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Improving P1 English

Postby optimistforum » Fri Jun 18, 2010 2:00 am

Original Title: Need help on Primary 1 Grammar

Hi

DS1 undertakes the grammar and vocab exercises in the EPH Book, Complete Practice in Vocab, Grammar, and Comprehension (I hope mods don't delete the book title).

We have just covered Pronouns and my questions is, are P1 students taught grammar to such a detailed level. DS1 did questions on Reflexive Pronouns, Interrogative, Relative and Demonstrative. Here in UK, these have not yet been covered in his P1 equivalent class.

Also, the book has MCQ questions, and he can work answers out when he sees the MCQ options, but struggles if I hide these options. Should I persevere with MCQ and hope that it helps to understand in the long run, or should I use more traditional English books. Any titles names greatly appreciated.
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Re: Improving P1 English

Postby The Alternative Story » Fri Jun 18, 2010 1:12 pm

optimistforum wrote:Original Title: Need help on Primary 1 Grammar

Hi

DS1 undertakes the grammar and vocab exercises in the EPH Book, Complete Practice in Vocab, Grammar, and Comprehension (I hope mods don't delete the book title).

We have just covered Pronouns and my questions is, are P1 students taught grammar to such a detailed level. DS1 did questions on Reflexive Pronouns, Interrogative, Relative and Demonstrative. Here in UK, these have not yet been covered in his P1 equivalent class.

Also, the book has MCQ questions, and he can work answers out when he sees the MCQ options, but struggles if I hide these options. Should I persevere with MCQ and hope that it helps to understand in the long run, or should I use more traditional English books. Any titles names greatly appreciated.


Hi optimistforum,

The children here do go through these grammar items, it is a good foundation to start a primary 1 kid. But the kids here may not go
through in a lot of detail for each type of pronoun. So if your child
has quite a bit of practice in this, it should stand him in good stead.

I think what you can do to reinforce his learning are 2 things:

1) Show him how all these grammar items are used in daily life.
- Get newspaper articles or storybooks and get him to see how he can
use these items. By doing so, you are allowing him to 'subconsciously' absorb the learning which is one of the best ways to learn.

You can then supplement this with:

2) Focused grammar teaching
- When you get him to do the grammar practice, before that, you can go
through with him some of the rules so he knows how to apply them.

For example for reflexive pronouns:

- Myself, Herself, Himself etc.

You can teach him that they are usually used in these contexts:

a) When the subject and object are the same

I hurt myself
He killed himself
She is talking to herself.

At the same time, you can teach him simple rules like:

She - goes with - herself
Them - goes with - themselves

b) When you want to emphasize the subject

- I will do it myself, since nobody wants to help me

You can also put all these grammar items in a box to help
him to remember. Here we put it as a list but you can put it in
a box.

SUBJECT
(doing the action)

She
He
They
You
I


OBJECT
(receiving the action)

Her
Him
Them
You
Me


POSSESSIVE PRONOUN
A) - (belonging- usually found at the end of the sentence)

Hers
His
Theirs
Yours
Mine


POSSESSIVE PRONOUN
B) - (belonging- found before the object)

Her
His
Their
Your
MY


Then, give him many examples of the grammar items.

For example:

- I (doing the action) must bring him(receiving the action) to school

- He (doing the action) must give me (receiving the action) a sweet

- They will take her(possessive pronoun, found before object) bag

- They will take all that is hers (possessive pronoun, found at the end
of the sentence)


There is a very old grammar book that has gives some brief
explanation of the rules before its practices. It is the 'Primary English
book' by Preston publishing.
The book is not very comprehensive in
its explanation but it has quite good grammar practices.

Hope this helps :D

TAS

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Postby optimistforum » Fri Jun 18, 2010 3:16 pm

Thank you TAS :D

DS1 does seem to recognise subject verb agreement in sentences, but in my failing, I have not discussed subject and object with him. I have just gone through it with him and he has understood the concept.

I liked your ideas about reinforcement in everyday scenarios. You will now see that I have to do more at home to compensate for what he is NOT taught at school.
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Postby The Alternative Story » Sat Jun 19, 2010 12:47 am

optimistforum wrote:Thank you TAS :D

DS1 does seem to recognise subject verb agreement in sentences, but in my failing, I have not discussed subject and object with him. I have just gone through it with him and he has understood the concept.

I liked your ideas about reinforcement in everyday scenarios. You will now see that I have to do more at home to compensate for what he is NOT taught at school.


Hi optimistforum,

No problem :D I think most people do not teach subject/object in a
deliberate way, especially to lower primary children so don't worry,
there is nothing wrong with the way you are teaching your son.

But it certainly does help if grammar teaching were to be a little more
deliberate :D

Perhaps the teaching over there might be different from what is being
taught in Singapore. I think with his education in school and you
coaching him at home, he should get the best of both worlds.

TAS

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Re: Improving P1 English

Postby tamarind » Sat Jun 19, 2010 9:38 am

optimistforum wrote:Also, the book has MCQ questions, and he can work answers out when he sees the MCQ options, but struggles if I hide these options. Should I persevere with MCQ and hope that it helps to understand in the long run, or should I use more traditional English books. Any titles names greatly appreciated.


My kids do very little assessment books and MCQs compared to other kids :wink: All I have asked them to do is to read as many story books as possible. I actually have not been teaching them grammar. I only let them do the grammar assessment books once in a while, and they have no problems doing the questions at all.

I used to learn English by memorizing grammar rules, as a kid I was very confused about the rules no matter how hardworking I was. Now looking at my kids, I realized that the best way to learn grammar, vocabulary etc is simply by reading as many story books as possible. This is also a much more enjoyable way of learning compared to doing MCQs, and it is certainly much more effective.

Here are some of the best books that my kids have read :
http://tamarindphonics.blogspot.com/201 ... brary.html

http://tamarindphonics.blogspot.com/201 ... books.html

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