The basic aim of functional grammar is to master the art of sentence structure and composition. It is not so much important to know the rules of grammar as to develop competence to use those rules. So application of grammar is more important than knowing the theoretical rules. For example, it may not be very important to know the division of noun as to know how and where nouns are used in a sentence structure. Knowing the application of pronoun is more important than knowing the kinds of pronoun. In this context, knowing rules may be important wherever they help in functional uses. So, knowledge of rules of tense may at times be necessary. Some of the basic principles involved in designing activities for developing competencies for vocabulary control are as follows:
Identify the learning style of your child. See how to identify the learning style of your child?
Design games and activities to frame sentences and other compositions. For a rhythmic child the frame of sentences may be put in songs, music or drama. See Modern Creative games for such games and activities.
Words related to Nouns and Pronouns, Verbs, Adverbs, Adjectives, Articles etc. may be kept in different sets. They may be written on the different cards each one depicting one set, such as Noun Card, Verb Card and son on. In the alternative, words may be written on separate cards and kept in different sets separately in boxes. Now learners should be asked to frame sentences by picking up words from these sets. If learners are told the rules of the formation of sentences, these exercises can be used a excellent reinforcement exercises. Following kinds of activities may be performed using these cards. Consult a Creative Learning Volunteer for details.
Learners may be taken to playground. There they may be taken to different situation. For example, they may go up and down in a swing. They can be asked to sing songs related to the swing. Similarly, they may be taken under the slide, climb up the slide, and slide down from there. They may be asked to speak loudly the activity being performed by them. Such activities are extremely useful for kinesthetic children.
Various pictorial designs may be made to indicate different properties of prepositions. Consult a Creative Learning Volunteer for details.
Various folk games were designed to familiarize rules of sentence formation. They can be easily adapted by introducing modern ideas into them. See Modern Creative games for such adapted games and activities.
Consult a Creative Learning Volunteer for further details.
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