Beijing, China. The Little Oak Children's House. Private daycare and Montessori-guided early childhood education programs. Kindergarten classroom. Teacher teaches students (boy and girl, age 5) with cards showing both Chinese characters and Pinyan in pockets of reading lesson. Chinese students need to learn to read Chinese characters as well as Pinyan. Pinyan utilizes western alphabet letters to phonetically sound out Chinese words. ID: AF-LOS. ©Ellen B. Senisi.