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Keeping the interest of an 8yr old - HELP!

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1 Keeping the interest of an 8yr old - HELP! on 19th September 2009, 4:34 pm

I am having trouble keeping the attention/interest of the 8yr old italian girl i am babysitting. From day one she said she didnt want to learn english but her parents want her to.

She hates reading english books and because she doesnt focus we are still on basic books (Its been 1 yr now since we started). She can understand me mostly when i talk and she talks back to me in english.

So my question is does anyone know how i can get her interest in and back into learning english? especially the reading part!

Rolling Eyes

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2 Re: Keeping the interest of an 8yr old - HELP! on 22nd October 2009, 11:16 pm

have you tried board games? I play those with the 9 yr old i babysit from time to time, he seems to really enjoy them, or i take him to the park and play

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3 Re: Keeping the interest of an 8yr old - HELP! on 23rd October 2009, 12:03 am

if u have the internet at her place I have found a nice site for teaching kids to read in English, and it is interactive. I do it with a very bright 7 year old, and then we try and remember the words and write them down in her special book and draw pictures. The site is called starfall.com
tell me what you make of it. Smile

Also another game I play is to take say 3 cards with pictures on them (say alphabet cards) and make her make up a story that incorporates all the words. like Chiara had a tiger, an elephant and a queen. Of course she will have to have some vocab already for this.

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4 Re: Keeping the interest of an 8yr old - HELP! on 23rd October 2009, 12:58 pm

Thanks guys Very Happy

I will try those ideas out! I have also got her a sticker book with a story, you read the story then use the stickers on the page, shes completely obsessed with stickers at the moment so hopefully it should work! study

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5 Re: Keeping the interest of an 8yr old - HELP! on 23rd October 2009, 3:35 pm

btw what is her level of english? sticker books is a great idea. i used to babysit a 5 yr old and she was also obsessed wtih stickers!

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6 Re: Keeping the interest of an 8yr old - HELP! on 23rd October 2009, 4:33 pm

The girl is 8yrs old but shes not so good with her english she has to think about the words she wants to say.

We are reading three little bigs etc for 5/6 yr olds because she resists wanting to learn! lol

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7 Re: Keeping the interest of an 8yr old - HELP! on 23rd October 2009, 5:15 pm

ClareRoma wrote: She can understand me mostly when i talk and she talks back to me in english.

If she comprehends and can reply, then most of the battle is won. Does she read in Italian? It may just be that she's not particularly interested in reading at all. With that in mind, I have a few sites that could be of interest in terms of sneaky English-learning games. If it's not presented as 'learning' I suspect she'll probably be fine about it all. Wink

http://englishbanana.com/
http://www.simplyesl.com/
http://www.esl4kids.net/
http://www.eslcafe.com/idea/index.cgi?Games

Good luck!

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8 Re: Keeping the interest of an 8yr old - HELP! on 23rd October 2009, 9:25 pm

Yes i have noticed she does read italian books either! she just doesnt seem to be interested in reading anything! But her older sister is the other way around she loves reading and loves talking in english lol

Thanks for the sites i will check them out!

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