Childhood Memories: How Remembering Them Will Help You Enjoy Your Adult Years

It’s not easy remembering events from your childhood.

In fact, there were probably many things you used to do that you can’t do now as a grown up. Or, can you?

What things can you recall and learn from your childhood?

This ESL Lesson will enhance your English speaking skill and teach you to enjoy yourself more as an adult.

Childhood Part I: Let’s Chat about the Photo

ESL Childhood

1. Is the boy riding independently?

2. Will the boy brake with his hands or feet?

3. Do you think the boy is too old for training wheels?

4. How old were you when you learned to ride a bike?

5. Have you taught your child to ride a bike?

ESL Childhood Part II: Take the Survey and Talk About It

1. Select 2 things that would excite you right now.

  • Pay raise
  • Work promotion
  • Upcoming vacation
  • New car
  • Upcoming weekend
  • New clothes or shoes
  • Seeing an old friend or family member
  • Family event
  • Something else

2. What’s something you’d like to try right now without thinking?

  • Bungee jumping
  • Surfing
  • Motorcycle riding
  • Rollerblading
  • Snow skiing
  • Paragliding
  • Waterskiing
  • Elephant
  • Trekking
  • Other

3. Choose something you were once passionate about but not as much any more.

  • My career
  • My marriage
  • My fitness
  • My fashion
  • My hobbies
  • My knowledge development
  • Other

4. How do you celebrate your birthday?

  • Alone
  • With spouse or partner
  • With entire family
  • With family and friends
  • With just friends
  • With friends and coworkers
  • With just coworkers
  • Other

5. Where did you last try a new type of food? Did you like it?

  • In my home
  • At my friend’s or coworker’s home
  • At a relative’s house
  • At a restaurant in my country
  • At a restaurant in a foreign country
  • Somewhere else

6. Do you still have dreams?

  • Yes
  • No

7. If yes, what’s your dream?

  • Get rich
  • Get married
  • Move to a new city or country
  • Have children
  • Become CEO
  • Start my own business
  • Travel the world
  • Switch companies
  • Become fluent in English
  • Retire
  • Something different

8. When was the last time you had a good laugh?

  • A few minutes ago
  • An hour ago
  • Yesterday
  • Last week
  • Can’t remember

9. Do you sing to yourself when you’re alone in the shower or in your car, etc?

  • Yes
  • No

10. The last time you had one hour to yourself what did you do?

  • I listened to music
  • I watched television
  • I used the computer
  • I napped
  • I read a novel
  • I went to a movie alone
  • I went for a walk through the park
  • Other

ESL Childhood – Part III: Share Your Opinions

ESL Childhood
ESL Childhood – Discuss the Photo

1. How old would you say this climber is?

2. Would you try rock climbing?

3. What activities did you used to do that you don’t do now?

Childhood Discussion Activity

Below are eight things we’ve probably all done as children.

Read through the list and select which ones applied to you. Which activities have you abandoned and which ones would you try again?

Then with your instructor and peers discuss and compare your experiences.

8 Childhood Experiences You May Wish to Relive Again

    • I ate anything that tasted good without worrying about my health
    • I stayed up all night if my parents let me
    • I could sleep anywhere if I was tired
    • I acted carefree and completely myself
    • I could watch television for hours
    • I hung out with my friends every day
    • I would approach most dogs or cats and pat them
    • I loved to go on day trips or camping with my family
    • I wasn’t afraid to jump in cold water to swim

 

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