Despite my lack of fluency, my daughter loves to speak, sing, and read Chinese. She knows and understands >1000 characters due to strategies described in this post.
Kids will read when they are ready, but everybody benefits from early exposure to Chinese characters! Here are tips on how to cultivate interest, attention span, and print awareness and recommended first Chinese characters to teach children!
Paper airplanes are fun for reading practice games! Kids can fly paper airplanes to matching words and race each other while reading!
A peek inside our Montessori-inspired, mid-century modern home! Playing, reading, art, exercise, and practical life skills are encouraged in this prepared homeschool environment.
Learn the lyrics of 小星星 [Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star] with stickers! Printable lyrics in simplified / traditional Chinese, Pinyin, and English.
Beautiful and thought-provoking Chinese picture books in simplified Chinese with Pinyin support and English translations!
Puffy Paint Flashcards are a fun and effective way to learn new words! The interesting texture of puffy paint gives sensory input which serves as a memory aid.
Letting go of guilt over our lack of Lunar New Year decorations and Asian food. Culture can be shared and enjoyed in many ways, and we will make our own family traditions!
Celebrate the year of the pig with 小猪小猪肥嘟嘟 Song and Pig Crafts! Free printable lyrics in simplified and traditional Chinese (with and without Pinyin).
红包 (Hóngbāo / Red Envelopes) are lucky gifts for Chinese New Year, weddings, and birthdays! Free printable template with 福, 囍, 寿, 家, 春, 好, 恩, 寿 or 壽. NEW: 4 envelopes with Christian phrases have been added!
Raising multilingual children requires honesty, commitment, and flexibility. Here's a look back on lessons learned with my husband and 2 kids in 2018.
Stickers are a fun way to develop eye-hand coordination and focus for future writing. Here are tips on how to use stickers with different ages and languages (Chinese and Korean).
The Chinese Zodiac is a major part of Chinese culture and its calendar system. Download our free interactive Chinese Zodiac wheel in English, simplified Chinese, and traditional Chinese!
Fine motor math with hole-punched leaves is a fun and easy way to teach counting, math, pairs, and matching! Kids can appreciate nature and numbers simultaneously with these free activities!