“再来! 我一定能做到!” (Again! I can surely do it!)
I truly love this kind of mentality – “I can do it!” . What amazes me is that it comes from a 5-year-old kiddo. Many older kids and yes, some adults fail to grasp this principle of not giving up.
Coming from a Chinese family where Mandarin is the only language spoken at home, Miss 5 had very poor recognition of English words. Our first two months of lessons were assailed with repeated disgruntled grousings.
“I hate coming here for English lessons.”
“I don’t like teacher.”
“I am angry at teacher.”
The last statement came about when the said teacher made her repeat a word she couldn’t remember until she could. After 8 weeks of patience, the teacher finally retorted, “I don’t care if you don’t like me. Neither do I care if you are angry. You are here to learn and so, LEARN!”
That shut her up pretty fast.
Miss 5’s inability to recognise words is not unique among her peers as kids are mostly taught to relate to a picture in kindergartens. Give them a picture with the word, they can easily read it aloud but many will be terribly lost should they be given a word or a simple sentence to read without the aid of a picture.
After discovering that she struggled at spelling, we started off with phonics and rhyming words. You could just hear her loud sighs each time. Spelling sessions soon followed and her sighs grew louder, but she would mutter to herself when she couldn’t do it correctly. “再来! 我一定能做到!”
“再来! 我一定能做到!” Don’t you just love her for it?
- Parents and teachers (busymindthinking.com)
- Have You Ever Heard of Phonics Instruction??? (guitarcute.wordpress.com)
- education 101: a day at an English Village (studentoftravel.wordpress.com)
- Marcelo’s Story (georgiapathway.wordpress.com)
- Phonics is like Marmite. (teachingandotheranimals.wordpress.com)