(Only available to children with learning barriers)
Learning Recovery Programme© is a compact and modified version of LEAP (Learning Experiences in an Activity-based Programme) © - an enrichment programme which I had conducted in selected primary schools and CDAC's Student Service Centres.
This programme uses activities that are based on Multiple-Intelligences to literally 'bring out the best' in each child. The three instructional approaches: **Direct Instruction, Facilitation and Coaching** are weaved together in the programme for effective teaching and learning.
It is similar to the Kumon concept i.e. learning happens in a progressive manner. Students will be helped to attain mastery of basic skills before proceeding to the next stage, regardless of school level. However, unlike Kumon, students are not drilled to achieve the goals. They will be encouraged, guided, empowered and motivated to improve themselves. They will learn "HOW TO LEARN".
Besides the usual small group learning, there will be separate Flexible Interviews with each child under the programme. This important aspect of the programme serves to identify children's learning barriers, misconceptions and misunderstanding, so that they will be addressed in future small group lessons.
will be setting up a learning centre to provide quality enrichment
programmes at affordable fees for average-income families, next year
(most likely after Chinese New Year). My learning centre will cater to
children at the foundation levels (Nursery to P2) first.
The Learning Recovery Programme will be implemented once there is sufficient demand for it.
I hope to train dedicated candidates (who would be paid moderately) to conduct the programme and reach out to needy children. Many children with learning barriers (P4 students assessed as having the academic level of K2 children and 2 special needs children) have shown evidence of improvement (in terms of exam grades and assessment by professional doctor) from the LEAP structure.
**The three Instructional Approaches as described by Mortimer Adler in The Paideia Program (1984):
Acquiring basic language and literacy is critical in ensuring an enriched and fulfilling life. With basic literacy, one can gain access to all archived knowledge to improve one's skills, enhance one's area of expertise, find out more on one's interests and strengthen one's talents; on top of being able to indulge in something meaningful to 'pass time'. Take for example, I learnt to design this website simply through reading and applying the knowledge.
Picture this: our illiterate future generation wasting their lives staring into thin air when they grow too old and weak to work or engage in strenuous activities - just like many of our past generation.
OR this: the elderly individuals engaging in some form of reading and writing activities.
To see the second more blissful scenario, we need to provide opportunities for our young, especially the late bloomers, to be equipped with the necessary baseline skills. Hence, we would like to initiate a 'Learning Recovery Programme' to help the children acquire the skills.
The Learning Recovery Programme comprises five main areas of development:
This programme uses the 'Learning Centre' concept and provides varied opportunities for children to explore and discover language and literacy in a fun, natural and non-pressurising way. It uses different genres of high quality and high interest texts, and multi-sensory activities to motivate children to want to learn spontaneously. We want children to feel that learning is pleasurable and challenging. In this way, they will be more inclined to embark on the path of successful living and life-long learning.
Let us know if you are interested in the Learning Recovery Programme, whether to participate in coaching the children or recommending the target group to enrol in the programme.