I have been looking for good resources to teach Chinese at home. A few days ago, I just received my books from www.dangdang.com. The following books are the best resources for teaching Chinese at home!
This series of 7 books are not available in Singapore. I ordered them directly from dangdang. Here is the link to the books: 四五快读
I highly recommend these books to parents who are:
1. Very passionate to teach their kids at home
2. Quite good in Chinese, at least able to read and understand Chinese newspapers
3. Hardworking enough to spend at least 15 minutes teaching Chinese every day. These books are not recommended for very busy parents. You must be prepared to put in effort to teach your kids at home if you want to use these books.
The first 30 pages of the first book explain to parents the effective methods of learning Chinese. It is very important to read all these pages before teaching.
I have included more descriptions and many photos of the pages of the books in my blog : Teaching Chinese at home This series of books is targeted at teaching kids age 4 – 5. When they complete the series by 6 years old, they will be able to read Chinese books independently. These books are from China, but I believe that kids in Singapore can benefit from using these books too, if parents follow the methods correctly.
Note: You can use DBS Amex card to order from dangdang.com. For Visa, only cards issued by Citibank works, but it is quite troublesome to use because they require a password. It is very easy to order using DBS Amex card.