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Rural children and adults often lack access to broad and diverse information sources. Most rural children only have access to their textbooks as reading material. RCEF responds by providing carefully selected books for rural children and teachers and developing methods that promote reading habits and the use of extracurricular books to raise students’ awareness and understanding of their surrounding environment. Click here for examples.

February 03, 2016

Partnering With Other Schools

We have been in touch with other schools seeking partnership since August. By mid September, we successfully established partnership with several schools and started teaching at those schools immediately. This semester, Yao Laoshi and Wang Laoshi started teaching Reading classes at Li Dian School and Ren Yang School.

September 15, 2015

Story Time

Yao Laoshi read a story to her students. Here is her account of what happened:

I picked this story because it is about fathers. I hoped that after hearing this story, my students would understand their fathers better, and perhaps evoke/re-evoke their love for their fathers. 

“My Father” is one of the classics of the British writer, Anthony Browne. I still remember when I was reading the story, my students would spontaneously raise their hands and say “Laoshi, my dad also can…” By the time I finished the story, students were all eager to talk about their fathers.


I encouraged them to use the sentence structure from the Browne’s story: “My father …like…”. The kids quickly picked up the new sentence structure: “My father is smart like a monkey”, “My father snores like a pig”, “My father has a big head like the head of “Big Head Son”” [well-known cartoon character], “My father is adorable like a teddy bear”. Look, the kids also drew their fathers.

February 03, 2016

The Journey of a Seed

Wang Laoshi taught a class about nature to the 4th graders. They explored the season of Autumn. Specifically, they investigated the journey of seeds. When Autumn comes, trees shed leaves, fruits ripen, but what about seeds? Where do they go? And how do they get there? To answer these questions, Wang Laoshi and students read a book titled “A Seed’s Journey”. In addition to uncovering the paths of seeds' journey, students also discovered the different ways animals use to migrate. Students were fascinated by what they learned about nature.

February 03, 2016

Experimental Course—Establish Rules

It has been a few years since the last time I taught the same class to different groups of students at the same time. I saw this as an opportunity to enhance my teaching skills. Specifically, I planned to combine my knowledge of child-development theories with practice to help me discover what I do well and what I could do better. To better my teaching effectiveness, I kept a record of each lesson I gave.

August 29, 2014

Sow a Reading Seed

Ever since entering the internet age, there has never been a time in our history that so many people have access to media and reading materials. However, this is often passive reading lacking reflection and the content and information from the internet or other media changes so quickly.  What can we do to encourage active reading?

February 03, 2016

Reading Club September 2015

This semester, all the teachers started reading Piaget’s “Educational Psychology: Theory & Practice”. All of us agreed that the content of this book was closely related to our teaching experiences. The best part of this book, which was exactly what we needed, was the fact that it combines theory with practice. During the meeting, some of us said that “if we can completely absorb what’s in this book, we will definitely go up a staircase”. At the first reading club meeting, we began by discussing what was unique about this book. Then we moved on to talking about the best method of reading it. Lastly, we decided the reading materials and reading schedule.

February 03, 2016

Hello Homeland

The second-graders drew pictures in celebration of today during their Society and Life class. Additionally, Guo Laoshi told a story about the National Holiday to the students.

November 23, 2013

Officials and Teachers Visit Xiaochao Elementary School

On April 11, 2013, the Yongji Education Bureau organized teachers from all over the county to visit RCEF partner school Xiaochao Elementary School and observe the Reading classes and library-related activities that RCEF and Xiaochao teachers have developed. 

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