1. Study the book covers, ask questions, and observe the pictures to guess the development of the story;
2. The teacher read the story. The children are taught to trace the words with their fingers while the teacher read. (This teaches the children to recognize characters and not skipping words);
3. After reading the story, our teachers will show flash cards, rewrite the story with the flash cards and retell the story;
4. Encourage children to draw pictures and write their own stories by using flash cards they just learnt.
5 Through repetitive story lines and sentences, children learn basic sentence patterns and the ability to write stories.
6. Promote the children to read story on their own, finding news words, and understand the main idea of the story;
Kindergarten (2 to 5 years old)
The center's Early Childhood Mandarin Education adopts pre-school whole language approach with illustrations to promote the development of children's listening, speaking, reading and writing skills as native speakers: start telling stories at the age of two, telling stories from pictures at the age of three, and begin to read at the age of three and above. At age of four, they start to write stories with the help of the flash cards. We use storytelling to connect the entire learning process through "inverted triangle reading.” Whole-language pictorial approach: first stories, then words, sentences and we turn reading into a guessing game which encourages children to use a variety of art forms, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional, to tell and retell commercially published stories and to create stories of their own.
Picture book reading can stimulate children's visual, listening, imaginative, and vocabulary power. Reading Chinese characters at very beginning stage mainly rely on visual analysis; however writing the Chinese characters at later stage requires a lot more. Children need to be able to merge and rearrange the various components and radicals to form one characters. Our teachers use 21 "Chinese Alphabets Writing Formulas" published by Sino Vista and Greenfield Education to teach children write Chinese. This method simulates both the left (analysis) and right brains (visual). It trains children’s eyes with animations, and their ears with formula sound, their body muscles with Kungfu moves. Children have to use eyes, ears, hands and mouth throughout the learning process.
Whole-language pictorial book reading approach teaches preschool children the ability to guess and read which provides them enough reading capability for primary one level.