‘Use age-appropriate teaching methods’

Posted on July 7, 2012, Saturday

by Antonia Chiam, reporters@theborneopost.com.

KUCHING: Age-appropriate teaching methods are vital in early childhood education to ensure proper comprehension, said Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah.

She said this will enable children to learn many things without them realising it is part of their lessons.

“At this level, fun learning is very important. Each child has his or her own unique characteristics and development stage, so it is very important that teaching methods are appropriate to the age and the needs of the individual child,” she said at the Tunku Putra Kindergarten Mini Olympics yesterday.

She commended the school for coming up with a fun way for young children to familiarise themselves with the Olympic Games.

“This is an appropriate method to expose children to what the Olympics is all about as well as the important values that come together with the games. It is important to inculcate these values so that the spirit of the Olympics will stay with the children even long after they leave to join the real world.

“Also, by kindling an interest in the Olympics, Tunku Putra may even generate future Olympians who could do the school and the state proud someday,” she said.

Fatimah called the close working relationship between teachers of Tunku Putra’s kindergarten, primary and secondary schools exemplary.

“There are various levels being housed in the same campus, which means that there is a close relationship between the teachers. This is very important in regards to the knowledge of students.

“Teachers will be able to know the strengths and weaknesses of the students as they move up from one level to the next.

“By working closely, the teachers will be able to devise appropriate teaching methods in order to improve the learning process of the students. Such student-centred collaboration should be emulated by other schools.”

Meanwhile, school board chairman Datuk Syed Ahmad Alwee Alsree announced on behalf of CMS Education that there will soon be a new stadium for the whole school.

“It will be completed by early next year,” he said.

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