When I realised majority of my students can't read let alone understand simple vocabulary like 'likes', 'care', and even 'old', I knew I had to get them to read Peter and Jane, a book series that accompanied me since young, and helped me to read and gain common vocab. Problem is, I do not have the books with me and definitely not in the quantity that I need...
So, inspired by some ideas from fellow friends, I got them to create
simple Peter and Jane 8-page books. Using plain papers, I cut them into 8 rectangular pieces each, stapled together with coloured front and back, making simple booklets...
After distributing a booklet each to the kids, I started with guiding them to design their cover page, followed by Page 1. I had to do one page at a time with
them because some can't even write properly and were copying with wrong
spelling. But of course, there are also those who put in extra effort to
create the best book they can.
Believe it or not, it actually
took 3 periods for the students to complete their books (when I took
less than 10 minutes to create a sample *with drawings included *). But
you could see they are proud of their work.
Once I was certain
everyone has a complete book, I started drilling them on reading. It
was hard at first because despite all the drilling, some are still
reading 'likes' as 'lee kers' and 'he' as 'her'. Talk about first
Having said so, the kids impressed me with
their effort to read the book with correct pronunciation. I carried out
band 1 reading test, using the booklet, and they were practising hard
for it. It was chaotic because while one is reading for me, many others
were shouting out the pronunciation of the words to help their friend!
Some wouldn't stop yelling, some were reading at the top of their voices
and some kept coming to me to check their pronunciation, all while I
was trying to test them individually! On a positive note, they were
These kids were so proud when they passed band 1 lol.
Some even asked me whether they can read again though they had passed.
Some were simply showing off by yelling 'This is Peter. He is a boy. He
is ten years old.' to teachers or students passing by lol.
But amazingly satisfying.