In our parents and tots class at Language Stars* this week, I was reminded that every moment is a teachable moment. The teacher uses absolutely every moment of class to teach something, whether she is reviewing old vocabulary or repeating and reinforcing new vocabulary. I was struck by the idea that I can do the same, it will just take a little effort on my part.
Snack time at LS is always the same, creating a routine that is familiar to the children and making sure to reinforce useful vocabulary surrounding eating and drinking. But, there is also a unique activity during snack for each class which centers on the vocabulary/topic for that week. This week, we were working on body parts, so the teacher took out place mats with body part pictures.
|Using snack time activities to reinforce new vocabulary|
The idea is that the teacher calls out a body part and the child places some of his/her snack on top of the correct picture. It's a pretty simple concept, but what stuck me is how this normally lost time was captured and used to practice vocabulary. Can I do that at home? Sure. I don't know if I'll be making place mats for snack, but it gives me ideas. We have little books that we haven't been reading lately. I have some tracing sheets for my daughter that I need to locate today. My kids LOVE to play games, so why not spend a little time making some in Mandarin?
So, while I don't have hours and hours of time to devote to practicing our Mandarin, there are little things I can do. There are small moments that can be seized and utilized to reinforce the language. Teachable moments are everywhere. I just have to go looking for them.
Thanks for reading,
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