When bright kids jump in and do all the talking
English teacher Firoozeh asked me: I have a question in relation to reading stories to preschoolers. While reading the story, some of the kids like to translate the sentences I read, to show they understand the meaning. But I'm worried that this doesn't let the other learners make their own guesses to understand the story.
How to deal with these enthusiastic participants
If it's the same child jumping in each time, you don't want to crush or discourage him or her. Yet you don't want them to spoil the show for everyone either, by answering everything first. An enthusiastic child, who is learning faster than the others, can be your ally, not a nuisance.
Give these children a special role. Ask them to repeat the line from the story for you, but in English. Ask them not to translate the story until the end. Then at the end, if you want to check the story meaning, you can ask a child in the class to translate the line and have your special students listen and say whether the translation is correct or not.
You should give your better students jobs, so they are challenged, stimulated. Otherwise, they get bored. And certainly, you can't penalize them for being the best in the class.
Then you can prepare to act out the story, using some basic props. For this, your best children get the key roles.
Do leave helpful comments on the blog about how you handle this situation.
All the best
Shelley Ann Vernon