How can I track my child’s learning progress on Hello English Kids?
If you engage your kid in a learning activity but can’t track your child’s learning progress then it becomes difficult to decide the future course of action. But we’ve thought this through to ensure that Hello English Kids is not an educational App for namesake. You as a parent have the power to track at any point in time, your kid’s English learning progress!
Here’s a detailed explanation of the skills we are mapping:
Object identification: This skill refers to the child’s visual memory strength, and his/her ability to associate words with objects. Babies begin to recognise objects and faces by month two or three. This skill eventually prepares the child for cognitive thinking and therefore is a huge step towards your child’s growth and development. This skill maps the child’s visual recognition strength in conjunction with listening to the object’s name in English.
Listening: Very young children typically understand or recognize more words than they actually use when speaking. Honing listening skills will strengthen the child’s ‘receptive vocabulary’ (i.e. words that he/she understands), and eventually help in building his/her ‘expressive vocabulary’ (words he/she can speak). Listening skills are mapped to the child’s ability to recognize phonetic sounds, and identify objects by listening to their name.
Speaking: For toddlers, enhancing speaking skills is linked to strengthening their ability to identify words and objects which first build their ‘receptive vocabulary’ (understanding of words), and eventually their ‘expressive vocabulary’ (speaking of words). Toddlers (1-1.5 years) typically only have 20-30 word expressive vocabulary, however, they understand much more. As they turn 2, this increases to 200-300 words. This skill maps the child’s ability to understand words and associate with objects visually, which eventually help them in speaking. Phonetic strength also aids in clarity of speech.
Reading: It focuses on the child’s ability to read and identify alphabets. This involves his understanding of the pattern of lines that make up the alphabets and the phonics they refer to. This gradually builds the foundation of the complex skill which we simplistically refer to as reading
Writing: For young learners (under 3), writing essentially focuses on developing better coordination and motor skills. This skill is being enhanced through shape and letter tracing activities.
How can I track my child’s progress?
There is a detailed report card that the parents have access to on the App. Click on the top left ‘lock’ icon and enter the digit-code as mentioned. Click on the progress icon to be updated with your kid’s progress. Apart from the 5 core skills that build a language: Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening and Object Identification, there’s a separate vocabulary column that tracks the words and letters your child is memorising and mastering by always clicking on the right answer.
Why is building vocabulary important?
Vocabulary is the basis for learning a language. Educational research shows that vocabulary strongly relates to reading comprehension, intelligence, and general ability. As children learn to read, they must learn to decode (sound-out) print, but they also must have a vocabulary base (word knowledge) in order to make sense of what they de-code.
To simplify it, reading is almost a futile exercise if you don’t understand the meaning of the text. The understanding is possible only when the child has a decently rich vocabulary base. A vocabulary base means that the child is already familiar with various words and their meanings and can thus understand a sentence when these words are used in some context with each other. Only when the child can interpret the meaning of a sentence, can be said to possess the reading skill.
How do I de-code my child’s progress report? Is she doing alright?
At this young age, the progress report is meant to show how your child is getting familiar with the language, vocabulary and associated skills. An absolute analysis of the skills in terms of numerals or grades would rather be vague at this point. The report largely highlights your child’s consistency and engagement with particular activities and marks the skills as accomplished if your kid consistently chooses the right answer.
It is important to remember that not every child is the same. Children reach milestones at different ages and there is no fixed parameter that benchmarks a child as intelligent or smart at this tender age. Hence, the report largely concentrates on skills being developed basis the kid’s engagement and memorisation.
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