How do I teach if children cannot yet read the textbooks?

Teaching should be dynamic and engaging; for this reason, teaching is not dependent on students needing to read the content in class or teachers needing to read out each chapter from the textbook, word-for-word. If you do use this method, you might find students losing concentration or being distracted by something more exciting. 

You should do your best to present and deliver the content in class, in an engaging way, rather than rely on children to read and understand the content of the books themselves or use reading aloud (or individually) as the sole method for teaching the books. 

How we teach the books

At Safar Academy, teachers are expected to cover all the content and points in the textbook in class, and they are trained to do this without needing to read out or make students read out loud, the chapters in the textbooks. They may sometimes, read out stories contained in the books (as part of reading time), but we ensure that they do this in an engaging way as well as using additional learning aids and activities. 

As for how they might use the textbooks in class,  the illustrations and graphic elements in the textbooks make very good visual aids to use in the classroom. The textbooks are also important to use at home, as explained below.

Reading at home

After a lesson has been taught in class and children go home, we encourage them to read and go through the textbook chapters with their parents/guardians or older siblings. This is the time to read the actual text with a family member, who are encouraged to allow children to attempt reading and explaining the contents of a lesson. This encourages revision and also promotes family-centred. 

You can also use the Safar bedtime stories as a learning tool when teaching the Year 1 textbook.

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