Parent Education Workshop Series

Workshop Title: Teaching Your Children How to Read (for parents)

Training Facilitators: Dr Lim Boon Hock HonFRSAS & Dr Chia Kok Hwee HonFRSAS

Synopsis: This is an interactive activity-based workshop that will introduce the cognitive processing model of reading in layman’s terms to parents so that they will know what reading as a dynamic process involves and what happens when the process breaks down. The facilitators will help parents to identify their child’s reading profile, interest and perception. In addition, parents will be taught how to identify the reading problems encountered by their children through use of an informal reading inventory. More importantly, they will also learn to identify the different error types in reading so that they will learn how to help their children to manage/cope with these difficulties.


  • An introduction to the cognitive processing model of reading
  • Reading knowledge domains: (1) letter knowledge; (2) word knowledge; (3) topic knowledge; and (4) background knowledge & prior experience

  • Reading components: (1) letter awareness; (2) letter-name/sound correspondence; (3) word recognition and identification; (4) meaningful decoding of words in phrases, clauses, sentences, paragraphs and/or texts; and (5) encoding words to make meaningful sense.

  • Using an informal reading inventory (e.g., Abecederian Reading Inventory) to profile and understand the child’s competence and performance in reading.

  • Being and becoming a mindful reader: (1) awareness; (2) attention; and (3) remembering.

  • Identification of reading difficulties through error analysis basing on morpheme-class and phoneme-class errors: (1) substitution, (2) invention, (3) insertion, (4) addition, (5) omission, (6) reversal.

  • Activities for parents to teach and help their children manage their reading difficulties: (1) basic phonics skills and phonological rules; (2) high frequency and sight word lists; (3) how-to reading strategies: read to, read with and read by; (4) choosing the appropriate reading scheme for their children; and (5) fun reading activities to raise their children’s level of mindfulness in reading.