Yishun Reading Stars (YRS) is renamed to Yishun Reading Odyssey (YRO) starting from AY19/20.
YRO is a Regular Volunteering Programme conducted in partnership with Yishun Students Care Service (SCS), under a programme known as Reading Odyssey.
NUS volunteers support SCS in planning and executing reading activities for this programme.
During the sessions, volunteers guide a group of P1 to P3 mainstream school children in various reading activities and cognitive-skills games. These children often present with weak literacy skills and low interest in reading.
We have about 8 core sessions per semester. In addition, there is also a fun-filled end-of-year camp in December and a major outing in June every year!
What We Do
The Reading Odyssey programme aims to provide at-risk readers with
- regular and consistent exposure to books
- increased reading opportunities with adult volunteers
The first half of the session is Guided Reading, where each volunteer is attached to a child to guide the child in reading a book. The focus is on helping to increase the child's ability to read for knowledge, so that eventually, they develop an interest and motivation to read!
Guided Reading with our kids!
The next half of the session is spent on Group Story-telling and Cognitive-skills Games. Volunteers gather in groups to conduct story-telling sessions for the children. The books would revolve around the country of the week. This fun-filled activity will often be supplemented with interesting props to demonstrate to children that reading can be enriching and enjoyable at the same time! Under the guidance of the staff in-charge, volunteers then facilitate games that help to develop children's cognitive skills that are closely related to reading skills, such as visual and auditory memory.
Group Storytelling with the kids!
Our kids having fun with the cognitive skills games!
But there's much more to YRO!
Besides the regular sessions, we also organise consolidation parties to end off the semesters! During the party, there will still be regular activities such as 1-1 guided reading, group story-telling and cognitive-skills games. However there will be a special segment at the end where we present certificates of achievements to the children to acknowledge and reward them for their hard work and effort over the course of our 8 sessions.
In addition, we also organised outings to places such as to the Botanic Gardens, Changi Airport and Singapore Sports Hub. This is to let children have fun and learn interesting things that they do not get to learn in school, get exposure to different places around Singapore and at the same time, enabling volunteer-child bonding.
June Outing to Jacob Ballas Children's Garden :)
These camps and outings that we planned are mainly aimed at fostering greater friendship amongst the children and inculcating values of teamwork and perseverance in them while at the same time exposing them to themes like Caring for the Environment and Creativity as each camp/outing has its own theme.
December Camp where we explored Gallery Children's Biennale 2019 at the National Gallery Singapore
Come Join Us!WHERE:
SHINE Children & Youth Services (Yishun)
Blk. 202, Yishun Street 22, #01-89
(Near Yishun MRT Station, opposite Yishun Golden Village Cinema)
Every Friday, 6.30PM - 10PM