Homeschooling & I: Mengajar Membaca

Dah lama tak tulis pasal aktiviti homeschooling kat rumah ni, dan memang dah beberapa bulan juga aku tak mengajar Aiman secara serius. Puncanya sebab buat sementara waktu, aku kehilangan idea macam mana nak approach Aiman, sebab nampak dia macam tak berapa minat je nak sambung belajar membaca setelah mengenal huruf.

Aku cuba ajar dia membaca bahasa Inggeris menggunakan konsep phonics macam yang sepupu aku rekemen. Tapi Aiman macam blur je. Bila dia blur, tak sampai 10 minit dia pun lari pergi sambung main.

Aiman masih sukakan buku. Dia masih suka ambil buku, pastu suruh Mama yang bacakan untuk dia. Tapi kenapa bila ajar membaca dia macam tak berminat je?

Mungkin aku patut tukar approach.. tapi macam mana?

Untuk bahasa Inggeris dan Arab, agak mudah untuk ajar dia sebab ada banyak apps yang boleh digunakan untuk membantu pengajaran. Untuk bahasa Melayu agak mencabar sebab agak susah nak cari alat bantu. Tambahan pula, dah beberapa bulan aku keliling kedai buku cari siri “Bacalah Anakku” yang sepupu aku rekemen tapi malangnya siri tu dah habis stok. Aku buntu buat seketika. Kalau berterusan macam ni, terpaksalah aku hantar Aiman ke tadika tahun depan. Rancangan asalnya aku nak tangguhkan kemasukan Aiman ke tadika. Aku lebih berminat untuk megajar dia sendiri di rumah.

Tiba-tiba sejak beberapa minggu yang lalu, aku terfikir, kalau kaedah phonics tak serasi dengan Aiman, maknanya aku kena guna kaedah yang sama macam Mama aku ajar aku membaca masa kecil dulu; iaitu memorizing. Masa aku kecil, Mama aku selalu ajak aku duduk sebelah dia dan ajar aku membaca guna siri “Peter and Jane”. Siri tu gunakan teknik menghafal instead of phonics.

Maka aku pun buat rancangan untuk ajar Aiman suku kata Bahasa Melayu dulu, sebab ia lebih senang. Malas nak gi cari flashcard, aku tulis sendiri je. Suruh Aiman hafal.

Proses ini akan mengambil masa. Tapi knowing Aiman, awal-awal memang enjin dia lambat sikit nak panas. Once dia dah dapat momentum, nanti tiba-tiba dia dah pandai, dah ingat semuanya. Sekarang pun, walaupun dah beberapa bulan tak diajar secara aktif macam dulu, dia masih menunjukkan yang dia belajar banyak benda. Antaranya, struktur ayat Bahasa Inggeris dan Bahasa Melayu yang sudah hampir sempurna. English pronounciation and diction is almost perfect. Kadang-kadang bunyi British, kadang-kadang bunyi American. Syukurlah takde pengaruh Australian English. 😛 I wouldn’t be happy about that hahaha. Yang penting, be it American or British, he never mix the two. Either the whole sentence is American English, or British. Takde separuh-separuh. Penggunaan ayat juga adalah di tempat yang betul. Dia juga dah pandai bercerita. 2 -3 ayat yang menceritakan apa yang berlaku pada dia. Aku rasa gembira dengan perkembangan itu.

Nak cerita satu artikel menarik yang aku jumpa. Mungkin korang pernah nampak dalam Facebook. Nevertheless, aku nak share kat sini. Korang boleh klik pautan ni.

http://amuslimchildisborn.blogspot.com/2009/04/suggested-quran-memorization-schedule.html

http://www.mariampoppins.com/2013/08/quraan-memorization-schedule-for.html?m=1

Aku belum sempat baca blog ni secara keseluruhan, tapi aku rasa content blog ni bagus. Tip mengajar anak menghafal Al-Quran; sejak berusia 3 tahun, 3 baris sehari. Walaupun anak belum pandai membaca, kita dah boleh mulakan dengan membaca ayat tu dengan makhraj yang jelas dan tajwid yang betul. Aku dah mulakan modul ni jugak.

