by Dr James Wang (PhD in Chinese Linguistics)
学汇乐 by Mind Stretcher
To learn a language, it is essential to acquire the way of thinking in that language. This is applicable to all levels of learning the Chinese language. For children in kindergarten, thinking in Chinese builds the foundation that enables them to construct short sentences in Chinese; for school students, it helps them read and digest a passage more efficiently and hones their ability to express themselves more clearly in the language.
Studies have shown that there is a strong correlation between ability to read at a young age and socioeconomic status in later life. So, give your child a head start in school and life by helping your child to read early and well.
Reading is more than just phonics and reading accurately does not mean that a child understands what he or she is reading. Phonics is only one of the key components of a systematic reading programme. So, how can you help your child to read well?
First, create “Phonemic Awareness” for your child. Introduce the sounds; allow your child to hear and identify the sounds, then allow him or her to play with the sounds by assembling and disassembling them (blending and segmenting). The accuracy of the sounds is key at this stage.