What age did your kid(s) learn to sleep through the night? My daughter took almost 3 years to learn how to sleep through the night! We weren’t consistent with her bedtime routine; irregular work schedules, moving to a different city, and potty training were significant challenges! Thankfully, my son learned around age 8 months because we have been good about routine the second time around! Although my daughter (age 4), and my son (age 23 months) usually sleep through the night, both are still very sad about saying goodnight and need reassurance every night! If you have a child who struggles with bedtime, you might love 第一次自己睡觉 (The First Time I Slept By Myself) just as much as us! This is a beautiful story with an extension activity that you can do with your child(ren)!
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Title: 第一次自己睡觉 (The First Time I Slept By Myself)
Author: 季巳明代 (Kimi, Akiyo)
Age level: 3-6 years
Where to buy:
- Simplified Chinese (ISBN: 9787302372820)
- Traditional Chinese with Zhuyin (ISBN: 9789866407918)
Where to hear the stories:
Review of 第一次自己睡觉 (The First Time I Slept By Myself)
第一次自己睡觉 (The First Time I Slept By Myself) was originally written in Japanese and has been translated to simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese!. It’s a sweet story about a girl who tells her mom that she is ready to sleep alone. She makes a schedule for the stuffed animals that she wants to sleep with. On the 6th night, her mom misses her and wants to be added to the schedule!
After reading the book, my daughter wanted to create a schedule for her animals, too! I love that she applied the book to real life! However, just like the book, my daughter is expecting me to sleep with her on the 6th night….Uh oh for mommy! 🙂
Here is a video of my daughter working on her book-based activity! This was a fun way to practice writing Chinese characters! She was very observant while I copied characters from my Pleco Chinese dictionary, and she remembered the stroke order of each Chinese character that she wrote. I also always love her stick-people drawings!
Here are more photos of the Chinese book 第一次自己睡觉 (The First Time I Slept By Myself)! She lined up her stuffed animals just like the book!
My daughter taped the animal schedule on the wall, just like the book!
Do you have any favorite picture books on the topic in English, Chinese, or Korean? I would be grateful for recommendations and hope to read them with my kids!
Where to buy Chinese books for kids
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Chinese audiobooks for kids
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- Free Chinese Audiobooks for Children on Ximalaya 喜马拉雅
- How to Use Ximalaya FM When You Can’t Read Chinese
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Happy reading, friends!