Esther Lim, CEO and Founder of LEAP Schoolhouse shares with us some tips on how parents can make language learning fun, from A to Z!

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Act it outDramatisation never fails to excite.
BooksNothing beats a good read.
Connect text to real lifeJust read a story on butterflies? Take a trip to the garden and find one.
Draw and tell a storyInstead of writing a story, draw one!
ExciteCreate a climax in the story by not finishing the last page of the book till tomorrow.
Find and learnDo a word focus game and look for a particular word in the book.
Gallery WalkKeep track of the cover page of the books read. Make a copy of it and create a gallery of books read.
Hi-5!Create a system of grading the books read just like how movie-buffs grade a movie.
I spy with my eyeLook out for sub-words from a main word.
JournalKeep a little journal and jot down thoughts on what’s read.
KnapsackKeep a bag of items that are associated to characters that you have read in books.
Letter of the weekCreate a chart and look for words that are learnt that starts with the particular letter.
Model for a dayAre you Goldilocks or could it be Little Red Riding Hood? Be in character for the day.
Nip and tuckNip a little glue and tuck some bits of paper together to create a montage of a picture in your favourite book!
OrateStand on a “podium” and do a recitation.
PoetryReading need not be from books alone. Try poetry.
QuoteShare a favourite line in the book and try to use it within the day
Record a storyListen to one’s recording reading a book.
SingNeed we say more?
Treasure huntWrite on little Post-Its parts of a familiar story and paste them all over the house. Piece the story right back!
Unique Me!Be ‘invisible’  for a day and record a video of the happenings around. Tell an adult what you ‘see’.
Vocabulary buildingHave a board to pin all new words learnt on it.
Write, write , writeNot with a pencil but try something else. Chalk, charcoal, doesn’t matter!
‘X’ marks the spotCreate a spot that allows for all words jibberish and silly to be said. A real fun way to introduce phonemic awareness.
Yahoo!Go online and learn a new word game to play together.
Zeal it up!Have loads of eagerness and laughter even at mistakes made.


By Esther Lim, CEO and Founder of LEAP SchoolHouse

Born and educated in Singapore, she holds a Master Degree in Education (NTU/NIE), Bachelor Degree in Arts (NTU), Diploma in Marketing – Top student for the year 2000 (Chartered Institute of Marketing). Esther has more than 10 years of teaching experience and has taught widely in both Secondary and Primary schools. She was also involved in curriculum planning and development work for the primary unit at MOE for several years. Esther has also conducted workshops and talks for educators, locally and overseas. Esther is also a mother of three children.
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This article was first published in The New Age Parents Jun / Jul 2013 e-magazine

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