At almost 4 years old, I have always believed my daughter to be too old for flash cards. In fact, I had to endure a period of smug I-told-You-So looks from my techno-skeptic wife when my earlier investment in a full set of Tweedlewink DVDs went up in smoke because I could not even get my daughter to sit and watch the programme. When I tried to show it to her while she was strapped in the child seat in my car, she just pretended to fall asleep! Mind you, this young lady has no problems getting glued to the TV for hours when it comes to her favorite Disney, Numberjacks or The Word Machine programmes.
Contrary to the belief that oral exam is only reading, here are some details going into oral examination.
ORAL EXAMINATION > 15 MARKS
Section 1 : Reading Aloud ( 5 marks )
What the testers will be observing...
You may find it encouraging to know that when your child is making messes, taking things apart, and exploring in places you would prefer left alone, he or she, is really just doing what a scientist might do.
Scientists find things out and then systematically monitor, organize, and report their findings. Preschool children learn best when they "do" Science. Just like scientists, they ask questions and find answers by trying out their ideas and observing what happens.
I think my DD2 has too much free time in her hands so she loves digging for things (esp. tissue boxes, empty toilet/paper towel rolls etc. which I put aside for recycling) and create things from what she can find. Just to share some simple "crafts" that she made by herself when she was 3 yrs old (she just turned 4 recently) so parents here can either do with their children if they're too young or you can throw all the materials at them and let them occupy themselves.
Try this... before attempting to read the comprehension passage, read through the questions first - like once through... Twice even better. Then read the passage.
Why this works? ( For me and my kiddie, at least... )
The once through with the questions has provided the child with an idea... a sneak preview to what the story or the passage is about. Hence, when reading the passage the answers come almost automatic, cos they already know it was being asked in the questions (that they read earlier...).
Another is to scoop out for the main word - read from the question itself and the answer should be around there. Better to have a clue than a blank - i dunno... cannot find.
Sometimes the question is tricky cause the word has been changed to another with similar meaning - sieve that out from the passage as well.
The passage goes...
My girl is rather strong in her English. Early introduction to both Phonics and reading books of all kinds - including high frequency sight-word books like Peter and Jane amongst others helped her with language learning. Spelling we started since K1, just for fun. Her kindergarten doesn't do spelling at all.
When i say for fun - we do it via rhythmic sounds. Like a tune to create a ring to the word for easy learning. Know how the National Day song where they shout out ala cheerleading cheers? There are some words that can have that kinda ring to it and since the rhythm is catchy, even when my girls are doing colouring or playing, the spelling words became like their own song, always on the lips.
Further to Mincy's article, like to share with all a website with a very good list of books for children from ages 0 to 12 years old. As stated by http://www.kidsreads.com which you can find the whole list of titles, a children's classic book is defined as follows:
Actual web address for the reading list goto http://www.kidsreads.com/lists/reading-lists.asp
I see boredom as a good thing. Boredom means the child gets the chance to exercise his creativity.
Please do not think you have to constantly stimulate your child or be more "productive" in engaging him. When my kids were this age, they love nothing more than digging into drawers, boxes, cupboards etc. These are great learning experiences.