Today’s topic asks “What method is most effective for teaching English to small children?”.
This morning, I asked one mother.
Simon: You have three children. Is there one method you would recommend to other parents more than any other?
Mother: All of my children have different learning styles, so they did not have the same response to my teaching methods. One child did better with visual learning, the other by listening. Another child responded slowly to every method I tried.
Simon: It must be difficult to know exactly what your child’s learning style is.
Mother: Yes, so I tend to spend a lot of time reading to my children, even when there is no response (output) from them.
Simon: When did your children begin to speak, to respond to your teaching?
Mother: My eldest girl responded quickly, but my son was much slower. I think that when I read or use flash cards with my children, they store the input in a “virtual drawer”, until they feel confident enough to open that drawer of stored knowledge and start to speak or read.
Simon: I like the DRAWER image…I can imagine how it works. What books do you recommend?
Mother: I think that books that come with CDs are great for helping parents learn the rhythm of English. First I read with my reading style, and then I play the CD. Scholastic Site Readers and Oxford Reading Tree are highly recommended.
Simon: We know that before children actually speak a language, they often mimic the rhythm of that language. Can you recommend a good book for that?
Mother: I think one good book is Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?
Simon: Thank you for sharing your ideas with me.
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