Mulan Community Activity Center is a community of migrant workers. People from the community do not have much access to entertainment. As a community service center, Mulan will hold cultural recreational activities and encourage residents to participate in the life of community.
Our reading activity for the children began with picture books. Today, we read the books “My Mom” and “My Dad” together. The children were impressed by seeing "fathers" and "mothers" from a book for the first time.
In activities such as this, the teacher leads the children as they read the book aloud. The teacher reads starting from the cover page, including the captions, the name of the writer or translator, and publisher (it’s a kind of recommended reading method that helps children to choose which books to read themselves in the future). Also, the teacher shows the pictures to all children, communicating with the children by eye contacts. Voice and eye expressions can help keep the attention of the children. It’s not necessary to read every word, as the general storyline and lessons of the story is more important.
After reading, the teacher recommends other good books to the children and shows them the cover, introducing the story with some interesting lines, which entices the children to read them. The children are usually eager to dive into the books. Once they finish reading, the teacher asks them to draw an image from what they remember from the books. The drawings are actually very lovely.
Original article written by Rui Zhang, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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