Over my head

‘What do you like?’

“Apa tu?” (What’s that?)

Month 2 and this student still isn’t able to comprehend what, where, when questions. Here is the catch. He is extremely bright. He excels in Math and Science. In fact for Math, he is able to solve multiple equations of a 12 year old. He is 8 by the way.

He is bright and one of the promising students of the school. His lack of practice and exposure to English has him a little behind with this one subject.


‘What do you like?’

“I like the ball.”

Thanks to his love for learning and knowledge, within one hour, he was able to understand my question and respond in a complete, correct sentence, Alhamdulillah. 

Here is what I did. 

I used the Peter and Jane book, my forever favourite tool. I got him to read the sentence and I explained the meaning. Once he understood, I asked him to create 3 new sentences by replacing the name and the thing.

Peter has a ball –> Adam has a cat. Putera has a bicycle. Zayan has a duck.

The ball is in the tree –> The cat is in the house. The duck is in the bicycle shop (I have absolutely no clue why the duck is there but the sentence is correct).

So try this with your kids or even for yourself. Get a sample of a simple sentence and simply change the name and the thing.

If you’re in doubt, leave a comment. I’ll give you a hand. 



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