I don't know if this is a new idea for me or not as applied to Turkish language learning for kids, but it is a good one.
When kids play "Simon Says", the object is supposed to be to listen for "Simon" to SAY to do something, and if "Simon didn't say" to so something, and you do it anyway, you get out.
So, the "leader" of the game is "Simon." He will say, "Simon says....(clap your hands, stand on one foot, close one eye, etc.)," and everyone is supposed to follow along. If you DON'T do what Simon says, or if you do what he says, but doesn't say, "Simon says.,,.." then you are "out" of the game, or if it is only 2 people, they can score points somehow and take turns and add up points at the end to determine who the winner is. I would suggest with 2 people to take turns being "Simon" and if someone messes up, rather than being "out,", "Simon" just continues till the other person gets it right, then thy switch. Of course, to make this non-competitive, you would simply keep everyone in the game (nobody "out"), and just take turns being "Simon", and not keep score.
I don't know if there is a Turkish equivalent of this game. "Simon" is not a Turkish game of course. If there is a traditional Turkish game, somebody needs to let me know so I can share it.
"Mother May I?" Is a similar game. http://www.parentsconnect.com/parenting-your-kids/activities/family-fun/mother_may_i.html
I think the children need practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking the language. My 4 year old is reading, but not writing yet (she's working on letters and spelling but it will take a while before she is actually writing words and sentences).
The additional challenge of playing this in Turkish is that the children also need to learn the words and phrases. So I would say that the first several times of playing these games, you would give them instructions in English and Turkish and have them repeat them. Later, for readers, you can make flashcards with instructions to read outloud with such tasks as "bring me a pencil" or "take three steps" or "turn around 3 times".
I will need help coming up with some actions (I still don't know more than just a smattering of Turkish), and then I will post a list here later. Or if you are Turkish, please comment below with suggestions.
http://www.childrensmusicworkshop.com/advocacy/youngmind.html (I can't say it better than they have)
I have added learn to play the Kanun" to my bucket list.
I think music is an important part of every child's education. I am about to start Dilara out on some basic stuff. The only instrument I have ever learned to play a little is the piano (I don't have one...our piano ended up at my ex-husband's house and I have a cheap little keyboard which is better than nothing) but I love all kinds of instruments. I have 2 violins (my mother and brother took Suzuki violins together and I ended up with the violins...Dilara is too young yet for the smaller one), a mandolin, many rhythm instruments, tambourines, a child's drum set, recorders, and somewhere I have a set of finger cymbals which are so much fun!
My daughter plays the guitar and my son played (rented) cello for a year, and I wish he'd get back into it. I can't afford formal lessons for my kids, but my brother and ex-husband can both help with piano and guitar and bass guitar. We all love to sing. I had an extremely difficult time trying to play guitar--curving my hand around the neck and pressing down one string without touching the others was challenging, but playing a lap guitar always looked easier. I LOVE the sound of the Kanun and it is especially appealing to me because of it's "Turkishness".
I live in "Music City, USA" (AKA, Nashville, Tennessee) and music is everywhere. At my church, we don't have instumental music, but we sing in 4-part harmony.
Take lessons, or take advantage of free online resources to practice music or learn to play a new instrument, or just work on your voice and ear. Play good music daily. It is SO good for the brain, for children and adults. I don't know about you, but my brain needs all the help it can get!
What musical instruments and experiences are important to your family or
what would you like to get started with, if you don't play an instrument yet?
I have had an especially rough time with my health lately and feel like I have lost the first 3 months of the year, but with the coming of Spring, I feel like I am getting a fresh start.
I found this beautiful site....it is from 2 years ago, but I can pretend it is current. http://www.owlsland.com/april.htm I really wish I had a friend in Tarsus/Mersin who was interested and available and computer-savvy enough to send me local info throughout the year. That is where my daughter's father is from and where her grandparents live. But this seasonal information from Kalkan is pretty wonderful for my purposes. Found this one, too: http://www.bezirgan.info/buildings.htm
What led me to these sites is springtime and the profusion of blossoms and reawakening Nature.
