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1 Ang Mo Kio Family Service Centre Providing a one-stop family support to the Ang Mo Kio & Seng Kang Residents

2 The Letter Friend Sharing is Caring Early Literacy Programme

3 Objectives To make learning accessible and fun To inculcate interest in reading and writing skills To help children recognize the sounds that alphabet make To at least recognize the basic 26 letters’ sounds in words To be able to identify the initial letters of words To be able to allow parents to pick up some skills in teaching their children how to recognize and write alphabets. IN A NUTSHELL IN A NUTSHELL To promote the development of language and literacy in the homes of children who are under-achieving age- appropriate literacy levels.

4 Desired Outcome The children will be able recognise the sounds of at least 50% of the alphabet The children will be able to recognise the initial sound that a word makes and link it to the correct letter The children will be able to recognise 75% of the alphabet The children will be able to write 50% of the alphabet Parents are able to cover 25% of the curriculum on their own

5 Assessing Programme 1.Pre and post-tests administered to the children. – Get Ready to Read! Screening Tool – Write letters in response to sound of the letters – Write initial letter in response to picture 2.Ongoing assessments by the volunteer through the weekly sessions.Recap what was taught every week. 3.Review to be done after 1 month (4 weeks, 4 letters) to reinforce the letters learnt throughout the 4 weeks.

6 Guidelines & Commitment – Carry out your roles & responsibilities on a scheduled, punctual and reliable basis. When unable to meet your commitments, inform the Programme Executive & family as early as possible, at least three working days in advance ; and make arrangements for make-up sessions. If you are unwell, inform the Programme Executive/Social worker at your soonest convenience, and we’ll inform the family on your behalf To inform the Programme Executive at least four weeks in advance should you wish to terminate your service. Roles & Responsibilities

7 Guidelines & Commitment – Roles & Responsibilities If the caregiver or parent(s) is not at home, do not enter the house or conduct the session. If they remain uncontactable, you may leave and inform the Programme Executive by the next working day via . Especially on weekends

8 Guidelines & Commitment – Code of Conduct No personal activity with the child / children outside of the home premise & designated hours. No sharing of religion information or issue with the child / children & the family members. Do not promote private, personal or business interest with all parties involved in the programme, including the staff members & other volunteers. Refrain from wearing clothes that are revealing or contain offensive content. E.g. shorts, short skirt, singlet or t-shirt & tops with offensive words. Do switch off the hand phone or turn to silent mode during the session. Limit close physical contact with the child/children. E.g. piggyback the child, hug the child, do not allow the child to sit on the lap.

9 Guidelines & Commitment - Confidentiality Do not discuss or share information of the child / children & the family with other personnel. Approach the Programme Executive for any feedback.Do not discuss or share information of the child / children & the family with other personnel. Approach the Programme Executive for any feedback. Do not probe child / children for the family background information.Do not probe child / children for the family background information. Inform the Programme Executive if the child / children shares sensitive information with you. E.g. Parents going through divorce, was caned by parents at home, etc.Inform the Programme Executive if the child / children shares sensitive information with you. E.g. Parents going through divorce, was caned by parents at home, etc. Avoid taking pictures and video clips of the child / children & family members unless permission is sought from staff.Avoid taking pictures and video clips of the child / children & family members unless permission is sought from staff. No posting of video clips, pictures of the child / children & family members on internet. E.g. blogs, Facebook, etc.No posting of video clips, pictures of the child / children & family members on internet. E.g. blogs, Facebook, etc.

10 Guidelines & Commitment– Teaching Materials All teaching materials provided by the AMKFSC are to be used solely for the purpose of the Letter Friend programme.All teaching materials provided by the AMKFSC are to be used solely for the purpose of the Letter Friend programme. You can choose to use your own teaching materials or teaching aids to supplement the materials from the Agency. E.g. storybooks, educational toys, computer software, worksheets, etc.You can choose to use your own teaching materials or teaching aids to supplement the materials from the Agency. E.g. storybooks, educational toys, computer software, worksheets, etc. Do approach staff if you wish to purchase any other educational materials.Do approach staff if you wish to purchase any other educational materials. All other teaching materials provided by the Agency must be returned before leaving the programme.All other teaching materials provided by the Agency must be returned before leaving the programme.

