News and Events
21 May 2017
Mr. Allan Menagh spoke on the Kumon Recommended Reading List at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content 2017
General Manager of Kumon Singapore, Mr. Allan Menagh, was invited to a discussion panel at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) which took place at the National Library Building.
The Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC) is an annual festival in Singapore that celebrates and promotes the creation and appreciation of children's books and content, with a focus on Asian themes. This year’s AFCC marked Kumon Singapore’s involvement for the second consecutive year.
At the festival, the discussion panel revolved around the literacy practices and efforts adopted by schools to help children improve their grasp of languages. During the discussion, Mr. Menagh shared that the Kumon worksheets, books recommendation from the Kumon Recommended Reading List (RRL) and the level of instruction were given to each child according to their individual level of ability. He emphasised that reading not only helps children do their school work, but also to think for themselves, come to know themselves, and broaden their horizons.
Mr. Menagh also gave a presentation at the AFCC. In his presentation titled ‘The Kumon Recommended Reading List (RRL) - To Develop a Lifelong Reader’, he emphasised on the importance of reading in the 21st century.
Mr. Menagh explained, “News and information is readily available and consumed from so many sources. It is crucial for children to be able to understand and utilise these information, formulate their own opinions and ascertain truth from untruth. These skills are important in academic and even more essential in college and beyond”
He highlighted that the Kumon RRL is an invaluable tool to further hone reading skills in our children. For each level, there are at least 30 books recommended for children so as to supplement and strengthen their reading skills. He wrapped the session sharing what he had learnt from his own parenting experience, his family and friends.
“You just need 10 minutes a day to read to, and read with your children. Make it a part of the family routine. Read your own books in front of them at leisure. Parents can play a very influential role in the process of raising book readers.”
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