Dilara is 3 1/2, but we are working on learning as much as we can in our daily life. We try to use our senses and pay attention. Two weeks ago we went to the Warner Park Nature Center and we saw toads mating and listened to their calls and we saw some tadpoles. We also visited the organic garden (we are getting our own going at home, too) and we tasted arugula and spinach. http://www.nashville.gov/parks/nature/wpnc/
Last week we visited the Nashville Zoo and tried to pay a lot of attention to the blooming flowers and shrubs. I knew wisteria, but there were some things I don't know. I need to buy some field guides and a notebook to take with us on our treks. When I was married, we had many Audubon field guides that I had gotten from Sam's for not much money. They were great, but they are at my ex-husband's house. I need to get my own set for Dilara. I think keeping a journal of discoveries is a very nice thing to do. Also, taking dictation from a young child...having her tell a story ore review what happened on an outing and keeping it in a book for future reference.
I have many things to work on. One of them is working on organization and helping Dilara establish good habits. I need to establish some new habits, too.
I recently was talking to a friend about her homeschooling. She uses the Charlotte Mason method. I am not very familiar with it, but I am really looking into it now. I am just delighted to see how her sons are turning out!
Some links I have used lately:Core Knowledge Series http://books.coreknowledge.org/product.php?productid=16165 Charlotte Mason List of Attainments http://www.amblesideonline.org/CMAttainments.shtml South Carolina Benchmarks/Standards http://www.scfirststeps.org/docs/CTKEOCguide.pdf What is the Charlotte Mason method? http://simplycharlottemason.com/basics/what-is-the-charlotte-mason-method/ Classical Homeschooling http://www.classical-homeschooling.org/
I was so excited to come across this web site.
It is very beautifully done and you can listen to the story in Turkish as you read along!
Expand this with having your child draw illustrations. I have just discovered this site, but it looks to have many traditional stories and fables that are familiar. Maybe you have an English book of some of these stories you can flip through while you listen.
Hopefully, we'll work though them and come up with some activities to go along.
PLEASE SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS!!
Anything you might possibly need to learn Turkish!!! Most if not all is free!! I'm currently working throgh the FSI (Foreign Service Institute) Turkish basic course which is quite exhausitive and includes audio!
From my "Turkish Play and Learn"group facebook page:
I wanted to archive materials here, just in case something happens to facebook or my computer. I created a document on my son's computer while mine was broken and when I tried to convert it to a document for my facebook page, I lost all the formatting. So,until I can figure out how to post a document here, you can either e-mail me a request for the document, or make your own. Copy and paste the below into a new document and adjust to suit . I used 1.25" margins left and right, 1 " margins top and bottom, 72 font size in Arial printed on cardstock. Two columns of letters, big spaces between lines so it took up 4 pages. Cut vertically 4 1/4 inches, then around the letters so they are 2 1/4 inches high. so,the flashcards are 4 1/4 by 2 1/4. A papercutter makes it easy! I might have been able to change the margins a little, I ended up having to trim a little off the top and bottom of the pages. You might format it better than I did, but at least, if you cut and paste this, you won't have to type it all! Of course, you can make these bigger, or even hand write them on index cards. but I think flashcards are basic to learning. I recommend "flashing" them and having them name the letters and also putting down 2 or 3 and naming the letters and having the child pick the correct one. If you aren't a native speaker, you might find this youtube link as useful as I have to learn the correct pronounciation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-DnFfkFMxU
A a L l
B b M m
Cc N n
Ç ç O o
D d Ö ö
E e P p
F f R r
G g S s
Ğ ğ Ş ş
H h T t
I ı U u
İ i Ü ü
J j V v
K k Z z
There are lots of ways to incorporate food experiences into learning. The other day we had soup and my daughter wanted cornbread. I mixed up some cornbread batter, thinned it to pancake batter consistency and used a teaspoon to drop two "wings" of batter close to each other and I trailed a line of batter between them to form the body. Dilara was quite satisfied with the result, and we learned kelebek/kelebekler. This is such an adaptable idea--airplanes, basic shapes (triangle, oval, circle) can be learned the same way. I'll share our other experiences and as always, I am appreciative of comments and ideas from others.
