Teaching Ordinal Numbers_Lesson 3

Objectives:

  • 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)

Materials needed:

  • 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)
  • Easel
  • 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
Basic table set-up (clockwise):
Basic table set-up (clockwise): Child’s pencil case, parent’s pencil case, motivational chop (C’s one says ‘Well-done’), whiteboard with lesson plan, materials to be taught
Lesson plan written on whiteboard (acts as visual reminder and motivation)
Lesson plan written on whiteboard (acts as visual reminder and motivation)

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 read the definition for ordinal numbers with me promoting him on unfamiliar words, and was assisted to spell 'position'.
    C read the definition for ordinal numbers with me prompting him on unfamiliar words, and was assisted to spell ‘position’ after we completed the read-aloud.
  • 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): 

Got C to read the following words. He had to sound as he wrote the 'up' words.
Got C to read the following words. He had to sound as he wrote the ‘up’ 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.
First, draw a circle. Second, draw a small square. Third, draw a long tail. Fourth, colour the balloon.
First, draw a circle.
Second, draw a small square.
Third, draw a long tail.
Fourth, colour the balloon.
I drew the balloon on the top, and he drew the one on the bottom unassisted. Good job C!
I drew the balloon on the top, and he drew the one on the bottom unassisted. Good job C!

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): 

He loved this writing activity and completed it all on his own!
He loved this writing activity and completed it all on his own!

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*

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