Student aku sekarang ni bukan sorang, tapi dua orang. Bila ajar Aiman suku kata Bahasa Melayu, kat background dengar bunyi si adik dok ajuk. Aku sebut L-A-LA. Dengar suara halus dok ikut A-A-A. Hahaha sangat comel OK! Dia baru 11 bulan, tapi dah tunjuk semangat nak belajar ABC juga. Kalau tengok, si adik lagi bersungguh nak belajar. Tengok-tengok adik yang tak pernah kenal ABC tu lebih dulu pandai membaca. Heheh..

Nampak gayanya we will be a bit busy again. Nak lagi, aku sendiri pun tengah training untuk jadi childbirth educator dan doula. Still got 3 books to review and tests to sit, classes to conduct, labours to attend, reports to write. Nak seimbangkan dengan rumahtangga lagi. Chayok~!

Homeschooling & I: Aiman and Grolier

It has been a while since the last time I wrote about my homeschooling journey. This time, I will tell you how I teach my son with the aide of an encyclopedia. Remember I told you that I bought Aiman a set of Grolier encyclopedia in this post? Well, to begin with, you do not really need to have an encyclopedia. You can simply explain to your child in accordance to his level of understanding, and of course you should at least show a picture or video to make him understand better what you are saying. I always like to use many kinds of teaching aide when I teach my son. Just remember, repetition is always the best way to teach your child anything.

It so happened, last Wednesday, the Papa had to go outstation in Johor Bharu. Which meant I will be left alone with the kids at home until either one of my two siblings who are staying with me came back. It’s going to be a very long night when Papa is not around.

Somehow, Aiman was suddenly in his learning mood. So he took a few books from his shelf and sat next to me. First, he asked me to read him the story of ‘The Gingerbread Man’. Then, we read on Butterfly Metamorphosis. Interesting! Just explain to him in the simplest language so that he could comprehend, with the aide of the picture in the book.

Aiman & Irfan learning about the metamorphosis of a butterfly

Aiman & Irfan learning about the metamorphosis of a butterfly

I was also trying to explain about the volcanoes, but he was not very interested. So I  just let him ponder further upon what he had learnt; the butterfly metamorphosis. If your child seemed to be not very interested in a topic you are trying to teach, don’t be worried or upset. Let him learn at his own pace. PATIENCE is virtue! :) Some kids learn very quickly, some are a bit slower, some are keen learners, and some just don’t seem to want to learn yet. The keyword is; CAPTURE their interest. Teach them in a way that can capture their attention. Be creative!

I always make sure Irfan joins us everytime I am teaching Aiman something. I purposely want to expose him to knowledge starting from a very young age. I want to set up a habit among my children to love reading and seeking knowledge.

Thirsty for knowledge

Thirsty for knowledge

See the drawing below? Guess what it is…

What do you think of this?

What do you think of this?

It can be a lot of things. This was Aiman’s drawing. I have no idea what he was trying to draw, not that he could explain either. But it sure did look like a lizard to me. A weird-looking lizard.

Homeschooling and I: The Wonders of the Children’s Minds

Since a few weeks ago, my 3-months-old-today Baby Irfan and I had started a new routine with the Ipad. Schooling! Not schooling as in ‘going to school’ but ‘learning like in school’. Believe it or not, a baby as young as a newborn is already very much capable of absorbing new knowledge. In fact, this is the best time to teach them everything there is to learn. If only you know how wonderful a child’s mind is, you will be amazed!

How Do I Teach My Kids?

After not much of an experiment, I found that Irfan is very fond of this one particular application called “My First Arabic“. It is developed by Islamkids.Media Sdn Bhd under the “babykhalifah” series. I do recommend this app for parents who have Apple device. This app teaches numbers, shapes, colours and days. It is animated and colourful. I also bought My First Iqra’ and Wudhu’. Aiman also learnt from these apps since he was nearly a year old. I also downloaded a few other learning apps developed by yufid.org (Kids Dua, Hijaiya, Hisnul Muslim etc), Fisher Price (Where’s Puppy’s Nose, Shapes and Colours, Let’s Count, Animals), BlueOnionSoft (BabyApps, BabyWord).

