I come from the generation where whiteboard didn’t exist in the classroom. We had chalkboards and I used to love standing by the classroom’s doorway, holding two chalkboard dusters in my hand and hitting them together to remove the chalk dust. Therefore, when I saw this at Diaso at S$2, I couldn’t resist myself and bought one.
Read on to find out how I use the chalkboard to teach C to write and learn Mandarin characters. I use similar methods when teaching English characters except I would use the whiteboard.
What this technique means is that as the child is writing down the letter or character, he or she would have to verbalise the sound of the letter.
For example, if the child is learning the letter a, as they are writing, the child will be required to say,
a, apple, /a/
If the child is learning the word, cat, he would say aloud,
Since my child is learning the Chinese character here, he would have the verbalise the strokes as he is writing, and when he has completed the entire character, he would say aloud the character out.
Step 3: Using another colour chalk, the child has to write the word back onto the chalkboard. The watermark acts as the guideline for the child. Similarly, the child has to use the sound-as-you-write technique.
This is a simple activity that can be done with any characters. It requires minimal preparation time and the child loves learning this way rather than just through an assessment book.
Who says learning has to be boring?