Growth Record of Youshen’s Reading

The 5-year-old Chengcheng is a clever little boy. He often has unexpected thoughts and behaviors in kindergarten that surprise the teachers. But sometimes he troubles teachers for he may turn into a Youshen (distracted god). During class, he likes to walk around the classroom, immersing himself in his world without listening to the teacher's instructions.

The teachers have tried every method but in vain. Youshen is still in his own way, difficult to restrain.

In order to improve the teaching ability of rural preschool teachers, World Vision promoted early childhood education experts to compile a tool kit for rural preschool education, and organized rural kindergarten teachers to conduct learning and exchange activities on the theme of early childhood education to give children aged between 3 and 6 access to better quality early education. Chengcheng's teacher participated in the study of the picture book reading tool kit. She consulted Chengcheng as a case in the communication activities. The lecturer gave her a lot of good suggestions.

Chengcheng’s teacher returned to the kindergarten and tried to use the method of lecturer. She paid special attention to Chengcheng in each reading activity, provided more opportunities for him to express, gave him encouragement and appreciation, and invited him to be a small assistant. Slowly, the teacher found that his concentration had improved, the sitting time had been extended, and he got an increasing interest in reading. He often laughed and talked to other children about the content while reading.

Chengcheng likes to read picture books and he is reading carefully.

One day, the teacher took the whole class into the picture book reading room. When Chengcheng went in, he picked up his favorite David Don't and sat down cross-legged to begin to look. The teacher observed his love for the picture book, so she stepped forward and asked him: "I find that you have read this book a few times. Can you tell me about it?" He lowered his head and said, "I can't tell it well." "It doesn't matter. I will tell it along with you, is it okay?” So, the teacher picked up the book and started reading with him. The teacher emotionally told him the content of the story, accompanied by some physical movements. He gradually participated in and cooperated with the teacher to tell the story. Although most of them are being told by the teacher, he took the first step and was willing to share with the teacher his views and observations on the story, and was even able to grasp the key points. The teacher gave him affirmation and encouraged him to tell in complete words. After telling the story completely, he said happily, "Teacher, this book is so interesting, I will read it next time."

In the afternoon activity time, the teacher invited Chengcheng to tell the story of David, Don't to other children. This was a great challenge for him. The teacher sat next to him encouraging him, while guiding him telling him the content of the story. He began to speak loudly and eloquently.

The interesting content quickly attracted the children, and they were all absorbed in Chengcheng's narrative. When a child was doing well, the teacher also asked Chengcheng to praise the child. The storytelling of the entire story ended successfully. Chengcheng and his friends returned to their desks together. Instead of walking around as usual, he sat quietly on his chair.

The picture book story is novel in the hearts of the children. This novelty satisfies the children's curiosity. They find happiness in the process of reading, and challenge themselves in reading to overcome their weaknesses.

With the help of the teacher, Chengcheng can finally listen to the teacher's story quietly with little partners.