I don’t speak Romanian and I live in Romania. I do, however, try to be a valuable resident here, while I am learning the language.
My new hobby is teaching English to kids. I visit my daughter’s class on Fridays for one hour to sing and teach basic English words to her classmates. I have also picked up 3 at-home pupils to teach and play with as well. These 3 kids are my daughter’s friends so we make it fun! They come twice a week, and I get to socialize in Romanian “un pic” which means “a little” over coffee with their moms, while they play. After play time we get to work! Their mother(s) practice Roamanian with my daughter while I practice English with their children. It is simple. Fun. Free for them and me and… best of all… the kids win! They all get to practice a new language in a stress-free environment. I get to practice too, so that is the icing on the cake!
Here is what I have learned about teaching English to young kids so far:
You need to find out what will interest them by being Fun and Approachable. Basically, you have do things that they like. Singing songs and playing games can educate them if you are focused on communication through the activity that they enjoy. Have your mind set up on what you want to convey in each lesson and gear the activities towards that.
This is the video we use because it is their favorite. We spent the first two sessions simply watching and singing along and now we do live versions of this. I sit at the table and the kids rade my fridge and ask me if I like things like milk and Ketcup mixed together! “Yucky!”... We all say. We also sing. We learn. We have fun!
Then, we change it to animals or colors, and sing the same (or different) catchy tune.
I hope that you enjoyed this version of Fun Friday. I have been wanting to share this story with you all for a while now so there you have it.
Do you teach small children? Maybe you can give me some new pointers. 😉
Also, I ask that you pray for me with this new venture. I would enjoy being able to expand this part of my life and I know that I will be able to when God is ready for me to do so. I currently do not make any money, and I miss contributing to my household, so it would be nice to bring something to the table too. I thank you for praying for me.
God bless you all!