I have always wondered and wanted to test Yuvan, when he reads a story how far he has understood it and how he could narrate and write it in his words.
When I was searching for something similar over the internet , I chanced upon ‘ Elements of a story ‘ .
It normally is split as –
- The characters in the story
- Starting of the story
- Sequence of the story
- End of the story
- Theme or Moral
So, the above , can be interpreted /written in equivalent key words too.
And I also Included a page called ‘ New vocabulary sighting sheet ‘
where Yuvan has to find atleast two words which is new to him and that he doesn’t exactly know what it means.
So I asked him to find the meaning of those words from his Kids dictionary – which was as a set of 5 children’s encyclopedia, which has lots of pictures , depiction and simpler meaning for the children to understand.
This set of books I bought In India a year back, in a street sale. Amazing BUY:)
And I also used a “1000 Times word dictionary” , which I actually found in a second’s sale in Singapore, which is really in a very good condition and spent just
SGD 2 on it , a year back.:)
Actually, it can be made more interesting , if we could get the child to write what he thinks as the meaning of the word for the ones in the new vocabulary list and then look up and write the actual meaning and also try to frame a sentence using the new word.
I suggest to use one page stories revolving around 100-150 words for this story elements exercise for a 5 year old, as it rather gets them interested rather than making it tedious 🙂
I put to use one of the many books which Yuvan normally buys crazy whenever we go to India on vacation.
And we did as below,
The Vocabulary we looked into this time using Word lookup , as the kids dictionary didn’t have exactly what I was looking for in it…
He looked up for
Yuvan loved to do this 🙂
And it solves so many purposes/ gets the child involved in many exercises in one work
2. Understanding and framing sentences on their own
5. How to use a dictionary