Parents go back to ‘school’ for lessons on maths coaching
Madam Normaya Johari, 32, found herself at a loss when it came to helping her young daughter understand mathematical concepts.
So she persuaded her husband, Mr Faizal Jamil, an interior designer, to make time from work on Sundays so they could join a pilot programme to learn how to support their children's learning.
"The classes were very interesting and it makes it easier for us, as parents, to understand the concepts," said Mr Faizal, 35.
Besides learning about mathematical concepts, the couple also got to play games with their six-year-old daughter at the end of each session.
"The programme changed how we interact as a family and now, after work, we know how to coach her in her homework," Mr Faizal added.
The KelasMateMatika@CC (KMM) programme is an initiative of three key Malay/Muslim organisations: Mendaki, the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore and the People's Association Malay Activity Executive Committees Council.
By next year, the aim is to have 1,500 Malay parents and children go through the free educational programme, which is an enhanced version of self-help group Mendaki's existing Tiga M programme.
The KMM programme is targeted at families with children aged between four and six, and whose household per capita income is $450 or less a month.
Over six sessions, parents learn basic numeracy concepts as well as techniques to build the child's self-esteem and confidence as they learn. There are also interactive activities for the children to pick up mathematical concepts.
There are an additional four sessions to expose families to other life skills and encourage family bonding.
A total of 150 parents and children have completed all 10 sessions of the programme under the first pilot phase at three divisions in Marsiling, Nee Soon East and Pasir Ris East.