Story telling activities to boost Chinese ability

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!

Weeks ago, we tried out some activities to help our children use stories to improve their Chinese skills. This week, we will be using different aspects of storytelling to help kids with their observational skills about life, people, and their surroundings. You can also tie these activities in with our previous article about using observation skills.

ACTIVITY OF THE WEEK

Most of these activities are engineered in such a way as to make the Chinese seem like an “afterthought.” The goal will be to teach children how to use their actual life and environment to mine details for a story – but in Chinese. If this is beyond your children’s Chinese abilities or vocabulary, it’s a good way to teach these skills in English and then teach your children the words they need in Chinese.

ACTIVITIY 1 - Observational Chinese Story Prompt Activity
(age 3+, single/multiple player)
WHAT YOU NEED 道具
  • Sheets of paper
  • Pen/Pencil
HOW TO MAKE 準備
  • If you don’t want to do this at home, you can take your kids to a park or a place with lots of people (or even a museum)
HOW TO PLAY 玩法
  1. Ask your child to look around their surroundings and have them point out things they find interesting. If they don’t know the words in Chinese, provide them the words.
  2. Depending on your child’s ability, ask them to explain to you why they find it interesting. Is it something they don’t see often? Find funny? Scary?
  3. Remember to have your children use all their senses. What do they see? Hear? Touch? Taste? Feel (as in emotions)?
  4. After they have pointed out a few things from their surroundings, ask your child to create a short story from the interesting things.
ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO PLAY 玩法變化

視乎孩子的情況,你可以增加以下的活動:

Depending on the age of your child, you can increase or decrease the difficulty level of the activity by:

  1. The younger your child, the fewer observations you can ask from them (although you may find that they’re the most observant!).
  2. To make it easier, you can provide tiny prompts as they’re telling the story. (Eg: Tell me a story about what you see.)
  3. To make it more difficult, you can ask your children to WRITE down the story in addition to telling you the story.
  4. To make it easier, you can ask a series of questions and have them answer one question the questions and have it count as the story.
ACTIVITIY 2 - Descriptive Object Story Activity
(age 3+, single/multiple player)
WHAT YOU NEED 道具
  • Random objects for your child to observe and describe
  • Pen/Pencil
HOW TO MAKE 準備
HOW TO PLAY 玩法
  1. Place the objects in front of your child.
  2. Ask your child to describe the object to the best of their abilities.
  3. Using the descriptions your children have come up with, see if they can transfer the descriptions to other things (Eg: a tall tree can become a tall person)
  4. Ask your child to tell a story using the descriptions.
ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO PLAY 玩法變化

視乎孩子的情況,你可以增加以下的活動:

Depending on the age of your child, you can increase or decrease the difficulty level of the activity by:

  1. To make the activity harder, you can ask your child to transfer the descriptions onto other things in their story – or even have them try antonyms. Ask the kids what kind of objects would be the OPPOSITE of what they just described.
  2. To make the activity easier, you can have your child tell the story using the object they just described.
  3. To make the activity easier, you can use fewer objects. To make it harder, add more objects.
  4. To make the activity easier, you can give your children hints of prompts to get them started.
  5. To make the activity harder, choose objects that have no discernible relations and have your child make something up based on that.
  6. For multiple children, you can either have them write individual stories or have them write a story together.
  7. To make it more difficult, you can ask your children to WRITE down the story in addition to telling you the story.

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

Remember: opportunities to teach Chinese are everywhere.

Our daily lives are a font of rich vocabulary if we just slow down enough to remember. Children are constantly asking questions, making random jokes and observations about their inner and outer lives. We can take advantage of their natural curiosity.

If you already know the terms in Chinese, simply provide them for your children when the topics come up. Explain things in Chinese first. If you don’t know the terms, develop the habit of pausing and then looking up key terms in a dictionary. Then explain what you can in Chinese and sub in English for the parts you don’t. Or, just use the key Chinese terms and explain the rest in English.

But in general, mine your daily lives for the words you can teach your children. After all, if you use it daily, your children will have a better chance of recalling and using the terms in the future.

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.

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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.

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