by Naomi Simmons
Go to teachkidsenglish.com
Click here to download two free chants.
Learning new words can be difficult. Simply saying them over and over rarely keeps them in memory for long. We have lots of tips to help your child remember new words. In this article we will be looking at chants. In future articles we will suggest other methods, such as games, songs, stories and word practice with grammar.
What is a chant?
A chant is when a number of words are recited out loud to a clear rhythm. Each beat of the rhythm is one syllable of the words. To hear an example of a chant, download our free ones here.
What to do with the chants
- Listen to the chant right through.
- Ask your child to clap the rhythm, one clap per beat.
- Ask your child to chant along with the recording a number of times, clapping the rhythm as they do so.
- To reinforce the meaning, place picture cards on the table as they chant. The child points to the correct card as they say each word. Picture cards are available free with 3 and 12 month membership of teachkidsenglish.com, or can be bought here.
Remember that most children find it easier to learn new words when they are organised into topics. For example, it is easier to learn 6 animal words, colours or food words. It is much harder to learn these words if the topics are all mixed up. This is the approach used on the teachkidsenglish.com course.
Wishing you lots of luck.
Lead author of Teach Kids English