Junk mail to good use
JUNK MAIL is unsolicited commercial mail. We receive quite a bit of it regularly, and it generally ends up in the waste bin. But is there a way to extract some value from it from the perspective of learning and parenting? Improve your children's language skills and add to their general knowledge through association to their environment
What You Will Need
If you have been through your children’s English paper (from Primary 3 onwards), you would notice a section called “Stimulus Graphics MCQ”. Most times, the content relates to what I would call practical English and general knowledge eg invitation to an opening, news of events, announcements, launches, lucky draws, etc.
Once, my son had a topic about insurance – there was jargon like premiums, coverage and beneficiaries. Needless to say, he did not do well.
In reality, it is not difficult to score in this section. Simply expose your children to such content as often as you can. You need not source very hard. Most time your letterbox would be invaded by such content ranging from brochures on property, household services, marketing materials from different brand owners, donations, invitations to launches, etc. Hand them to your children, let them go through to brief as well as ‘advise’ you on the course of actions, if any. You will be surprised at their willing response as it would make them feel valued, involved and grown-up. Hear them explain and you will be amazed at how such a level of engagement could become a learning opportunity. In fact, if well deployed, it becomes a conversational piece where your child will learn beyond the content of the material.