“Home is the first school of a child.” It is where a toddler learns to blabber words and then eventually speaks out his/her first word. We learn our first language (native language) quite naturally. When we learn our mother language, did our parents or our grandparents sit us down as toddlers and teach us grammar rules of our language? Of course not. It was through the process of immersion in the language. But the question which lies ahead is, can we learn a second language the way we acquired the first or do we need to know the grammar.
Why is learning Grammar important?
Grammar is the backbone of any language and to be fluent and correct in a particular language, the role of grammar is irreplaceable. We may learn a few words haphazardly through listening. Without the proper knowledge of grammar is incoherent and often misleading. So to express yourself, grammar is important as using wrong grammar can hinder relationship building. Having a thorough knowledge about grammar helps a child develop writing and language skills at a faster rate.
And in the long run, it may also help them to be better communicators. When you are confident of the language you are speaking, that reflects in your personality. Many employers value good grammar skills in an employee, and your resume or application being the first thing they take note of.
This is how you can improve your child’s English grammar
A child learns most of the words through listening. When they are young, their brain can pick whatever they learn and it is through their surroundings they learn to talk. with them in that particular language helps them to learn it efficiently. And when they make a mistake, correct it gently and have them repeat the correct sentence.
Reading has a variety of benefits. It helps in the expansion of vocabulary, knowledge, helps to focus and concentrate, and builds writing skills as well as strengthens analytical thinking skills. If you want your child to extract the benefit of reading, ask them to read slowly and carefully. When they read slowly, they notice the punctuations, verbs, and tenses used, the rules of grammar, and how an argument is made.
Brush off your preferences and get them something to choose on their own as their first read. If you give them something out of the blue, no matter how beneficial the book is, maybe you can’t get their interest in it.
Play Grammar games
Today’s children are hard to get under control and making them sit at a particular spot requires a lot of struggle. Unless you make it fun, they won’t be willing to cooperate.
Frame some easy sentences and after making different chits, write separate words on every chit and get them to rearrange it forming a sentence.
Spot the mistake.
Set aside a paragraph with small errors. These paragraphs should have errors in spelling (for eg: there instead of their) or using past tense instead of present tense, and then hand over a red pen to your child. He/ She will like the role reversal.
Fill in the blanks
Fill in the blanks is a kids’ favorite question in the exam and an easy way to learn tense.
For eg: The earth ___ (moves/move) round the sun.
Get a picture book describing a story through images and ask your child to narrate the story. In this way, it will help him build confidence while speaking and you can also notice what are the common mistakes that your child made so you can rectify them.