Playing with Lego can improve your child's English by Bev Sisson - Teacher of English as a Second Language

Playing with Lego can improve your child's English












Let’s face it “Who doesn’t like Lego®?”

It’s enjoyed by big kids and little kids all over the world.

With over a billion bricks a year being manufactured, there is something for everyone.

The horror of standing on a block in your stocking feet is a thing of the past!
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So, what can Lego teach your Children?


The Benefits:

We can break it down into areas, firstly the overall benefits:

It improves:

  • Hand eye coordination
  • Problem solving
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Fine motor skills

It can be….

  • Used Independently
  • Or In Groups, which encourages discussion, contribution and sharing

And it is….

  • Stimulating
  • Engaging
  • And great FUN
 

“There are a lot of skills around resilience and problem solving and creativity that you learn through play.” Says the CEO of Lego® - Niels Christiansen

 


Teaching English through creating:


Reproducing a simple design:

Children must analyze what they see, perceive the parts that make up the whole, and figure out how the parts relate to each other.
  • Create a simple construction (relevant to the child’s age)         
  • Your child must reproduce it



















During this project you can communicate.  For example, choosing the bricks by number of pips, these can be counted in English. Teaching left and right, in the middle, on the edge, line up, use of colour etc

 

Producing a logical pattern of words:

Choose the relevant number of long single pip blocks.

  • Attach or write a month of the year/day of the week to each block
  • Your child must place them in the correct order



















This can also be used using number patterns, basic maths, simple sentences, words to favourite nursery rhyme or song titles. Anything to do with hobbies or what they enjoy keeping concentration to a maximum.

Teaching contractions:

A contraction is a shortened form of a word (or group of words) that omits certain letters or sounds. In most contractions , an apostrophe represents the missing letters. The most common contractions are made up of verbs, auxiliaries, or modals attached to other words:
He would = He'd. I have = I've. They are = They're.

Check out the video above.  For your child, they're playing with Lego, great! For you, your'e teaching your child contractions, great!

A win, win situation.


I think we can safetly say, Lego is a fabulous way to encourage your children to practice English.  
Summertime provides an excellent opportunity for children and students to improve learning skills and strategies.  We can help you be fully prepared for returning to school, college or University in September.

Click on the link below for your free no obligation class.
We look forward to meeting you here, at Oxinity!

 

 

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