One of the biggest concerns for parents while their children are growing is to send them to a good school where they learn all the important things to excel in life. One of the most important things to learn in today’s era is the English language. English has become a universal language today that is spoken in almost every country of the world, up to a certain extent. If you go somewhere, and the tongue spoken by the people there is not known by you, your first option is to try communicating in English.

Therefore, teaching English to children these days is very important and the process must start from the child’s young age. Primary one is the start of proper schooling for your child and a primary one child must know the following things in English very thoroughly:

  1. Fluent reading: A child must at least be able to read common words and short stories fluently. You can train your child for fluent reading by getting him books with short stories and kids’ novels. A great writer for kids is Roald Dahl whose stories are interesting for kids and are not very difficult to read too. There is also a list of 100 common words that your child must know.
  2. Fluent speaking: Although a child cannot be expected to give influential speeches in front of a huge crowd, he/she must be able to speak fluently in English to their fellow classmates or their teachers. Normal conversations such as asking to go to the toilet, asking for a pencil and so on should be appropriately done in English.
  3. Listening skills: The child must be able to listen and comprehend to what he was told by someone in English. The child must also be able to follow the instructions given by someone. For example, when a teacher tells the children to form a straight line or to take out their books, children must be able to act upon these instructions. This skill can be developed very effectively by watching English cartoons.
  4. Writing: The child must be able to write common words correctly in English. Writing skills include correct spelling, correct shapes of the alphabets and proper spacing. The child must be able to construct appropriate sentences from given words and write those sentences correctly.
  5. Read and grasp: It is not enough if your child is just reading on and on from the book and not understanding anything from what he/she is reading. A child must be able to read and understand what is written in a particular text. For example, after reading a story, a child must be able to answer simple questions from that story such as “what did John say to his father?”, “why did John not go to his friend’s party?” and so on. The questions include explicit questions, answers to which are given directly in the text and, the implicit questions, answers to which are not given directly, but need to be comprehended and understood by the reader.

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