A few days ago,
my boys suddenly pulled out
from our bookshelves
because they suddenly felt like reading it.
While reading the book to his siblings,
Mr 8 kept tripping over the word 咸 xián salty
and read it as 酸 suān sour
and we had a good chuckle.
Mr 6 then suddenly got fixated on the word 咸,
it looks like 喊 that we saw in 闹闹漫画 before,
and Mr 8 said it looks like 或 which he learnt in school #欢乐伙伴...
so I decided to ride on their interest
to do a mini word study on the word
咸 xián salty
It LOOKS LIKE...
✨ 我 wǒ me / I
✨ 或 huò or
(to learn 形似字 words that looks similar
and practise 辨字 distinguishing between similar words）
It CAN TRANSFORM INTO...
✨ 喊 hǎn to shout
✨ 感 gǎn to feel
✨ 减 jiǎn to lower / decrease
(to learn 偏旁部首 radicals and new words!)
It SOUNDS LIKE...
✨ 闲 xián leisure / relax
(to practise listening through 谐音字/同音字,
汉语拼音 and intonations,
and learn a new word!)
Maybe we'll eat bak zhang
for lunch one of these days :P
As we model curiosity, and
help our kids form these connections,
they'll learn to make these connections
on their own too!
You can use this format
to explore words of interest
for your kids too!
I find this helps Mandarin
especially for Primary school kids
who delight in finding connections between things.
Have fun, and
tag us at @mystorytreasury if you try this idea (:
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