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Teaching Chinese at Home

Postby tamarind » Fri Jun 26, 2009 11:03 am

I actually sent both my kids to Berries to learn Chinese. I just calculated that it is going to cost me a total of $9000, over 3 years, sending 2 kids to Berries !

I plan to let both my kids attend Berries until the end of K2 only. Then I will try to "enrich" their Chinese at home. That's why I am starting this thread, hopefully parents can share how they teach their kids Chinese at home, and any good resources to recommend.

Added in 2011:
2 years after I started this thread, my girl now in P2, is able to read long Chinese novels of over 70000 words. My boy, now in P1, is reading short Chinese chapter books. Check out my blog about how to teach Chinese at home :

http://tamarindvillage.blogspot.com/201 ... child.html
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Postby tamarind » Fri Jun 26, 2009 11:06 am

I just bought the following books from Popular.

This series of books use the same method as the Ladybird Peter and Jane series. A new word is introduced in every chapter. The words are repeated throughout all the chapters so that children can have lots of practice. There are a total of 5 books in this series. Available at Popular bookshop at $5.90 each. I bought all 5 books from Popular Bookshop.

The following photos show the cover and the first few pages of book 1.
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I have not used these books to teach my kids Chinese. But both my kids like the books and they are able to read them on their own. I think books 4/5 are roughly equivalent to K1/K2 at Berries. These books are excellent for teaching kids to read Chinese at home. Book 1 should be suitable for a 3 or 4 year old child.

I have also been teaching my kids tangshi at home. Memorizing and reciting tangshi from a young age is a very good way to encourage children to develop an interest in Chinese.

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I have included resources for teaching tangshi in my blog :
http://tamarindvillage.blogspot.com/200 ... oetry.html
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Postby schellen » Fri Jun 26, 2009 1:02 pm

Thanks, Tamarind! I'll go look for the books tonight.

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Postby tamarind » Fri Jun 26, 2009 2:23 pm

schellen wrote:Thanks, Tamarind! I'll go look for the books tonight.


You are welcome :D

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Postby jedamum » Fri Jun 26, 2009 2:30 pm

schellen wrote:Thanks, Tamarind! I'll go look for the books tonight.

schellen, do let me know if you can get it nearby. thinking of getting for ds2 - and if i can pick up self-teaching, no need to send him for enrichment.
TIA.

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recommend a book series

Postby amylqf » Fri Jun 26, 2009 3:42 pm

Hi,

I got 3 book /set from popular. They are from King of the chinese series, including 字形画1,2,3。

Inside the book, it includes all the words and images, very easy for children to relate and remember.

it is not cheap though. I remember it is about $30 something.

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Postby Wesim » Fri Jun 26, 2009 4:33 pm

I have been flashing Chinese flashcards (wo hui du) since she was 12mths old. I bought Wink to learn Chinese DVDs and also read 3 Chinese books to her (i like those from Scroll - simple and not too wordy) every night. I am also teaching her to write strokes. My aunt bought san zi jin for her. Will try to get her to listen for a few minutes (she is now 25mths old).

Hopefully, what i am doing now will give a basic foundation.

Besides Scroll, can any mummies here recommend other Chinese books?

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Postby schellen » Fri Jun 26, 2009 4:33 pm

jedamum wrote:
schellen wrote:Thanks, Tamarind! I'll go look for the books tonight.

schellen, do let me know if you can get it nearby. thinking of getting for ds2 - and if i can pick up self-teaching, no need to send him for enrichment.
TIA.


After you pick up DS1 from sch, can always detour to Popular at West Mall...but no guarantee if they stock it there. I'll be checking out JP tonight.

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Postby Carrotree » Fri Jun 26, 2009 4:36 pm

hi tamarind , thanks for starting this thread!

amylqf which popular did u buy the king of chinese from? it is the books whereby they show pictures of objects and relate it to how the strokes of chinese characters go? been hunting for this series...

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Postby mintcc » Fri Jun 26, 2009 4:58 pm

nice recommendation! the pics looks good! I find popular have lots of nice chinese books at cheap pricing.

Another easy way to teach is to just take a piece of paper and start writing words in front of them and reading them out at time. But i think most important to teaching chinese is making a point to speak & read with them at home.

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