Many parents think that writing in English is an assignment for elementary students in a higher class or even assignments for middle school students. But that is not true. If the child has started learning to write English at the beginning of elementary school, then they will be proficient in writing once they enter junior high and high school.
Dr. Yihuai Cai, Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University suggested that children start practicing writing in English since kindergarten and early elementary school!
How do you practice children’s English writing skills at home? Dr. Yihuai Chai shares the following 4 tips:
Writing English is not only about language skills; it also includes creativity and observation of children about their lives. Children can get writing inspiration from their daily activities.
In America, children at kindergarten to grade 2 elementary school practice writing every week, with topics related to daily life. For example, in addition to writing class activities, they also describe the weather or daily activities. Every week, the teacher will take the students to the zoo or to the park, and ask students to write down their experiences.
Dr. Cai advises parents to take their children more activities outdoors. If children expand their horizons, then they will have more things to write about.
Before children start writing short paragraphs, parents can invite children to brainstorm to expand their writing ideas, for example by recalling the details of activities and writing a list of topics and important points. For example, parents can chat with children: “Are there interesting things that just happened? What are the most appropriate words to describe this? “Let the child record or draw important information during this brainstorming process.
The following are two methods to help children …
School is very important for children. But school is not the only place for children to seek knowledge. There are six ways you can educate children outside of school.
These are the six ways
Introduce to public libraries
The library is the most valuable source of knowledge that can provide access to a collection of free knowledge books. In public libraries, there are various kinds of books for all ages including children. You can guide your child in a public library. Unfortunately, there are not too many public libraries in Indonesia.
Introduce to culture
Introduce children to as much culture as possible by visiting museums, zoos, historical sites, and cultural events such as drama, opera, and traditional music concerts. By going to places that are related to culture, besides being able to broaden the horizons children are also able to develop their hobbies.
If you live in a religious environment, get children involved in religious activities around the house. Sometimes there are new religious lessons that children get by studying in a home environment.
Surf the internet
Technology is the most important part of modern society today. Every day you are definitely connected to the internet. That means children also have access to cyberspace. Encourage children to look for answers on the internet. But you have to do it wisely. There are limits that children may not violate in cyberspace…
We must believe that children have unmatched learning abilities because a lot of evidence we have seen in their daily lives can memorize advertisements, talk when we talk to other people, and absorb the words we say. In his book ‘How to Teach Your Baby to Read’, Glen Doman said that basically the abilities of children, especially toddlers, are extraordinary. In fact, said Doman, the brain of a child who had half done surgery Hemispherectomy (removing the physical half of his brain) could have the same ability as a child whose brain is intact and normal. Actually, in the Doman method, teaching reading to children under five is easy and simple. It’s just that it’s so easy and simple that we often ignore, delay, and underestimate it so that finally the time is over and it’s too late. Easy and simple, but that does not mean it can be “arbitrary”. There are things that need to be done and important to do, which of course is so that the goal of teaching reading to children is achieved with satisfactory results.
Do not make children become bored by advancing too fast, advancing too slowly, and giving too many tests – Don’t force the child, whatever the shape – Don’t get tense, so you better delay if the atmosphere doesn’t support both you and the child – Don’t teach alphabet, but teach him the words
Cheer up and make your child’s mood happy and comfortable receiving “lessons” from you – Always create new ways. Remember, however, bad the way you teach, it is almost certain that he will learn more than not being taught at all.
Glen Doman Method (Phase I)
It is better to delay teaching your child about letters because the smallest element of a language …
Children are afraid of math lessons, Bun? Apparently, parents also contribute to making children afraid of mathematics, you know.
Not a few who think mathematics is a scary, troublesome and most boring lesson. Even if children offer math problems, there are mothers who react spontaneously asking children to ask their father or vice versa.
If parents cannot teach, the easiest solution is to bring private tutors home. Approximately what can parents do so that the fear of mathematics does not decrease to the child?
Said Ruth Champagne, Ph.D., lecturer in mathematics education at Concordia University, River Forest, USA, parents unwittingly thought, ‘I don’t like or don’t master’. The thought also fosters children’s dislike or fear of mathematics.
To make children like mathematics, said Ruth, it really doesn’t depend on how much math knowledge parents have. However, it is more fulfilled the conditions for how much parents become a child guide.
So that children are not afraid of mathematics, we can start in a simple way, Bun. For example, using a game system such as playing cards or interesting books. Other media are certainly still many, but according to Ruth, simple games can be created by anyone. Including those who don’t like math.
Ruth advised parents to look for references through math books. In this way, we can strengthen the skills needed by the child to master mathematics, namely perseverance, ability, following the systematics, willingness to practice, and the ability to become a problem solver.
Mathematics is indeed not a light lesson. A number of studies in the United States have also proven it. They examined the class consisting of 1,010 elementary students.
One of his findings, a third of the time teachers taught was only used to teach mathematics. In grades 3-4 and 4-5 elementary schools, many students have difficulties …