Imperfect Activities : Language Learning Activities

Imperfect Activities : Language Learning Activities

希望我們在這裏分享的各種遊戲能帶給孩子學習的歡樂,也帶給你更多的家庭教學靈感。大家發到【講媽 ⦁ 講爸】Facebook 群組 的孩子學習照片為我們帶來很大的鼓舞。要是你還未加入我們的大家庭,那就要趕快去看看喔!

We hope you have been finding these activities and tips helpful and fun. We certainly have been enjoying your pictures and feedback in our Sagebooks HK Parent Support Facebook Group. If you haven’t checked us out there yet, please take a quick second to join!

In a previous post, we discussed how some children are incredibly afraid to fail and how it can make otherwise obedient children into the boldest of rebels. This week, we will be doing a few activities to remind our kids that failure and making mistakes is part of the normal learning process.

We would like to remind our parents that often, our best intentions of teaching our children Chinese can inadvertently make our children feel as if they never do anything correctly. Though eventually, we would like our children to form perfect characters or speak all the tones accurately, our insistence that it has to be 100% immediately is often the source of their anxiety.

ACTIVITY OF THE WEEK

With these activities, we hope to reinforce the idea of the impermanence of our “mistakes” as we “fail forward” towards success.

In fact, we will refer back to some of the activities we have done in the past because they’re very useful just for these purposes. The majority of our craft and play-based activities from our archives help your children learn how to fail and lose through low stakes games and activities.

ACTIVITIY 1 - 同聲同氣
(age 3+, single/multiple player)
WHAT YOU NEED 道具
  • Pens and paper. Preferably LARGE sheet of paper
HOW TO PLAY 玩法
  1. Show children the character you want them to learn to write.
  2. As an example, write the character as terribly as you can. Make it ugly. Have the sides be unbalanced. Do the wrong stroke order. Be as silly as possible.
  3. Ask the child to do the same.
  4. Repeat.
  5. Have your child choose which “ugly” character they like the most.

Yes, this will produce super ugly Chinese characters. It will not help your children with stroke order. But it will relieve any burden on them to produce Chinese characters with the right dimensions or look. After all, the purpose is to make the characters as ugly as possible in order to get your children comfortable with writing and trying to write.

The hardest part? Resisting the urge to cry at the massacring of the beautiful Chinese written language.

BONUS: If you can work in why it’s okay to have characters look mis-shapen and how you are happy that your child is trying to recreate the character at all. It takes years of practice before children are physically developed with the appropriate fine motor skills to write beautifully.

Additional Writing Focused Imperfect Activities

We particularly recommend you revisit these writing focused activities in our archives because of the temporary nature of their materials. After all, what’s the worst that can happen if your child messes up? Just shake the salt in the tray or smash the playdough and they have a new blank slate to try again.

Using Salt to teach your child how to write
Help your child form characters with Playdough

我們希望能看到你的孩子做這些遊戲的照片或影片,也希望能聽到你的意見或提問。更歡迎加入我們的【講媽 ⦁ 講爸】Facebook 群組,我們等你喔~

We would love to hear your comments and see pictures of your kids doing the activities. Make sure you join our Sagebooks HK Parent Support Facebook Group and share with us!

HOMESCHOOLING TIPS

挫敗和失誤是學習過程很正常的一部分。

很多時,作為家長的我們一心想要孩子學得最好,往往不自覺地令孩子感到無論他們再怎樣努力,他們的中文都是千瘡百孔,錯誤百出。

當然,我們希望孩子最終能寫出一手好字、說出一口正腔的中文。但如果我們要求他們一開始就要做到100%完美,那我們就會成為他們的焦慮的源頭了。

Failure and making mistakes is part of the normal learning process.

We would like to remind our parents that often, our best intentions of teaching our children Chinese can inadvertently make our children feel as if they never do anything correctly. Though eventually, we would like our children to form perfect characters or speak all the tones accurately, our insistence that it has to be 100% immediately is often the source of their anxiety.

Like this tip? Join us in our Facebook Group and meet other parents who are teaching their kids Basic Chinese 500 at all different ages and levels.

我們會經常為大家探討漢字和語文的課題。
要是你有特別的相關課題希望我們探討,歡迎您告訴我們。

We discuss Chinese language and culture related topics on a regular basis.
If you would like us to discuss certain topics about Chinese, please let us know.

更多教養支援 SUPPORT FOR YOU

很多家長都已是我們 Facebook 群組【講媽 · 講爸園地】 的成員。歡迎你也加入我們,一起互相鼓勵和支持,共同為孩子的學習而努力。

Many parents are already part of our Facebook Group. If you’d like to take advantage of the collective wisdom of your fellow parents, please join us.

We’d love to hear from you.

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Sagebooks Hongkong promotes independent reading and life-long learning by nurturing the child’s confidence, autonomy and self-teaching abilities. Since 2006. Find out more About Us.

© 2020 Sagebooks Hongkong. All rights reserved.

Sagebooks Hongkong promotes independent reading and life-long learning by nurturing the child’s confidence, autonomy and self-teaching abilities. Since 2006. Find out more About Us.

© 2020 Sagebooks Hongkong. All rights reserved.

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