Repeat characters your child is having trouble remembering.
Most people are tempted to endlessly drill characters their children are having difficulty recalling, but that is NOT the purpose of this tip. What we are saying here is to use muscle memory to bridge between the parts your child knows and the parts they don’t know.
For example, say your child is having a hard time with 在 (/zài/ exist, be alive) in the sentence, “你的家在山下.”
Usually, we would probably drill 在 until both we and our child are annoyed because they still can’t recall 在. This is because they haven’t connected the new character with the characters they already know.
So, here is what you can do:
- Have your child repeat 在 a few times.
- Then have your child repeat 在山 a few times.
- Then have your child repeat 家在山 a few times.
- Repeat the process by adding the previous character one at a time until they can read the full sentence without stumbling.
This feel so tedious, but it works really well!