Overscheduling our life is like overnurturing. Like overwatering a plant, overnurturing can drown the fresh air & light needed for growth.
These Chinese reading progress videos show how my daughter went from single words to fluid reading. It's humbling and encouraging to see the growth over time!
Starting the year off with reflections of the last decade. Many ups and downs (rock bottom, really) which eventually led to this passion project.
When we are no longer here, I hope this memory journal can help, comfort, and remind our children about meaningful things we learned together.
Happy 6th birthday to my daughter! Reflecting on 6 years of our language learning journey.
I asked Auntie if my Chinese accent is improving. She replied in accented English: "I understand what you say. Just like you understand my English, even though this is the best I can do."
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!
Raising multilingual children requires honesty, commitment, and flexibility. Here's a look back on lessons learned with my husband and 2 kids in 2018.
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.
After all those years of giving you grief about learning Chinese (among many things), you'd never guess that I'm trying to teach it now. It is difficult, but I have the cutest study buddies, and they're kicking my butt.
Why am I blogging about something outside of my realm of expertise and comfort zone? Because I hope this blog will give a fresh angle on Chinese education and inspire your family to do creative, hands-on Chinese activities together!
Our multilingual journey began at what felt like a dead end, but we perservered and remain encouraged about learning Chinese as a family.