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Nurture a Love of Reading and Writing for Life with MindChamps Reading and Writing Programmes

At MindChamps we believe that in order to build a child’s love for reading and writing, we must first develop the engagement and enjoyment of the process. MindChamps Reading and Writing Programmes offer a holistic curriculum focused on building your child’s reading and writing skills, whilst at the same time developing greater confidence, creativity and communication skills.

Research shows that young children who develop a ‘love for stories’ by the age of seven become active and skilled readers and writers for life. Once the foundation for reading is established, the ability to write well naturally follows. Both reading and writing are critical requirements for your child’s success at school in any subject and beyond, so it is crucial to get the foundations right from an early age.

What is the MindChamps Reading and Writing Difference?

  • A balanced, holistic approach that covers all essential skills with a focus on fun and engagement
  • Emphasis on developing confidence to improve presentation skills
  • Employs theatre and drama to engage and motivate students
  • Developed by leading Australian children’s author and Early Childhood Literacy Expert, Brian Caswell. Author of over 200 books for children and young adults including Only the Heart (set text on HSC English Examinations), Brian has over 40 years of experience in the areas of education and literacy
  • Ideal programs for building confidence, communication skills and higher-order thinking skills
  • Small group sessions to encourage communication and collaboration
  • Proven model backed by extensive research and supported by the MindChamps World Advisory Board of leading Education and Early Childhood Literacy Experts
  • Utilises the unique MindChamps ‘Say and Sing’ phonics approach with complimentary eBooks for parents to use at home with children to reinforce the skills taught during class

Find Out More about Our Programmes

Reading Programme (3 – 7 years old) Develop Champion Readers for Life

Writing Programme (Year 1 - Year 5) Nurturing Creative Writers for Life

Our MindChamps Reading & Writing Experts

MindChamps Reading is the brainchild of the expert team led by Brian Caswell. Brian has over 40 years of success in education and literacy and is a renowned authority in developing learning, literacy and creativity programmes globally. Brian Caswell is a highly respected international author who has written over 100 reading books, 110 phonics books for young children, and more than 50 novels, including The Art of Communicating with Your Child and The 3-Mind Revolution.

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Debunking the Misconceptions on Reading & Writing – Phonics? Flashcards? Learning to read and write are two essential skills in which we need to be proficient. Our entire education needs to show how we are skilled and confident readers and writers. Research shows that young children who attend enrichment experiences beyond regular school will advance beyond peers, staying ahead through school (Einstein Never Used Flash Cards, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff). Once the foundation for reading is established, the ability to write well naturally follows. There are hundreds of reading and writing programmes in the market, but what sets MindChamps apart from the rest? In life, we say it is not what you know but who you know that gets you ahead. In education, we say it is not what you do, but how you do it that makes all the difference.

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My child will learn the skills of reading and writing when they start formal education. Sad to say, this is far from the truth because the best time to develop your child’s reading and writing abilities should actually be as young as during his/her toddler years. At this stage, your child will undergo great cognitive, emotional and social development. This provides great opportunity to develop their love for reading, which will naturally progress into their ability to write later.

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My child does not need any enrichment courses because he/she has learnt how to read through flashcard training or learning by rote. Flashcards can be a useful learning tool to help your child improve memory through repetition. Although your child may be able to read the words on the flashcards, it does not necessarily mean he/she understands the meaning of the word due to absence of context. This only sets up a potential roadblock in his/her ability to write later on.

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My child has learnt phonics, which is sufficient for him/her to be able to read well. Experts worldwide agree that reading is a process involving a number of key skills – with proficiency in phonics being just one. Phonics, when learnt in isolation, does not serve your child well in his/her ability to understand what he/she is reading. Instead, it requires an integrated approach that blends graphemes and phonemes within the body of text. For example, it is about putting the ph in phantom.

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Reading and writing are not the most important skills my child needs, as there are also other academic subjects that are just as important. In fact, building a strong literacy rate in your child is one of the most essential skills that will determine his/her overall academic success, as well as life in general. Besides English language, other subjects like Mathematics and Science also require skilled ability in reading, comprehending and writing to score well in exams.

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