Saintach Kids, Shijiazhuang, China
  • Field Placement in Shijiazhuang (July-Aug., 2018), China (266km south of Beijing)

  • Communicated nonverbally with students as little English was spoken

  • Planned and implemented age appropriate activities with ESL considerations

  • Worked effectively as part of the teaching team with children aged 4-5

COMBINING TEACHING STYLES

Saintach Kids' philosophy for teaching is based on the Montessori approach and is heavily teacher directed, whereas, my
philosophy for teaching is based on the Reggio Emilia approach with less teacher direction. Taking this into 
consideration, when implementing planned activities, I decided to combine the two teaching styles. Most of my activities began with a structured 
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son (something the children were used to), follo
wed by a related, interactive (fun) activity and/or a hands-on creative activity. Listed below are some of the planned activities (at a glance) that I implemented.
 

IMPLEMENTED PLANNED ACTIVITIES
ACTIVITY 1 ~ The Spider Swat Game! Singing The Itsy Bitsy Spider, Identifying letters, alphabetical seriation

RATIONAL ~ Most of the the children were able to sing the ABC song but few could identify the letters of the alphabet

LEARNING OUTCOME ~ Identifying letters of the alphabet, learning to take turns, co-operating with others, reading                                                         readiness, learning can be fun

ACTIVITY 2 ~ All about Mosaics! Reading Six Owls and A Partyidentifying colours, creating their own mosaic owl

RATIONAL ~ Building on previous knowledge and learning new English words, getting creative (with some teacher direction)

LEARNING OUTCOME ~ Enjoying literacy, identifying colours, learning to take turns, co-operating with others, connecting                                                 artwork (mosaic) to their recent experiences (reading Six Owls and A Party)

ACTIVITY 3 ~ Let's go shopping! Learning English words for fruits (peach, pear, banana, etc), enjoying dramatic play

RATIONAL ~ Building on previous knowledge and learning new English words, experiencing dramatic play

LEARNING OUTCOME ~ Identifying new words, working together as a team, co-operating with others, having fun learning

ACTIVITY 4 ~ All about Family! Learning English words for family, making connections to self, making an 'I love...' wheel

RATIONAL ~ Using Pandas born at the Toronto Zoo to make connections (Family, China-Canada, me-them), getting creative

LEARNING OUTCOME ~ Making connections to self and outside world (story of the twin Pandas born at The Toronto Zoo),                                                  identifying new words, connecting artwork to their recent learning experience

ACTIVITY 5 ~ Let's get dressed! Learning English words for clothes (shirt, pants, shoes, etc), dressing their own paper dolls

RATIONAL ~ Building on previous knowledge and learning new English words while being silly (they laughed a lot:)

LEARNING OUTCOME ~ Learning new words, being patient and taking turns, co-operating with others, making a                                                               connection with artwork to their recent learning experience, being silly and looking like a teacher!

ACTIVITY 6 ~ Let's print your names! Name in a bag with erasable markers

RATIONAL ~ Using their Western names, the children can practice writing as well as identifying letters of the alphabet

LEARNING OUTCOME ~ Working on fine motor skills, improving eye-hand coordination, identifying letters

ACTIVITY 7 ~ Doctors know body Parts! Learning and singing 'head and shoulders...', enjoying dramatic play

RATIONAL ~ Building on previous knowledge and learning new English words, experiencing dramatic play (laughing more)

LEARNING OUTCOME ~ Learning new words through song, co-operating with others, having fun learning

ACTIVITY 8 ~ The Alphabet Puzzle! A mat activity, worked on by an individual or in a small group

RATIONAL ~ Adding to their mat activities, working on seriation skills, identifying letters of the alphabet, puzzles are fun

LEARNING OUTCOME ~ Improving on fine motor skills, identifying letters, reading readiness, puzzles offer so many LOs

ACTIVITY 9 ~ Let's Monkey Around! Learning and singing 'Five little Monkeys jumping on a bed...', making paper bag monkeys

RATIONAL ~ Building on previous knowledge and learning new English words while being silly

LEARNING OUTCOME ~ Learning new words through song, working with others, sharing, making a connection with artwork to                                         their recent learning experience, enjoying dramatic play, being silly