The Reading Room is one of the latest programmes that Filos has launched in early 2021 to encourage children to read more and to build up their command of English at an early age. Volunteer storytellers spend time reading with kids from age 4 to 8 years old weekly.
Ms Intan Wu, Programme Executive for Children & Youth services at Filos, shared that it is always a heartwarming sight to see the children coming together, immersing themselves in a reading session.
“More importantly, when family members accompany their children to participate, it becomes a family bonding activity, and it instils confidence in the children during this process”, said Ms Intan.
It is a lifelong journey to acquire the habit of reading, and this habit should be cultivated at a young age. Ever since the reading programme started in January, Ms Intan had already observed some changes amongst the children participating.
“Many of them were initially very shy in speaking and reading aloud, but with the encouragement from their parents and volunteers, they became increasingly comfortable in reading and speaking up. I think for everyone participating and facilitating the reading sessions, it was a joyous sight to behold,” said Ms Intan.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr Seuss