Nurturing body and mind


  • Education
  • Sunday, 07 Sep 2003

SARAH Wong, Jqueen Chow and Huang Jia Yi prove that age is no barrier in the fields of education and sports. 

Barely two years old, these girls took part in their first sporting event – carrying ping pong balls with spoons and going through hoops. 

A total of 30 children had a whale of a time at the recent Sports Day organised by Taska Duyung Merah, in Seremban. 

Among the games held were a sack race, balancing bean bags on the head, running with a balloon tied to the leg, separating beans on a plate and filling bottles with water. 

The thrills and spills of the matches brought out the sporting spirit in the youngsters, who were cheered on by parents and grandparents 

These preschoolers are not only good in playing games but have also learnt to read in both English and Chinese. 

Pupils at Taska Duyung Merah read words, phrases and sentences in English and Chinese, utilising the Dr Glenn Doman programme which emphasises both mental (learning) and physical (sporting) development in a child,  

Children start by learning to identify shapes, single words and couplets. They then move on to phrases and start reading children's stories sentence by sentence. 

Sarah's proud mother Terrie Yap said: “After six weeks of classes, Sarah can identify numbers and shapes. She can even tidy up her own toys. She will be two years old soon.” 

Said nursery principal Wong Yit Fook: “Each child reads at his or her own pace according to their natural ability. This programme does not use pictures but promotes a love for reading.” 

At the end of the course whether it is six months, one year or one and a half years, the pupil will be awarded a certificate.  

Apart from reading, the children also learn counting, drawing, music and dancing. 

“Dancing was my first love. I have been a ballet teacher at the Seremban Ballet Academy for the past 14 years,” said Wong. “When I teach my nursery pupils dancing, I impart my knowledge of ballet to them.”  

Wong believes that children can learn to read from the age of one. 

“With a strong foundation in education early in life, pupils can enjoy other aspects of childhood – such as dancing, music, sports and art – when they go to primary school, without worrying about their grades being affected by extra-curricular activities,” she added. – By S. SOLOMON SAMUEL 

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