4 tips from experienced parents on learning Chinese, praising kids, appreciating poetry

自家教心得分享 Chinese homeschooling tips from experienced parents

無論你家孩子是剛開始蒙學習,或是已能自立閱讀,還能念上幾句古詩,自家教對父母來說都會是一種挑戰。
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這一輯的中英對照家長心得,是一些家長過來人的經驗之談,或許能供你借鏡。

Tip #1

學古詩其實並不難

詩歌,本來就是詩人用來抒發情緒,大多數不外是有感而發的作品,刻意去追究「層次」和「意境」就太掃興了。利用孩子對語文韻律的興趣和敏感度,引導孩子自發地去體會古詩的押韻、對偶、用詞,更能加深孩子對詩歌的記憶和體會。

The beauty of poetry

We recommend emphasizing the beauty, rhythm, and surprise of the language used in poetry instead of dissecting and examining the poems unto death. Nothing kills joy like being forced to find “deep meaning” in an art form that is meant to express feeling and ideas in a symbolic way.

 

Tip #2 肯定孩子的成就

任何大小進步都是值得慶賀的成就。

小至記認到一個簡單的生字,大至自己獨立完成閱讀一本故事書,又或者看完一整套的寶貝盒⋯ 這些都是孩子語文發展的成績,都值得你為他慶賀。

孩子都喜歡得到別人的讚許。當父母能認同他們所付出的努力和達到的進步,他們更會滿心歡喜、加強自信。哪怕是對他們的學習態度的小小一句讚賞,都能令孩子產生優越感,而將學習和喜悅聯想起來,變得更喜愛學習呢。

Celebrate your child's success

Did your child finally remember a particularly difficult character? Did they finish the first book? Did they happily read through a Treasure Box book with ease? All these incremental achievements, no matter how small, can be celebrated.

Children love to be praised and will glow with happiness if you acknowledge their effort and improvement. Even if it’s just to congratulate your child on having a good attitude, find a way to make your child feel important and special. They will associate joyful feelings with learning Chinese and as a result, want to do more of it.

Tip #3 學習的最終目的

學習語文的目的是為了溝通:可以是言談溝通,也可以是文字溝通。

在孩子學習認讀和書寫的過程中,總會遇上困難。不要為了記認某個生字、某個標準讀音或某個筆順而糾結,令孩子產生挫敗感。只要孩子的語言發展能循序漸進,達到溝通的目的,就應該將注意力放在他的能力所及之處,為他打氣。

Keep your end goal in mind

The point of teaching our children Chinese is to communicate.

Sometimes, in the midst of trying to cram characters and stroke orders into our children, we forget that the entire purpose of helping our kids learn Chinese is to be able to communicate. Whether it is with ourselves, our families, or other people who speak Chinese, the short term goals of passing tests and memorizing words are meaningless without considering the bigger picture.

Chinese is spoken and read by more than a billion people. It is in the hopes of being able to communicate effectively and easily with these people that we go through this journey of Chinese literacy.

 

Tip #4 完美 vs 過得去

不要去追求完美。

思展部落格介紹的各種遊戲也許看起來有點複雜,但其實很多都是在家中簡單就可以做到的。像這款bingo部首遊戲,簡單地用手寫在紙上就立即可以玩。

在自家教的過程中,不必太在意道具做得是否完美,更不必追求達到IG級。只要孩子能懂、會玩,那就已經是最好的啦。

Perfect vs good enough

Don’t let perfection get in the way of good enough.

Many of our activities can seem intimidating if you tend towards perfectionism. But truthfully, they can be done in a quick and slapdash sort of manner. If you note, the BINGO card made was not fancy - it was just handwritten on a piece of paper.

Do what you need to get something done. Don’t worry about how pretty it is or “should be.” If your child can understand or use it, it’s perfect.

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