We had a really hectic start of the year with all the spring cleaning, welcoming and celebrating of Chinese New Year, followed by little one falling sick.
Well… is fun during the Chinese New Year with all the good food and company but not the part falling sick and looking after a whiny kid.
After everything had been settled, we were back with learning fun! What did we learn right after all the hoo haa?
This time around, I had my boy teaching his little sister what preposition is about. It was really heartwarming to see the brother spending the time and patience to teach his little “not-so-alert” sister (she just recovered from the stomach flu). It was an amazing opportunity for him as well because it helped him to better understand better what he had learned too.
Prepositions in English can be confusing for some people but after understanding how to use it, it actually enhances your way of communication. Throughout our learning journey, we use loads of simple prepositional phrase examples to explain to the little ones.
We started off reading a little reader. The brother will read to his little sister and she will select the correct picture to be placed on the page. Sometimes the brother gets a little too helpful and giving the little sister the answer instead….oh well…
Do you know that listening skill is very important?
If you observe carefully, listening is the one skill that you use the most in everyday life. Listening comprehension is the basis for your speaking, writing and reading skills. In order to train your listening skills, it is important to listen attentively and to actively pay attention to what you are listening to. It is good to make it a habit for your child/children to listen to audiobooks, songs, etc. It is definitely beneficial to nurture them when young on their listening skills.
Listening comprehension doesn’t have to be boring and this is how we do it. For the sister, I will read sentence by sentence for her so that she can place the correct objects at the correct positions; that is according to what I read to her. The picture looked like she’s bored. Actually, she was trying to figure out, or should I say, she couldn’t decide whether to move the chalkboard picture more to the left or to the right.
As for the brother, I will read the whole passage at one go and he will have to listen attentively. After the whole passage has been read, he will then have to place the objects at the correct positions according to what I have just read from the story.
Next, we practised writing. The brother will work on his comprehension by writing out the answer in a sentence while the sister will further practice further on her prepositions and recognising the words.
Do you have more fun ideas to learn about prepositions? Do share with us in the comments below.