Tips for Parents of Bugs Learners

There is lots you can do as a parent to help your child with their English lessons:

  • Take an active interest in your child’s English work. Your child will pick up on your enthusiasm.
  • Give your child plenty of time to answer questions or to do activities.
  • Be positive and give praise for anything good your child can do. Don’t just comment on mistakes.

Activities to help your child get the most out of Bugs

Look at the stories that your child has done in class. Ask your child to point to the pictures while you listen to the story on the course CD.

Ask your child to teach you a song from the coursebook. This will give your child more confidence and they will also see that you value using English. With dialogues, ask your child to act these out with you.

Many coursebooks have characters that appear throughout the book in stories and in activities. Ask your child to introduce you to the characters. You can ask questions like: What’s her name? How old is she? What does she like? What colour are her eyes / is her hair?

Get your child to tell you about a reading text in the coursebook. Then ask your child to read the text and answer any questions about it in the coursebook. Allow your child to do this at his own pace – don’t rush your child while they are reading.

Select some correct grammar sentences from your child’s coursebook. Write the words in these sentences on pieces of card or paper (a word on each piece). Then mix them up and ask your child to make sentences from the words.

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