Comparing Chinese Enrichment (Primary/Preschool) (Page 138)

Comparing Chinese Enrichment (Primary/Preschool)

Discussions on tuition centres/enrichment services that specialise in Chinese.

Which is your preferred Chinese enrichment programme?

Apple Pie Language
7
1%
Berries
272
39%
Busy Bees Learning Centre
27
4%
Eduplus Language Centre
28
4%
Hua Language Centre
25
4%
Jiang Education Centre
43
6%
Kumon
12
2%
Molin Tutorial Centre
23
3%
Skylace Language School
8
1%
Tien Hsia Language School
120
17%
Yuquan Language School
18
3%
Hokkien Huay Kuan Arts & Cultural Troupe
27
4%
Beijing Language School
26
4%
Story Island
9
1%
Xue Ni Language Centre
10
1%
Han Language Centre
42
6%
 
Total votes : 697

Postby phankao » Mon Apr 04, 2011 6:08 pm

tamarind wrote:
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BTW I did not teach both my kids anything except A,B,Cs before they were 3 years old, and I never use flashcards. I am lazy in comparison to many other parents. :wink:


But you were so hardworking after that. Have to put in extra work.

I didn't teach ABC either.


I spent only 30 mins a day teaching each of them between the ages of 3 to 6. :wink:

As a full time working mommy, I simply cannot afford to spend more time.


Very long compared to my 4mins/day, lor.
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Postby tamarind » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:19 pm

In the 四五快读 books, the author wrote about a baby. His parents started to teach him to read Chinese words when he was only 3 months. They simply pasted many words on the wall, then just pointed to each word and read to him everyday.

By the time the baby was 1 year old, he already knew many words, and he was able to find and read the words that he knew from the newspapers.

The author also wrote about a baby girl who could recognize 1500 Chinese characters before she knew how to talk. She was able to pick out the correct card from a big pile of word cards when tested. This is really amazing.

The author wrote that if parents have the patience and persistence, and use scientific methods (flashcard DVDs, point and read, etc), then the kids will be able to read independently from a very young age.
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Postby phankao » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:24 pm

tamarind wrote:The author wrote that if parents have the patience and persistence, and use scientific methods (flashcard DVDs, point and read, etc), then the kids will be able to read independently from a very young age.


haha....i have the persistence, but not the patience.
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Postby tamarind » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:29 pm

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tamarind wrote:The author wrote that if parents have the patience and persistence, and use scientific methods (flashcard DVDs, point and read, etc), then the kids will be able to read independently from a very young age.


haha....i have the persistence, but not the patience.


Not many parents are as persistent as you :wink:

The author also wrote that many kids are not interested in learning words. Parents should just let them progress at their own pace, and do not force them to learn.
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Postby phankao » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:33 pm

tamarind wrote:The author also wrote that many kids are not interested in learning words. Parents should just let them progress at their own pace, and do not force them to learn.


Babies don't have a choice. That's why it's so much easier for them to pick up. It's the same as the Suzuki Violin learning principle.... Suzuki picked up on what he called the "Mother-Tongue" method. It was built on his observation that young kids can speak even the most complicated languages effortlessly. And no kid refuses to learn his "mother tongue", hence exposure, preferably from birth, works marvellously. And that's why it worked with that baby in the "si wu kuai du" book.
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Postby tamarind » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:55 pm

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tamarind wrote:The author also wrote that many kids are not interested in learning words. Parents should just let them progress at their own pace, and do not force them to learn.


Babies don't have a choice. That's why it's so much easier for them to pick up. It's the same as the Suzuki Violin learning principle.... Suzuki picked up on what he called the "Mother-Tongue" method. It was built on his observation that young kids can speak even the most complicated languages effortlessly. And no kid refuses to learn his "mother tongue", hence exposure, preferably from birth, works marvellously. And that's why it worked with that baby in the "si wu kuai du" book.


:| My older brother refused to speak until he was 4 years old. My mother did talk to him very often when he was a baby.
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Postby phankao » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:59 pm

tamarind wrote:
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tamarind wrote:The author also wrote that many kids are not interested in learning words. Parents should just let them progress at their own pace, and do not force them to learn.


Babies don't have a choice. That's why it's so much easier for them to pick up. It's the same as the Suzuki Violin learning principle.... Suzuki picked up on what he called the "Mother-Tongue" method. It was built on his observation that young kids can speak even the most complicated languages effortlessly. And no kid refuses to learn his "mother tongue", hence exposure, preferably from birth, works marvellously. And that's why it worked with that baby in the "si wu kuai du" book.


:| My older brother refused to speak until he was 4 years old. My mother did talk to him very often when he was a baby.


But he still had to talk eventually right?
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Postby tamarind » Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:44 am

phankao wrote:But he still had to talk eventually right?


Yes. But for this type of baby, no matter how hard the mommy tried, he is not going to show any results at 2 years old.

However, he is now a lecturer of Physics at a university in UK.

Every kid progress at a different pace.
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Postby phankao » Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:07 am

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phankao wrote:But he still had to talk eventually right?


Yes. But for this type of baby, no matter how hard the mommy tried, he is not going to show any results at 2 years old.

However, he is now a lecturer of Physics at a university in UK.

Every kid progress at a different pace.


Didn't say anything about showing results at 2years old. Your brother also didn't refuse to learn his "mother tongue", right? As in, the language your mother was speaking with him to.
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Postby karinchung » Sun Apr 10, 2011 5:24 pm

I think sending kids to tuition centre is not very idea. I tried a few tuition centre like myhometuition & kumo but none is effective. I turn to private tutor for help as i think one to one is better for kids and frankly speaking, the cost is lower. my kid is learning from a male tutor and he charges $30 per hour. However, i think he has a way with kids & my kid math is improving.
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