Saturday, January 9, 2016

Nursery lesson: Letter Ii

It is always important to let the child be familiar with the first letters you taught before proceeding to the next letter. Give your child as many activities as you can and I’m sure your child will easily learn the letters of the alphabet.

 Since A and E are finished, you can now teach another letter which is letter Ii. This letter is often very confusing since the sound is the sound of letter Ee. So you have to emphasize that the letter name is different from the letter sound.

Most young kids will be very confused at first with letter E and letter I. 

The sound of Ii could be shown by pointing your pointer finger up and slowly raising it and saying eeee. This will help the children relate the letter to the straight finger. Letter Ii is one of the letters that children could easily understand because of the sound and the action of the finger going up. If they see you raising the pointer finger then they easily recognize it as letter Ii.

As much as possible, you should refrain from teaching the children that ice cream begins with letter Ii. Children will gradually learn it in the future but to avoid confusing the young children, stick to only the popular sound of Ii just like i in ink, igloo, Indian, insect, etc.

Just like how you did in the letters A, and E, show the flash card and introduce the new letter for the day. Let each child tell what letter is in the flashcard. After that, demonstrate how to say the sound of Ii. As I explained earlier, I use my pointer finger to show the sound of Ii.

After the children have repeated the sound at least three times, get the objects that begin with letter Ii and show each object to the children. Some children can name the objects. If they do, tell them that the object begins with letter Ii.

If you are done, you can now proceed with the activity sheets.

I always start with tracing the letter then coloring the pictures that begin with the letter, followed by other activity sheets.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Nursery Lessons Aa and Ee

Children who are in the nursery are still very young, so their activity sheets are very simple. You can let them trace the letter you are teaching or encircle the letter or color the objects.

I have prepared some paper works here for you to download and print so you can help your child do them.

Teaching very young children is fun. It is only the start sop make sure that your child is having fun doing the activity sheets so that your child will enjoy studying with you. If you make teaching your child fun and interesting then your child will enjoy learning.

Here's the link or you can click on the downloadable activity sheets and find them.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

"Baskang" - Igorot Ritual for the Newly Married Couple or a Young Family

by: Felisa Daskeo

Like all other Filipino ethnic groups, Igorots have their own practices and beliefs that identify them from other Filipinos. This practice has been handed from generation to generation but it is not anymore recognized by the new generation. Except for a very few, the “baskang” is a never heard word to the young generation.

Cañao Explained

by: Felisa Daskeo

Cañao is a pagan celebration, a tradition, a ceremony, a ritual, a feast, a thanksgiving, an offering, and a peaceful holiday observed by the Igorots in the CAR (Cordillera Autonomous Region). Most of all, cañao is a kind of bonding by the people in observance of a very highly regarded event. Cañao comes in many kinds which I will discuss in my future posts.

A Teacher's Story

The day I graduated from college was the day when a new door opened up to me. I was still recovering from the mild shock of having finally graduated from college. And here comes another shock because I was going to search for a job just after graduation.  What I feared most was how I would be able to handle my class of more than fifty students.

I experienced teaching more than fifty students during my practice teaching but I was only my critic teacher’s assistant so I never worried.  

My critic teachers had been very accommodating and understanding and they guided me and helped me as I taught the young kids. So far, I had enjoyed my practice teaching very much without much trouble that when it ended I almost wanted to stay behind.
Being a teacher was only number two in my earlier plans when I was in college.  I had wanted to be an accountant but I took up education with my brother’s advice.  

When I finally graduated, I accepted that I would never be anyone other than a teacher to young kids since I took up Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.  They say that young kids are harder to handle and discipline than older children and that was stuck in my mind up to the day I was hired as a substitute teacher.

There was no other choice for me when I was finally hired as a substitute teacher one month after my graduation.  I was hired as an emergency substitute to a teacher who will be operated on so it was the only option I was given.  Though I was excited, I was also on the verge of uncertainty.  It was my first job and I was nervous.

Leaving behind the comfort of my home, I headed to a place where I had never been before.  It was a few kilometers from my home which was inaccessible by public transportation.  A remote place infested by rebels never entered my mind as a place where I would be teaching.  In fact I had expected to be accepted in the elementary school near our house but that was not what happened.
I didn’t know how I felt that day when I was finally dragged by my feet into the little hill where the school stood.  Wow, it was a beautiful site and the school was so quiet.  It was still early and the few pupils who arrived early were just sitting quietly. If they knew that I was the new teacher, I couldn’t tell because they just stared at me and then went back to their activities.

The worse news came when I met my co-teacher who informed me of the teaching arrangement.  Due to lack of teachers, I was assigned a combination class of grades 1 and 2. 

I sat on my table while my mind whirled like the washing machine.  I counted the chairs then looked at the list of pupils in the teacher’s record book.  The chairs could not accommodate all the children.  It was another problem I was concerned about. What I did when all the pupils arrived was to let some pupils sit by three’s instead of two’s.   Soon the kids were all staring at me silently.  One problem solved, I sighed.

I discovered that teaching the children was not hard, but fun because they were all well-behaved and cooperative.  They cannot compare to the pupils in the city who are so rowdy and disrespectful to the teachers.  There, in that small village with the small school on top of a small hill, the pupils were mild and very respectful.  I am missing them now.  That was exactly 32 years ago.

Teaching is an interesting profession. With different types of kids around; your hands are full and no boring moment.

I love being a teacher to young kids until now.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Teaching the Parts of the House to Young Children

Teaching the parts of the house to the young children is fun. You can create your own games for the children and you can give them some exercises to do so that they will understand the parts of the house better.

This is often easy to teach because the children are already aware of the different parts of the house, such as the: windows, doors, stairs, walls, ceiling and floor. The only part that is perhaps new to the children is the posts. What makes it harder for them to understand the post is that posts are often attached to the walls.

Here are the parts of the house:

Here’s a game that you can play with the young children.

Get flash cards of the parts of the house and put them in a big box. Call each child to go and pick the flash card inside the box that matches the picture of the parts of the house that you are holding. The next day, you can reverse your game by telling each child to get the picture of the parts of the house that matches the word you are holding.

Games are for fun so make sure the children are having fun with you so that they can learn better.