Credit to Islamkids.my

Watch this video of Aiman learning Arabic alphabets. He was using an the app Hijaiya developed by yufid.org.

Besides using the Ipad, I actually still use the conventional way to teach Irfan; the flashcards!

I got all these cards from Aiman’s paediatrician’s clinic and from Enfamama’s newsletters. All for FREE!!! I used to show these cards to Aiman ever since he was 2 months old. At that time, I was not sure he was learning. I even felt like I was starting too early because he did not show much of a response except just staring at the pictures. But after a few months. I noticed the fruit of my efforts when he showed his interests in trains, particularly Thomas the Tank Engine. So then I learnt that it is never too early to start.

I also stimulated my children’s minds by talking to them a lot. Just show them things around them and introduce the names of things, the functions and maybe tell them a few things about it. Talk to them in simple language that they can comprehend. It will simply enhance their intelligence and promote learning. Keep them interested with things around them.

You don’t need expensive toys to boost your children’s development. Simply make use of things around you. It is God-created and it is free!

Don’t forget to sing to them too! Children learn ABCs faster if it is taught by singing. See my point? Sing to them the famous nursery rhymes whatsoever. They will love it.

Youtube is also a wonderful tool for learning. Search the keyword ‘phonics’ and you will find hundreds, if not thousands, of videos teaching ABCs, shapes, colours etc. Search ‘alif ba ta’. In short, search whatever you can find to teach the children. BUT, parental guidance is very much needed because kids nowadays are very smart they can surf the youtube without help, even if they cannot read yet. Please remember to restrict the hours your children spend on the devices and don’t let them go to sleep with it.

Aiman at ‘school’

You might want to read this too: How to Stimulate a Child’s Mind

Well, that’s all for now, I think. Irfan is already awake and I need to ‘start my school’ now. Ilalliqa’~

Homeschooling and I: Teaching your child to read

Few days ago, as I was surfing the internet, I found a few interesting sites about homeschooling. I have actually read about it before, but didn’t quite capture the idea of it, until I found this blog, which soon made me realize that “hey, i’ve been homeschooling my son all this while! how come i not know?” So what is homeschooling all about?

Basically, homeschooling is having school at home, instead of at school, and being taught by the mother, father, or both, or a private tutor. Homeschooled kids do not attend any formal school; government or private. Usually, children actors and actresses or athletes that travels a lot are homeschooled. They have a private tutor who will follow them anywhere they go . Some kids are fully homeschooled, but some are part-time homeschoolers. Part-time homeschoolers usually are taught things that they don’t learn at school.

The best thing about homeschool is you don’t have to wait until your child is four years old to start learning the basics of ABCs, numbers, reading, writing and counting. You can actually start from now! I started introducing my child to the basics since he was 6 months. I showed him flash cards which I got for free during visits to the paediatrician. I also bought him a box set of books on numbers, ABC, shapes, colours and first words. In our free time, my husband and I will cuddle with him and read to him, show him the colourful pictures in the books and introduce the names of things. Even at first he just mostly chewed on the books, it was actually worth it because now he can say the names of every single thing in the books, he knows the alphabets and can properly count 1 to 10 just before his second birthday.

Aiman’s first set of books

Present from Uncle Wan for Aiman’s first birthday

Learning Arabic and Alif Ba Ta. Found these cards at the KLIBF.

Three important lessons i learnt during the months are firstly, don’t put the pressure on yourself and the little one. Let him absorb knowledge at his own pace. If you try to make him learn too much at once, he will turn his focus away somehow. Heheh. Secondly, be very very very patient. You won’t get anywhere if you get angry very fast. If you get angry, you will upset the kid. When the kid is upset, it will be very difficult to handle him. Finally, don’t worry if your child seems to be playing and not learning much. Give him time. And kids don’t read until they can talk. If you teach your child to read early, by the time they can talk, they can read too. Same goes to reciting the Qur’an.

Aiman’s reading corner arranged by Papa. There used to be pictures on the wall but Aiman pulled those off. Everyday, Aiman will sit quietly here and read .

He especially likes to read about planes and stars and spiders, because he recognized those from his baby books.

Aiman can tell you the story of Goldilocks and also of Three Billy Goats Gruff!