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Describe An Occasion When You Spent (Quite Some) Time With A Young Child
You should say:
- Who this child was
- When you spent time with this child
- What you did together
- Why you spent time with this child
- And explain how you felt about it
Sample Answer 1
I love spending time with my younger cousin, who is thirteen years younger than I am. There was one occasion when we spent the whole day together, and this was an experience that I would never forget.
This happened last year during the school holidays.
My auntie and uncle had an emergency to attend to, and they were not able to keep an eye on my cousin, who was only seven years old at that time. I volunteered to keep watch over my cousin while they attended to the urgent matter.
Because my cousin was extremely fascinated by animals, we decided to visit the zoo for the day.
The moment we stepped foot into the zoo, my cousin’s eyes lit up, and he was bubbling with excitement. We spent the entire day watching and even feeding the animals at the zoo, and my cousin couldn’t stop smiling from ear to ear.
Seeing how delighted my cousin was made me happy and fulfilled. Though the tickets to the zoo were a little expensive, I was more than willing to spend that money on this priceless experience that I will remember for a lifetime.
To this day, my cousin still talks about that occasion and always asks when we will be able to visit the zoo again.
Sample Answer 2
I recently had the pleasure of spending a lovely Sunday with my youngest niece, Tina, Tina is five and has always been a bundle of energy so there’s never a dull moment whenever she’s around!
It was Sunday morning, and the sun was shining beautifully so I decided to take Tina for a day out to the local park and let her explore the playground.
She had the time of her life scampering around on the swings and slide, but what made it most special was when she asked me to join in and play with her. We ended up having a great time racing around the playground, chasing. each other until we were both out of breath. It was so lovely to see her laughing so. much, it was like I could almost feel how much fun we were having!
Next, we stopped at a nearby ice-cream stand and got some tasty treats. Tina was loving every minute of it, and it made me feel like / was reliving my childhood. We then talked about what we wanted to do next, and after much deliberation, we decided to go and feed the ducks. Watching Tina getting so excited over the ducks coming close to us and hearing her ‘oohs’ made me feel so happy.
Overall, it was a perfect day, and spending time with Tina was truly special. She’s so pure and innocent, and I was so grateful I got to spend it with her.
1. Do you think children should have a lot of toys?
No. I don’t think it’s helpful for children to have many toys because it will divide their attention.
Children have short attention spans, so giving them many options causes them to switch from one toy to another.
It’s better to have a few toys to play with, so they can focus on them and develop their imagination from there.
Another reason against having so many toys is that it spoils children. Children should learn to appreciate what they already have and not keep asking for more.
2. Where do children usually play?
Unfortunately, many kids now just play at home.
They might play online with other kids who live far away, or they might play solo on a downloaded app. They usually play such games in their rooms, but sometimes you’ll also see them in the living room or kitchen.
But for kids who are into physical activities, they might be in the park if there’s one nearby.
And athletic children might play in a gym, basketball court, or a football pitch near their home or school.
3. Do you think there are too many rules for children to follow, whether at school or home?
I think the current rules are sufficient for children.
Some adults might view them as too many, but if you think about it, kids need all those rules to help discipline them.
Children don’t have enough knowledge of the world to make proper decisions, so they need black-and-white rules at home and school to tell them what they can and cannot do.
Without such rules, they’re more likely to become delinquents than responsible citizens of the country.
4. Do you think children should follow all the rules?
Generally, children should follow all the rules because these rules were made for a reason.
So if they’re supposed to keep quiet, raise their hands before speaking, or not eat dessert before their main meal, they should follow. Such rules teach them about obeying authority and respecting the rights of others.
The only time children might be allowed to break a rule is if there’s a dire situation.
That’s when they can speak up, shout for help, or run outside to flee from danger.
5. Do you think it’s necessary for parents to make decisions for their children?
Parents undeniably play a pivotal role in shaping their children’s lives, including decision-making processes.
However, gradually involving children in decision-making fosters their autonomy and nurtures their ability to analyze situations, consider alternatives, and make informed choices.
Striking a delicate balance between parental guidance and encouraging independence prepares children to navigate life’s complexities.
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