Reading Is Fun Programme (RIFP)
The Reading is Fun Programme (RIFP) was started in 2005 by Mrs Katherine Wong.
The objective of RIFP is to help weak readers in Primary 1 learn to read in a fun and creative environment. The children are taught to read through a variety of activities such as story-telling, reciting of poems, phonics, reading aloud together, skits, origami, show-and-tell and playing games.
RIFP also aims to help the children cultivate a love for reading, develop fluency and confidence in reading, and acquire reading comprehension. Besides teaching children to read, the volunteers in RIFP also act as mentors to help the children develop good self-esteem and confidence.
Workshops on phonics and lesson plans are conducted for our volunteers to help them conduct the activities during RIFP. A debrief is also conducted after each session for volunteers to give feedback on the day’s session, suggestions for improvement and also for the trainer to go through the worksheets and lesson plans for the following week.
The children from Primary 1 are selected by their respective Language Art teachers based on their reading ability. They are not in the Learning Support Programme (LSP) due to the limited number of students the LSP can accommodate.
The current coordinator is Ms Rosabel Quek and together with others from the RIFP committee, are tirelessly helping the children to learn to read. RIFP sessions are held on Wednesdays from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.
What They Say …
“I’m thankful for the opportunity and privilege of being a parent volunteer in RIFP. Helping the children to enjoy reading is an enriching experience. It’s very rewarding to see a child progress from a reluctant reader to an avid reader.” Wendy Lam, Volunteer.
“I love the activities in Reading is Fun Programme, especially art & craft and role play. The teachers are also very friendly and kind to me.” Matthew, student.
Why Do We Need More Volunteers?
The programme is run solely by volunteers. We need more volunteers so that we can extend the programme to more children who need our help and keep the ratio of students per volunteer small, preferably 2 students per volunteer. The ratio is dependent on the ability of the students and the number of volunteers. This is to ensure that each child gets sufficient attention and supervision, for maximum effectiveness.
Reading and understanding are prerequisites for academic learning. Even Mathematics requires children to read before they can solve their mathematical problems. Children who are unable to read well face many difficulties, and this often hinders their progress in school.
We have seen many shy and weak readers develop into confident readers in our RIFP programme.
Help these children get ahead and not be left behind! Your contributions and efforts will make a difference to these children.
Tuesdays 1.30 pm to 4.00 pm