There is endless love and endless scenery in books!
In late April, Xiamen Huarui Repton Kindergarten launched a reading week with the theme of “My Favorite Book”. Every child chose their favorite books to bring to the kindergarten and share with other children.
At the end of the reading week, we held a “My Favorite Story” English story competition, to create an atmosphere for children to want to speak, dare to speak, and enjoy speaking English, and to further stimulate the children’s enthusiasm for oral expression, build a learning environment for the children and to create a platform to express themselves.
本次故事比赛我们邀请了重量级嘉宾来担任评委，他们是从英国远道而来的英国莱普顿公学指导组专家Jonathan，IHS英文老师Teacher Samuel，厦门华锐莱普顿幼儿园外方园长Anthony，幼儿园英文老师Teacher Deidre和Teacher Bethanie，他们将会公平公正的为小选手们打分。
We invited heavyweight guests to serve as judges for this story competition. They were Jonathan, an expert from the guidance group of Repton College in the United Kingdom, Teacher Samuel, an IHS English teacher, and the International Principal of Xiamen Huarui Repton Kindergarten, Principal Anthony, as well as our Kindergarten English teachers Teacher Deidre and Teacher Beth. They scored the young contestants fairly and carefully.
Xiamen Huarui Repton Kindergarten’s first English Story Contest officially kicked off. In this competition we divided the young learners of K2 and K3 into three groups of A.B.C—beginner, intermediate, and advanced, and selected the order of their appearance by drawing lots.
Let us review the wonderful moments of our English Story Competition together!
The children in group A were our elementary participants. Although they all chose short stories, the children told their stories with great confidence. One of the stories was about a little girl’s dream, there were rabbits in the forest who liked winter, and there were butterflies who shared their favorite things with everyone… There are classic stories about the big bad wolf and the three little pigs, and there were original stories created by the children themselves. As the children of the junior group, they were able to stand on stage confidently and share their favorite stories with everyone, and we applauded their performances.
The children in group B were our intermediate group. One by one, they walked onto the stage calmly and stepped into their roles. Some held prop boards made by themselves and told us that we should love the earth; some wore piggy costumes and told us a story about a pig digging for treasure. Each child showed their energy, creativity, and confidence. They shared their favorite stories with everyone, and the audience was amazed!
C组的小朋友为高阶组，他们落落大方，带着有趣的道具，清晰流畅的讲述他们最喜欢的故事。有好饿好饿的毛毛虫、还有好饿好饿的狐狸想要借着盒子拿取食物却频频失败的故事；有在故事中学会了如何进行垃圾分类和回收；还有让人害怕的大大的绿色怪兽！Go Away Big Green Monster！高阶组的比赛十分激烈，小选手们的表现十分生动，让台下的评委和观众都沉浸在故事的快乐里。
The children in group C were our advanced group. They all approached the competition wholeheartedly, brought interesting props, and told their favorite stories clearly and fluently. There were stories about the very hungry caterpillar and the very hungry fox who tried to get food from a box but failed frequently. There was a story about how to sort and recycle garbage and there was a scary story about the Big green monster! Go away Big Green Monster! The competition in the high-level group was very fierce, and the performances of the young contestants were very vivid, which immersed the judges and audience in the story.
In addition to this, we invited children from K1 and Pre-K as special guest performers to share their favorite stories with us. Although they were specially invited performers, their performances were superior!
After the competition, the judges made brief comments about the contestants. They gave high praise to the young contestants and were impressed and delighted that they performed their English stories confidently and completely.
In the end, the children came to the stage to receive the awards according to their rankings, and they took photos with our guest judges. Parents also gave flowers to the children, giving the children the greatest encouragement that they could receive.
By holding this English story competition, the Kindergarten not only fully mobilized the children’s interest and enthusiasm in practicing oral English and in reading English stories, it also improved their oral English levels, encouraged them to boldly express themselves in English, and enabled them to participate in English activities which bring them confidence and happiness.