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!
|Act it out||Dramatisation never fails to excite.|
|Books||Nothing beats a good read.|
|Connect text to real life||Just read a story on butterflies? Take a trip to the garden and find one.|
|Draw and tell a story||Instead of writing a story, draw one!|
|Excite||Create a climax in the story by not finishing the last page of the book till tomorrow.|
|Find and learn||Do a word focus game and look for a particular word in the book.|
|Gallery Walk||Keep 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 eye||Look out for sub-words from a main word.|
|Journal||Keep a little journal and jot down thoughts on what’s read.|
|Knapsack||Keep a bag of items that are associated to characters that you have read in books.|
|Letter of the week||Create a chart and look for words that are learnt that starts with the particular letter.|
|Model for a day||Are you Goldilocks or could it be Little Red Riding Hood? Be in character for the day.|
|Nip and tuck||Nip a little glue and tuck some bits of paper together to create a montage of a picture in your favourite book!|
|Orate||Stand on a “podium” and do a recitation.|
|Poetry||Reading need not be from books alone. Try poetry.|
|Quote||Share a favourite line in the book and try to use it within the day|
|Record a story||Listen to one’s recording reading a book.|
|Sing||Need we say more?|
|Treasure hunt||Write 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 building||Have a board to pin all new words learnt on it.|
|Write, write , write||Not with a pencil but try something else. Chalk, charcoal, doesn’t matter!|
|‘X’ marks the spot||Create 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.|
This article was first published in The New Age Parents e-magazine.
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