It’s summer time in Abu Dhabi. Schools will close soon and everyone will get ready to travel back home. Why not get a book like “Busy Airport” or “Going on an Airplane” and prepare your kids for the trip? How about enriching their vocabulary and learning new words in the process? Travelling is a great theme to work on since lots of people living in UAE are expats!
✈🛩Actions: checking in, weighing luggage, boarding, scanning for dangerous items, claiming bags, repairing, waiting, fastening seatbelt, following safety rules, taking off, landing, arriving, departing etc.
💺Nouns: seat belts, luggage, gates, metal detector, x-ray machine, waiting area, propellers, wings, tail, engine, pilot, copilot, passengers, seatbelt, flight attendants, control tower, mechanics, agent, boarding pass, tickets, directions, passports, stamps, locker, etc.
👩🏾✈Adjectives: heavy, light, expensive, cheap, broken, safe, noisy, loud, huge, boring, excited, scared, frightened, extra, late, locked, etc.
👉🏼Pronouns and prepositions: use different pronouns/prepositions when role playing and telling the story📕. It is a great opportunity to generalize these concepts!
🎭Role play to give a meaning to new words. Use props: toys and figurines 👩🏾✈👨✈. Keep it fun and interesting. Follow your child’s lead. Demonstrate actions, feelings and point to things/pictures to show them what you’re talking about.
🛫Adapt your language according to your child’s level🤔. You don’t have to read the exact text. Use an expressive voice to catch children’s attention!🗣👱🏼♀
✈Try to link the book to a personal experience. Discuss what’s going to happen in the near future when you go on a holiday! 🏖🏕
🛬”Busy Airport” is for younger children who love interactive picture books with little text. Use your imagination when describing pictures!
✈“Going on an Airplane” shows a sequence of events and everything that happens in an airport from A to Z. Use it to identify a story detail, discuss sequenced events, what happened first, next, last, before, after, etc.
📕Choose your books wisely!