Turning a Game into a Lesson
My son is growing up bilingual and is an early reader, so I'm rarely surprised by what he says or how he thinks. But on that day, I could almost see the sentences being diagramed. Without thinking about it, he was changing the subject, object and verb. He was adjusting prepositions and pronouns when needed. He had created his own grammar exercise and was giggling about it.
I decided I had better harness this.
“Have you ever seen a fish flying a plane?"
“No," I replied. “But I've seen a pilot flying a plane."
I countered every bit of craziness with a sentence that made more sense. When he actually asked me a question that was possible and logical, I replied with a nonsensical combination of nouns and verbs. I received laughter in return.
“Have you ever seen a monkey eating a banana?"
“Yes, but I've never seen a monkey fishing with a banana."