Use Mindmap to Introduce Words of Common Theme

If I list my favorite season, it is SUMMER. Thinking of summer, lots of images would pop up in my mind: sun, beach, sea, swimming, sunbathing, playing, reading, chatting with friends, walking in the busy downtown at night, enjoying an ice cream, fish, watermelon… In two words, good time! Children may visualize Summer with similar or different images. A good way to teach children words or phrases of those scenes is to help them establish a Summer vocabulary map. To achieve this, we can first invite children to brainstorm their idea about Summer. It is OK to draw pictures, to name them in Chinese, pinyin or even in English. Below you can find an example. Based on the mind map suggested by children, relevant words and phrases can be taught to the kids. Experience shows that it is an effective way teaching kids a group of words and phrases that they can use immediately. Back to the words mentioned in the mindmap, here they are: 夏天 Summer 大海 Sea 游戏 Play 西瓜 Watermelon 旅游 Travel 读书 Read 冰激凌 ice cream 太阳 Sun In the following post, I will show you how to use iPad to create a digital mind...

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