gar Per­dana, Cheras. Her daugh­ter Fatin Harieyana Mohd Fathli, was a lit­tle hy­per­ac­tive.

“In the be­gin­ning, I did not ex­pect to see changes in my daugh­ter. But as the days and weeks passed, I no­ticed the sig­nif­i­cant changes.

“She im­proved in her com­mu­ni­ca­tion with oth­ers and be­came more fo­cused in her tasks. She also de­vel­oped an in­ter­est in read­ing and of­ten asks for new books to read,” she said.

Ac­cord­ing to Herma, the Smart Reader Kids pro­gramme has boosted her daugh­ter’s cre­ativ­ity level and helped her to ex­press her in­ner and outer self.

Un­de­ni­ably, Smart Reader World­wide has long es­tab­lished a strong rep­u­ta­tion for it­self as the pre­mier provider of early childhood ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try.

Most of the par­ents heard about Smart Reader Kids by word of mouth and had gone to the cen­tres to learn more about the pro­gramme, es­pe­cially the Smart Tadris pro­gramme.

The Smart Tadris pro­gramme un­der the newly launched Smart Reader Kids Is­lamic con­cept is the lat­est ad­di­tion. It of­fers a com­pre­hen­sive cur­ricu­lum on fun­da­men­tals of Is­lam for young Mus­lim chil­dren.

Cur­rently, there are more than 300 Smart Reader Kids cen­tres na­tion­wide and since its in­cep­tion, a mil­lion chil­dren glob­ally have ben­e­fited from the pro­grammes.

En­rol­ment for the 2014 aca­demic year is still on­go­ing for those in­ter­ested in en­rolling their chil­dren in a Smart Reader Kids cen­tre.

For de­tails on Smart Reader Kids, Smart Reader Kids Man­darin Medium, Smart Reader Kids++ and Smart Reader Kids Is­lamic, call 03-7876 3757 (Smart Reader Kids Sea Park), 03-9076 5757 (Smart Reader Kids Ta­man Se­gar Per­dana, Cheras), 03-6279 5555 (Smart Reader World­wide) or SMARTLine at 1300 885 555. Visit www.smartread­erkids.edu. my, www.smartreader.edu.my, or log on to Face­book at SmartReader or Twit­ter at Smart_ SRW. Views and feed­back can be shared on smartreader-kids.blogspot.com

Smart Reader Kids use cre­ative learn­ing meth­ods to en­cour­age chil­dren to de­velop their so­cial, emo­tional and in­tel­lec­tual po­ten­tial.

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