Languages

[Reading] Fun memory game created by Jae

We love playing memory games and Jae (5y3m) just created a new version that may thrill your little one while he’s learning to read. The Progressive Phonics free printables include memory game cards to help in remembering the words through a fun way. Usually, I’d arrange the cards in neat rows and columns, which is …

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[Chinese] Easy & fun reading activities

This post is on easy and fun activities to teach a young child to read Chinese characters. There’s a free flashcards download at the end too, so read on… Over the past two weeks, the family has fallen in love with this Chinese nursery rhyme — 老鹰捉小鸡 (translated as “the eagle catches the chick”). It’s catchy, related …

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[Language] Making spelling revision fun

7yo Vee has 3-4 spelling “tests” covering 3 languages every week. He’s attending a Chinese school in Malaysia. I usually try to make the revision sessions quick, fun and effective. I’ve covered some ideas in my Intermediate workshops. Today I added a new idea, inspired by Montessori’s Pink Secrets: copy the words onto (recycled) slips …

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When should I teach my child to read?

Reading is a very hot topic among the parents in my workshops: When should I start teaching my child to read? As a baby? Or when? How to teach her to read? Flash cards or phonics or what? What materials to use? Vee learnt to read in 3 languages (English, Chinese and Bahasa Melayu) from about …

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Flashcards & teaching multiple languages

Here’s how to teach baby multiple languages through flash cards and daily life… Q: Since there are several languages printed on the flash cards, how could we introduce at least the two main Asian languages to the kids in parallel? If the flashcards have both languages, I flash the same cards in English and Chinese on alternate days. …

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Teaching child to use proper English

Recently, I realised we’ve got a language “problem” at home that need fixing. Since Vee was a baby, I’ve spoken to him in both English and Chinese, using one language in a sentence. He’s bilingual and speaks more of Chinese, just like me. After baby #3 El arrived, our family helper has been helping to take …

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[Printable] Classroom Calendar – in English & Chinese

In today’s post, you’ll get a free printable of our homeschool classroom calendar — in English, Chinese & a bit of Bahasa Malaysia. For a long time, I’ve been wanting to do up my own classroom calendar, to display the different date formats in our two main languages. This is a sample of how it looks …

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