I love books and encyclopedias and I miss the old fashioned card catalogues that the library here in Nashville got rid of about 10 years ago. I like the way books engage so many of my senses. The smell of paper and ink and sometimes a little mustiness or an unpleasant smokey smell--books all have their own smell just like people! The first thing my ex-husband does when he cracks open a book is to raise it is to bury his nose deep into the pages and take a whiff. I don't do that, but still...I know I can if I WANT to! I love actual page-turning and the feel of the paper between my fingers and the rustle of the page. I love the variety of colors and patterns on individual book covers and the random mosaic of a bookcase full of various sizes, shapes, and colors of books. I guess I can say that a "real" book (vs. digitalized literature) engages all of my senses besides that of taste. But I recall in the Bible there is a story of someone eating a book, in a vision, though.( A quick reference (did I metion that I love the internet?) tells me that Ezekiel 3 in the Old Testament AND Revelation 10:9 mention eating books.)
I have HUNDREDS of books I have collected over the years, books for adults as well as books for children of all ages. Sinan (who doesn't value books, which seems to be a Turkish cultural idiosyncrasy) suggested one time that I sell my "unused" books on Amazon. I thanked him for his suggestion, but weeding through my collection, I find very few books I don't think I might want to refer to in the future. I get it honest, my father collects books, too. ALL kinds of books. And I like to think that books make people smart and smart people read a lot. I have noticed that there are all kinds of intelligence and I'd never look down on someone who doesn't value books, because invariably they possess some type of intelligence or gift that I lack. So, I'm not snobbish about it or anything. My older daughter values books, but my son--who is just as intelligent, doesn't read for pleasure, but reads well and will read to explore certain topics of interest. I always had my nose in a book as a child, just like Callie.
I have to admit that it is quicker and easier to use the online library catalogue than to have to go to the library and flip through the card catalogue. But I still miss it. And it amazes me how answers to almost any question can be found in seconds simply by entering a few words into the search engine box. www.Youtube.com is one of my most referenced sites in my homeschooling moments, and I have even made plans to upload some of my own videos to share. I finally figured out how to make playlists, so it is easy to reference favorites. I have a playlist of Turkish songs, a playlist of Bible Class songs, and some others.
Part of my homeschooling is Bible teaching and although my kids typically spend time twice a week in Bible Class at church, I like to reinforce things at home. And SONGS are so useful. To learn the books of the Old Testament see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q98RDFAFjaM , Books of the New Testament http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRnYaf-RDeI&feature=related (I like the songs captioned with the lyrics the best!) and the 12 Disciples of Christ (later called Apostles) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkmLkBvXKUY .
When we had a 13 year cicada invasion a few weeks ago (which is just winding down) I found 2 fantastic videos on www.youtube.com : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYLxxALTfAQ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjLiWy2nT7U and I gathered up several dead cicadas (hoping I got males and females at that at some point I will learn how to tell the difference) and also several larval cases and loose wings. I expect with careful handling, they will last and I will be working up a study unit on cicadas before they come around in another 13 years (at which point, I may be a grandmother!) and Dilara should be an expert on the cicada life cycle. I guess we should be collecting and studying other insects, too! Here's a nice site I found on insect collecting http://xerantheum.vicissitudo.net/insects.html .
I am planning on sending Dilara off to public school in about 3 years, but in the meantime, we have lots of learning and growing to do together, and even when she does to go school, I will have plenty of teaching to do at home with her. And I'm glad to have the internet to make it easier!
