She banged the door of her wardrobe and thrown the school bag on her bed. I entered her room to check what’s wrong, She growled “Mamma why can’t I write correct Hindi composition? The teacher has given me 10000 red marks on the answer sheet!! And I don’t want to study the language anymore !” , Sigh! so the problem was again with the second language.”) I tried to calm her down and asked the reason for her anger. She showed me her complete red answer sheet of Hindi and told me that she finds the subject very difficult and confusing. I was worried to listen to this from my daughter who is studying in CBSE primary 3 class. We already knew that she was finding this subject difficult and that’s why I was actively involved in her language studies, homework, assignments. (I can talk fluently and write in Hindi, as I have studied it as a second language till 10th class. And wonder how my parents taught me a language at that time.) But in spite of our efforts, there were many mistakes in her Hindi composition like the wrong selection of words, pronouns, Wrong matras, incomplete sentences. As a mother, I was thinking, how to work on it? I feel sending children to tuition is not the solution to a problem. Instead, if parents help a child in studies, they learn it with interest. So for improving Siya’s Hindi skills, We brought a Hindi letters chart to stick in her room, then we had a quick parent-teacher meeting with her Hindi language teacher. She suggested an action plan to improve her language skills.
Here is a simple action plan to help your child in Hindi studies.
Reading is the key to learn any language. Bring some interesting Hindi story books for your child studying in primary school. (Kids like reading story books more than the syllabus books in their curriculum.) Or you can select choice of books, comics, newspaper for reading purpose. Seat with your child and ask him/her to read some pages from the book regularly. I used some online Hindi story/ poem websites to make her read it regularly. She found it interesting. We got a Hindi to English words dictionary to make her reading easy. And slowly we found drastic improvement in her reading and writing skills.
2. Watch entertainment shows
Watching Hindi movies, serials, entertainment shows will help them to understand the language. (And kids will be happy to get a chance to watch TV, that’s a bonus for you.) They will know how to form the sentences and the meaning of many new and unknown words. Select a TV show series made up for kids and watch it with your children at least twice a week. Explain them the unknown words and their meanings.
Writing a language regularly helps to improve a child’s writing skills. If you don’t want to overburden a child with more studies ask him/ her to write down at least 5 random sentences in Hindi every day. Ask your child to write down at least 5 lines composition on any subject/ topic using language. Strat with giving simple subjects like, Meri ma, Mera school , Mera dost. Writing will help to avoid grammatical mistakes. Encourage your child to study and tell, ” Remember one thing that no subject can be difficult if you decide to learn it by heart.”
4. Talk in Hindi
Talking is crucial because, when children use the language for talking they understand it better. They will learn to select the correct words and frame sentences using that language. If you have some other mother tongue, take out some time from your routine to talk in Hindi. Whenever the child gets stuck while talking, explain him/her the meaning or correct words immediately.
Note: This post is for children who are studying Hindi as a second language in their primary school and find it difficult.(Any curriculum : CBSE/ ICSE/ SSC)