Ideas for reading in Afrikaans

Hallo,

As we all know reading is very important but how to encourage our children to read is a question many parents ask. Below are a few ideas on this topic:

  • Find books that are within your child’s interest. If your child enjoys the topic he will be more willing to read.
  • What usually works for me is to give the child a book that is a bit too easy for him/her to start off with. This encourages the child and gives him/her self-confidence.
  • Have a competition and reward. If your child reads…..books he/she will get ……. Reward.
  • Join your local library. They have great programs to encourage reading.
  • Make a reading corner in your child’s room.

 

Posture when reading

 

When your child reads aloud a good idea is to let him/her sit at a desk with both feet on the floor. The book needs to be lifted from the table in a comfortable position. (Not lying flat on the table) This will enable the child to breathe properly and then have better voice projection.

 

If you need a list of websites with good Afrikaans books please contact me. Find me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/1442849042660058/ or Twitter @AmandaCalitz

 

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Amanda

 

 

Plurals in Afrikaans

Hallo

In Afrikaans there are some words with plurals and some without. A guideline is that only names for things you can count gets plurals in Afrikaans (eg. Tomato, potato, cake etc.) For things you cannot count (you need to weigh it or use some other form of measurement) doesn’t have a plural (water, maize etc)

 

Singular Plural Doesn’t have a plural
Koffie (coffee)   Koffie
Tee (tea)   Tee
Tamatie (tomato) Tamaties  
Aartappel (potato) Aartappels  
Koek (cake) Koeke  
Vrug (fruit) Vrugte  
Melk (milk)   Melk
Tamatiesous (tomatosauce)   Tamatiesous
Perske (peach) Perskes  
Piesang (banana) Piesangs  
Olie (oil)   Olie
Brood (bread) Brode  

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Amanda

Speech (continued)

Hallo,

In the previous blog I’ve conveyed ideas on preparing a speech.  Assessment of your child’s work is very important. This will help you to identify areas of development. The best way to do this is by using a rubric. In this way you can pinpoint these areas.

Below is an example of such a rubric. On the left you will find the different criteria and then you need to circle the mark you allocate for each criteria. You then add everything together and you’ll have your mark:

Kriteria (criteria) Nie bemeester (not achieved) Gedeeltelik bemeester (partly achieved) Bemeester (achieved)
Organisasie en aanbieding (organization and presentation) 1 2 3-4
Verstaanbare taalstrukture en taalgebruik (Language structures understandable) 1 2 3-4
Vermoe om idees betekenisvol te kommunikeer (Communicate ideas well) 1 2 3-4
Stemkontrole (voice control) 1 2 3-4
Liggaamshouding (posture) 1 2 3-4

Totaal 20/2= 10

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Amanda