11 Code Of Conduct – Rewards, gifts, Monetary award Money Matters, Rewards & Gifts No use of personal funds to assist clients.No use of personal funds to assist clients. We have no hard rules of gift-giving but make sure if you buy for 1 child, buy for their siblings too. Best to give something non-edible (sensitive, halal/non-halal, food poisoning)We have no hard rules of gift-giving but make sure if you buy for 1 child, buy for their siblings too. Best to give something non-edible (sensitive, halal/non-halal, food poisoning) Give praises and verbal encouragements when they do well. You can use non-tangible rewards such as extra playing time with computers games, play games with the child / children. ( remember what you learnt in child management )Give praises and verbal encouragements when they do well. You can use non-tangible rewards such as extra playing time with computers games, play games with the child / children. ( remember what you learnt in child management )

12 Guidelines – Rewards, gifts, Monetary award Other Guidelines During the weeks where there are experiential activities, you may: take a break. take a break. skip the home reading session and join the child for the activities / outings. skip the home reading session and join the child for the activities / outings. carry on with the session.carry on with the session. Focus mainly on conducting the curriculum & activities related to programme. Turn down requests unrelated to the programme, e.g. supervision of home work. Because we really want them to build on the fundamentals

13 Guidelines – Rewards, gifts, Monetary award Other Guidelines During the weeks where there are experiential activities, you may: take a break. take a break. skip the home reading session and join the child for the activities / outings. skip the home reading session and join the child for the activities / outings. carry on with the session.carry on with the session. Focus mainly on conducting the curriculum & activities related to programme. Turn down requests unrelated to the programme, e.g. supervision of home work. Because we really want them to build on the fundamentals

14 The Letter Friend Commitment to you The Selection Process Conducted pre-tests with shortlisted children. Interviewed parents and briefed them on the guidelines and the importance of staying committed to the programme. Selected families are relatively stable.

15 The Letter Friend Commitment to you Support to Get You Started Well AMKFSC Social Worker/Coordinators will accompany you for the first two visits. Provide guidance when you face difficulties in carrying out the curriculum. Address concerns & doubts you may have immediately. Ensure parent(s) / caregiver adheres to the guidelines & participates in the sessions.

16 The Letter Friend Commitment to you 1.Provide relevant materials & resources 2.Provide Training 3.Share trainee’s progress – e.g. from pre-tests to final tests 4.Share compliments, feedback & comments from the parents & children 5.Encourage and invite you to join the child / children for the experiential activities, as well as other related events with basic expenses covered.

17 The Letter Friend Commitment to you Recognition Letter of Acknowledgement / Certificate of Participation / Testimonials (depending on length of service & level of commitment & dedication) Nominations for Volunteer awards (Agency)

18 The Letter Friend Commitment to you Our Availability - Programme Executive and Your Direct Report: Estelle Tan & Programme Coordinator Contact Numbers: During Office Hours: Please send an (cc prog coordinator) after office hours or weekends

19 Safety & Well-being Keep watch over your personal belongings at all times. Try to sit near the main door and stay alert and be observant. Social Worker will advise the Parent(s) / caregiver on keeping the door / gate locked or unlocked during the sessions according to the home environment. Avoid entering or leave the house if you spot a stranger whose behaviours and / or actions make you feel uncomfortable.

20 What’s Next? DescriptionTime Home-based session start Date One to Eight weeks after the training session Experiential ActivitiesTentatively Three to Four times per year We seek your understanding that matching may take a longer period than expected

21 What’s Next? DescriptionTime Home-based reading start Date One to Eight weeks after the training session Experiential ActivitiesTentatively Three to Four times per year Thank You Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see ~ Mark Twain


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