- Infuse newly taught concept into home-based lessons
Time needed (1hr 15 mins):
- 15mins for preparation of materials
- 1 hour for lesson (conducted over two sessions within the day)
- Small white board (bought ours for $2 from Diaso – we love this store as everything inside this store is $2, and they have a variety of stuff from toys, stationery to even gardening tools. You can check out the site here:http://www.daisojapan.com/)
- Whiteboard marker and duster (the marker came with the board with a duster on the cap of the marker)
- Coloured markers
- Two figurines
- Materials on what you want to teach (I bought this rhyming book and drawing book produced by Kumon – time saver for working parents, C’s school also provide additional worksheets which I use to revise with him)
- Writing tools for parent and child
Lesson time (Let’s race):
- C is shown the lesson plan board and he will verbalize the lesson plan after me.
- Headed to the living room for the race, which is a recap on ordinal numbers using a racing game.
- C is introduced to the figurines *badly* drawn by me.
- Explained to him that the two lines and one dotted line is the race track.
- We each chose a figurine and shouted, “Ready, Set, Go!” and we started the race.
- C came in first, and I came in second. I got him to verbalise, “The boy came in first. The girl came in second.”
Lesson time (‘up’ and ‘ut’ words):
- As you can see, I wasn’t very successful in getting him to complete both section. We decided to skip to the next activity.
Lesson time (Let’s draw balloon):
- Building on what we have learnt about ordinal numbers in Lesson 1 and Lesson 2, I used ‘First, second, third’ as steps in teaching him how to draw a balloon.
Note: I didn’t include the ‘dian’ activity as it is a Chinese language activity. We took a 15 minutes break after this activity before we commence with the lesson again. Lesson time (Let’s race):
- The steps were similar to the first race but we wrote the two sentences after the second race only.
- I guided his hand to write the two sentences with him writing the word, ‘second’ on his own.
Lesson time (‘ag’ words):
By the time this activity was done, he was tired. He requested to “Close shop” which I obliged. We skipped the reading of the book to before bed time. Reflection: Leave more space for writing of words and try to have less writing activities. I still can’t figure out why he refused to complete the ‘ut’ words but was willing to write the ‘ag’ words quickly and rather neatly. Maybe it was because he saw that the lesson was coming to an end, and that motivated him. *ha ha* I’m just happy that when we started the second session, C was joyfully running into the study room and not dragging his feet. *Happy mummy*