Today Dilara and I were talking about dolphins and watched some videos of dolphins swimming around. We talked about the difference between mammals that live in the sea, and fish. We have a box full of 'nature stuff"--an intact garter snakeskin shed in my backyard, the dried flower pods from Magnolia and Sweet Gum trees, and a bunch of different types of shells, a sandollar and a starfish, and some dead cicadas and their cast-of larval cases. We have a great fish store nearby called "The Aquatic Critter" where we can see many ocean creatures, alive, in their aquariums. They often have stingrays and sometimes have seahorses. They also have a section of the store called "The Reptile Room" which is full of snakes, lizards, and they even have a big tank of caimans--SCARY!
I sorted all the sea life items, which also included a realistic looking plastic crab and put them in their own shoebox.
I remember a short show called "Seahouse" which used to be on our local PBS station. I checked and found some of the videos on youtube.
I am open to suggestions on how to connect this to Turkey. I'll add to this post later.
Putting facts to music makes it so much easier to learn them!
The Turkish version of "Old MacDonald Had A Farm" is "ALİ BABA'NIN ÇİFTLİĞİ"and it translates into something like,
"Ali Baba has a farm. On his farm, he has (insert plural animal name), (insert animal sound) they cry, on Ali Baba's farm."
I am having trouble posting the youtube video of the song here, but copy and paste:
On Youtube.com, a search for LearnTurkishChannel will bring up lots of helpful video. Video "flashcards" actually.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaN0kwauBPs (Animals in Turkish 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoiISGxBnAU&feature=related (Animals in Turkish 2)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_O576cp7gA (Animals in Turkish 3)
Then, you have to figure out the plural forms. Common plural animal names are listed in the lyrics of the song I am posting here:
ALİ BABANIN ÇİFTLİĞİ
Ali Baba’nın bir çiftliği var, Çiftliğinde horozları var
“Üüürü üüüü, üüürü üüü ” diye bağırır, Çiftliğinde Ali Baba’nın
Ali Baba’nın bir çiftliği var, Çiftliğinde kuzuları var
Me me diye bağırır,Çiftliğinde Ali Baba’nın
Ali Baba’nın bir çiftliği var, Çiftliğinde köpekleri var
“Havv hav” diye bağırır, Çiftliğinde Ali Baba’nın
Ali Baba’nın bir çiftliği var,Çiftliğinde kedileri var
“Miyav miyav” diye bağırır,Çiftliğinde Ali Baba’nın
Ali Baba’nın bir çiftliği var,Çiftliğinde inekleri var
Mö mö diye bağırır,Çiftliğinde Ali Baba’nın
Ali Baba’nın bir çiftliği var,Çiftliğinde çocukları var,
"haa, haa, diye bağırırÇiftliğinde Ali Baba’nın
Ali Baba’nın bir çiftliği var,Çiftliğinde tavukları var,
Gıt gıt gıdak gıt gıt gıdak diye bağırır,Çiftliğinde Ali Baba’nın
Ali Baba’nın bir çiftliği var,Çiftliğinde arıları var
Vız vız diye uçuşur,Çiftliğinde Ali Baba’nın
Ali Baba’nın bir çiftliği var, Çiftliğinde kuşları da var
“Cikkk cikkk ” diye bağırır, Çiftliğinde Ali Baba’nın
Ali Baba’nın bir çiftliği var, Çiftliğinde ördekleri var
“Vak vak vak vak” diye bağırır,Çiftliğinde Ali Baba’nın
Ali Baba’nın bir çiftliği var, Çiftliğinde keçileri var
“Beeee beee” diye bağırır, Çiftliğinde Ali Baba’nın
Ali Baba’nın bir çiftliği var,Çiftliğinde eşekleri var
“Aiiiiiiiii, aiiiiiiiii” diye bağırır,Çiftliğinde Ali Baba’nın
kuzuları-LAMBS, inekleri-COWS, tavukları-CHICKENS, arıları-BEES, kedileri-CATS, köpekleri-DOGS, kuşları-BIRDS, ördekleri -DUCKS, keçileri-GOATS, eşekleri-DONKEYS, horozları-ROOSTERS. çocuklar-CHILDREN,